Friday, March 20, 2020

October 28, 2019 – Approaching Grand Cayman Island – Mostly Sunny – mid 80s

Distance from New Orleans to Georgetown, Grand Cayman   255 Nautical Miles

Still up way too early but I was at the Marketplace when it opened so I could get breakfast, which, while being the same every day, continues be a wonderful experience - peaceful and delicious.

There are several talks this morning in the Galaxy Lounge as we are not getting into Georgetown, Grand Cayman until noon. Jay is talking about slavery at 9:30 AM and I am on after him at 10:30 AM with “Forensics and History: The Mystery of the Romanovs”.  The advert outside the theater is always nice (spelling doesn't count).

Jay, as always, had a nice crowd and finished his talk about 10:15 AM.  Set up is very fast because all of my talks have already been downloaded to the laptop in the theater.  I popped in my clicker and got my headset on and spent the next fifteen minutes talking to the passengers.  

I was a bit anxious about this talk because of the time slot and other factors.  However, at showtime, the theater was more than 80 percent full.  I got a nice brief intro from Shane.  

The talk went very well and finished in 50 minutes exactly.  A very nice round of applause followed along with a couple of “thank you's” for a nice talk.  It all worked out.

At the beginning of my talk, the ship’s bow thrusters went on and the anchor dropped indicating our arrival at our anchorage off Georgetown.  We are here with the Carnival Paradise 

and I could not see any ships docked.  Our past visits here have involved docking.  Our time here is short – only about six hours- so we decided to stay on board.  I think quite a few passengers decided to stay as well.

We shared a delicious pizza from the Trident Grill and I had a salad from the Market Place buffet.  All good and not too heavy.

More afternoon reading in the Silk seats – now about half way through my book and I am starting to figure out what is going on.

We are having dinner in Waterside tonight because they are offering grilled salmon.  The salmon was delicious and along with a small salad (with grilled veggies) and a wonderful lemon meringue tart made for a wonderful meal.  The coffee was so good I had a refill.

We went to the early show tonight featuring our old friend, Comedian John Joseph.  He still picks on late comers but his show was different tonight hitting on new topics.  He was very entertaining.

From the theater, we went to the Starlite Lounge to hear Johanna Jolson sing with the showband.  She sang some great songs but the band got very loud and we had to retire to our rooms. 

We read a little bit before calling it a day.

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