Cruise- Carnival Liberty > Freeport, Grand Cayman, Cozumel
Believe it or not my main reason for going on this cruise was for a credit in college and it did not start off very well. Largely because I had contracted the stomach flu the Saturday before departure and I was a disaster. My parents pawned me off on my program co-ordinator and I slept on the airport floor. Then I spent the first day at sea aboard the Carnival- Liberty asleep in my room. Dinner I joined my classmates and ate with them, the chef was kind enough to make me a bisque since I still could not keep solids down.
Day two we docked at Freeport, Bahamas and since I had not signed up for any shore excursions, I got off the boat and just walked around exploring the port and the beach. By dinner that night I was back to my old self and able to try some of the amazing menu items. After dinner, I took a stroll around the ship to see where everything was.
Day three we were out to sea again so I spent the day lounging in the sun with my classmates and pigging out at the lunch buffet. We ate a spectacular dinner again and this night I went off to try my luck at the casino.
Day four we docked at Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands where I have never seen such blue water. Here I had signed up to see Hell, a Turtle Farm and swim with the stingrays. Hell is roughly the size of half a football field and consists of short, black limestone formations. It looks like the earth’s surface was devastated by a huge blast.
The Cayman Turtle Farm was a fun experience where you could pet and fee the turtles. The Farm itself is a breeding center for the endangered Green Sea Turtle. Here they allow you to interact with the turtles. I had never see them so big before.
**~UPDATE~** Since my visit in 2007 the Cayman Turtle Farm, now known as Cayman Turtle Center, has had reports of animal cruelty ranging from harvesting the endangered turtles for meat to poor living conditions. I do not support any business or person that harms animals in any way. Please think twice about this excursion.
Swimming with the stingrays was a very exciting experience, in that Stingray City is in the middle of the ocean on a sandbar! Groups of tourists in boats flock to the sand bar in order feed, pet and swim with these majestic creatures. We got to feed them some squid and we could each take a picture with them. It is a must do if you visit Grand Cayman. Before we headed back to the ship we had lunch at Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville.
Day five we spent at sea heading to Cozumel, Mexico and on day six when we arrived we could not dock. There was a massive storm and the waves were too high which caused rough seas. So, we had an extra day at sea before we returned to Miami, Florida to board our plan and head home.