Carnival Magic Day 3: Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

Two weeks ago, I shared the first of a planned series of posts about my week aboard Carnival Magic. I had fully intended on continuing the tale the following week, as promised, but instead, I took a break to publish two articles for International Women’s Day. This week, I’ll return to my planned travel blogging.

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We pick up on Grand Cayman in the Cayman Islands. However, before we continue, please note that the dates on the pictures are incorrect. Those pictures were taken with a camera specifically bought for the trip, and having never used it before, I didn’t see the time-stamps until it was too late.

Now, we continue!

Day at the Beach

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The biggest attraction on Grand Cayman from what I gathered were the stingrays. However, stingrays didn’t rank too highly on any of our lists on the trip, so we decided to spend a quiet day at a free beach instead.

This was my first time visiting a non-Jamaican beach in the Caribbean. In the past, when asked why I had not visited other Caribbean Islands, I often replied with, “Why? So I can experience Jamaica in another country?” However, after this Carnival Magic cruise, I can safely say that not all Caribbean beaches are created equal.

The beach was beautiful, but there was nothing truly special about it. The water was murky because the sand particles were so small, so that made snorkelling mostly uneventful for me.

The last time I went snorkelling before this was in Jamaica and I saw a stingray and so many colourful fish! What I would have given to have my badly-time-stamped camera that day. Instead, here I am using it to film empty waters in the Grand Cayman.

After that, I returned to shore to do some reading. However, after a while the others in the group called me back into the water to point out fish jumping on top of the waves. Apparently, they had heard my underwater eye-roll from miles away and had come to show me that Grand Cayman did indeed have underwater critters to share.

As you can clearly see, it was a vicious attack. I haven’t decided if I want to sue yet, but it was wonderfully frightfully to be rushed by those silver fish. I’ve never experienced that before—not even in Jamaica.

Seafood Buffet Lunch

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Grand Cayman’s snorkelling views hadn’t been my only disappointment since the start of the cruise. The day before, while dessert was delicious, it was tough finding seafood. I’m a pescetarian, so I was beginning to worry I would need to spend the cruise eating grass.

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I was pleasantly surprised to return aboard to find mussels on the buffet menu. If you’ve been following my travel blogs for a while, you know I am always in search of mussels and most times this quest fails, even in fish towns like Juneau, Alaska. Until this pivotal moment in my travel history, New Hampshire had been the one exception.

And, to boot, these were delicious!

A Night of Country

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After a long day of snorkelling and stuffing our faces, I was ready to spend the night working on my upcoming novel, Alanis, Land of the Undead. However, my parents talked me into joining them for a show that, if memory serves, was called Country Roads.

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I wasn’t too excited about going, because I’m not a big fan of the southern drawl or country music. Yes, I know; I live in the south. How does that work? Most Atlantans are not from Atlanta, so I rarely do hear it.

Still, the performance was good. Not liking the genre of a thing doesn’t mean you can’t give credit where it’s due. Here are two clips from the show. The first shows a little bit of dancing and the second shows one of their stage transitions. Their transitions were so smooth!

When we returned to our room, we found a new friend awaiting us. I lent him my hat for the final touch! Isn’t he handsome?

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Next week—provided there are no patriotic or feminist soap boxes for me to shout from—I will continue with our arrival at Mahogany Bay in Isla Roatan. This was one of my favourite stops on the cruise because I got to ride a lift all by myself over the sea, and it was beautiful! 

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32 thoughts on “Carnival Magic Day 3: Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

  1. It seems I had liked this from the Reader but I’m just now finally reading the article. You and your clickbait ’bout brutal attack. Glad it wasn’t what i was afraid of hearing though. 🙂 I don’t care for country music either but I know if I took this cruise with my mom, I’d be going to this concert too lol. I only enjoy fast-paced music like soca or dancehall, and the only slow things I listen are reggae and occasionally some soul and lovers rock. It done deh so 😂 yes, stereotypical taste. Haven’t listened much rap or R&B since leaving high school, only if it comes on the radio.

    1. Hahahahaha! Don’t belittle the attack. I’m still traumatised 🤧😆

      Why do so many older Jamaicans love redneck music? I will never understand it 😂 A lot of Mexicans up here love it, too. They do the cowboy hats and everything and I’m like how?? They hate you!!

      I’m the opposite of your music tastes. I mostly listen to rock and electronic stuff. These days, a lot of my music doesn’t even have lyrics 😂 It’s easier to write for clients with that.

  2. Maybe you should try another island like Barbados or Trinidad.. I noticed that most other Caribbeans use Cayman as a stopgap before coming up to America or to work for a season and go back.. Now I know not to visit there!

    1. I’ve never been to those two and Jamaicans have had issues traveling to both, so I’m not too keen. I’m more likely to visit our friendly neighbours Haiti and Cuba.

      I think there are beautiful places in Cayman, especially where the stingrays were. But, it wasn’t free and we wanted to save our money for something else. I, in particular, wanted to see the Mayan ruins in Mexico. 😊

  3. There are actually many very talented young performers on cruise liners. It is pretty lucrative work. They have auditions every year in New York and also in Miami I think.

    1. I agree! I couldn’t stand the guy with the tambourine though. He looked confused the whole show 🤣

  4. Wonderful photos and videos, thank you for sharing with us and allowing us to see a part of your life and memories!!.. 🙂

    “Life gives us brief moments with another, but sometimes in those brief moments we get memories that last a lifetime, So live that your memories will be part of your happiness.”

    1. There were some stingray and snorkelling trips, but our group wanted to save their money for either Mayan ruins or the dolphins. None of these were free, so we had to budget accordingly. 😆

      1. Thai can be a bit too spicy for me. i lean more to Japanese or Chinese. but i also like mild jerk chicken/pork. 🙂

      2. I love spicy food, so Thai is perfect for me! 😆 I don’t eat jerk chicken or jerk pork. I’m pescetarian. 🙂

  5. Enjoyable series of pictures. Imagine if the creatures in the video had been sharks! I imagine the tone of your utterances would have gone up a couple of octaves!

    1. More than a few octaves, I’m sure lol. They were all rushing straight at me. Surely, it was revenge! 😂

  6. I love those beautiful and artistic angled shots of you on the beach and the hat, as well as the video with the ferocious fish attack (glad you survived). It does look very idyllic and somewhere I’d like to visit for a spot of snorkelling too: the Med is very good for that, especially in the Greek islands; just saying. 😉

    1. Oh, I know the Med is absolutely wonderful for that. 😍 Always wanted to go snorkelling there. On the entire trip, the only location that had great snorkelling was Mexico. I daresay it even competed with Jamaica!

      I’m not sure how I survived the fish attack 😂

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