Western Caribbean - Set Sail on a Cruise Ship travel blog


We slept a little late this morning; a peek out our balcony window revealed a nice, but partly cloudy day. We headed off for buffet breakfast on the Lido Deck. Breakfast is usually my smallest meal and they always have lots of fresh fruit on the buffet. Joe downloaded email while I organized a little around the stateroom. We're used to living in tight spaces and organization is the key to success.

Then we headed for the pool for some sun and relaxation. I read for a while and then we did our mile on the jogging track before lunch. Today, we decided to opt for the buffet lunch....lots of healthy stuff on the salad bar for me.

Some of the exciting stuff available today included calypso music, detox for ageless eyes, all sorts of games, and, of course, the casino is in full swing now that we are in International waters. The gift shop has a variety of perfumes, jewelry, bags, alcohol, and cruise clothing. It's just a never-ending list of things to do. For the active passengers, there's golf, cycling, basketball...you name it, and it's available. An art auction is also on tap for today with the promise of great bargains on art; not our thing and no wall space in the RV so we'll skip that.

Mark is our Cruise Director. Just when you think nothing else can happen, Mark's voice was on the PA to tell us about subtropical storm, Olga, and the nasty effect she was going to have on our cruise. Because of the potential for winds of 40-50 mph and lots of rain, the crew decided to abandon Grand Cayman and re-route the ship to Cozumel and Progreso. This was very disappointing but safety is always a priority and there wasn't much choice in the matter.

We hit the I-net café and had afternoon tea and sweets again. We had early dinner and the food was delicious as usual. We're not sure what happened to our dinner companions; we haven't seen them once yet. Maybe they got off the ship; we heard some passengers did when they found out we weren't going to Montego Bay.

Tonight's show featured Ron Joseph with a tribute to Motown, Soul, and Rhythm & Blues. He is known as "The Soul Man of Bourbon Street" and invited lots of audience participation. As usual, the photographers are everywhere snapping pictures; these are later on display for purchase at rather inflated prices.

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