Day MOS2, Tuesday, December 11, Coco Cay, Bahamas

Trip Start Dec 07, 2012
Trip End Dec 22, 2012

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

I started the day off with a 2-mile walk on the Promenade deck. The walk
usually goes all the way around the ship and is only about 3.4 laps to a
mile, but today quite brisk winds forced closing of the bow and the walk
became a series of U's. It started out pretty overcast, but the rising
sun did manage to find a thin spot to come through.
CoCo Cay is originally Little Stirrup Cay, one of the Bahama Islands,
and is used by Royal Caribbean on a 99-year lease. A permanent staff of
about 100 is supplemented by ship's crew and commuters from a nearby
island. There is no dock and we anchored in the harbor, coming into the
island by large tenders permanently stationed there.
I am not a beach person, but I did book the "Nature Walk". I took the
first tender to the island, arriving around 8:15, and walked around the
island until the 9AM tour start. Gardenia took us around a little bit of
the island, spending most of our time on the Nature Trail. What we saw
was mostly plants but we did get a good look at an iguana and learned
that there are also cats, chickens, and peacocks on the island. She
spent most of her time talking about the mostly good (except for
poisonwood) trees and shrubs and how the fruits, leaves, and bark are
used to treat various aliments. It was a sunny day and I found it very
pleasant in the shade but the heat was a bit oppressive in the sun. When the walk ended around 10:30 I returned to the ship to relax a bit, returning to the island for lunch.  

When the walk ended around 10:30 I returned to the ship to relax a bit, returning to the island for lunch.  A cookout (mostly barbecue) was held at Blackbeards, tasty dogs, burgers, bbq, and lots of trimmings.  I spent the afternoon on the ship, enjoying the quiet of having so many people ashore.  Sailaway was at or a little before 5PM.

This was our formal night, again with 9 of us for a lovely dinner.  When I returned to my room, I confirmed that towel animals are alive and well.  The duck and the Fillet of Beef seemed to be the favorites.  Captain Kjell held his welcome aboard reception in the Sound of Music Theater followed by an energetic performance of Signed Sealed Delivered.

Today's parting shot is a repeat of the one I did when the Enchantment visited Labadee:

"My parting shot today is ship's security.  We have had to go through quite sensitive metal detectors and have our belongs x-rayed in detail at each port.  Labadee is a closed environment with everything that comes in under RCI control.  Lamy confirmed that we are not permitted to leave the complex.  There is little to no chance of contraband, but there were still significant lines at the scanners returning to the ship.  FDR once said 'We have nothing to fear but fear itself'.  There seems to be an ample supply of that."

Same seems to apply to CoCo Cay, with the happy exception that I didn't encounter any lines.

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