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Grand Stirrup Cay

March 13th, 2012

Having to admire the audacity of cruise lines – apparently NCL owns this small flat piece of real estate off the florida coast. I have no idea how they procured it or from whom (public auction? Surviving Drug Lord Widow? Hurricane sale?) but I understand why. A day at the beach with the location owned/controlled by the cruise line. No money possibly going outside any of their profit centers. Cruise card good for snorkeling, parasailing or jet skiing.

Anyway. Tenders in – flat bottomed two tier obviously homed on the Cay means that we were tossed about in an open boat rather than one of the lifeboats locked to the outside of the ship’s deck 7/8.

It provided a nice view of the sea, white sand, the ship and people having a great time doing beach stuff for hours except for the kids who seemed to make repeated runs down the water slide.

Personally, once I found that I couldn’t get to the hammock -it was time to head back to the ship. I may be the only person on board who will return without a sunburn.

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  1. Helen
    March 17th, 2012 at 23:54 | #1

    Sounds like you were the only sensible one!!

    Be sun smart is what they say here….there must be a lot of dumb people there..ouch!

  2. Holly
    March 17th, 2012 at 23:55 | #2

    @Helen
    you should see all the idiots with sun burns. Not us – Maus used a lot of sun block and is fine, and I really don’t get the purpose in coming home looking like a lobster!

  3. Carmen
    March 17th, 2012 at 23:56 | #3

    If there are no shells to pick up (and I don’t need more shells anyway) , then there’s nothing for me on a beach but too much sun! So, you have your absolute pick of where to lounge on the ship then. Is this a big one – so there are lots of options?

  4. Holly
    March 17th, 2012 at 23:57 | #4

    there are several options on where to lounge. I am finding that outside on deck 7 is about the best – fewest people and away from both the spring breakers and the kids. I don’t need to hang out at the pool. I sometimes wonder why I even bother to bring along a swim suit since I avoid crushes of people in pools….

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