Cayman saw an unusual event on Thursday, 21 July, with a cruise ship tying up at a specially-designed area at the cargo dock.
The Tropicana Adriana has a capacity of 272 and was able to tie up at the cargo facility which enabled passengers to go on and off the vessel at their leisure.
“This is the first one that I recall [using the dock]. We have made history,” said Joseph Woods, manager of cruise operations and security at the Port Authority of the Cayman Islands.
“It will be calling here weekly until the end of September. They originate from Progreso, Mexico each Saturday and Mexico is their target market.”
Home ported in Mexico
Tropicana is a specialist cruise company based in London. The Adriana is home ported in Puerto Progreso, Mexico and the seven-night cruise also takes in Havana, Trinidad (Cuba) and the Cayman Islands. The company will also be offering a longer, 12-night cruise which adds Santiago and Cayo Saetia to the itinerary.
The language spoken aboard the ship alternates weekly between English, Russian, Spanish and German depending on which group makes up the majority of passengers.