The second cruise visit to Cayman Brac this year saw 365 people come ashore from the cruise ship MS Delphin to explore the island.
The ship arrived Easter Monday, her first visit to Cayman Brac in just over nine years, having previously made a visit on 4 February, 1999.
MS Delphin, which used its own tenders to transport passengers to land, arrived to the Brac just after 7am and departed again at noon.
‘The passengers commented on how pleased they were with the natural beauty, friendliness of the people, tranquillity and wonderful tour,’ said Marketing and Promotions Manager, District Administration, Chevala Burke. ‘There was quite a bit of talk about the ship returning in for future calls as well as several crew members who were interested in returning for a longer stay, spending a few days.’
Ms Burke noted that nearly half of those that came ashore, 177 people, took part in a three hour island tour, including eight crew members who acted as translators. The tour stops included the Cayman Brac Museum, Heritage House, Christopher Columbus Gardens and various caves. The tour was operated by taxi and tour operators.
Those who didn’t go on a tour walked around the Creek Dock port area, Panama Canal area and the Craft Market set up at the port, where nine vendors sold their wares, said Ms Burke.
A table with information on both Sister Islands was set up at the port by the Marketing and Promotions Unit of the District Administration staff, and free water and Easter buns were served.
Lending a helping hand with meeting and greeting and assisting passengers was Junior Minister of Tourism Myfanwy Leggatt.
In January about 75 passengers disembarked the Hebridean Spirit luxury liner in Cayman Brac for a day of sea and sand, nature walks, a visit to the parrot reserve and diving.
Another small cruise ship, Sea Cloud, had been scheduled to visit the Brac in January, but because of weather conditions this was not possible.
Last year one cruise ship, the MS Europa, visited the Brac in January, taking about 300 passengers.
There are no known cruise visits planned for Cayman Brac in the near future.