A Chilly Day in CocoCay
Trip Start Jan 03, 2010
5Trip End Jan 10, 2010
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Since Chad and JP closed down the boat's bars the night before, Challi got off to a slow start on a chilly day in CocoCay. CocoCay is a small island in the Bahamas completely owned by Royal Caribbean, and aside from a barbecue on the beach, there really isn’t much to do aside from the beachy excursions like snorkeling, parasailing or swimming. Since it was still pretty chilly, we weren’t planning to partake in the activities.
So while everyone else was either on the island or waiting to board a tender to get to the island (that line was long!), we walked around the ship and explored its many decks. Eventually, we found the hot tubs that stick out from the side of the ship eleven decks above the ocean below where you could actually look out the slanted windows all the way down to the water, the side of the ship, and the tender boats taking people over to CocoCay
About an hour later, the ride over on the tender was breezy and very choppy, but once we got to the island, we enjoyed a nice lunch at a picnic table as the sun struggled to break through. After lunch we turned around to discover that Steve and Erik had been sitting right behind us. We enjoyed some family time, and then Challi took a walk to the back side of the island for some photos before it was time to head back to the ship. We found Wanderers Beach and a grave that is purported to be that of the pirate Blackbeard (more to come on him later), and then we got Miranda out of her daytime program before we all headed back to the ship. Challi, Hallie, and Erik went up to the hot tubs as the ship left CocoCay, and we ran into Caro (JP’s wife) and Andrea. We all got drinks, and Erik said that Chad’s description of the current situation would make a great Facebook status report:
We are sitting in a hot tub eleven floors above the ocean, having drinks with family and friends, moving twenty miles an hour across the blue waters below as the sun sets over the islands of the Bahamas.
There was a reason we switched from the hot tub on the port side to the one on the starboard side, and watching that sunset was the reason.
That night was the first formal night of the cruise – the Captain’s Dinner. Read with a Norwegian accent: "Good evening ladies and gentlemen, this is Captain Eric speaking from the bridge tonight
We all hit the craps table later and introduced Hallie and Erik to all the fun.
Day Three was a sea day, and Challi started off by heading upstairs to the Windjammer for breakfast where they ran into the Hurtados. After a few down hours, we met up with the Hurtados again, this time planned, for lunch in the formal dining room. Long lunches with friends and wine are fun!
That afternoon we went to the ice show, and Miranda was picked from the crowd to be in the show. About half-way through, they picked her up and put her in a small, wooden ship and pushed her around the ice. Before dinner we went back to The Pub, this time for some Boddington’s, and them to the Beatlemania show, which was high-energy and a lot of fun. We had another great dinner with the family. And then we ran into the Hurtados for drinks at our usual spot – Boleros. Chad taught the Hurtado family how to properly dance the salsa and meringue, even though they are Columbian and already knew how.