Apologies for the duplicate post. Must have sneezed during the original.
We took the kids on our second Micky cruise, this time 7 days in the Western Caribbean, with ports of call at Cozumel, George Town Grand Cayman, Falmouth Jamaica, and Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay. Knowing that we would be on a boat for a week, I primed myself for the experience by a repeat listening of Hornfischer’s epic narrative of the battle of Leyte Gulf, The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors.
With roughly equal displacement to the largest battleship class ever produced (IJN Yamato), but 276 ft longer, the Disney Fantasy would be our ride for 7 days and nights on the Caribbean sea. And while she lacked the unequalled firepower of the Yamato’s 18" main guns, the Fantasy was equipped sufficient sources of adult beverages to quell the attacks of the most needy offspring. Born at the Meyer Werft GmbH & Co. KG shipyard of Papenburg, Germany, the Fantasy is a magnificent piece of hardware.
Sailing from Port Canaveral, gave me pause to observe, albeit at the extreme limits of my iPhone’s digital zoom, a historical assembly building and associated launch pad, second embarkation cocktail be damned.
Knowing that hurricane Nate’s path would bisect our planned route, we were anticipating an experience akin to rounding Cape Hope. But even averaging 21 kts, our ship would would pass well behind the storm, leaving us time to reflect above calmer seas. Thus, with kids dropped off at the Oceaneer’s Lab, mom sacked out for a well deserved nap, with libation in hand, dad was left feeling a bit like a master, if not so much the commander.
Have to appreciate a wife whom shows up to the lifeboat drill without her vest, but with mugs in hand ready to be refilled. The crew was appropriately unamused. “Here love. Trade you my vest for those refillables.”
Landing in George Town was a pleasant surprise. We very much enjoyed our day there.
Among one of the very cool things that we decided to do while at port, was to take the kids on a “semi-submarine” tour of Hog Sty Bay. Below lie beautiful reefs and several wrecks, this one a 380 ft. freighter lost to a fire.
WIll upload a few more photos if they look interesting.