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The recently formed Global Cruise Activist Network has launched a 'Rethink Cruise Tourism' campaign calling for a revamp of the cruise ship industry before sailings resume post COVID.
Grassroots groups from several countries, including the Cayman Islands, have joined forces to launch the Global Cruise Activist Network, to demand that the cruise ship industry does not return to 'business as normal' post-COVID-19.
The new realities around travel call for a general shift away from pure volume-based mass tourism, which in Cayman is synonymous with cruise ships, to quality-oriented, high-end tourism.
Tourism Minister Moses Kirkconnell confirmed Thursday that Cayman’s borders will remain officially closed until 1 Sept. as he disclosed that cruise ships will not be allowed to call on local ports until the seaport is reopened.
A cruise ship passenger who was transported to Health City Cayman Islands for emergency treatment early last week and was one of the four original people who tested negative for coronavirus, said he felt “lucky to be alive” before boarding a plane for the US on Monday.
Cayman has turned away three cruise ships one day before a government ban on the cruises was set to take effect to stop the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
US citizens have been warned not to travel on cruise ships in a move that could have a huge knock-on effect on the tourism industry.
The Caribbean Princess cruise ship cancelled its call to Grand Cayman on Monday amid coronavirus concerns, after offloading two critically ill passengers who were then airlifted from Cayman to Florida.
Cayman’s port leaders have issued assurances that, amid the global coronavirus outbreak, all health protocols are being followed, especially when it comes to cruise and cargo ships touching local shores. The announcement comes as Cayman is set to receive 31 ships – 24 cruise and seven cargo – this week.
The outbreak of the coronavirus has caused a perfect storm for the cruise industry.
With traffic in George Town already at a standstill, and tourist attractions such as Stingray City becoming dangerously overcrowded, accommodating these additional 800,000 cruise passengers on an annual basis could have an extensive negative impact on the island.
The streets of George Town were thronged with tourists Wednesday as six visiting cruise ships disgorged nearly 20,000 passengers in Grand Cayman’s capital.
In normal circumstances, an influx of 250,000 additional tourists would be cause for celebration. But Grand Cayman’s windfall comes at a cost to its Caribbean neighbors.
Grand Cayman saw a huge influx of tourists on Wednesday as seven cruise ships arrived in port.
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