Nearly 19,000 cruise tourists make Boxing Day visit

Six cruise ships carrying 18,826 passengers arrived in George Town on Boxing Day.

To accommodate the expected influx of tourists, a section of Harbour Drive became a temporary pedestrian zone Thursday. The Ministry of District Administration, Tourism and Transport announced earlier in the week that Harbour Drive, from Fort Street to Boilers Road, would close from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Boxing Day “due to the high number of cruise passengers that will be in the area.”

The biggest ship in port was Royal Caribbean Cruises’ Freedom of the Seas which brought 4,400 tourists to Cayman. Carnival Magic had 3,690 passengers on board, while Royal Caribbean’s Navigator of the Seas had 3,500. Carnival Paradise brought 2,632 visitors into port, Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Pearl brought 2,500, and Holland America Line’s Eurodam 2,104.


Boxing Day crowds in George Town
Photo: Chris Court


  1. I think that was a very good gesture by the Ministry of District Admin. Tourism and Transport to open Fort Street only for pedestrian tourist; and I sincerely hope it will be done more often in the new year. I am sure it was a beautiful sight to see and I do hope every one enjoyed their time and felt safe. It is most welcomed by business who opened to accommodate them. Thanks to every one who made this possible, and hoping you have a very good New year ahead.

  2. It is noteworthy that these many visitors arrived in one day. It is certainly good for tourism as a whole and business in general. This also serves as great publicity for Cayman. I trust that motorists and others affected by the road closer will exercise patience and understanding, taking it in stride as a ‘good deal’ for the island.