Pirate tour one of the best

There’s nothing quite like being on the water in the Cayman Islands and one of the more leftfield ways to explore the azure has been recognised. 

National Geographic placed the Pirate Cruise, which takes revellers out on a replica galleon, in the top three of the world’s sailing cruises. 

“This Caribbean cruise, for children young and old, takes place in a replica 17th-century Spanish galleon complete with firing cannons, planks to walk, and sword-fighting,” read the magazine. 

Harry Lalli, owner of the Pirates of the Caymans company, was pleased with the accolade. 

“It is an honour to be recognized by a well-known entity as National Geographic and be number three in the top 10 sailing cruises in the world.  

“The pirate encounter which departs in the afternoons and is also sold on cruise ships is a very family friendly cruise,” Lalli said. “Kids of all ages love it – it has been operating here for over 15 years.” 


Two vessels 

The company operates two vessels; Jolly Roger is a replica of Christopher Columbus’ 17th Century galleon, Nina, which had a crew of 25 and was completely wind-powered. It was built in 1986 in St. Petersburg, Florida. The Anne Bonny was built in 1934 off the west coast of Norway and since then has been used for cargo, fishing, trawling and whisky smuggling. During the 1990s, she was operated as a tourist charter business and is one of the few remaining wooden Brings in the world. Both offer two-hour tours of the coast or sunset cruises and are participants in Pirates Week, particularly during the landing of the pirates. 

Top-rated cruise on the National Geographic list was Nova Scotia and the Labrador Tall Ships in Canada, a week-long Eastern Canada cruise where you can sign on as a trainee crew member. The ships also dock in secret harbours for kayaking, hiking and picking wild blueberries. 

According to National Geographic, the San Juan Islands archipelago off the coast of Washington State was No. 2 in their list. It was praised for its unspoiled wilderness and gourmet meals which reflect the flavours of the Pacific Northwest. 


The Jolly Roger is a familiar sight on the Cayman waters. – Photo: Submitted