On Day 2 of my Carnival Breeze cruise I had the privilege of visiting Grand Cayman. I had heard so many great things about Seven Mile Beach and this was my opportunity to visit one of the best beaches in the world! YAY! Ships are unable to dock at Grand Cayman so we had to be tendered. We got off the ship super fast and I'd like to thank the nice people at Carnival for having such an efficient tendering process!
Unfortunately, when we got off the ship the sky looked questionable. I tried to reassure myself that this was the Caribbean and it would pass over. I had no idea what was in store for me a few hours later. My group grabbed a taxi from the port and headed over to Royal Palms Beach Club. The taxi ride was $4 per person from the port area. I had found out about Royal Palms through my trusty friend TripAdvisor and had decided that this was going to be my take selfies and chill day.
Royal Palms Beach Club
On arrival, I was impressed with the property at Royal Palms and it looked just how it did in pictures. The ocean water was picturesque and the facilities were very clean. The one thing that I hated about Royal Palms was that I could not connect to Wi-Fi. No one in my group could, and neither could some other guests at the property. During this entire vacation I felt like I was Drake, because I had to constantly ask, “What’s the code to the wiiiiiifiiiiiii??” At every hotel, beach club, etc. this question got asked. By the end of the week I broke down and purchased 24 hours of Carnival’s Wi-Fi.
Since, I was unable to connect to the Wi-Fi any attempts to post selfies and make my coworkers jealous were squandered. I opted to just lay around on the beach chairs, and frolic around in the water. But, it was kind of chilly due to the cloud cover. After about 2 hours at being at Royal Palms the clouds started talking and it began to rain. We sought shelter in our cabana and decided to order some food. My husband and I love to eat conch fritters whenever we’re in the Caribbean so we were excited to order them at Royal Palms. Unfortunately, they were a true let down. They were such a disappointment that moving forward I’ll only order them if I’m in the Bahamas. They were all fritters and no conch. Seriously, what’s the point of having conch fritters without the actual conch? If you're ever at Royal Palms don't order the conch fritters. You can thank me later.
Teyonce, Tyson, the hubby, and I had decided that we were going to rent jet ski’s. We had went on a trip to Miami back in July and were unable to so today was redemption. The price of the jet skis were $100 plus a deposit so it was a go. We were all hype and ready to go, but Teyonce needed to take a quick bathroom break so we waited for her to get back.
Teyonce’s decision to use the bathroom saved our lives. Minutes after she got back from the bathroom it started raining again. However, this was no ordinary rain. This rain was so bad that it felt like it marked the flood back in Noah’s day. Once again we all huddled in the cabana but it was no help against the wind and rain. Soon enough, we started to see random umbrella’s flying around the property, and we knew that we had to move. By that time everyone had left the beach and most people were huddled under the bar area’s canopies and by the bathrooms. The heavy rain continued to taunt us as we ended up finding a space under the awning of the bathroom. We stayed there for about 10 minutes until we realized that our best bet would be to head back to the ship. Puddles started to turn into flood waters, and at that point I knew that my beach day was a WRAP. We made our way back to to the port to wait for tendering.While we waited for tendering it stopped raining so it was safe for me to get a few shots of people waiting to be tendered.
Thankfully, when we got back on the boat the nice crew of the Carnival Breeze were waiting with warm towels. This was a nice gesture since many of the guests were soaking wet from the torrential rains. Instead of sulking over the rain ,my group decided to hit the waterslides and enjoy the rest of our day. I definitely need a re-do of Grand Cayman, since my day got rained out, but I made the best of it. Once again, Tyson was able to capture our Grand Cayman day so go see it from this perspective below.