Grand Cayman: Almost Exactly As Planned

The adverse weather didn’t affect our plans for the island of Grand Cayman. That’s because we had only planned to tender in and do a little shopping in Georgetown. So when the Cruise Director announced that we would be tendering in a different location and that most water related activities were cancelled, we thought we might just miss out on a little shopping.  As it turned out, Celebrity, probably because it is the sister company of Royal Caribbean, was able to arrange free transport into Georgetown from the alternative tendering location. This meant that unlike the two other ships tendering to this location, MSC Poesia and Disney Wonder, we could make our way to Georgetown and back for free.

The small but calm Spots bay tender location

The small but calm Spots bay tender location

My daughter and I were up for some shopping so we took advantage of the free shuttles and headed into Georgetown. In town,  we found lots of jewelry and perfume shops, and our favorite, T-shirt shops, where we got a few nice XXXL for my husband and a Large for my son. Grand Cayman was probably the wealthiest of the ports we visited thanks to all the banking and financial institutions located there. We saw very little that was run down. Georgetown seemed to be bustling with tourist shops as well as local shopping.  If we had made more plans, they might have been to see the turtle farm and to visit “Hell” a spot where limestone erosion makes the earth look like what one might imagine Hell to look like. Those two activities were still available to the tourist, but all the water related activities, including the popular “Swim With The Stingrays” were cancelled because of the high winds. I’m sure there were many people disappointed.

Georgetown where we did our shopping.

Georgetown where we did our shopping.

Celebrity can’t control the weather but they can control where we dock and what kind of transportation they provide. We think that they did an exceptional job in that they used the large Grand Cayman contracted tender boats, move the location to a more calm protected bay, and provided us with free transportation to the original landing location. MSC, probably because of their limited presence in the Caribbean,may have had not choice but to utilized their own tenders, which made the wait times for their passengers much longer. When getting off the ship and returning to the ship we had only a minimal wait, where as the MSC passengers were lined up for quite a while waiting to return to their ship.

Please visit our Grand Cayman Gallery for more pictures.