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CRUISE PORT SPOTLIGHT: GEORGE TOWN, GRAND CAYMAN
NOVEMBER 2, 2017
The Cayman Islands are known for their underwater activities, gorgeous beaches, upscale shopping, and ritzy resorts. George Town in Grand Cayman is a popular cruise port of call that has all this and more. Here’s what you need to know before visiting George Town with tips on things to do while there for the day.
Getting to George Town, Grand Cayman
Grand Cayman is the largest of the Cayman Islands and George Town is its capital. Your ship won’t dock right at the terminal; instead it will anchor a short distance from shore and you will be tendered to the port terminal via smaller boats. You will be provided information on the tendering process for George Town while on board your ship before arriving in port. There are three different terminals at George Town’s port and you’ll catch your tender boat back to the ship at the same terminal at which you’re dropped off.
From the terminal, it’s a short walk to the town center. You also may be meeting your shore excursion near the terminal so check the logistics for your excursion before disembarking.
Things to Do in Grand Cayman
A variety of activities and experiences await you in Grand Cayman. Here are some of the ways you can spend your day there.
If stingrays intrigue you then head to one of Grand Cayman’s most famous sites: Stingray City. Stingray City is located in a bay where hundreds of stingrays flock each day to feed. Tour boats dock in the bay and your guide will teach you the proper way to interact with the stingrays, then you’ll get to don some snorkeling equipment and hop in the water to swim and frolic with the stingrays and even feed them.
On the Stingray City and Barrier Reef Snorkel excursion you’ll also visit Coral Reef Gardens for a snorkeling adventure before heading to Stingray City. While snorkeling at the reef you’ll get the chance to see aquatic plants and an array of sea life, including a possible encounter with a moray eel.
Dive into the Depths of Grand Cayman
Scuba certified? Take your undersea adventures one step further with a scuba excursion in Grand Cayman. Participate in a two-tank dive excursion around a couple of Grand Cayman’s best dive spots where you’ll get the chance to descend into the depths up to 80 feet and enjoy visibility of up to 100 feet. You’ll have the chance to see coral, tropical fish, eels, sea turtles, stingrays, and even reef sharks.
Turtles, Rum, and Stingrays
When Christopher Columbus first discovered the Cayman Islands, he called them “Las Tortugas” due to the plethora of sea turtles he found in the water around the islands. The name obviously didn’t stick around, but the turtles did! And you can see them on the Turtle, Stingray Land and Sea Adventure shore excursion. This tour visits a turtle farm where you’ll learn more about green sea turtles that call the island home. Then you’ll head to Tortuga Rum Cake Factory for a little baking lesson before finishing your day at Stingray City.
Beach Time on Grand Cayman
Just want to relax? Then head to Grand Cayman’s most famous beach: Seven Mile Beach. This gorgeous beach stretches down the island’s coast and provides a blissful sandy retreat. Rent a beach chair lounger for the day or spend some time at one of the beach bars while gazing at the aqua sea.
Explore George Town
If the cosmopolitan life is more your scene, stick close to port and explore the streets of George Town. The town is situated on the water’s edge and has colorful buildings filled with duty-free shopping and restaurants.
Cruise to Grand Cayman
Ready to book your tropical cruise vacation with a port of call in George Town, Grand Cayman? Visit Celebrity Cruises to find your dream Caribbean itinerary or speak with your travel agent.
When researching, don’t forget to look into the Celebrity Edge sailings that stop in George Town. Celebrity Edge is the newest cruise ship from Celebrity Cruises and is debuting at the end of 2018.
Celebrity Edge will sail two different 7-night itineraries from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, one of which includes a port of call in George Town. That itinerary is the Western Caribbean Itinerary and visits Key West, Florida; Costa Maya, Mexico; and Cozumel, Mexico, along with George Town. The other itinerary is for the Eastern Caribbean and sails to San Juan, Puerto Rico; Tortola, British Virgin Islands; and Philipsburg, St. Maarten. You can visit all ports of call and make your vacation a 14-night one by booking back-to-back sailings.
Click here to learn more about the Celebrity Edge and how its innovative, creative spaces will change the way people think about cruising.