Posted November 25th, 2012, 08:47 AM
day five 24Nov2012 Saturday Grand Cayman
i think today i have finally achieved 'cruise mode'. some people will know what i mean: where life onboard hits a familiar rhythm. it feels 'right' to be here. unfortunately, today also marks the halfway point. only five full days to go, then debarkment day madness. enough about that day. yikes!
the morning started as usual with cappucinnos, croissant, grapefruit half (minus the berries, as advertised) and allegedly fresh squeezed OJ being delivered promptly a 7am (the earliest time on the breakfast order card). i got up quite a bit earlier and was happy to discover the coffee machines in the buffet are left on 24 hours (i asked an attendant) however there is not alway milk. black coffee it is, then. the earliest a cappucinno is available is supposed to be 6:30am at the apollo bar (not quite open the time i tried, but the guys back there are so nice i cut them some slack).
i went back to bed for a bit after that. were arrived at grand caymen about 9am. i have no excursion booked. this is a tender port. i was in no rush, so i waited until there was no tender ticked required. i believe they got up to number 22 before they made the 'no ticket required' announcement. the tenders were very large, capacity rated at 350. i hate tendering in lifeboat. cramped an stinky, they are. took about 20 minutes to load the tender an another 10 to get off.
i keep a substancial stockpile of gold buillion on grand cayman, for emegencies only. i stopped by the bank to visit it, and then milled around town for my aerobic exercise. came back and tanned for a bit before ordering lunch (grilled mixed veggies, carrot soup, curried veggies on basmati rice - especially delicious - no sugar added chocolate mousse). more tanning and reading and double esspressos while people watching at the apollo lido pool.
well rested, and hopped up on caffine, i hit the gym for some weight training. called room service for some fruit (all that was available in the buffet was pizza and salad at the end of a VERY long line of people returning from excursions.) watching the sailaway from my balcony right now. goodbye bye grand cayman, goodbye buillion. joking about the buillion, by the way
the show tonight was 'beat the rhythm' featuring the mediterranea singers and dancers. an entertaining way to kill an hour. prior to the main show, i hung out at piazza cassanova (deck 2) for the live music and dancing. there are some serious dancers onboard (like all the costa cruises i have taken).
TV channels: there are two english language one being a european news station and the other is NBC. oddly, local news from casper, wyoming is shown.
internet speed test: i ran a test to check the interent speed for the ship's wifi. both upload and download was around 400k which seems acceptable for posting on CC and checking mail.
not very hungry for dinner, so i just ordered a double order of the prime rib (it was horribly overcooked - first meal this cruise i am dissatisfied with).
tonight the clocks roll back an hour (we have beeh on eastern time until tonight. i hope the crew gets an extra hour of sleep, too. they deserve it.
that's all she wrote for day five...