According to a publication released during Cayman’s Quincentennial celebrations, the first cruise ship to visit Grand Cayman arrived on Feb. 22, 1937.
She was the RMS Atlantis, weighing 16,000 tons and carrying “450 wealthy, mostly elderly passengers, more than three-quarters of whom came ashore for the day.” It was a Monday.
On Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015, five cruise ships visited Grand Cayman, bringing 16,642 passengers to George Town.
If three-quarters of them came ashore, more than 12,480 men, women and children had the opportunity to explore stores, restaurants and structures that didn’t exist 78 years ago, along with the island’s distinctive natural attractions.
In port for the day were Carnival Breeze, Regal Princess, Nieuw Amsterdam, Celebrity Silhouette and Liberty of the Seas. Christmas Day also brought five cruise ships to Cayman, carrying 14,310 passengers.
In 2014, just over 1.6 million cruise ship passengers visited the Cayman Islands.