I was so looking forward to our stop at CocoCay. I love CocoCay. This tiny little island is just plain wonderful. Beaches everywhere, warm turquoise and deep blue waters to swim, snorkel, wave run, float on a mat, slide down a very large water slide, frolic at the aqua park or just lounge on the beach and enjoy the view. Beach chairs are everywhere there is never a worry about finding a chair. Of course, it is best to get there early so you can get a chair under the shade of a palm tree.
Randy and I met Bob and Sandy early in the morning to enjoy a buffet breakfast and enjoy the view of the water and island looming ahead of us. We talked about our day and decided on a time to meet to catch a tender to the island. I was mesmerized by the beautiful azure blue ocean water as we traveled from the ship to the island. It was Bob and Sandy’s first time at CocoCay and they were amazed at its beauty. We found four wonderful chairs under a perfect palm tree and settled in for the day.
I wanted to get into the water right away followed shortly by Randy. After a short walk along the beach Bob joined us in the water while Sandy was content just relaxing and reading her kindle. After enjoying the water for a time I got out and grabbed my camera and took pictures eventually returning to the water. The water was just a bit chilly when you first entered but oh, my once in it was wonderful. I finally returned to my beach chair and read a few chapters in my new Vince Flynn novel “Third Option”. I love a good book that keeps me on the edge of my seat.
Rick, Mary, Dennis and Connie decided to be a little more proactive and signed up for an excursion at the other end of the island. They rented a cabana to rest in away from the sun and enjoyed champagne and fresh fruit. Then Rick and Dennis went snorkeling with Connie joining them when it came time to join the wave running excursion. The wave jet tour would take the riders on a 50 minute tour around CocoCay and the Berry Islands. The trip promised many wonderful views of the surrounding island and the Great Stirrup Cay Lighthouse. Mary just lounged and enjoyed a day of relaxation.
One of the things I love about coming to CocoCay is that the crew brings all the food over from the ship to the island for a varied menu buffet. There are salads, barbeque chicken, spare ribs, red beans and rice, macaroni and cheese, hamburgers, hot dogs, delicious desserts, a varied selection of great desserts and so much more. Of course, there is an open bar too. After all you have to enjoy the ‘drink of the day’. That day the drink was the Mango Montego. I am usually not a big fan of tequila but the mango mellowed it out a bit.
1.5 oz. Jose Cuervo Gold tequila
1.5 oz. sweet & sour
.5 oz. Island Oasis mango
Mixology: Fill shaker with ice and add all ingredients. Shake and strain over ice.
We enjoyed our lunch talking to several other couples from the ship and got shocked and amused as a chicken walked across Randy’s feet and then ran across the sand in search of what I don’t know. It was the first time we had ever seen chickens on the island. We all laughed and thought it was very funny.
All during the day a wonderful island band played music to listen, sing and dance to and then about mid-afternoon called the brave cruisers up to the bandstand to participate in a series of fun games. Participants broken into two teams enjoyed relay races, running with an egg balanced on a spoon, filling up balloons with water and then trying to ‘pop’ them by sitting on them in the sand, sack races and more.
But the funniest contest I witnessed was when the leader of the band had the contestants put on what appeared to be ‘butt bags’ only they were mesh and filled with small balls and the contestants had to twist, jump, swing their hips, or jiggle wildly to see how many they could get out of the bag to a song with the words ‘jiggle, jiggle, jiggle’. The winning team won medals and many congratulations for their efforts. The whole afternoon on the beach was just plain fun.
It was time to head back to the ship. Tonight was formal night so we all needed to get ready for dinner and the captain’s welcome aboard reception. All the men looked handsome and all the women were beautiful when we sat down for dinner. Dinner was once again delicious. I had the filet of beef served in a piquant green peppercorn sauce, creamy whipped potatoes, sautéed crimini mushrooms and a wonderful chocolate soufflé with espresso sauce.
Like yesterday we all went our separate ways after dinner. Many of us retreated back to our cabins by 9pm so we could listen to the presidential debate.
A thought I would like to share—I mentioned yesterday we traveled to CocoCay before Hurricane Sandy made landfall. We love CocoCay and so we watched for information about the impact of the storm on this tiny island. Royal Caribbean spokeswoman Cynthia Martinez told USA Today, “Regrettably, the island of CocoCay was impacted by the storm, with damage being sustained to some of our facilities and the beach areas”. The article went on to say that the cruise line had sent in restoration teams to prepare the island to reopen to guests this week.
Tomorrow we will be in Nassau, The Bahamas.