Sandals Royal Caribbean and trip to Margaritaville

by | Sep 8, 2016 | Shahnaz Blog (Previously They Throw Rocks)

This is the view outside our room.  I know what you are thinking.  It’s so hazy!  There’s so much fog!  You would be wrong.  I only posted this picture to explain a couple of things about our room at this resort and my photographic prowess.  First thing about the room, is the AC.  It works.  It works a bit too well.  I’m constantly turning the temperature up and yet, when I go outside I get fog blindness from the temperature difference.  It’s marked.  Regarding my photographic prowess.  I wasn’t paying attention to the fog blindness and didn’t really look at the picture or the lens before I shot the picture.  So, here’s a picture taken on a foggy lens.
No.  I’m not quitting my day job.
The reality is that it’s been bright, sunny and beautiful.  Yes, it’s been warm and we need our sun block, but the waters are warm as well and it’s just perfect.  I am just going over the pictures I’ve taken at this resort (not too many) so I will try to get more pictures tomorrow.  Perhaps, I will have a another blog with more pictures.


This is more like the actual colors your see here in Jamaica at the resort.  At least I have one good picture of this resort.  I think that speaks volumes in itself.  I used to be a photo type person.  Constantly clicking away somehow to save the memory and then I never really went back to it.  So, here I am, going back, and creating this blog while I have time and while I remember.  I am very behind on my blogging.  I apologize.  I thought that I would have time to do it here on vacation as I’m not vacation but the time I’ve spent on the beach and just chilling and sleeping in, eats up blogging/writing/reading time.  I’m still hopeful for finishing reading the book I’m working on “Flirting with Felicity”, but we’ll see.
I have one more day here and then we head home on Saturday.  One would think that 8 days of vacation is plenty to just relax.  It is but my idea of relaxation is also writing and getting caught up on the things I can’t at home as life gets in the way.  So, as part of our vacation package we had a free catamaran cruise.  Well, it’s basically getting on a big catamaran and sailing off for a couple of hours. This ride, however, involved a stop.  Margaritaville.  Yes, it’s the branch from the original Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville in Key West.  I’ve been to the original, but it’s always fun to see what Jamaica has done to make this a tourist attraction.


The classic line that “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” is of course displayed prominently.  I guess it wouldn’t be Margaritaville without the sign.  We did have a virgin Mango smoothy type drink.  It was very good.  I have to admit that we don’t get that drink in our resort.  Am I complaining?  Well, I can’t complain for being at Sandals.  It’s just that sometimes one gets used to too much and gets so spoiled that enough is not enough.


This picture below is my hubby outside the entrance to the gift shop.  There is a stage to the left of him in the picture.  I don’t know what one sees there, but I’m guessing they have shows with Jimmy Buffet’s music?  Don’t ask me.  I didn’t ask them.  I’m just posting pictures here and looking back at the questions I didn’t ask.  Oh well.


OK, so I wanted to talk a bit more about this particular destination.  They have a water slide and a trampoline on the water.  Our cruise halted here for one hour.  Apparently the slides were free and so was the trampoline.  I did have my swim wear but just wasn’t so interested in doing it.  I don’t know.
I guess the slide didn’t look as inviting and neither did the water off that pier.
Since Margaritaville is a restaurant/bar, they had tables and chairs.  As you can see in the picture on the right, the interesting part of this is the color scheme.  For those of you who know me and my expertise with color, you will know that I really have no right to comment on any color scheme, except this one seemed to be decorated like I would.  When I put colors together, I find it impossible and I come up with a messed up scheme and can’t seem to fix things.  This was a mix and match of colors like I was paid to do this job.  It felt like a mess.


Each chair at a table was a different color.  I wish I was a better photographer, but you can see in the picture that one chair is blue and another is orange and I think the other one is green.

The picture on the left is the end of the slide.  I should have taken the picture of the whole slide but oh well.  Also, due to the back light, everything appears dark.  The boat off the dock was ours.  The sails were pulled in.  I don’t think I have one of the catamaran with the sails and all.  The last picture of Margaritaville is also very much back lit and in shadows.  The sun and it’s reflection looks beautiful but for a color picture, there is much to be desired.


So you can see the shadow of the trampoline in the distance.  The giant yellow cut out of the picture on the bottom left is the slide that turns to dump you into the water.  You can actual see the turn in the slide in the above picture with the boat.
What else can I tell you about Margaritaville and our excursion there?  Nothing about my experience but it was a great people watching site.  I saw some people being spit out of that slide and some having a fun time on the trampoline.  On the boat, some of the women were drunk off their asses.  I mean, the boat got on some rocky waters and these women were not able to hold their balance.
At one point, this woman was trying to hold her balance and keep her drink in hand.  She kept swaying back and forth and all of us were watching this potential soon to be disaster.  Well, she swayed so far almost crashing into someone, but instead she was able to transfer her drink to him before she swayed the other way to crash her bottom into her seat.  That’s something I wish I had a video of.  I could never describe it as bad as it was.  My brain was like, “What the *&^?” but sometimes you just watch and blog about later.  Such is life right?
Last picture for now that I’ll leave you all with is the first one, but a little less foggy version of the view outside our room.  Hopefully more to come…  One more day tomorrow.  If I pack tonight, you guys might get more blogs tomorrow.  We’ll see…



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