Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Christmas Cruise Part Two - Grand Cayman

Our first port of call on the ship was Grand Cayman. For this one the ship anchored and we boarded a small tender boat to ride to shore. It turns out that our room was directly above the place where we boarded the tender. The boys could see their stuffed animals in the window as we left. 

Once we got to shore we stood in the lines with the other folks for shore excursions until our bus driver came to pick us up. We headed out on a wildlife adventure to the Sea Turtle Farm

We got to see the breeding pools and a lot of the hatchery ponds for the Green Sea Turtles. 

And then we got the opportunity to touch small sea turtles and get our pictures taken with them. 

We toured past the predator tank with sharks and barracuda and walked briefly past the aviary so that we could get to the Turtle Lagoon. Davis found a new friend in a tiny lizard. 

Inside the Turtle Lagoon, we were able to snorkel and swim with several different species of fish and about 16 medium sized green sea turtles. Even Parker and Wesley swam the whole lagoon and snorkeled for the whole 90 minutes we were over there. Davis took turns riding on my back and Baba's back while we snorkeled around. This was definitely a huge highlight for the boys! They were super proud of themselves for being able to snorkel and they are already asking about the next time we can go snorkeling again. 

Then we went over to Breaker's Lagoon - a big man made swimming pool with saltwater that had a waterfall and a big slide. The big boys had a lot of fun swimming and sliding and jumping around in here. 

Across from the Turtle Farm was the famous Seven Mile Beach. 

We did a little bit of shopping around for some souvenirs when we got back to port and then we headed back to the ship on another tender. There were some pretty swanky sailboats and yachts out in the harbor. We made it back in time for a late lunch on the Lido Deck and we got to watch the ship leave port while we were eating. 

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