Rough Seas Force 5 Cruise Ships to Cancel Calls on Grand Cayman

November 29, 2011
grand-cayman (10:45 a.m. EST) -- Citing rough seas in Georgetown Harbor, the Port Authority of Grand Cayman (PAGC) has closed the port to cruise ship traffic, impacting a quintet of vessels.

According to the PAGC Web site, Carnival Legend, Carnival Valor, Disney Magic, Voyager of the Seas and Norwegian Sun, representing nearly 14,000 passengers at double occupancy, were scheduled to visit. Because Grand Cayman is a tender port -- there's no dock, so ships are required to anchor in the harbor -- weather conditions sometimes necessitate last-minute closures.

Carnival's Senior Cruise Director John Heald said on his Facebook page that Legend and Valor will spend the day at sea. (He also made a loosely veiled comment about his frustration over Grand Cayman's lack of berthing facilities.) According to Carnival spokesman Vance Gulliksen, the two ships are proceeding to their next scheduled ports, and passengers are being refunded their government fees and taxes -- in the form of onboard credit -- for the missed call.

Disney spokeswoman Rebecca Peddie tells Cruise Critic that Magic will replace its stop in Grand Cayman with a day at sea. Passengers will be credited for any port adventures impacted by the change in itinerary.

Instead of visiting Grand Cayman, Royal Caribbean's Voyager will spend the day at sea, says spokeswoman Cynthia Martinez.

We've reached out to Norwegian by e-mail for additional details.

Stay tuned.

--by Dan Askin, News Editor