S: Grand Cayman & Cozumel, 2012
BC: Carnival Paradise Passenger capacity: 2052 On-board crew: 920 Length: 855 feet
FC: Carnival Paradise January 14-19, 2012
1: LaMar's Vacation Top 10 list 10. Cozumel shopping, "Why not, just for the hell of it!" 9. Free sushi bar 8. Beach in Cozumel 7. Senor Frogs 6. Getting to see Carl & Ruth 5. Food 4. 19 oz. Thirsty Frogs 3. Ice pig 2. Being away from Grabill, IN 1. Being alone with Laura
2: The Grand Entryway and Paradise Bar
3: Nightly towel creatures and 2 elephants crafted by Laura and LaMar after intensive training.
4: Departing from Tampa, 1/14/12, 47 degrees!
7: Going under the Sunshine Skyway
9: About returning to Grand Cayman: *Snorkel only on a clear, sunny day *Find the local flavor *Avoid the tourist shops off pier
10: A new type of ice sculpture!
13: Laura's Vacation Top 10: 10. Balloon hats & conga lines at Senor Frogs 9. Omlettes, Desserts & Buckets 8. Cultural melting pot of Carnival employees and cruisers 7. Athikam taking care of our room & us 6. Thirsty Frogs at the Paradise Bar with Zofia & Eugene 5. Seeing Uncle Carl, Aunt Ruth, Miriam & Tom in Tampa 4. Sunrises & sunsets with nothing but waves between us & the horizon 3. Flying above layers of clouds into a beautiful, sunny day 2. Swimming with Mexican kids on the beach in Cozumel 1. Walking, laughing or just sitting quietly with my best friend.
14: An amazing day in Cozumel.... We decided no excursions in Cozumel, which meant getting off the pier on our own. We set off in the wrong direction, found very local flavors in a residential area before finding the shops. "Come in, just for the hell of it! Almost free today," storekeepers promised. At Woody's we learned of a beach within walking distance, Cerveza Sol. A Mexican family came and swam and collected shells for us. If we return, we'll take a moped across the island, to see what we can see!
16: TYPICAL DAY-AT-SEA AGENDA: 6:00 Laura wakes up to read 7:15 Pull on clothes to watch sunrise 7:30 Breakfast 8:00 Sunning on deck 10:00 Ship Activities: towel folding, shopping, setting out for new adventures 12:30 Lunch 1:30 Sunning on deck 2:00 Jose' B brings a bucket 4:00 Clean up for evening activities 5:00 Sushi Bar & Paradise Bar for Thirsty Frogs 8:15 Supper...and you think we can stay awake for a show after supper? NOT!
18: Zofia & Eugene
19: It could have been us... Wyneek and I have always wanted to take a Mediterranean Cruise. Our 25th anniversaries came and went, so we suggested our 50th birthdays. January 15 is her birthday; January 18 our anniversary. Costa is owned by Carnival, so we would have been past cruisers. If Joe hadn't been scheduled for surgery on 1/18, we could have been on the Costa ship that hit rock and sunk on January 13, 2012.
20: This and That
21: January 18, 2012, 26 year anniversary "And you're still talking? (Athikom, a.k.a. Jose')