Waterfront will be congested with cruise passengers
Sixteen cruise ships, with a total of more than 37,000 passengers, will pass through the George Town harbor between Wednesday and Friday. Businesses on the waterfront are preparing for the surge as they would with any busy day, and police are planning to add officers downtown to help with traffic during the holiday rush.
The number of cruise ships stopping in Cayman is up this winter over last year. The Port Authority reports that 83 cruise ships will have docked in Cayman in December, up from 69 compared to last year. For January 2015, cruise schedules tracked by the Port Authority show 90 ships are scheduled, up from 71 in January 2014.
Five ships are scheduled to dock in George Town on Wednesday, New Year’s Eve, and another five on Thursday, New Year’s Day; and six are signed up to come in Friday.
Merchants along the waterfront say they’re ready for the crowds to start off the New Year. Tiffany Martinez, who was working at Havana Humidor in the cruise terminal this week, said tourist business has been “better this year.”
Sitting in the small shop on the second floor above Harbour Drive, surrounded by four walls of glass cases filled with cigars, Ms. Martinez said, “As long as there’s a ship in, we’re open.”
Police are advising drivers to be careful driving along the waterfront, especially between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., or to find alternate routes. Adrian Seales with the Royal Cayman Island Police Service said he expects Harbour Drive to be congested with pedestrians until the weekend.