By now, almost everyone is familiar with the sight of boats making their way across the North Sound or running parallel to Seven Mile Beach. Getting out on the water is big part of Caribbean life, and it is one of the reasons why those who live elsewhere are green with envy.

If you don’t own a boat, you still have myriad options at your disposal so that you too can enjoy a cruise. In fact, it’s a lot easier to let someone else take the rudder, and you don’t have to pay docking fees.

From sunset sails on the Jolly Roger to a day out on a premium Sea Ray Sport Yacht from Cayman Luxury Charters, there are bookings to suit every budget.

One of the companies best known for its boat excursions is Red Sail Sports, boasting the “Spirit” fleet of catamarans that ferry happy passengers from Safehaven Dock to Rum Point, or past the setting sun on Seven Mile. The newest addition to the family – Spirit of the Islands – offers a little bit extra.

The new water slide is sure to make a splash with guests.
The new water slide is sure to make a splash with guests.

Spirit of the Islands

The luxury 65-foot Catamaran has an onboard grill and water slide, hence the creation of the new Swimmin’, Chillin’ & Grillin’ tour.

“Many of our guests spend the morning on the dive boat and they then want spend time with family members that don’t dive. This is a brand new and exciting way to get them out on the water together to have fun,” said Dive Operations Manager Rod McDowall. “We expect it to be a big hit with guests who can now enjoy a fresh grilled lunch after working up a good appetite snorkeling, swimming and using the slide.”

Building Spirit

The Spirit of the Islands was built in St. Croix by Gold Coast Yachts, the same outfit that built the other four vessels for Red Sail Sports. It was designed with the same attention to detail – spacious, comfortable and stable – but the grill and water slide were added. A crew of five, including Red Sail Sports Capt. Dan Bond, sailed the catamaran on the five-day journey from St. Croix to Grand Cayman, cruising by Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Jamaica.

Food , fresh off the onboard grill.
Food , fresh off the onboard grill.

Swimmin’, Chillin’ & Grillin’

While the catamaran was going through the licensing and inspection process in Grand Cayman, Red Sail Sports employees held a contest to name the new tour. There were more than 30 entries from staff, but Michael Lawday of the Sales Department came up with the winning entry and the new tour was named Swimmin’, Chillin’ & Grillin’.

The Spirit of the Islands departs from the beach at The Westin Seven Mile Beach Resort
& Spa and then the Grand Cayman Beach Suites, both on Seven Mile Beach. The new tour can booked online at