We had an excellent stateroom attendant on this cruise, mostly due to his fantastic towel animal skills. The night before our day in Grand Cayman, Antonio left us a turkey. Starting this morning, we began trying to come up with amusing things to do with the towel animals. We started by leaving the turkey sitting on the window, facing out to sea—contemplating the vast world on the other side of the glass.
With no shore excursion booked for the day, we waited a little while before getting on a tender to shore. Our plan was to walk around downtown for a bit and grab lunch at Paradise Grill. This did not go as planned.
When we arrived at the pier, we noticed things look drastically different from when we visited a year ago. It took us a few minutes to realize that we tendered to a totally different location—the pier where the Carnival ships were located. This, it turned out, was due to the heavy winds around Grand Cayman that day.
We decided that, having taken the time to tender over, we might as well pay for a taxi to downtown. This added a twenty-minute ride and $10 fee each way to our day, but we really wanted to eat at Paradise Grill, for a specific reason: the opportunity to dine on sea turtle.
We hopped in a van with a few other people and headed downtown. We got out right at Paradise Grill and scored a seat right on the water. On a normal day this would have been ideal, but on this day it was actually so windy we were getting the occasional spray to the face as we ate.
Before the trip, we had looked at menus in Grand Cayman to find where we’d most like to eat. We settled on Paradise because they offered a sea turtle burger and we really wanted to try it. Grand Cayman is the only place in the world where eating sea turtle is legal, so it seemed like something we should get in on.
When we sat down though, the turtle burger wasn’t on the menu! Kathleen was bummed, at least until I asked the waitress if they were still available and she said yes—day saved.
The turtle burger was very tasty, kind of a gamier-tasting conch. Speaking of conch…Paradise also does the best conch fritters I’ve ever had. I ended up ordering their famous fish sandwich, which is famous for a reason—it was absolutely outstanding.
Following our fantastic lunch, we walked around downtown for a bit. It was so crowded though that we decided to head back after only about 15 or 20 minutes of walking. Our van ride back was, not to put too fine a point on it, absolutely horrible. We were packed in like sardines with some completely drunk people. These particular people were Carnival passengers and—I’m not trying to start a Carnival versus Royal Caribbean war here—but we could see why Carnival has the reputation it does. Longest twenty-minutes of my life.
After that eventful trip, we had a nice, uneventful tender ride back to the ship. When we got back to our cabin, we saw that Antonio had moved the turkey—he was now facing the inside of the cabin. Wanting to continue having fun with the towel animals, we left the turkey wearing my hat.
Because we were back so early, we decided to head to the pool and enjoy some swimming time while the ship was less crowded. We spent a very enjoyable afternoon with the pool basically to ourselves.
We met up with FIL for dinner around 6:00. Unfortunately, MIL had been feeling sick all day with a head ache and cold symptoms, so she decided to stay in and rest.
After dinner, which featured another trip to the grilling station in the buffet, we went down to the Crown and Castle for another round of trivia. We again failed to win, but we had fun just the same.
When trivia was over, we took a walk over to the casino. I was hoping to find a poker game going, but there were no interested players. I tried several more times throughout the cruise but I never had any luck.
At 8:30 we went to watch that evening’s show. It was a Broadway revue and it turned out to be our favorite musical performance of the trip. We could tell the singers felt more comfortable singing the Broadway classics than they did singing Motown.
When the show wrapped up we felt like having a few more drinks, so we popped back over to the Crown and Castle and enjoyed a couple rounds while Chas Burnett played guitar. We tried requesting Rush, to no avail.
Even though we are not nightclub people, we decided to go have a drink up at the Vortex as we’d yet to check it out. Unfortunately, the spinning bar was broken, so there wasn’t much to see.
The bar itself was absolutely dead—I think we were two of maybe five people there that night. We did chat with the DJ, Phil, for about an hour before calling it a night.
Up next in cruise day 6: my favorite day of the trip.