I woke up about 6:30 (we’d changed our clocks again last night) and got caught up on this blog and did some online work.
Even sitting out on the balcony at 7:30 am was hot.
Today is the 12 Metre America’s Cup Regatta. We looked forward to this since we heard it was an excursion on this cruise. We had been on an America’s Cup in Hawaii and loved it. (There are lots of images missing there – I’d hosted a blog on Posterous and they stopped hosting, and I lost all my online images. I still have them on my computer and I’ll try to add them back in…eventually)
We disembarked and waited with our guide onshore until it was time to walk over to the dock where we picked up our ferry to the 2 America’s Cup sailboats. While on the ferry, we were sorted into 2 teams for the race and we were assigned to our positions. I was in charge of the cooler :) This gave me an opportunity to take lots of photos and 4 videos:
Here are today’s photos:
After the race, we walked around the shops by the pier. I bought some vanilla for a friend and Tom had his picture taken outside the Drugs and Deli. I think that’s a requirement for anyone who goes to this port.
What a great day!
After that was successful, we went to the Garden Cafe for breakfast.
About 10:30, we went down to 4 and down the gangplank to check out a bit of Jamaica. We were at the regular cargo pier (#2), so we took a shuttle over to the cruise terminal.
This terminal was several tacky shops but Tom got some postcards and I got a little bag for carrying my Kindle on deck. He looked at watches in The Royal Store but didn’t buy anything. They gave us a free Jamaica keychain for looking. Whoopee!
We took the shuttle back and made good use of most of the other folks being on tours and such. We had a hot tub to ourselves for over half an hour.
In a bit, a couple folks joined us. One was a veterinarian and Tom told her about my Cushing’s experiences. After about 45 minutes I got out to read for a while. Then in the pool – salt water! Who knew?
Tom thought I should go over and talk to the veterinarian but I said I was on vacation, not here to “talk shop” unless I found that Cushie-looking woman again.
We stopped by the Great Outdoors and had some coffee. A yellow butterfly flew by but didn’t stop at our table. It wasn’t as big as Alice’s butterfly, but I wondered all the same… How does a tiny thing like that fly up to the 12th deck of a ship?
I’ve been thinking a lot about Alice on this trip. She would have loved this cruise, especially the Sea Days. Looking all around at the vastness of the ocean, the beautiful clouds, sunsets, the moon. I know her soul is out there, somewhere, in one of these beautiful things that God has created.
Back in our cabin, it was fun watching people hustle back to make the 3:30 all-aboard. I got some shots of the ship just sliding out from the dock, parallel to it, instead of backing into the Star Taurus. The folks on board that ship looked happy that we didn’t hit them, too.
We bid a fond adieu to Montego Bay and head off into the sunset.
We tried the Garden Cafe for dinner tonight, too. Pretty good – both plates worth!
The usual after-dinner deck stroll, then back to the cabin. I was asleep by 9:00PM…and up at midnight doing my website chores and blog-writing.
We didn’t go to the show again.
Tonight’s towel animal was a lobster.
Wednesday, November 20th, 2013
Today’s Forecast: Mostly Sunny 85F/30C
Sunrise: 6:22 am
Sunset: 5:34 pm
Arrival: 8:00 am
All Aboard: 3:30 pm
- Interesting Facts About Jamaica (travelingmyself.com)
- See Jamaica On The Cheap (traveltrailerblog.com)
- Cruise shipping row brewing: Amid reports of possible head tax reduction in MoBay (joeyissainsights.wordpress.com)