January 23,2007

Chardonnay Sisters

Travel to the Caribbean  

On January 13, 2007 The Chardonnay sisters flew to Miami, Fla. to board the beautiful Century owned by Celebrity Cruise Line.  Melissa, Elizabeth and Priscilla had never before been on a cruise ship. So this was a treat for them. We had booked a suite and a connecting stateroom. This was ideal because we had two bedrooms, two baths, a living and a dining room and a very large deck. Best of all we had a butler. We all wanted to take him home. How nice was that.  

Melissa, Priscilla and I boarded the ship a few moments before Elizabeth. She had had a delay in transportation. She was just moments behind us. We assembled in the suite and popped some Champagne on the deck to enjoy the sail away. We were off to Montego Bay, Jamaica. That night we enjoyed dinner and the Cappella singers, The Cat’s Pajamas and the Celebrity Singers and Dancers. They were all wonderful.  We also had just a little bit of Chardonnay.  

We sailed all the next day. We talked until we felt like we had lockjaw. We roamed around the ship and enjoyed the sun and wind on our faces. Sunday night was formal dress so we got all gussied up.  

On Monday the Century arrived at Montego Bay, Jamaica. We had booked a trip to visit a haunted coffee plantation by the name of Rose Hall. We proceeded to the assigned area and boarded a van. Off we went. About twenty min over pot-holed roads our van busted a tire. Big surprise. So our trip was slightly delayed while the driver changed tires. We were on our way again to Rose Hall. This is the home of Jamaica’s White witch, Annie Palmer. She practiced Voodoo and had three husbands who died under mysterious circumstances. Legend has it she was a beautiful seductress who dallied with the hired help. The tour took us through the home and beautiful gardens. After the tour of the home we were taken to two shopping areas and then back to the ship.  

Monday night Percy and Eliz did not want to go to the entertainment that evening. Melissa and I went because the title was “Shout”. They missed a great performance of music from the 60’s. We loved it. When we returned to the suite to get them and go to dinner they had ordered dinner to be served in our own dinning room. They were in PJs and the table was all set and more Chardonnay opened. We had a wonderful low-keyed evening of food and friendship.  

The ship arrived in George Town, Grand Cayman the next morning. It is a charming Caribbean city with lots of shops and of course Margaritaville. This is a safe city to get off the ship and wander around in. The girls wanted to shop, so off we went. We had a snack and margaritas at Jimmy’s restaurant. What fun. There is even a pool and water slide there. The place was rocking. We tendered back to the ship early afternoon. Elizabeth, Priscilla and I went to play bingo. We did not win anything.  A comedian was the entertainment that night. He was ok. Dinner was fabulous with Lobster and Baked Alaska. The Grand Cayman is a place I would like to return to. It is just beautiful.  

The next day was a sea day. We relaxed and had spa treatments. We sat on our deck and talked more if that was possible. The entertainment was “Dance Around the World” by the Celebrity singers and Dancers. Dinner was great again. Then it was time to pack up and get ready to disembark the next morning. The trip went by way too fast but what a wonderful time we had.  

Shirley Pavey Moore