Grand Cayman is one of my favorite cruise ports of call. Its clean, getting around is easy and its just simply beautiful. So today The tips I have are primarily for cruisers but can be for those staying on the island as well.
Grand Cayman is a tender port so you will take a water shuttle or tender into the port from the ship. This is due to a barrier reef that makes it too shallow for ships to dock. Don't worry though, its a short ride, probably shorter than the walk in Nassau.
One of the most popular shore excursion in Grand Cayman is Stingray City. This is a sandbar located on the west side of the island. Its about a 20 minute ride to the dock by taxi or bus and about a 20 to 30 minute ride by boat out to the sandbar. There you get to get in the water with these amazing animals and if you want feed them and even hold them. I did this excursion in 2017 and it was awesome. I will tell you, make sure you book it a head of time because it fills quick.
If you are looking for a beach day, Seven Mile Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean. White sand and blue water await. There are resorts and beach clubs who over day passes but there is a public beach. Once you are off the tender, there will be taxis available to take to your desired spot.
Shopping is plentiful in Georgetown, where the tender docks. You will find the Caribbean staples like Diamonds International, Del Sol and Sharkeez plus some interesting local shops.
Finally, time. Most stops in Grand Cayman are shorter than most ports so be mindful of your time. This makes it important that you plan your stop in Grand Cayman so you don't waste a lot of time making decisions. Remember, you have to make the last tender which is usually around an hour before the ship leaves but consult your daily activity sheet.
This is video from my visit to Grand Cayman in 2017 on the Carnival Glory
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