I woke this morning to a day teetering between beautifully clear and dark and stormy. The humidity was so thick it was like walking into a steam room when we stepped out onto the pool deck on our way to meet the others for breakfast.
As I mentioned yesterday, this was going to be a short cruise. We would only be making two stops this cruise. The first was on Royal Caribbean’s private island of Cococay and the other stop would be at Nassau.
CocoCay is a place with an abundance of things to do or to just kick-back and relax in the sun. There is an aqua park, snorkeling, scuba diving, parasailing and the Straw Market for those who want to take home a little something for the loved ones back home.
Today we will be taking a tender over to CocoCay for a day of walking on white sandy beaches, sitting under coconut palms, eating a delicious barbeque lunch at Blackbeard’s Grille and enjoying the sounds of island music by Island Vibes featuring Riddim Waves.
But before heading over to the beach we gathered at the Windjammer for a birthday breakfast with birthday boy Dennis. Everyone gathered to wish Dennis a wonderful day and ply him with birthday cards and gifts.
We all agreed to meet on deck 1 to catch the tender together to take the short trip over to the island. As I mentioned, the humidity was very thick. As soon as I opened my camera the lens fogged over giving the appearance of everyone posing behind a thin veil.
As soon as we docked we hurried over to our favorite spot and stopped in our tracks as we came close. What stopped us were the many changes we saw. The beach seemed very crowded, there were many coconut palms missing, the wires that had been placed over the picnic area were gone and there were signs of construction everywhere.
We were disappointed in the loss of the shade from the palms but we finally settled on a line of lounge chairs that were partly shaded. Barely settled Bob made his way down to the water, followed by Sandy and then Dennis.
I love CocoCay. I love watching as young and old alike delight in splashing in the water, watching the gulls flying just above unsuspecting beach goers looking for a small morsel they can steal away, seeing people dancing as they pass by the bandstand, watching people delight in seeing the island roosters walking through the picnic area. So much to see; so much to enjoy!
Before we knew it Blackbeard’s opened and everyone was invited to the table for lunch. There is always so much to choose from. There is barbeque chicken, hamburgers, hot dogs, rice and beans, corn on the cob, salad fixings, dessert and drinks. My favorite lunch is creating a nice salad topping it with rice and beans and spooning a little juice from the barbeque chicken for dressing. YUMMY!
It was Dennis’ birthday so I treated him and Connie to a drink from the bar. I decided to order the drink of the day. The Blue Island is a tasty combination of Bacardi Silver Rum, Curacao and pineapple juice on the rocks topped with a splash of Sprite. In other words, delicious!
We enjoyed our lunch but could not help but notice that dark clouds were moving in. Normally we stay on the island until around 3:00pm but not today. Unfortunately, we waited just a little too long to make the decision to leave. The skies opened up and we were drenched by the time we reached the tender.
When we arrived back on board I was happy to see that not everyone had returned and the Centrum was clear. This was a perfect time to take a few pictures of my favorite area on the ship.
I love the polished brass and glass staircases. I love the beautiful sculpture in front of the Guest Services desk by Nicholaus Widerberg called, “The Crown”. I remember so well having my picture taken in front of the sculpture on our 1996 cruise.
We made our way back to the cabin for showers and a little rest before evening cocktails. As we entered the cabin we saw another wonderful dish of chocolate covered strawberries. How wonderful; I thought. These lovely morsels were courtesy of the Crown & Anchor Society. They were gone in a heartbeat.
Cocktail time and dinner were wonderful as always. It was formal night so, once again, I enjoyed one of my favorites the Carved filet of beef tenderloin with Morel-crimini mushroom sauce and creamy whipped potatoes. This meal never disappoints.
When dessert time rolled around the head waiter walked over to our table carrying a delicious looking slice of chocolate mousse cake. With candle burning, Dennis made a wish as everyone sang happy birthday and then he blew out his candle.
On our way Randy and I stopped for a photo by the piano. I remembered having my picture taken on formal night in 1996. The photographer said she was closed but I explained to her that we had gotten engaged on the Majesty and on formal night had our picture taken and she graciously relented and took our picture. Lovely!
We all agreed to go up to the Schooner Lounge for a birthday toast before heading to the Chorus Line Theater to see a production show called Signed, Sealed, Delivered.
The show was great!!! There was jazz, disco, soul, Motown and Rock & Roll to tickle your musical fancy. The entire show was high energy and fun to watch.
It had been a long day so Randy and I decided to return to the cabin to relax a little before turning out the lights.
Tomorrow we dock in Nassau.