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A VIEW with a ROOM Rock Star Amenities













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With The Ambassador Of The World Poker Tour Vince Van Patten
Played in a WPT Tournament

Hello, My name is,"I'm all in".
Time Machine...2008

With 2009 World Series of Poker Champion Joe Cada, at age 21, made him the youngest champion ever.

Pros verses Joes- With Poker Hall of Famer Maria Ho, one of the top ranked poker players in the world.

15,000 starting stack doubled up quickly

Some Chip Counts (Cash Games)

Colored up on a 1/2 Table  with a Pumpkin (Orange) $1000 and Purple Haze  ($500 )
on a $200 buy in.Up $1400-Heroic. 

Aces Again

Pocket Aces Aginst Ace 5... 8000 Scoop

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The new(er) port of Falmouth looks so colonial and British Empire Authentic.  Sailed here several times this decade, with RCC, MSC and like today, Disney
Just Do It...Later  Swish.. with Red Stripe Beer


Traditional colonial tin roof dwelling

CYCLeOGOST

Rain or shine, I got you covered

One can imagine sugar cane merchants, the red clay roads leading to their plantations and "servants" burning and cropping the fields to harvest the cane; mixed with the sweet smell of molasses, a by product from refining  the white gold.

This was a bygone  time before Sweet and Low and  Splenda.
No to Decaf, and Sugar Substitutes, with zero calories.
The bittersweet fact remains,  African slaves, who outnumbered the Europeans 10 to 1, did all the labour.The effects I have come to know through Reggae music. Bob Marley's Redemption Song, vividly tells how awful the slave trade was.
2015 Disney Magic Pier Group berthing us safely
2014 The view from Deck 12 of the Navigator of the Seas . And from land, Docking next to The Freedom of the Seas
I started sailing here in 2009(MSC)Still amazing

The precip is fine mist that never creates puddles.Cool!

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There is a fleet of tenders transporting 10,0000+ cruise guests to the island, serving the 5 ships anchored. They will inhabit Grand Cayman  for 6 hours or less... reminds me of  that picturesque floating city, Venice, a city that by day has a bigger tourist population than local residents.

Last year, 1.9 million cruise passengers visited the Cayman Islands bringing in $200m (22% of tourism revenue) while 460,000 overnight tourists brought in $680m (78% of tourism revenue). The ships aren't the only thing parked here. Liquid assets as well.

Where Wall Street Meets Main Street

A trillion+ US dollars are parked here, most of it in trust and hedge funds. Over 19,000 entities doing business here (well-on paper) you know like in Newport Beach, CA Mailbox etc. It's the Delaware of the Caribbean. With a big helping of Hollywood, and The Firm, this place had become a global villain. A sunny place for shady people?  Nah. Just a place with no corporate income tax.




A fool and his money are lucky enough to get together
 in the first place, but if they do, they visit the Cayman Islands.
Some stay..Been coming here for a decade


Helicopters don't fly... they just beat the air into submission.
Last time I was Up in The Air in one of these  was  New Zealand


Ferbuary 2015 Partly cloudy with a chance of Paradise. Great stopover on  our  50 Shades of Blue Tour.Grand Cayman, like The Postman, always delivers.



Got Fish?  Simply Red Snapper look  Awesome.


       
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Everything that happens once will never happen again; but everything that happens twice, will surely happen again...and again...and again. 4 weeks at sea.
Another day in..well...paradise. Greetings from the user-friendly universe of another Caribbean island. Shoveling sunshine instead of snow. There are still the occasional rain showers. Overall, the climate is agreeable.


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New Year and a day in The US Virgin Islands. After   a mile walk around the deck we witnessed the sun rising against the Caribbean blue ocean. Spectacular. As we bring in the new day, still thinking about the souvenirs from YESterday.


Last night we celebrated onboard the Disney Fantasy.

When it comes to Disney royalty, you can’t get much cooler than Elsa and Anna. We started the evening with the movie Frozen 2 and its takeaway of ..when under pressure, do the next best thing, was noteworthy.

Later...
We all had our own fireworks display to bring in the New Year, Setting things on fire on a ship? Yep...

Wow. Shooting fireworks from a cruiseship. Who does it? Disney of course.. Truly rocket science with these controlled explosions.- safety is of the utmost, wind direction and execution. Well done Entertainment Department!

Deck 11 is the heart of the ship and the life of the party!