A very pretty picture of Grand Cayman is painted in this month’s Cruise Travel magazine, which features the island as its ‘Port of the Month’.
The November/December 2005 issue displays an expansive feature on the island in which Carnival Cruise Lines President and CEO exclaims, ‘With its excellent beaches and shopping and wide-ranging shore excursion opportunities, Grand Cayman as been a fixture on Carnival Cruise Lines’ Caribbean itineraries for many years’.
The article points out that Carnival looks to call more than 275 times on Grand Cayman annually with eight of the line’s ships.
‘The island’s recovery in the wake of last year’s hurricane has been remarkable, as our ships were able to return to the island fairly quickly after the storm passed. Guest response to Grand Cayman remains very strong, and we look forward to continued visits to this tropical paradise island,’ he cruise head said.
The article begins stating that there is little evidence that the port of George Town and island were ravaged by Hurricane Ivan. ‘With several modern new shopping centers and businesses and a noticeably reinvigorated local welcome, Grand Cayman is better than ever as a top Caribbean port-of-call’.
It goes on to say that all facilities such as shopping, dining and shore excursions are operating and better than ever, this season is shaping up to be a great success for both the Cayman Islands and visiting passengers.
Director of Tourism Pilar Bush is quoted, saying that the Ministry and DoT are committed to improving tourism infrastructure and product. ‘Our goal is to provide guests with a higher standard of product than ever before and to ensure they receive an unprecedented level of customer service. There is sustained optimism on the island and a strong belief island-wide that, by working together, the resulting Cayman Islands tourism product will be better than ever.’
The article goes on to describe the weather as ‘some of the best year-round weather in the world’, and the Caribbean Sea as ‘magnificent’. It points out that Grand Cayman draws most attention because of Seven Mile Beach.
‘On one side of the white coral sands, you’ll find beachfront resorts beautifully adorned with pools, flowering gardens, elegant gazebos, outdoor cafes, and renowned restaurants. On the other side of the shoreline, you’ll find the crystal-clear water as far as the eye can see. It’s the ideal Caribbean beach.’
The articles describes the wide range of watersports to be availed of, including scuba diving, snorkelling, fishing, windsurfing, jet-skiing, boating and submarine experiences.
‘Quite possibly, Grand Cayman is the underwater capital of the world,’ says the article, mentioning Stingray City and the fact that there are more than 125 dive sites with sheer walls, colourful coral and varied and plentiful marine life. It also talks about the ‘world class’ snorkelling here.
Shore excursions suggested in the article include the George Town Historical Walking Tour, the Cayman Islands National Museum (closed until further notice due to damage sustained by Hurricane Ivan), Cayman Turtle Farm, with mention of the forthcoming $45 million Boatswain’s Beach attraction, Hell Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park, the Mastic Trail, Rum Point and Bodden Town.
‘A port call by the sea provides a perfect interlude and Grand Cayman provides perfect sea, sand, sun, shops and much more,’ it concludes.