Today we were to stop at George Town, Grand Cayman. It was not to be.
We woke up around 5am to 10-12 foot swells, winds over 30 miles per hour, cloudy skies and a heavy mist that covered everything. Passengers need to be tendered at this port and it was obvious the short trip from the ship to shore would be treacherous. After the ship sat off shore for some time, the Port Authority eventually decided to close the port.
We were both disappointed. We have visited Grand Cayman several times over the years and always look forward to returning.
The captain announced our predicament an assured everyone that they were prepared for just this sort of situation and had arranged for many activities to keep everyone busy. He said we would be cruising the rest of the day towards our next destination, Cozumel, Mexico.
The winds were so strong that the pool deck was closed as well as the promenade deck. So, everyone was staying inside. Randy and I walked around the ship for a while and saw that every chair, stool and couch in every venue was filled with passengers reading, playing cards, playing games or just chatting.
We wanted to try the Sabor, Modern Mexican restaurant on the Freedom so we made our way down to deck 4 to make a reservation for lunch. We had eaten at the Sabor on the Oasis and love it. It would be interesting to see if the food was the same.
We returned to our cabin for a morning of reading. I was so excited because I had already finished one book and was anxious to start another. Every so often the side of the ship would be slammed with a wave that sent a booming noise shuddering through the cabin.
Before we knew it, it was time to make our way to Sabor. We arrived at the restaurant around 12:30pm and were seated immediately. When we entered the restaurant we thought perhaps this space had originally been a Japanese restaurant. The furniture was a rich, deep, dark wood. The cushions were predominantly red. The walls were red with a beautiful 3D floral mural on the wall. We asked the server but she said, “No, this has always been Sabor”.
I ordered the Chicken and Roasted Corn Empanada with green mole, spicy peanut sauce and lemon verde again and while they were good, I thought the dish on the Oasis was better. I thought it was interesting that on the Oasis you could order ala-carte. On the Freedom there is a $15 charge for lunch and $25 for dinner. We had the salsa, main course and dessert.
As we ate our lunch a group came in and sat next to us. It was obvious that one of the young ladies was not dealing well with the ship’s movement. Eventually, she turned a little green and left the restaurant not to return.
After lunch we made our way back to the cabin and took it easy until it was time to prepare for dinner. Our first stop for the evening was a top-tier event at the Star Lounge for Diamond, Diamond Plus and Pinnacle members. We were treated to hors d’oeuvres, beverages, entertainment and a chat by Captain Holmes.
Don and Kathy were honored as the top cruisers for this trip with 892 nights. Randy and I looked at each other and realized with only 135 nights we had a long way to go.
After such a big lunch we both decided to have soup and salad for dinner. That is, until Randy noticed that lobster was on the menu.
The day had been so relaxing we decided to return to our cabin and just call it a day. Tomorrow we are scheduled to dock at Cozumel.