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Cruises to Grand Cayman (Georgetown)

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About Grand Cayman (Georgetown)

Imagine the stereotypical cruise port -- one with white-sand beaches, a plethora of duty-free shops selling jewels and liquor, and de rigueur water activities like snorkeling and scuba -- and Grand Cayman will likely come to mind. The cliche might just be based on the destination, with its lovely Seven Mile Beach, George Town's retail center and plenty of sites for diving, snorkeling and other water sports. Grand Cayman also celebrates marine life at Stingray City and the Cayman Turtle Farm, and even offers a twist on island paradise with the town of Hell (THE place from which to send the quintessential kitschy postcard).

Yet the cliche does have a negative side -- the crowds. It's not unusual to find five mega-ships (we're told there's been up to nine) docked in the harbor at the same time, which makes the tendering process slower than usual and the downtown streets jam-packed. (Building a cruise pier at which ships could berth is oft discussed, but it's never gone beyond the "pre-planning" stage.) The constant influx of cruise passengers keeps the waterfront restaurants bustling, so lunch in port is never a cheap affair. A stroll along the beach quickly turns into an obstacle course of sunbathing tourists, sandy children and water sports vendors.

Visitors have two choices -- embrace the crowds and touristy places with a laid-back island mindset, or escape them. Secluded beaches, like Cayman Kai or Rum Point, are a cab ride away, and even Seven Mile Beach has its less crowded spots. A mall at Governors Square offers designer clothes, housewares and even a healthy cafe for a refreshing change from shell necklaces and overpriced seafood. And the seemingly endless stretches of sea never feel too congested when you're swimming peacefully above coral formations.

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More about Grand Cayman (Georgetown)

Why go to Grand Cayman (Georgetown)?

Pros:

Cruisers will find a pleasant mix of commercial kitsch and off-the-beaten-path fun

Cons:

Grand Cayman can be crowded, with many mega-ships often docking on the same day

Bottom Line:

This is a stereotypical Caribbean port; think beaches, shopping and big-box chain restaurants

Grand Cayman (Georgetown) Cruise Port Facilities?

All ships are currently required to anchor in the harbor and tender passengers on to the island. Ships tender passengers to one of two George Town docks (North or South), both of which are right in downtown George Town.

Good to Know?

Be cautious as you walk along Harbour Drive and Church Street, which only have sidewalks on one side of the street at some places. And, just as drivers need to heed left-side driving rules, pedestrians should stay alert for cars.

Getting Around?

On Foot: You'll be dropped a few steps from town, where you can easily walk to numerous shops and restaurants.

By Taxi: Cabs without meters are available at the dock. Rates are fixed and posted, but be sure to confirm the fare before the driver takes off. Most cabs are actually van-sized, and drivers may require a four-passenger minimum before they'll take you anywhere. A ride to Seagrape, a segment of beach on Seven Mile, is $5 per person, each way.

By Bus: You can hail mini-buses that shuttle passengers along the main routes. To hail one, respond with a wave when the driver toots his horn. The bus depot is next to the library (across from Heroes Square Fountain). There are stops next to popular attractions like Dolphin Discovery and Hell, but you may be taking the "scenic" ride when using the public bus (a good way to see the island).

By Car: Avis Cico offers one-day specials to cruise passengers and runs a courtesy shuttle between the port and the rental office (345-949-2468). Out at Seven Mile Beach, Andy's Rent A Car (345-949-8111) has good online discounts. There is a shopping plaza with multiple car rental agencies across from the airport. Americans are required to purchase inexpensive driving permits, but you can buy them at the rental office. Remember, Grand Cayman is a British overseas territory, so drive on the left.

Currency & Best Way to Get Money?

Local currency is the Cayman Island dollar (visit xe.com for current rates), but U.S. dollars are also accepted throughout the island. The Cayman Islands are an international banking center, so finding a financial institution is not difficult. There are ATMs throughout downtown George Town.

Language?

English is the official language.


Grand Cayman (Georgetown) Cruise Reviews
I love Grand Cayman. The snorkeling is great, the people are nice, and there is a lot to do.Read More
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CapnBob
Snorkeling in Grand Cayman is the main reason we took our cruise! It was awesome to float over the reefs and valleys under the ocean looking for fish. We have seen more colorful fish and in more abundance in other loRead More
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ItsJustMe1
This stop was the whole basis for us choosing this itinerary, and luckily Cayman Islands had just reopened for cruise ships two weeks prior to our arrival, meaning we were one of the first ships to stop there. UnfortRead More
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mikkelhansen
Our first port of call and what a way to get started. The beautiful blue waters and had an excellent meal at Casanova by the Sea. Italian food and it was excellent. Made it to 7 mile beach for a swim.Read More
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