Bash lacked cruise guests

A sweet, smoky smell of barbecued chicken and ribs filled the air.

Rosanna Myrie

Rosanna Myrie demonstrates her sand sculpting abilities at the Department of Tourisms beach party, held Thursday for cruise ship passengers on Seven Mile Beach.
Photo: Jewel Levy

The West Bay Public Beach was in pristine condition.

Caymanians adept at crafts set up shop to give demonstrations.

Thursday was the perfect day for a beach party for cruise ship guests. The only thing missing was the guests.

‘There was just not enough promotion done for the event,’ said Octopus event co-ordinator Meg Patterson.

‘The elements were there for tourist to enjoy the waters and get away from downtown George Town. We just needed the people,’ she said.

The party was one of several the Department of Tourism has planned to entertain cruise ship passengers when they arrive on Grand Cayman.

Apparently tour bus operators and ship passengers were not informed properly of the big bash and bus after tour bus just passed the function by.

Doing his best to drum up tourist along the road side was Cayman Pirate Darvin Ebanks

Planned for the cultural day were alternative activities such as music, beach games, food, craft demonstrations and classes, sandcastle competition watersports and children’s activities such as face painting, bouncy castle and more.

Vendors cooked up mouth-watering barbecue chicken and pork, hot dogs hamburgers but customers were few and far between.

There were no banners displayed at the cruise landing and most of the tour operators apparently were not told to stop at the public beach to support the function.

Ms Patterson said she hoped that the next event next Thursday will be advertised more. The beach bashes are planned every Thursday until the end of January.

Planned for future functions will be story telling, traditional dances, beach games, heavy cake classes and lots of demonstrations.