Saturday, August 29, 2009

Smooth Sailin'

In between weekends with Joseph, Ruth, Kristy, and Cameron, the Carnival Inspiration took us on a 5-night cruise from Tampa to Grand Cayman island and Cozumel, Mexico. The blue sky was sunny and clear, the indigo water smooth and warm, the sunrises and sunsets beautiful, and the ports quite enjoyable. We were a little apprehensive about taking a Carnival cruise, but our time on the Inspiration surprised us and we were able to have some fun and get some rest and relaxation. The ship, the food, the entertainment, and our stateroom all exceeded our expectations.

The highlight of this trip had to be the time at Stingray City in Grand Cayman. To be surrounded by these large, strong, and graceful creatures was a bit intimidating at first, but as you can see we quickly got used to them. Kitty even gave one a kiss! At Cozumel we again took the ferry to the Mexican mainland and spent the day at Xcaret eco-park. It was as much fun as last year!

Where we went ... sail-away celebration ... under the Skyway Bridge
Interesting decor ... tender at Grand Cayman ... Turtle Farm
Fresh coconut ... the scenery at "Hell" ... approaching Stingray City
Enjoying Stingray City
Dinner companions ... nighttime atrium neon ... the Cozumel pier
Xcaret eco-park ... Kitty relaxing ... sunset on the Gulf

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