Day 11: Grand Cayman

The day starts really early with the alarm clock going off at 6:30 AM. Luckily we turned the clocks back one hour last night. It thus is not as early as it seems.

Today we are at Grand Cayman. The water in the harbor being too shallow for docking, the Magic lays anchor off the coast. Tender boats ferry the guests to shore. We meet at 8 AM with our SCUBA diving group and transfer all together. At shore we are taken care of by a fine crew of Red Sail Sports, a local dive operator. After a short check-in procedure, we board a boat to our first dive site.

Shortly before we reach our first dive site, we get some liquid sunshine. The rain doesn't last for long and does not change our plans. Our first dive ist at the "Caribbean Club Sand Shoe Site". This wall dive turns out to be not all that exciting. Actually we both did not see the actual wall. The second dive takes us to the "Oro Verde Wreck". This cargo ship was intentionally sunk in order to create an artificial reef. Over the years hurricanes have taken their toll on the wreck. It now is more of wreck of a wreck of a wreck. An curious tradition here has it that dive instructors leaving the island ride their bikes from the boat into the ocean. We get to "ride" one of the bikes we find on the ocean floor. We also create our "Titanic moment" on the bow of the wreck. Then we head off onto the reef. Shallow waters allow for a lot of light. We get to swim with several large schools of fish.

After the second dive we return to port in Georgetown. Here we drop off our suitcase with dive gear at the Disney security check station. We plan to take a walking tour of the city. This is however cut short by the high temperatures and burning sun. Anyways we find the area no to be that attractive. It is a harbor area as unsightly as you would imagine. All there is too see are the many jewelry and gift shops. Here we find Swiss watches of brands we never heard of. All in all Grand Cayman leaves us with the impression of a tourist trap. They sure could do better in presenting themselves as an attractive holiday destination.

Back on the Magic we grab Pizza for a late lunch. Then we head to the Walt Disney Theatre for a screening of Wall-e, the "new" Disney-Pixar animated movie. The characters are really cute. So is the story. Yet Wall-e fails to measure up to the like of Monsters, Inc. or Finding Nemo.

Tonight is Pirate's night on board. After lunch the "Pirates in the Caribbean" party is held on deck 9. The party culminates in a fireworks show. Seeing fireworks from a moving ship is something really special: you are constantly moving away from the balls of light created in the sky.

After a long and strenuous day we are ready for bed. Good night!

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