Thursday, April 16, 2009

Ports of Call

Our seven day Texaribbean cruise had three ports of call along the way. Not only did we vacation at a five-star floating resort...we got to wake up with a different view every morning.

Our first stop was Cozumel...where many took the opportunity to book a shore excursion to the Mayan ruins. Since we had been to the ruins previously, we decided to have a beach day.

It included snorkeling...but my snorkel gear stayed beside the chaise lounge for the day...since the murky waters didn't look too conducive to viewing fish. But the view from the shore was quite lovely...

...we watched kayaks and sailboats

...and parasailers.

The following morning I awoke in Georgetown, Grand Cayman. Now this was a little piece of paradise!

We went ashore by tender boat and took a short sight-seeing tour...before settling in at Seven Mile Beach for the remainder of the day. Grand Cayman is all about banks...and beaches! Many of the banks had most familiar Scotiabank, Royal Bank of Canada and HSBC. With a population of less than 40,000 people...the 250 banks should serve the population quite nicely. My nephew (who remained behind in Winnipeg) had requested that rather than bringing him back a souvenir, my sister should open a Grand Cayman bank account for him. She hopes he'll settle for the wad of Grand Cayman Island currency she brought back on his behalf.

Our island tour included a stop at Hell....

...which is the site of a group of weird limestone rock formations. It looks rather bleak...and is about half the size of a football field.

The little post office here is the perfect place from which to mail postcards back home. Who could we think of that would get a kick out of receiving a postcard from Hell? Why...Pastor Ron, of course. We'll see if he ever gets it...since I knew the address...but not the postal code.

Seven Mile beach was absolutely perfect.

We had turquoise waters...white sand...and the beach to ourselves.

I'd go back to Grand Cayman anytime!

Our last port of call was Montego Bay, Jamaica. We decided to take a shore excursion which took the better part of the day...and gave us a good tour of Jamaica. Let's just say, I won't be promoting any vacations to Jamaica from what I observed.

The highlight of our daytrip was our visit to Dunn River Falls. We knew that we were to come prepared to get wet...but I had full intentions of taking my camera with me. At the very last moment, we realized our hike was not on a path alongside the falls...but UP the actual waterfall. I quickly rented a locker where I could leave my camera and wallet...

...and joined the group hiking up the falls. What a fun time we had!

It was a rather wet two-hour coach ride back to the cruise ship!
We never saw any local coffee shops to speak of...but this is how coffee is distributed in Jamaica.

I could have bought a sack or two...right out of the back seat of the dealer's vehicle...but wasn't sure how Canada Customs would handle my purchase.

Blue Mountain coffee has developed a reputation that has made it one of the most expensive and sought-after coffees in the world.

This was rather what the local markets looked like in Jamaica...complete with graffiti and interesting signage.

"When in as the Jamaicans do!" I think that may be a little off-base...but my souvenir from Jamaica was a head of braids. I had no intentions of having my hair braided...and still have not quite figured out how I landed up in the chair and came out with braids. These people are forceful! The consolation was that it was just the front that was braided...and with all my hair...they were all but hidden.

They braids came home with me...and my granddaughters were amused.

We left the Jamaican flag flying in the distance...and so ended our visit to three Caribbean islands.

We are left with many wonderful memories... the sun sets on the Baerg Family Cruise 2009!

Have a wonderful day...


  1. I loved these pics Judy and they were so familiar right down to the Future Walmart!! We are of the same mind as you..about returning to Jamaica.
    Thank you for taking us along on your tour..uou are an amazing guide!

  2. That beach on Grand Cayman looks heavenly. And the trip up the falls would be such an adventure.

    Another lovely tour!! Thanks for taking us along Judy.

    BTW - I think the braids look very pretty on you.

  3. Judy, whatever they did with your braids - it looks lovely. And your pics of the waterfall adventure sure look like that was fun. Dairymary

  4. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing it.

  5. I've never been to that part of the world - someday - and I'll keep in mind your comment on Jamaica.
    The beaches look lovely, and the hike up the waterfall would be on the list of The Great Dane's must do's. Your braids are very 'regal'!

  6. Gorgeous photos. The water in the Caribbean is such a beautiful blue. I got a kick out of the future Walmart.

    Thanks for letting us tag along on your wonderful trip. It was very enjoyable.

  7. Oh wow! I remember seeing so many of these locations in photos that my sister took of her vacation. I particularly remember Dunn River Falls. She said it was named after her.

    Wonderful photos and thank you for sharing your trip and experience. You and Elmer look perfectly content. I like the braids!

  8. That is an amazing post.
    I think I would love to do a cruise like that...Maybe you could organize your own tour group and begin utilizing your services and become financially wealthy overnight....
    The waters are exceptionally green..that is so appealing.

  9. Judy, I just loved every single picture and all of the stories. What a privilege to be a small part of your memorable vacation. Very good picture of you and your husband!

  10. It looks like a fabulous trip. You have taken some super photos. They look like they could be pictures on the wall. Get stuff!

  11. What beautiful pictures! I never get tired of looking at pictures of beaches.

    I would definately like to hike up the waterfall.

    Thanks for the tour!

  12. Judy you made me laugh a few times reading this report!

    My daughter vacationed once in Jamaica with friends, and they would agree with you about it.
    Walking up the waterfall was the highlight of their trip, and it looks like it was the same for you and Elmer.

    The sun and warm waters must have been so relaxing on all the islands.

    Your braids actually look very pretty!

  13. Loved the pics and the commentary. We made these same stops on a cruise many many years ago and it doesn't look like much has changed in that all. Jamaica 35 years ago "freaked me out!" and our 7 day adventure became 4 days...not to be repeated. Love the braids...such a fun thing to do on a vacation...thanks for sharing!

  14. Judy, you have done just a wonderful job of documenting the family cruise for your family all the while making it so interesting for the rest of us too ..
    I still think I want to come with you next time. . you have the best holidays. .

  15. Wonderful moments. You were so brave to have the braids!

  16. You crack me up sending your pastor a postcard from Hell. That is too funny :0)

    The waterfall hike looked so fun.

    And the Walmart store...gotta love it:]

    Too bad you couldn't of hauled some of that coffee home.


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