Top cruise officials visit

Cruise berthing on agenda

Seven top cruise executives will visit the Cayman Islands today, Tuesday, to meet with Government officials and discuss hot topic cruise issues.

Leading the delegation of Florida Caribbean Cruise Association member lines will be its president, Michele Paige. Also included in the delegation are representatives of the two major cruise lines – Carnival and Royal Caribbean.

Meeting with the delegation, which arrives this evening and departs tomorrow afternoon, will be Leader of Government Business and Minister of Tourism McKeeva Bush, West Bay MLA and Deputy Speaker Cline Glidden, port officials and others.

Mr. Bush explained the main aim of the visit is to rebuild relationships with the cruise lines following his United Democratic Party Government taking over from the previous administration.

‘This partnership with the cruise lines is very important to the Cayman Islands. I have always had a good relationship with the cruise industry and I have to build that back at this present time,’ he said.

The meeting agenda includes talks regarding cruise berthing facilities; port operations; Land and Sea Co-operative issues; Spotts Dock; and Boatswain’s Beach.

Mr. Bush said the FCCA and cruise lines are a key partner to the Cayman Islands’ tourism industry.

‘Cruise tourism is where the vast majority of Caymanians get their tourism dollar,’ he said. ‘The Land and Sea Co-operative has been left high and dry and I want the FCCA to do more for them and more for the country.’

Mr. Bush noted that the establishment of cruise berthing is very important to the cruise industry and the visiting officials have indicated that they will say something publicly on this issue.

The visit will also include a tour of the current port site and the Royal Watler cruise terminal facility.

Mr. Bush has already had four of five separate discussions/meetings with the FCCA since being elected in May.