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About Grand Turk

In many Caribbean ports, active excursions such as zip-lining, kayaking and hiking have replaced lazy days on the beach and the gridlock in shopping and sightseeing areas. But even though it's the capital of the island chain Turks and Caicos, Grand Turk maintains a slower pace of life.

Though Grand Turk is part of Eastern Caribbean itineraries, it is interesting to note that Turks and Caicos is not a part of the Caribbean at all. Each island is surrounded on all sides by the Atlantic Ocean, and though it's only about 30 miles south of the Bahamas, it's not a part of that chain of islands, either.

Shore excursions on Grand Turk run the gamut from horseback riding to fly fishing -- and one of the biggest draws is diving, with the islands -- technically in the Atlantic, not the Caribbean -- lying along one of the largest barrier reefs in the world. But traffic is sparse, and with a population of about 5,000, most people know one another's names. There are no fast food restaurants or chain hotels. You may even see a horse or donkey, once a means of transportation during the days of Grand Turk's salt industry, roaming along Governor's Beach or through the narrow alleys in historic Cockburn Town.

Though only smaller-ship and luxury cruise lines such as Crystal and Silversea once called at Grand Turk, Carnival Corporation has committed time -- and money -- to positioning the port as a mainstream cruise destination. Carnival Corp.'s cruise terminal is a destination in its own right, with retail shops, a recreation area on the beach and a huge pool. The pier can accommodate two mega-ships, theoretically from any of the many cruise lines under Carnival Corp.'s umbrella, including Princess, Carnival and Holland America. The company is also developing a new downtown welcome center.

In 1962, long before cruise lines were interested in this little island, John Glenn -- the first American to orbit Earth -- splashed down just a mile or two off the coast of Grand Turk and spent his first couple of days there after his historic space flight. Some reports quote Glenn as saying it "must be paradise" when he spotted the 40 coral islands from space. Whether viewing it from space or sea, we have to agree. In 2012, Grand Turk celebrated the 50th anniversary of the splashdown with new murals, monuments and additions to Splashdown Grand Turk, a 3,500-square-foot attraction explaining the space program and Friendship 7 mission, located at the cruise center. This exhibit is free and open to the public.


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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Grand Turk

    Leaving:
    Port Canaveral
    Visiting:
    San Juan, Amber Cove ... see more
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    Carnival Cruise Line
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    7 Night Cruise to Grand Turk Route (Carnival Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Port Canaveral (Orlando)
    • Day 2
      Cruising
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      Cruising
    • Day 4
      San Juan
    • Day 5
      Amber Cove (Puerto Plata)
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      Grand Turk
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    Carnival Mardi Gras - Carnival Cruise Line

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  • 5 Night
    Cruise to Grand Turk

    Leaving:
    Port Canaveral
    Visiting:
    Amber Cove, Grand Turk ... see more
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    Carnival Cruise Line
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    5 Night Cruise to Grand Turk Route (Carnival Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Port Canaveral (Orlando)
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      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Amber Cove (Puerto Plata)
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      Grand Turk
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      Port Canaveral (Orlando)
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    Carnival Elation - Carnival Cruise Line

    Pros

    Families will love the water park and Dr. Seuss activities; new dining spots draw crowds

    Cons

    Just one pool, no movies by the pool and little onboard shopping

    Bottom Line

    Enough onboard to keep passengers as busy as they want to be

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    Carnival Elation Reviews

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    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
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    Given that Elation was built 20 years ago, it is noticeably smaller than the larger-than-life s...

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    Liz-Sem
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Worst Cruise Ever!!
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    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Ship really needs a designer that knows fun
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  • 11 Night
    Cruise to Grand Turk

    Leaving:
    New York
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    Puerto Plata, San Juan ... see more
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    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    11 Night Cruise to Grand Turk Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
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      New York (Manhattan)
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      Puerto Plata
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      San Juan
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      St. Thomas
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      St. Maarten
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      Tortola
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      Grand Turk
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      New York (Manhattan)
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    Norwegian Gem - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Wide variety of dining and entertainment options are crowd-pleasers

    Not enough indoor spaces for peace and quiet

    Appealing to cruisers of all kinds, Norwegian Gem offers something for everyone

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    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
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    While not one of Norwegian Cruise Line's newest or largest vessels, Norwegian Gem nonetheless has ...

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    Sail Date Mar 2020
    Exceptional service, wonderful memories
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    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Beautiful Ship and great weather!
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  • 9 Night
    Cruise to Grand Turk

    Leaving:
    Miami
    Visiting:
    Grand Turk, Puerto Plata ... see more
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    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    9 Night Cruise to Grand Turk Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
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      Miami
    • Day 2
      Cruising
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      Grand Turk
    • Day 4
      Puerto Plata
    • Day 5
      St. Thomas
    • Day 6
      St. Maarten
    • Day 7
      San Juan
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Great Stirrup Cay
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      Miami
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    Norwegian Sky - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Jam-packed activity schedule and lively onboard atmosphere

    Cons

    Only sails short, three- to five-night itineraries

    Bottom Line

    Perfectly sized ship for short trips to Bahamas, with fun, festive atmosphere

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    Norwegian Sky Reviews

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    3.5/5
    Cabins3.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.5
    Value4.0

    Norwegian Sky is not the newest ship at sea, but it packs a big punch with a fun slate of nonst...

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    Ckutch
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    Worst experience of 3 with NCL
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    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Underwhelmed and over priced
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    • Soft Drinks
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    • Alcohol
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    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
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    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 6 Night
    Cruise to Grand Turk

    Leaving:
    Fort Lauderdale
    Visiting:
    Amber Cove, Grand Turk ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Carnival Cruise Line
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    6 Night Cruise to Grand Turk Route (Carnival Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Amber Cove (Puerto Plata)
    • Day 4
      Grand Turk
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Nassau
    • Day 7
      Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
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    Carnival Breeze - Carnival Cruise Line

    Pros

    Variety of diversions and dining options

    Cons

    Crowds and informal party atmosphere might be a turn-off

    Bottom Line

    Carnival's fun-for-everyone ethic at its best

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    Carnival Breeze Reviews

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    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service5.0
    Value5.0

    Carnival Breeze has a light and lively Caribbean feel, with friendly and accommodating crew mem...

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    Linda90383
    Sail Date Oct 2019
    Our cruise was very nice, and we loved the Breeze.
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    Sail Date Feb 2020
    By far our favorite cruise.
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    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 8 Night
    Cruise to Grand Turk

    Leaving:
    Port Canaveral
    Visiting:
    St. Maarten, St. Kitts ... see more
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    Carnival Cruise Line
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    8 Night Cruise to Grand Turk Route (Carnival Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Port Canaveral (Orlando)
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      St. Maarten
    • Day 5
      St. Kitts (Port Zante)
    • Day 6
      San Juan
    • Day 7
      Grand Turk
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Port Canaveral (Orlando)
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    Carnival Radiance - Carnival Cruise Line

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    0.0/5

    Carnival Victory will undergo a massive, nearly $200 million makeover in 2020, after which it w...

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    Sail Date Feb 2019
    Panama Canal
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    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
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    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 8 Night
    Cruise to Grand Turk

    Leaving:
    Port Canaveral
    Visiting:
    Curacao, Aruba ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Carnival Cruise Line