After being glued to home for over 10 days now due to a sinus infection and therefore being completely stuck with the offshoots of winter here in Germany, I thought it would be a colorful #MondayMotivation to let my mind wander off to beautiful Grand Turk, main island of the Turks and Caicos Islands and home to the capital Cockburn Town.
Grand Turk was the last destination on our transatlantic voyage back in 2014 on Carnival Cruise Lines´ newly (at that time) implemented Carnival Sunshine (ex Carnival Destiny) before reaching New Orleans.
It is the largest island of the Turks Islands and it gained international attention in 1962 when John Glenn´s Friendship 7 Mercury spaceship landed in the vicinity of the island. Well, I don´t care much about astronauts in the Caribbean, but I rather find it quite interesting that there are theories of Grand Turk being the possible landfall site of Christopher Columbus in 1492.
But wherever it was or not, it was my landfall site in November 2014. And I really liked it. After 7 days at sea on a Carnival cruise ship, it was more than time to get land underneath my feet. As soon as the Sunshine maneuvered into the port, my feet started itching. Crystal clear waters, a warm Caribbean breeze, white sandy beaches. This piece of earth was so badly calling my name, I just simply had to surrender!
For party cruisers, Grand Turk is particularly interesting due to Jimmy Buffet´s Margaritaville. But already having spend two weeks on the ship and there being surrounded by the same incongruous, lowbrow booze crowd, it was definitely not a good place for us to unwind at.
So after some consideration and a little footway excursion, we finally settled down on one of the white plastic sun loungers in the shadow of a tropical bush right at the beach to the right of the pier´s exit. There are more beautiful beaches if you continue to walk around the island´s tip, but you will have to rely on your own beach towel there.
And it was perfect. The South Beach Bar is in walking distance in case you are suddenly craving for a refreshing drink. Other than that you are just free to enjoy the gorgeous view onto different shades of turquoise and blue in front of you while listening to the murmuring of the wind in the palm trees. Peace and quiet. The perfect hideaway after two weeks of constant music PA on the ship.
So while the rest of the Carnival Sunshine got drunk in the overheated and overpopulated Spring Break atmosphere of Margaritaville, we got drunk with the Vacation mode that Grand Turk put us into.
Just one thing that you need to be particularly aware of when diving into the warm Caribbean seas on Grand Turk is the vast population of sea urchins. We made quite some hurtful acquaintances with their stings on our way into and out of the water. So you might want to pack sturdy shoes that can get wet before you sail! But apart from that, it was just the perfect afternoon.
Later, as the sun stood lower and lower on the horizon, we packed our stuff together and settled down for a drink at one of the beach bars right opposite the pier. It was soon time to set sail again, but not without taking a last bath. Gosh, how I would love to be there right now! I can almost taste the salt on my lips.
There will be a meet again though and I am very much looking forward to it! This winter, we will return. Aboard Holland America´s new flagship MS Koningsdam!
If you would like to experience the beauty of Grand Turk during your next cruise, these cruise lines visit on a regular base: