Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Cruisin' The Caribbean With Tim

Monday, September 26th
Coco Cay, The Bahamas
Workshop #1

We arrived at Royal Caribbean's private beach, Coco Cay, early in the morning, and Pat and I were on the first tender out, assuring us of our choice of location.  I had no idea their beach was so huge; much larger than any of the private beaches of other cruise lines I've been on.  No need to get there that early, but we settled in and began the tough job of total relaxation.

Our ship as seen from the tender:

the sights as we pulled into shore:

in a couple of hours few of these chairs would be empty:

lots of chickens wandering around the food area looking for a handout:

You know that expression, "hotter than hell?"  Well, without having first hand knowledge of just how hot that is, I'm confident that Coco Cay approached that.  We were on fire!  So much so, that I had to quickly snap a photo of something I received from Stephanie before I ate them all they melted.  I only ate them to prevent a mess in my bag, really.

Can you see that she had the candies printed with the cruise logo, and in Caribbean colors?  How clever is that?  And delicious too.
Pat and I hung in there until around 11:30 when a BBQ lunch was ready.  After some salad, ribs, chicken, rice and corn, we baked in the sun on a long line to get back to the ship.  Apparently we weren't the only ones who found the island to be a bit too toasty.
Usually Tim's first project on a cruise is some sort of travel journal, so we'd have it to work in for the remainder of the trip.  But because of the itinerary, he couldn't do that, but he did want us to do something creative in the limited time we'd have after the ship sailed.  So we worked on:
The Cup of Creativity was an insert for a travel coffee cup, and we incorporated a few cool techniques to create it.  A good beginning, and we wound up with something that we could use for the rest of our voyage.  My group did this from 4:00 - 5:30, and Group B worked on it after dinner, from 8:00 - 9:30.
We got lots of goodies to use and take home, but I'll show them all together (for greater dramatic impact) in a later post.  I will show you the kit we all received and would use in all our projects this week:

Cool apron and some very basic supplies (thank you, Ranger!).  Everything else we'd need for each future project would be in our class kits or on our work tables to share.  That's one of the best things about taking classes with honestly don't have to bring a thing with you.  And when you're traveling a distance to get there, that is a huge help.

Tomorrow is a day at sea, which means a long workshop and our travel journals at last.                                                                                                                                                     


Helen said...

Another great post Eileen! Thanks for sharing - can't wait for tomorrow.

Anonymous said...

such beautiful pictures.... Loooks like a great time.

Anonymous said...

I love that you're going over each day with such detail and with so many awesome pictures. Can't wait to see what's next!

Bearcrazyman said...

Great cup and cool pix..

Vic said...

Thanks for a great post! Those cups are fun.

Lori said...

Nice job on the cup! Thanks for sharing your beach excursion..

Anonymous said...

Oh what FUN!!! I'm SO enjoying your journey!!!

Bethan said...

getting exciting....can't wiat to hear the about the rest of your trip!

lee said...

Thanks for taking us with you on this trip!

andizee said...

u take gr8 pics and make a fun blog!!! always fun 2 read!!!