Port facilities criticised

On his ship’s inaugural voyage to Grand Cayman last Wednesday, Captain of The Norwegian Jewel, Constantinos Fafalios, voiced his concern that there were not enough cruise facilities in Grand Cayman for the six ships in port that day.

Mr. Fafalios said passengers waiting in queues were frustrated with the delays.

Port Facility Security Officer Joseph Woods, speaking on behalf of the Port Authority of the Cayman Islands, explained to the Captain that the issue he raised is being addressed, but the weather has played a large role in disrupting the use of new facilities.

‘The Port Authority regrets that you have experienced difficulties,’ he said, explaining that the Royal Watler Cruise Terminal was supposed to have been in operation from a year ago, but this was disrupted by Hurricane Ivan.

Mr. Woods also said that while the new completed pier had been used when necessary recently on very busy port days, Hurricane Wilma had put a stop to this as it had caused damage to the dock area where passengers had to walk.

The re-paving of the damaged dock area was to be completed by this past weekend.

He also said it is expected that the restrooms and customs sections of the Royal Watler Cruise Terminal would ready by January.

Captain Fafalios, Master of the newest gem in the Norwegian Cruise Line’s Fleet, spoke while welcoming a contingent from Grand Cayman aboard the vessel for lunch and a grand tour.

The 92,000 tonne ship can hold 2,376 guests, 1,154 crew members, has 10 restaurants, 13 bars and lounges, a health spa and fitness centre, beauty salon, sports court, two swimming pools, six hot tubs, cinema and auditorium, internet cafĂ©, teen’s club underground and a kids’ club.

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