From anyone who has read any of my previous blogs you will know that one of my favourite countries is Norway or any of the Scandic countries, however when I was younger I fell in love with a picture of Grand Cayman and promised myself one day I would go there. Never in my life did I ever really think this would really happen…………until now
Returning from my very first Caribbean cruise I can happily say that I love the Caribbean, so much so we are even planning another cruise next year. People say that once you visit one island you have visited them all as they are all the same, maybe we just chose our cruise well as each port had something different to offer, and aslong as there’s sun beach and cocktails then I’m happy
My first port of call was Cozumel in Mexico, we had decided to book a tour Tequila tasting at the Jose Cuervo distilery (well when in Rome as they say). This was so much better than I anticipated, we learnt all about the history of Tequila, interesting fact that in a way it is similar to Champagne in that it can only be produced in the Tequila region of Mexico, if not it is called Mezcal. There are different strengths depending on how pure the Agave is and some is aged in barrels for years costing up to $300, if you want to know more I suggest paying a visit. Any excuse to have a holiday I say. I can’t say I saw much of the beaches here in Cozumel as I didn’t get to experience them but the shopping is definitely worth a browse, Cozumel is one of the cheapest places in the Caribbean for Duty free
Next was the port I was most excited about Georgetown in Grand Cayman. From watching the sail in from my balcony I was like a child on Christmas day and couldn’t actually believe that I was here. Again at the port there is a mini shopping centre with shop after shop again as it is tax free another popular shopping destination mainly for duty free or jewellery. Stingray City is one of the most booked tour on the Island where you can feed and swim with Stingrays, however my plan was to visit Seven Mile beach, this is known as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, however actually only 5.5 miles not 7 so not sure where the name came from. Once you leave the port complex there are an abundance of taxis to take you anywhere on the island, the guide recommended SeaGrape beach and off we went…….and wow what can I say my memories of that picture lived up to all my expectations it was amazing, golden white sand, clear turquoise sea that shimmered in the sunlight. I literally threw my stuff on the sand and ran into the water, the strangest aspect was that it was warm. Go into any ocean in the Mediterranean and its always cold so this was a surprise. Sailing away at the end of the day was so very sad I could’ve stayed there for so much longer
Jamaica was our next port and off we went to Dunn’s river falls, I was a bit sceptical as I had heard such mixed reviews but it far exceeded my expectations, infact I would say its one of the best activities to clear a hangover and wake you up. The guides were amazing and made it so much fun, I would definitely recommend it. The tour of Ochos Rios afterwards wasn’t quite as good but driving along the coast road and seeing the stunning clear beaches made me want to jump out of the car and dive in, its a good job I’m sensible isn’t it!
Last stop was actually my favourite and this was CocoCay, Celebrity and Royal Caribbean’s private island in the Bahamas. Wow this was as close to paradise as I think I’ll ever get. It was stunning from the tender boat into the little bay to walking over the white sand and seeing the view of the sparkling water and the colourful beach huts converted into shops, bars and water sports outlets. Best of all you needed no cash, Celebrity provided all the food almost like you were at the buffet restaurant on board and courtesy of our drinks package we could have all the water (and cocktails) we liked. The only downside and I’m being really picky now is that the image was slightly ruined by seaweed in the water, I am not a big lover of it but it didn’t deter me from enjoying my last day of the cruise in style
So for my first trip to the Caribbean its a big thumbs up and something I would definitely recommend, if you haven’t already paid a visit you need to soon, I’m already looking at where we can go next year. I’ve heard Aruba and Barbados is lovely, if you have any recommendations or want to know anything then drop me a line