- Reviews: 5818
Navigator of the Seas: Cruise Ship Accomodations
The Navigator of the Seas is one of Royal Caribbean International's five Voyager-class cruise ships built in 2002. We have enjoyed cruising on Royal caribbean ships as well as Celebrity, Princess, NCL and Disney. On this particular cruise we enjoyed a junior suite with a large balcony.
Our cruise is what they call a "wraparound" cruise; which is a long weekend cruise. Our ship departed from Fort Lauderdale and stooped in Grand Cayman, Cozumel and Coco Cay. It was a fun tip and we enjoyed seeing Grand Cayman and Cozumel for the first time.
The ship has many amenities such as:
Ice skating rink
Rock climbing wall
Nine-hole miniature golf course
Full-sized basketball court
Royal Promenade, complete with shops and pub
Mardi Gras themed Casino
Three-story main dining room
Bars and lounges
Day spa and Fitness Center
3 saltwater pools
6 hot tubs
Ancient Greco-Roman themed Solarium
Helicopter Landing Pad
The ship is quite beautiful and we have sailed it twice to date. The Voyager class ships are quite large and I like sailing on their class of vessel.
- Reviews: 8
Tropical Breeze Grand Cayman: Grand Caymans best Bed and Breakfast
My partner and I went out on a limb when we decided to stay at this Bed and Breakfast because we were not sure what to expect at all. The pictures were nice, and 'Lisa' was more then helpful with us over the phone with directions and making us feel at home once we arrived. The price was significantly less expensive compared to most of the hotels on Seven Mile Beach area.
The reason being that we were a little off the beaten path, in Boddentown. Because we rented a jeep though this was no problem for us if we wanted to visit the tourist area and seven mile beach.
Waiting in line later discussiong with feelow tourists our stay, we were surprised to hear that people who had stayed at larger Hotels were fed up with 'treated like cattle' service and with 'sitting shoulder to shoulder by the pool' because their places were so busy.
We felt very lucky to have found Tropical Breeze. I realize this is probably due most people wanting to be in the busy area of the island, but for the 20 minute drive it was worth it.
Tropical Breeze was a beautiful house with a great view of the beach where we were able to enjoy some snorkeling and tanning with no another soul around.
When we arrived there was a basket on our bed loaded with welcome gifts and snacks.
It was modern, clean, air conditioned and cozy all at the same time. There were never many people staying there at once and those who were were extrememly friendly and respectful of one anothers space.
There was pool that we never got to utilize, and an outdoor hot tub that was unfortunately out of commision at the time. After a day or two we realized that there was a path with a gazibo and hammock at the end for times when we felt like being on our own and relaxing. Over all our stay wa sgreat and I would reccomend it to any body traveling on there own or with a significant other. It was pretty quiet and relaxing so if you are a partier, make sure you ahve transportation or maybe seven mile beach would be more appropriate. But we loved it!
- Reviews: 288
Sea Cliff Beach Resort Homes in Grand Cayman: I can help you get to Paradise....
I've experienced the Sea Cliff Beach Resort homes on several occasions now and can honestly say that I could not have feel more at home or any more comfortable away from home while staying in the Lemon & Lime beachfront homes.
I can see why the homes are touted as being ones where all the guest has to bring is a toothbrush. Everything else is included from wi-fi to cable TV to beach towels and wine openers.
The Lemon & Lime homes are all part of a complex of 7 other homes in various styles & configurations), have 3 freshwater pools & of course--the "Big Pool"--meaning the Caribbean. The beachfront homes meet up with a marine preserve & reef out their back door.
The area is quiet, yet close to several major attractions & beaches. Heritage Beach is adjacent to the property & many great restaurants are within easy, short driving distance.
This is a truly awesome, eye-opening beachfront living experience & each time I stay there,0 I do not want to leave. The saving grace is that I will be back as often as possible & now have both the contacts & the ability to be able to access this home for myself OR OTHERS-- or any of the other 7 adjacent beachfront or beachhouse units--- on the property's compound thoughout the year. An email to me or click on the link below can provide the details on this property (or you can check on one several postings on Craigslist.com @ http://caribbean.craigslist.org/vac/761640474.htm.
I've stayed in one of the two (Lemon Home) beachfront homes that has 4 bedrooms & 3 bathrooms with full-appliances in a fully functional kitchen; cable TV's in every room; stereo surround sound; wi-fi; wireless telephones; full size laundry room with washer & dryer; enclosed & attached one-car garage; outdoor shower; covered porches on front & back; literally 20 steps to the beachfront waters' edge of a protected reef area; outdoor furniture; full dining room & living room; plenty of storage; lanai's with views; jacuzzi-tub; modern & contemporary accessories & appliances.
The home is fully air-conditioned, has filtered water, and an ambiance that is second to none that I have experienced worldwide. This does not feel like a house--- it feels like a home.
The third floor “Futon” Tower room has a full size futon bed with an outdoor observation deck/ sitting area with a spectacular view of the protected marine park & Caribbean Sea. The gorgeous view from this elevation is just awesome.
Again, everything you'd expect to find in a fine beachfront home (this is more than just a beach-house ---it is a beachfront home)--you will find. No worries, no problems, just a vacation or holiday the way you intend, expect and deserve. Email me for details. :-)
- Reviews: 7
On the Bay COndominiums: a quiet and relaxing stay
I stayed with 2 other friends at this condo complex on the north shore of Cayman in May of last year (2005). We booked through the Turtle Nest Inn and had a rental car included in the package. This was a GREAT place!!
We got a 3 BR, 3 Bath condo with a full kitchen, dining area, living room and large balcony overlooking the ocean. The place was brand new and gorgeous!!! While the 3rd BR was small, the other 2 were nice sized. The master bath was huge! The beds were comfortable and the furnishings were very nice.
There is a pool on the beach with a covered area with a ceiling fan (nice since it's hot and sunny there). The beach was OK - there's plenty of sand and a kind of swimming lagoon that the owner created. Access to the ocean is not good since the north shore has a lot of rocky stuff in the water that's slippery and treacherous to negotiate. But we didn't care - we had a car and Rum Point was a 10 minute drive. We did our share of hanging out on the beach anyway.
Beautiful. Completely removed from any tourists and any hustle and bustle. Quiet and comfortable.
Great pool on the beach. Near Rum Point for ocean access and moderate festivity. A 30 minute drive to any action at all.
Pre-Ivan, there was a great restaurant about a 5 minute drive away, but I think it's gone now. Rum Point has a beach bar that serves pretty good lunches, but the Rum Point Restaurant (dinner) isn't that great. There's a jerk chicken stand about 10 minutes away on the south side highway that's probably back in business now. Great jerk chicken and pork at a cheap price for Cayman. And access to the East End is good so there's some eating to be had without having to drive in to town all the time.
Traffic in Cayman can be pretty bad so the north side is a good location if you're trying to get away from a lot of cars. Unfortunately, you have to drive to eat unless you want to cook.
- Reviews: 770
Sleep Inn: Not as expensive
I booked the Sleep Inn near 7 Mile beach for about 100$ a night, which is not bad for this island. I could easily walk to the beach or to town from here. It had a nice pool and hot tub as well. Sleep Inn is only a few minutes away from the airport, so you can get your vacation started quickly.
- Reviews: 475
Take your choice!: The Resorts of Seven Mile Beach
Of course, if you wish to stay right on the famous Seven Mile Beach, the selection of spendy resorts is unlimited.
If you stay closer in to George Town, be sure to research the place you stay, as storms a few years back have depleted the beach sand for some of the resorts. There are less crowds a bit further west, though you may need a car to go in to town when you wish.
This beach is gorgeous, and kept very clean! I used to drive over to the public beach areas to swim and walk for miles!
- Reviews: 475
Seaview Hotel Dive Ramp: Shore Diving At The Seaview
There's a dive shop right on the premises of this refurbished older hotel, and everywhere on the railings outside the rooms were wetsuits hanging out to dry. Clearly, it's a divers' favorite!
But be aware, there are only rocks, no sandy beaches over here, that's what makes it great for divers.
- Reviews: 475
Seaview Hotel: A Great Budget Hotel For Divers
For future reference, I decided to scope out the Seaview Hotel, known as a budget diver's mecca in the Caymans. I was impressed with the value for staying in this relaxed and friendly place.
The rooms are clean but spartan, with no extras like TV etc. This is the place to stay if you want something simple, comfortable and relatively secure, right on the reef for shore dives and snorkeling.
- Reviews: 837
Holiday Inn...: Ghost hotel :-)
... on the 7 miles Beach but it does not exist as it was anymore. It was torn down a couple of years ago to make room for the new Ritz Carlton project. Sorry about that!! Pictures are from that OLD Holiday Inn which was right on the beach!
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