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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:
    Fort Lauderdale
    Visiting:
    Grand Turk, San Juan ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Holland America Line
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    7 Night Cruise to Grand Turk Route (Holland America Line)
    • Day 1
      Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Grand Turk
    • Day 4
      San Juan
    • Day 5
      St. Thomas
    • Day 6
      Cruising
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      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
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    Veendam - Holland America Line

    Pros

    Lanai cabins provide direct access to outdoor deck areas

    Cons

    Service can feel snail-paced at times

    Bottom Line

    A "no bells and whistles ship," ideal for relaxing

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    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service3.0
    Value4.0

    The last of Holland America's Statendam-class ships, Veendam blends a modicum of hipness with t...

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    Mustering up again
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Thank You to The Staff!
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    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Outstanding
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Grand Turk

    Leaving:
    Fort Lauderdale
    Visiting:
    Half Moon Cay, Grand Turk ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Holland America Line
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    7 Night Cruise to Grand Turk Route (Holland America Line)
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      Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
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      Half Moon Cay
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      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Grand Turk
    • Day 5
      Amber Cove (Puerto Plata)
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      Cruising
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      Key West
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      Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
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    Nieuw Statendam - Holland America Line

    Pros

    A ship for music-lovers, with venues representing rock, pop, jazz, classical and the blues

    Cons

    Free dining is strong, but some higher-cover specialty restaurants aren't worth the extra money

    Bottom Line

    Perfect for the modern cruiser who is interested in exploration, music and culinary arts

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    Nieuw Statendam Reviews

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    4.5/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining4.5
    Value4.5

    Nieuw Statendam represents the latest offering from a more modern and engaging Holland America....

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    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Almost perfect
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    Sail Date Jan 2020
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  • 5 Night
    Cruise to Grand Turk

    Leaving:
    Port Canaveral
    Visiting:
    Amber Cove, Grand Turk ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Carnival Cruise Line
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    5 Night Cruise to Grand Turk Route (Carnival Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Port Canaveral (Orlando)
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Amber Cove (Puerto Plata)
    • Day 4
      Grand Turk
    • Day 5
      Cruising
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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
    Dining4.0
    Service5.0
    Value4.5

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

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    Tracy_A7X
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Friendliest staff
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    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Fab time on the Feb Elation
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      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Grand Turk

    Leaving:
    Port Canaveral
    Visiting:
    San Juan, Amber Cove ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    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
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      San Juan
    • Day 5
      Amber Cove (Puerto Plata)
    • Day 6
      Grand Turk
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Port Canaveral (Orlando)
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    Carnival Mardi Gras - Carnival Cruise Line

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    Carnival Mardi Gras Reviews

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    0.0/5

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    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • 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.

  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Grand Turk

    Leaving:
    Port Canaveral
    Visiting:
    Amber Cove, St. Thomas ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    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
    • Day 3
      Amber Cove (Puerto Plata)
    • Day 4
      St. Thomas
    • Day 5
      San Juan
    • Day 6
      Grand Turk
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Port Canaveral (Orlando)
    Ship Details

    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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    ready2retire123
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Disappointing cruise on the Breeze
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    Sail Date Feb 2020
    The Breeze was a Breeze
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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

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      Room with bed and private bathroom
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    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • 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.

  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Grand Turk

    Leaving:
    Fort Lauderdale
    Visiting:
    Key West, Grand Turk ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Holland America Line
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    7 Night Cruise to Grand Turk Route (Holland America Line)
    • Day 1
      Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
    • Day 2
      Key West
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Grand Turk
    • Day 5
      Amber Cove (Puerto Plata)
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Half Moon Cay
    • Day 8
      Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
    Ship Details

    Nieuw Amsterdam - Holland America Line

    Pros

    Unique entertainment options and a high standard of service that sets it apart

    Cons

    Overcrowded at times and occasionally inconsistent fee-based dining

    Bottom Line

    A great choice for a pampered, laid-back vacation -- particularly for music lovers

    Reviews

    Nieuw Amsterdam Reviews

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    4.5/5
    Cabins4.5
    Dining4.0
    Service4.5
    Value4.0

    Nieuw Amsterdam is a ship whose name is associated with a rich and celebrated history for Holla...

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    Mamajenny
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    First Time Cruising/Last Time with HAL
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    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Windy!
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    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • 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