Cruise Lines Begin Returning to Grand Cayman

October 27, 2004
Carnival Cruise Lines and Princess Cruises are the first to announce they are heading back to Grand Cayman -- but other cruise lines, from Radisson Seven Seas to NCL -- are quickly following suit. That island, which underwent serious damage at the hands of Hurricane Ivan in September, has been off-limits to travelers since then as tourism entities scrambled to repair businesses.

Among those ships heading back to Grand Cayman in this first week of November? Princess' Coral Princess and Carnival's Inspiration, Conquest and Imagination along with Norwegian Spirit, Holland America's Oosterdam, Radisson Seven Seas Navigator, and Celebrity Summit.

Some -- but not all -- attractions will be open in time for cruise calls. These include Pirate's Caves, Stingray City, and the village of Hell. Restaurants, for the most part, have generally reopened. Island tours and horseback rides are ready to go. Most dive operators are back in business.

On the other hand, some attractions may not immediately be reopened, including the Butterfly Farm, most golf courses and some shops. Those passengers on ships returning to Grand Cayman in the first few weeks of November should be prepared for flexibility in their plans.