This morning we actually slept in a bit until 8:15am. We ordered room service breakfast again and ate it on our balcony as we watched the ship pull into Jamaica. We had a bit of time before our Jamaican excursion, so Tim went to participate in a golf driving contest (he got bronze) and I went and booked our next cruise – a Canada/New England cruise next October for 9 nights (this time we’ll bring the kids!)…..anyone want to join us?
Montego Bay, Jamaica (from our balcony)
The market already all set-up ready for tourists to shop
We then headed down to the gangway and stepped into Jamaica. It was chaos everywhere with all of these tour places and thousands of tourists, but somehow we found our tour guides who put us on an air conditioned bus. After everyone was on the bus, we started off, but it took about 40 minutes to just get out of the parking lot with all the madness going on. Crazy. Anyway, we drove about 45 mins through Jamaica and it was beautiful. We saw lots of houses, schools, jails, and farming land (mostly oranges!). Very pretty island! They drive on the left side of the road, so that was funny getting used to and a lot of the streets are really narrow and one vehicle going one way has to stop to let the other one going the other way get through. Finally we got to our destination - a forest in Montego Bay.
Once there, we signed a waiver and they fitted us with a helmet, gloves and a harness system and then we were on our way. We got a quick safety briefing on how the harness/pulley system worked and off we went to our first zipline. My stomach was in knots, but WOW, was it ever fun! I screeched the whole way across and it was only a little zipline. What a rush it was to be swinging through trees so high up! In between ziplines there were long hikes that definitely helped us to work off our breakfast….as well, our tour guides were hilarious (yeah, mon). There were about 6 or 7 ziplines total with the last one being REALLY long and REALLY high…..woooooo……..it was great just zipping across and looking around at the beautiful surroundings. We then took a group picture and headed back to the ship.
We did stop to do a bit of shopping in the terminal in front of the ship, but we didn’t get much…..just some coffee and a Jamaican Dora for Kaia to add to her vast Dora collection. When we got back on the ship, we were famished as it had been about 8 hours since our last meal….we got a quick snack as we didn’t want to ruin dinner. Then we headed to our cabins to shower and get ready for dinner. For dinner we went to the specialty steakhouse on board called Chops. It was fabulous and I watched Tim consume the biggest piece of steak and biggest baked potato ever! Mine was yummy too, but I was boring and just got scallops, no steak for me. It was funny because when we were ordering they brought out all the raw meat to show us the different cuts. I forgot to bring my camera or else I would have taken a picture. After dinner we walked around a bit and we found an empty nightclub called Catacombs where we found this girl hiding out:
Shortly after was the ice show called “Encore”…..it was AMAZING. You wouldn’t believe some of the movies these performers did. We thoroughly enjoyed the show, though Tim was stuck behind a pole and missed some of it….it was was a packed house. After the ice show we went to a game show called “Love and Marriage” which was hilarious. They got three couples from the audience to participate: Newlyweds, a couple married 20 years and a couple married over 50 years. They asked the men and women questions and their partners had to try to guess their answers, much like the Newlywed game. We enjoyed the good laugh! After that, it was after midnight, we were zonked (no naps today!!! LOL) and so we headed to bed excited for scuba diving in Grand Cayman tomorrow!
"Encore" - and Ice spectacular!
"Love and Marriage" Game Show