Caribbean Cruise

Tampa to Grand Cayman to Cozumel and Back
Carnival Paradise
July 18-23, 2016
Robert and Natalie and their family; Steve and Sandra and their family; Nanny; and Jay gathered in Tampa for a cruise on the Carnival Paradise from July 18-23 to Grand Cayman and Cozumel and back. We were missing Rusty and Anne and Bonnie Jane because of concerns over the Zika Virus in Mexico, and while we wished they could be with us, we understood that this was a necessary choice.

On the first day of the cruise we left home early in two vehicles, Robertís and Steveís SUVs. Steve had arranged with his brother Rick, who works in downtown Tampa, to park both these vehicles on Rickís property, which worked out well.

Boarding was smooth, and we all headed to the Lido Deck for one of our many meals. The cruise included two full days at sea, most of a day at Grand Cayman, and a long day at Cozumel. For our ship time we used the pools, watched the shows, listened to karaoke and to Sydney sing karaoke, laughed at comedians, played miniature golf and cornhole and ping pong, enjoyed room service, tried some of the trivia games, and flew paper airplanes.

As usual, we enjoyed about everything, including the ability to sit down as a family for our meals, so we took all our dinners in the dining room and almost all of our breakfasts.

At Grand Cayman we spent time at Seven Mile Beach and had a good time there in the Caribbean waters.

At Cozumel, we followed our plans and traveled by taxi to Paradise Beach. The facility there was first class. Every bit of it was clean, the washrooms and changing rooms were almost immaculate, the pool was beautiful, we had beach chairs under palm trees probably within 50 feet of the water, and the facility had snorkeling equipment, two-person kayaks, paddle boards, and a great waterpark that the kids really enjoyed - including the big kids. The water was a bit rocky, but that did not deter our fun. Also, snorkeling is tough on a sand beach (versus a reef) but the family found fish under the pier. A good day.

And a great cruise.

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