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About Grand Cayman

One of the Caribbean's most affluent and laid-back islands, Grand Cayman makes a perfect cruise call.  Tenders take guests straight to the capital, George Town, which is easily explored on foot.

Get a taste of the island's history at Fort George, which dates from 1790 or plunge 100 feet beneath the waves to view Dayglo-coloured fish, spectacular underwater mountains and elaborate coral formations through the big windows of a submarine.

You can get even closer to the marine life snorkelling around Stingray City or meeting the inhabitants of Turtle Farm near the pretty town of Hell, a short drive away from Georgetown and a popular place from which to send postcards.

Before your ship leaves, make time to browse George Town's bustling Craft Market and offbeat boutiques. Look out for Caymanite, a brownish-pink semiprecious stone unique to the islands.

 

Shore excursions in Grand Cayman

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

A Glimpse of Cayman and Beach

Activity medium

Duration: 4 hours

Enjoy a stop at ‘Hell’ and a Tortuga rum cake store, before time to relax on the beach.

Embark on a scenic drive along the west bay peninsula, during which your driver-guide will provide you with a brief history of the island and point out some interesting sites.

As you relax on board your bus, you’ll pass the Governor’s residence and the ‘Old Homestead’, a historic but whimsical Cayman house resembling a gingerbread house. A stop will be made at a Tortuga rum cake store where you’ll have the opportunity to purchase some of the famous rum cake.

For those who’ve said they’ve been to ‘hell and back’, now it won’t be far from the truth as your next stop with be at ‘Hell’ a popular area renowned for its unusual and eerie black jagged rock formations. During a short stop, capture photos of the unique rock formations from a viewing platform.

Complete your tour at Royal Palms Beach, where you’ll have approximately 3 hours to spend at your leisure. Take a leisurely stroll along the beach, bathe in the clear blue waters, or simply lay back and soak up the sun. You may also choose to purchase a drink or bite to eat at the nearby restaurant.

Essential information

The beach is a popular local public beach and can become busy. Sun loungers are included in the cost of the tour. Umbrellas are not included but are available to hire, subject to availability and payable locally. Passengers are reminded to wear swimwear, take a towel and sunscreen. US dollars are required for purchases. Please refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages prior to swimming. There may be independent suppliers on the beach that offer watersports, these are provided by parties unconnected to P&O Cruises. Before you book this excursion, you must refer to the ‘Beach / Water Related’ paragraph under the Guide to Symbols in this brochure.

A Taste of Grand Cayman

Activity mediumRefreshments includedShopping

Duration: 2½ hours

Embark on a journey that is full of the sights and flavours of beautiful Grand Cayman.

Climb aboard an air-conditioned motor coach and you're off to the Cayman Islands Brewery to learn how the only beer brewed on the island (Caybrew) is made and bottled. See the brewing process from start to finish and of course there'll be time at the end for a sample.

Afterwards, head through downtown George Town, and pass by several famous landmarks, including Fort George, the Legislative Assembly Building, Heroes Square, the Peace Memorial and many of the numerous banks for which Grand Cayman is famous.

At the Rum Cake Centre, you'll have a chance to sample Cayman's world-famous rum cake, before heading to the brewing facilities of Seven Fathoms Rum, where you’ll see the unique brewing process at Grand Cayman's first and only rum distillery. During a guided tour you’ll hear about the history of Cayman rum and culture, and of course enjoy a taste of the award-winning Seven Fathom's Rum. After the rum tasting, it's time for the short journey back to the pier.

Essential information

This excursion operates by bus and on foot. The brewery is accessed via 3 steps or a ramp. You are required to walk approximately 100 yards from the pier to the coach. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended. US Dollars are accepted for purchases.

Cayman Highlights and Turtle Farm

Activity medium

Duration: 2½ hours

Enjoy a visit to Hell, discover Cayman’s Turtle Farm and sample some of the local rum cake.

Setting off from George Town, your journey will take you downtown passing by several famous landmarks including the Peace Memorial and Heroes Square. You’ll also catch sight of the numerous banks for which Grand Cayman is renowned for.

Your journey continues north along the coastline of Seven Mile Beach and on to Hell. Enjoy a short stop at this popular area, known mainly for its unusual and eerie black jagged rock formations, which gave rise to the name Hell. You may even have the chance to send a quick postcard ‘from Hell’ at the post office.

Afterwards, you’ll head to Boatswains Beach Park which is home to the Turtle Farm, part of an ongoing breeding and conservation program. Here you’ll encounter Green Sea, Loggerhead and Hawksbill Turtles and you’ll also have the opportunity to view the Caiman exhibit.

To round off your tour, enjoy a brief visit to one of the islands famous rum cake centres, before returning to the ship.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by bus and on foot. This tour involves around 1½ - 2 hours of leisurely walking over relatively flat ground. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended. Hell is a popular attraction and can become very busy. On some occasions time restraints may not allow a postcard to be sent. The time spent at the Turtle Farm is approximately 1 hour. Early booking is recommended.

Flora, Fauna and Heritage

Activity medium

Duration: 3½ hours

Gain an insight into the island’s heritage at Pedro St James Castle, and visit the delightful Queen Elizabeth II Botanical Park.

A scenic drive takes you south of the island, passing though the historic South Sound area and Smith Cove, before continuing along the coast. During the drive your driver/guide will provide you with interesting facts about the island.

Your first stop is Pedro St James Castle, often referred to as the birthplace of democracy in the Caymans, following its role as the meeting place of the first elected parliament in the Cayman Islands. Constructed in 1780, and later restored in 1996 to its original 18th century style, Pedro St James Castle is the oldest existing building in the Cayman Islands. During your visit, discover the wonderfully restored buildings, charmingly overlooking the Caribbean Sea, take a stroll through the beautiful gardens, and perhaps browse the gift shop for souvenirs. You’ll also have the opportunity to experience the effects of a real life thunderstorm at the multimedia theatre.

Round off your tour at the Queen Elizabeth II Botanical Park. Spread across 76 acres of natural and manicured grounds, the park boasts wonderful displays of native flora and fauna, as well being home to the Blue Iguana, which can only be found in Grand Cayman.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by minibus and on foot and involves approximately 1½ hours of walking, as well as around 30 steps to negotiate.

Nautilus Adventure and Sights

Activity mediumFamily

Duration: 3½ hours

See some of the island’s best features, from above the water, and below.

Boarding the Nautilus semi-submarine, you can explore the underwater paradise that makes Grand Cayman one of the world’s top dive destinations without even dipping a toe in the water. See the fascinating coral reefs and learn all about the sunken wreck of the Cali. From the comfort of your air-conditioned cabin below the water’s surface, you’ll have spectacular views of the Caribbean seascape and colourful tropical fish.

Continuing by coach, your next stop is the Living Heritage Museum of Pedro St James, a plantation house that has been restored to its former glory. After passing through the beautiful area of South Sound, you will arrive at the magnificent house, with its views over the Caribbean sea. You’ll have the opportunity to learn about the colourful Caymanian past of this old family plantation and explore the grounds and vibrant tropical gardens.

Finally, you’ll have a chance to sample one of Grand Cayman’s specialities with a brief visit to one of the island’s rum cake centres, before returning to your ship.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by bus and semi-sub. Passengers must be able to negotiate the steps onto and off the semi-sub. This tour may operate in reverse.

Nautilus Adventure and Sights
 

A selection of cruises to Grand Cayman

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