Slight drop in cruise passengers

Passengers disembark at Spotts Dock in December from a tender boat that delivered them from the Carnival Magic cruise ship. - Photos: Alvaro Serey

Just over 1.8 million cruise visitors arrived in Grand Cayman last year, a decline of nearly 5%.

The figure, 1,831,011, is still the third-best year for cruise arrivals on record.

The 2018 total of 1.92 million passenger arrivals, bolstered by ships diverted from hurricane-hit countries in the eastern Caribbean, was the highest ever.

Representatives of Royal Caribbean have indicated that numbers could surge beyond 2.5 million if Cayman builds a cruise berthing facility. Opponents have suggested that would be more visitors than the island could handle.

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