We woke up to a beautiful morning with a few scattered clouds dotting a bright blue sky. Our port-of-call today is Falmouth, Jamaica. Falmouth was founded in 1769 and is considered one of the Caribbean’s best-preserved historic towns. Its waterfront district is a National Heritage Site with Georgian-era buildings dating from the 1760’s to 1840.
Randy and I have visited Jamaica several times over the years enjoying fun activities and the local cuisine. We climbed Dunn’s River Falls twice, took a catamaran ride around the island walked to a local restaurant in Falmouth, Club Nazz & Restaurant, enjoying a wonderful and delicious lunch and just walked around the port enjoying a fun afternoon at Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville.
Still in our kick-back mode, we decided to stay spend the day at the port. I did a little research on the port and learned that, “The Historic Falmouth Cruise Port (HFCP) project was planned as an extension of the local community, providing customs and security operations for the ships, together with a comprehensive list of services and activities for tourists and locals. Historic Falmouth Cruise Port (map) includes Jamaican restaurants and cafes, boutique shops and craft markets, offices and residences, and authentic historic attractions and points of interest within walking distance”.
After a quick breakfast we dressed for our day in the sun. As we passed through the immigration building we looked to see if we spotted Sal and Anna; we did not. Perhaps later in the day, we thought.
There were two ships in port today so there were many people roaming around the port area. We strolled leisurely through the port area stopping in several local shops, the Craft Market, sitting on inviting benches along our path and talking with other visitors. There was a local band playing island music in the center of the port. I thought that was very nice indeed.
As noon grew closer, we decided to spend the afternoon at Margaritaville. The complex is complete with a retail store filled with tee shirts and collectibles, a Pirate Bar to purchase bottles of rum, a courtyard patio, a margarita-shaped hot tub and a pool with a swim-up bar. What more could you ask for?
We had originally thought it would be fun to spend some time poolside but we were not sure if there was a charge to use the pool and hot tub. I spotted a staff member and asked and was told that there was no charge. We walked over to the pool and looked down at the water. Randy looked at me and said, “The water looks a little murky to me. I think I’ll pass”.
So, we found a nice umbrella table and immediately ordered what else, margaritas. I always enjoy being at Margaritaville. The service is quick, the food is delicious and the music is lively. I especially like the guest participation games that are always fun to watch.
We enjoyed a delicious dish of nachos with chicken with several margaritas. Well, actually, after the first margarita Randy moved on to Land Shark beer.
As we were enjoying our lunch a gentleman approached our table asking if we would like to have a souvenir picture taken. He said for $20 he would take our picture and include a CD of Jamaican music.
He took one shot than suggested that we kiss each other. He took the second shot than disappeared. He reappeared with a lovely picture of the two of us and the CD. I thought perhaps that since he took two pictures I would get both. The picture he gave us was the first picture he took. I was happy that now I would have a picture to put in our anniversary frame.
As he started to walk away I asked how much it would cost for the second picture. It would be an additional $12. I thought for a moment and thanked him but said no. Before he got too far he turned and suggested that if I gave him my memory card he would put the second picture on it for a tip. I thought that was very nice gesture and agreed. I wanted the, as the photographer put it, “the kissy, kissy” picture.
It was mid-afternoon and we decided to return to the ship for a dip in the pool before preparing for the evening’s activities. We stopped on our way through the immigration building once again but did not see Sal and Anna.
We stopped in the Diamond Lounge for cocktails and enjoyed a lively conversation with Larry and Phyllis when in walks Sal and Anna. I was so excited that I jumped up and gave them a big hug.
It was so good to be sitting across from them at the dinner table. I was not very hungry this evening so I decided to eat light. I ordered the Seared Beef Carpaccio with shaved asparagus, aged Manchego cheese, buttermilk and Dijon-mustard drizzle to start and the Pan-seared Fillet of Sole with Parmesan potato and artichoke gratin, cherry tomatoes and lemon beurre blanc. Both dishes were delicious.
Sal wanted to know if what we were going to the ice show. We told Sal that we had decided to watch Star Wars: The Force Awakens on the big screen poolside. After such a trying day I think Sal and Anna were happy to have a quiet activity to look forward to. We met poolside and settled in for a great evening under the stars.
While I loved the film I must admit I was surprised and at the demise of Hans Solo. Oh well, I will be anxiously be awaiting the next installment.
It had been a long day so we retired to our cabin for a good night’s sleep.
Tomorrow we stopped at one of our favorite destinations, Georgetown, Grand Cayman.