I have certain writing rules built up over years of scribbling about Travel, one of which is never to use the cliche ‘paradise’ but every rule has an exception and that applies to Grand Cayman and the paradise capers.
The story begins, as so many do on a foreign shore.
And a Travel fair, the American IPW, when an invitation came through to visit Grand Cayman.
Which, alas, I was unable to attend because there were still parts of America I had to explore.
Fortunately though I was in a position to share the love.
And I knew exactly the person who would do such a trip to the Eastern Caribbean justice, my fellow award-winner Melanie May.
And so I went about my travels and Melanie got her passport out and scribbling pad for the Caribbean.
Come what May
Of course she returned with a headful of ideas, pictures and honeyed phrases to do the island justice.
And all that was left for me to do was to design it into my award-winning Travel section.
And put an eye-catching headline on it… Grand Cayman the paradise capers.
All of which I was reminded of when my old friends at Platinum Travel got in touch to promote their 10-night Eastern Caribbean cruise with Celebrity Cruises.
A seven port, three sea days trip around the fabulous Caribbean with the sumptuous ocean liner is just the sort of pick-me-up.
If you’re trying to get through the cold, dark, winter months.
And soon you’ll be lounging on Aruba‘s impeccable white-sand beaches.
And dive in the vibrant waters of Bonaire, full of pristine coral reefs.
Now, I’m sure you’re all naturals with the scuba-diving.
So you won’t make the mistake of the amateur who stands on and kills the reef in, say the Maldives.
You’ll visit Curacao too which, of course, my own Scary One has visited.
On her well-told voyage around the world from when she came back from Australia as a child.
She usually reminds me after I get the Blue Curacao out for our Saturday cocktails.
For those of you who like to tick off continents too.
Colombia is a picture
Then you’ll be pleased to know that you get time too in the cathedral city of Cartagena in Colombia.
And when you’re in the south Caribbean then the urge is to mark South America on your map.
As was the case when we visited Tobago on the doorstep of Venezuela.
Deal us in
If you’ve been saving, or if you can put it on the long finger then the 10-night cruise comes in at from €2,6999pp including flights from Dublin, drinks, wi-fi and tips.
And $400 on board spend per person.
Now go ahead book before December 5 for up ot 75% for a second guest and up to $800 onboard credit per stateroom.
And drink in the Eastern Caribbean and Grand Cayman and the paradise capers.