Oh, my, another beautiful day in paradise.
Today we arrived at Royal Caribbean’s private tropical paradise called CocoCay. This private island is located in the middle of the Bahamas beautiful blue waters.
Not wanting to miss a single minute of beach time, we were up early to eat a quick breakfast then down to the tender for the short ride to the shore.
We have been to CocoCay many times and have a favorite spot under a cluster of palms nestled on the white sandy beach.
Like Royal Caribbean’s other private paradise, Labadee, there are many activities to participate in on CocoCay. There is snorkeling, wave jet tours, a huge water slide, volleyball courts, an aqua park, kayak adventures and so much more. There is also a local Straw Market to buy a beach cover-up, tee shirt or that perfect souvenir to take home.
The sun was hot, there were beautiful puffy clouds in the sky and, the water was just right. I decided to start my day walking along the beach taking a few pictures before settling in for a day of reading and relaxing under the beautiful coconut palms that dot the beach landscape.
Everywhere you looked there were happy beach goers paddle boarding, floating on mats, parasailing off in the distance, children looking for shells, and feeding the fish that ventured close to shore or just relaxing on the beach.
At one point a small rain cloud drifted over and deposited just enough cool droplets to refresh our otherwise hot skin. It was lovely.
Missing from this trip were the sweet sounds of island music that would fill the air and the dive bombing seagulls.
The seagulls have always been a source of entertainment for Randy and I over the years, especially when one of the seagulls suddenly decides to dive bomb an unsuspecting beach goer carrying a plate of lunch back to their chair. Out of nowhere the seagull would zero in on a hot dog or piece of chicken and before you knew what happened they were winging their way somewhere on the beach to enjoy their purloined food often leaving the beach goer stunned and motionless.
Today we only saw a few seagulls gracefully flying over the beach stopping only once in a while if someone dropped a piece of food on the sand.
Randy did what he does best at a beach, sleep. Me, I wanted to be in the water. Much to my delight and everyone elses at the beach, the water was clear and cool with very gentle waves. In the water I watched as many people were delighted when they saw small yellow and gold tropical fish swimming around them near the rocks.
Noon rolled around and we enjoyed a wonderful barbeque lunch at the Blackbeard’s Grill. There was barbeque chicken and ribs, red rice and beans, corn-on-the-cob, salad fixings, hamburgers, hot dogs, desserts and drinks.
As soon as lunch was done, and we had rested a while we returned to enjoy the water a little while longer before it was time to return to the ship.
I always love the tender trip back to the ship floating in these clear turquoise waters. The view of the ship is always awesome and begs for a photo opportunity and I am happy to oblige.
There was an envelope on our bed when we entered our cabin. It was our Diamond Plus pins. How wonderful, I thought. Of course, we wore our pins to the lounge and dinner.
It was the first formal night so I knew my favorite dinner would be on the menu. As always the carved filet of beef tenderloins were delicious. I also had the chilled banana and rum soup. No dessert tonight. We met our new table mates and knew right away that it was going to be a lively cruise. We enjoyed getting to know one another and talking about our day.
As I have mentioned before, we have cruised on the Freedom several times before and attended all the shows several times so, we decided to call it a night and just stop for an after dinner drink on the promenade and people watch before making our way back to the cabin for a good night’s sleep.
Tomorrow we are cruising all day as we make our way down to St. Thomas.