On the recent visit of cruise ship MS Europa to Cayman Brac, cruise ship passengers found themselves on a beach with no public restroom facilities.
The decision had been taken by the cruise ship to use the La Esperanza private beach on the south of the island, having been advised that it had no such facilities, said District Administration’s Marketing and Promotions Manager Chevala Burke.
‘They were well aware there were no such facilities there,’ she said.
The other option that had been available to the cruise ship was the public beach, just a five minute walk away from the private beach, which had public restrooms. However, the cruise line wanted the shade available at the private beach and so they opted for the La Esperanza beach, Ms Burke said.
At least 300 on board the ship, including crew members, disembarked the ship in Cayman Brac on 2 January and many of the passengers were transported by school bus, hired by the cruise ship, to the beach.
A resident claimed the beach had been in a dirty condition for the tourists, but Ms Burke said that the office of the District Administration had no complaints from visitors about the beach being dirty. The cruise line had not complained about this either, she said.
In fact, officials from the cruise line, she said, had visited the private beach to check it out prior to the guests disembarking the ship.
Some of the tourists may have used the restroom facilities at the nearby public beach, she said, a five minute walk away.
The MS Europa is from Germany’s luxury Hapag Lloyd Cruises and the stop was part of its 15 day Caribbean cruise.
When contacted for comment on their satisfaction with Cayman Brac as a cruise destination, officials from the Hapag Lloyd Cruises had not responded by press time.
Ms Burke said she has not been made aware of any other requests from ships wishing to visit the Brac at this point in time.
However, a feasibility study was recently undertaken by the Holland America Cruise Line in order to determine how suitable Cayman Brac is as a cruise destination.
The results of this study have not yet been made public.