The first stop on our birthday cruise was Coco Cay. For those of you who have followed along for a while knows that I love Royal Caribbean’s private island of Coco Cay.
The weather was just beautiful. The blue skies filled with fluffy white clouds, the turquoise green and blue waters were warm and inviting, and the white beaches were fun to just take walks on. We all left the ship at different times but eventually met up and sat together on at Snorkel beach.
Roger, Sheri, Cindy and Dave rented snorkeling gear and discovered the many colorful fish that swim just under the waters. Several swam pretty far out and discovered wreckages of planes, a boat and several cannons all sunk in years gone by. Many of us were content to just enjoy swimming or wading in the water and talking.
Mid-day we enjoyed a great lunch at Blackbeard’s Grill. Although, I believe Dave got a piece of barbeque he was not overly happy about. My red beans and rice with barbeque sauce was wonderful. Vilma mentioned that she really enjoyed the location of our picnic table because she was enjoying the music from the Men of Culture band that was playing great island music.
Towards the end of our stay on the island, Vilma and I talked so much Jim had to whistle and wave his arms to get us to come out. Neither one of us wanted to leave the water but it was time to head back and change for dinner. Before we left the island, we all gathered at the seawall where Sheri set up her camera for a great group photo with the ship in the background.
We all returned to shower, dress and primp for dinner. This evening was ‘formal night’ so we made arrangements to meet a little before dinner to have a group picture taken all dressed up in our fineries. I must say, we all looked wonderful.
We took a formal picture on the stairs which is always a wonderful photo, however, Cindy had spotted a really funky red couch and thought it would be a great fun photo opportunity. So, we all headed down to deck 3 and asked the photographer to take our picture. He was reluctant saying, “I don’t think a group of ten will work out”. But, we all smiled sweetly and convinced him that it was not a problem. It was not.
Dinner was deliciously wonderful. I chose chilled banana and rum soup and the filet of beef tenderloin with creamy whipped potatoes and crimini mushrooms. Wonderful! Many at the table ordered the beef tenderloin and all remarked how wonderfully easy it was to cut and delicious. I ordered the BBB crème Brûlée for dessert.
We all decided to attend the production show, “Marquee” (a tribute to the shows that light up Broadway) after dinner. We also decided to change into something a little more comfortable for the show but, we stopped in front on a very color backdrop of Chihuly glass and took pictures of each couple.
It was a little comical to watch as everyone had a camera, and everyone wanted their own individual shots. Now, remember we all looked stunningly beautiful and handsome that evening.
The production show was great but it was getting late. Several went on to visit clubs to do some dancing, some took walks around the ship. Randy and I strolled down the promenade deck and visited some of the shops and stopped at the Café Promenade so Randy could get some coconut cookies then back to the cabin.
The whole day was wonderful. Tomorrow we are at sea and heading to St. Thomas.