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Bloggers Cruise: Grand times in Grand Cayman

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On January - 23 - 2008

Stingray City on the Allura catamaran (Photo by Anita Dunham-Potter)What a great day in Grand Cayman. Thankfully the weather has been stellar for the past two day and it looks like the rest of our cruise will be the same. Today, we sailed the Allura catamaran out to Stingray City. This is one of Carnival’s newest tours on Grand Cayman. I cannot recommend this tour highly enough. The 50-foot Allura holds 66 passengers and is a more intimate way to visit Stingray City as other tours take well over 100 passengers and are loud and not nearly as fun.

Allura catamaran (Photo by Anita Dunham-Potter) What a great day in Grand Cayman. Thankfully the weather has been stellar for the past two day and it looks like the rest of our cruise will be the same. Today, we sailed the Allura catamaran out to Stingray City. This is one of Carnival’s newest tours on Grand Cayman. I cannot recommend this tour highly enough. The 50-foot Allura holds 66 passengers and is a more intimate way to visit Stingray City as other tours take well over 100 passengers and are loud and not nearly as fun.

Once we reached Stingray City we spent 45 minutes in the water with the stingrays. These gentle giants are more like underwater dogs that like to rub against you. There were some screaming guests, but most laughed and truly enjoyed the encounter. The Allura’s crew was great and was happy to answer all questions while giving a very informative talk on stingrays – something that few other tours do.

Allura catamaran stingray briefing by crew (Photo by Anita Dunham-Potter)After the tour the girls and I walked around town and had some lunch at Hammerheads. This pub/restaurant area is near the pier and offers great views of the ships and is a good place to kick back with a Red Stripe and conch fritters. Besides the Carnival Freedom passengers from the Costa Fortuna and Norwegian Pearl were in town.

This evening our press group had “a curry” with John and Heidi Heald along with Tim Gallagher, Carnival’s vice president of public relations, and Roger Blum, Carnival’s entertainment guru. What a delicious spread the chef prepared for us. All the best Indian dishes served on the Freedom were there for us to sample. All I can say is “wow!” I really think Carnival should consider having an Indian/Thai alternative dining venue. With dishes this delicious how can they not?

Carnival Freedom docked in sunny Grand Cayman (photo by Anita Dunham-Potter)Now, I am off to the passenger talent show – I hear it’s pretty bad.

Tomorrow it’s Ocho Rios and John’s Jamaican Birthday Beach Bash.


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2 Responses to “Bloggers Cruise: Grand times in Grand Cayman”

  1. It sounds like you had a really fun time in the Grand Caymans. It’s amazing that you were that close to the stingrays. Loved your analogy of stingrays to dogs..

  2. Dave Jackson says:

    We had no idea there would be so much to do on Grand Cayman. There is a lot of history, too. I was blown away that down in Bodden Town they have cannon off ships inverted in the ground to serve as posts for an entry way. The under the water is just as spectacular. I took tons of photos. Dave

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