Thursday, March 16, 2023
Before we left the cabin, I got another load of laundry ready to send out.
We had decided that salads from the Lido would be our dinners tonight.
Once we finished, we went to the first set of the Rolling Stone Rock Band. We then went to the BB King lounge to get a seat for the comedian – Quincy Carr – who was pretty good.
To pass the time until Quincy’s show, the DJ took music requests from the waiting passengers because the BB King band had the night off. I was surprised that the DJ didn’t have Uptown Funk on his playlist. Guess he didn’t think grey-haired people wanted to dance to it. He said he had plenty of Elvis. Sigh.
Since we had no plans for tomorrow, we went to last set of Rolling Stone Rock Band and danced to some of the songs.
Slept to 8:30. Just can’t recover from those late nights as easily as I used to do. We were already docked right next to the Carnival Mardi Gras again. Today, it was blocking almost the entire view of the island from the balcony. It was an overcast day on the cool side. I was glad we hadn’t planned to snorkel.
We’ve enjoyed various activities at Grand Turk before: an island tour, a couple of snorkeling tours, and some time spent at Jack’s Shack with the late great Topher, the best beach dog ever.
Today we were going to enjoy an empty ship.
We missed the breakfast hours for both the main dining room and the Lido. The horror! – Oh wait, this is a cruise ship. Food will be found.
Our choices were room service or a lite breakfast at the New York Deli. We chose the Deli.
We decided to walk the promenade after breakfast. We only managed one lap. The maintenance people were varnishing the railings and that smell mixed with the dead fish smell from the dock area was nauseating.
We went up to the sports deck where the breeze was better and tried out some of the outside workout machines. Then we decided to play some shuffleboard. Neither of us were ready for the prime time but eventually Chuck won the match.
The sun came out somewhat so we spent the rest of our time on the Sea View deck until it was time to get ready for the evening.
Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos
Grand Turk is the Capital of the Islands of Turks and Caicos. It was first colonized in 1681 by Bermudians, who set up the salt industry in the islands and in 1766 it became the capital of the country.
The Turks and Caicos Islands are named after the Turk’s Cap Cactus. This species of cactus found on the island, has a distinctive cap, reminiscent of an Ottoman fez. They are native to the Caribbean, western Mexico through Central America to northern South America, with some species along the Andes down to southern Peru, and a concentration of species in northeastern Brazil.
Grand Turk Lighthouse and Keeper’s House are Historic Sites. The 60-foot-tall lighthouse structure, overlooking North Creek, was completed by British architect Alexander Gordon in 1852 to alert sailors of the shallow reef. It was constructed in the United Kingdom, and shipped in pieces to the island.
The U.S. Dollar is the Official Currency of Turks and Caicos which is interesting considering that the islands are British.
Between January through April each year, Caribbean humpback whales migrate through the Turks head passage in the Turks and Caicos Islands as they travel from the northern waters of Canada’s Bay of Fundy to the Silver Bank off the Dominican Republic where they mate and give birth.
In 1962, John Glenn’s Friendship 7 Mercury spacecraft landed in the vicinity of Grand Turk Island off the southeast shoreline. A replica of the Friendship 7 is on display in Grand Turk at the entrance to the Grand Turk Island airport.
Turks and Caicos cuisine is based primarily around seafood, especially conch (pronounced ‘conk’), a large mollusk farmed for its meat and shell. Conch fritters and conch salad are two common dishes.