One full day of cruising and George Town

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Oceania's Regatta

Flag of Cayman Islands  , Grand Cayman,
Wednesday, January 12, 2011

The Regatta at George Town

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JAN 12: Miami. This was our embarkation day, and our group met in the hotel lobby at 11:30 for our bus ride to the dock where we boarded our ship, Oceania's Regatta. I've sailed on her several times before, but this was the last cruise before it was being sent to the Bahama's for a complete renovation.

After we boarded the boat, we were asked to have lunch until they announced when our staterooms will be ready. My roommate and I went up to the Terrace Cafe for lunch, and
I visited the boat's library and found a book by Simon Winchester (one of my favorite authors), “The Man Who Loved China.” I thought I'd be able to read the whole book (some 300+ pages), but was able to complete only 2/3ds before returning it on the last day of the cruise. My wife volunteers at the local library, so I've asked her to look for it. It's about an eccentric biochemist from Cambridge who reveals the genius of China and what they discovered long before other
cultures claimed them. It mentions the oldest printed documents from China that I've seen at the British Museum in London many decades ago.  * My wife told me it was checked out and overdue.  She will get a call when the book is returned.

Our staterooms were ready for occupancy before 3PM, but not all the luggage were available, but I was completely unpacked by dinner time. We departed Miami at 5PM for our first port of call at Georgetown, Grand Cayman, for the day after a full cruising day.




JAN 13: Cruising day. Macchia Winery, the “sponsor” of our wines during this cruise specializes in red zins that have intense fruit flavors, but high in alcoholic content – with some close to or at 16%. The winery had their first wine tasting on this cruise at the Toscana restaurant. I like their Sangiovese with good, dark, cherry flavor with perfect tanins to
balance the high alcoholic content (15.9%).


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For dinner, I had the sturgeon cavier, onion soup, and Maine lobster. Yum; this cruise line serves some of the best meals in the industry.


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JAN 14: George Town, Grand Cayman, is known for Hell and their turtle farm, but my wife and I have “been there, done that” about ten years ago when we cruised on Crystal's Symphony. My roommate, Alex, and I just took the tender to George Town, and walked about five miles with stops in shops or to take pictures.  We ended up at Coconut Joe's for a snack and local beer before turning back towards our ship. We did stop at Murphy's for a Guinness, and at 7-mile beach to take pictures.
 



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According to a brief that our travel agent provided us on George Town, it's a good place to swim/snorkel with stingrays in addition to shopping for jewelry, cashmere, resort wear and “extraordinary luxury goods," but I'm not on this journey to shop. 

I came for this:



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