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Making the Most of Grand Cayman

Making the Most of Grand Cayman

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Currently, this is the only regular Disney Cruise Line destination that requires tendering (a long-delayed, new cruise ship pier will make tenders obsolete, someday). The ship anchors a short distance offshore of George Town, Grand Cayman—capital of the Cayman Islands. Tenders ferry guests to the pier in a matter of minutes, and run continuously throughout the day. Tenders returning to the ship depart from the South Terminal pier. A notice in your stateroom outlines tendering procedures. A taxi stand is just a few steps from the dock, and the island’s duty-free shopping district is tightly clustered within several blocks of the pier. The nearest beach is Seven Mile Beach, a short drive north of George Town. The first tender ashore is typically 10:30 am, with the last tender around 5:30 pm.


Grand Cayman is shaped like a sperm whale, with its capital of George Town where a whale’s “fluke” would be (see map on next page). It’s easy to get around on foot in town. Grand Cayman hardly overflows with sights to see, so while car rentals are available, we don’t suggest them. Shore excursions can take you to nearly every sight, and taxis are fine for those who want to tour on their own. Taxis use a rate chart that is posted at the taxi stand by the cruise pier. Most car rental agencies are at the airport. Reserve in advance and arrange to have the car waiting at the pier for you. Due north of George Town are Seven Mile Beach and the settlement of West Bay, home to the Cayman Turtle Farm and a tourist trap named Hell. Just to the east, kettle-shaped North Sound takes a big bite out of the north shore. A long coral reef guards the entrance to this bay, and just south of the reef, miles from shore, is “Stingray City,” where excursion boats gather and guests cavort with the gentle stingrays. The resort-and-beach destination of Rum Point is at the easternmost extreme of North Sound. A single road follows the perimeter of the island (except for a huge gap between West Bay and Rum Point) connecting the island’s many scuba dive destinations. One of the most famous dive sites is Wreck of the Ten Sails, just beyond the village of East End.


For water-based excursions, leave your valuables (and change into your swimwear) on the ship. Lockers aren’t easy to come by on the island. Wear cover-ups, as local customs are sedately British, and carry lots of sunscreen. As always, know your prices before you shop, and agree to taxi fares in advance (fares are posted at the pier’s taxi stand).

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Top Photo Slice: Seven Mile Beach on Grand Cayman (℗ 53408) Photo contributed by © Jennifer Marx


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