Cayman Islands cruises are growing in popularity, as more and more travelers are becoming aware of how rewarding they are. Few destinations in the world are comparable to the Cayman Islands when it comes to scuba diving and snorkeling, but there are plenty of other options for things to do as well. On a cruise to the Cayman Islands, passengers will visit more than just the Cayman Islands, and in between stops, they will have a range of amenities, facilities, and services at their disposal on the ship. These days, the ships that are used for Caribbean cruises are self-sufficient entities with just about everything traveler's need on board.
A number of companies offer Cayman Islands cruises, so travelers shouldn't have trouble finding one that suits their tastes and preferences. The Grand Cayman cruise port can be found in the capital of Georgetown, and it's where all of the Cayman cruises arrive. Georgetown is more of a town than a city, and it is home to duty free shops and other stores that are popular with cruise passengers. The capital also boasts some good restaurants, not to mention proximity to one of the best snorkel sites in the island chain. Just offshore in Georgetown is a sunken ship named the Cali, and it can be viewed by snorkelers and divers alike. Shopping and snorkeling in Georgetown figure among the most popular shore excursions on the Grand Cayman cruises, as these activities can be enjoyed close to the port. Grand Cayman isn't exactly a large island, so cruise passengers will also have the option of venturing off to other parts of the island as well if they please. A trip to Rum Point can be ideal when the relative bustle at Seven Mile Beach isn't what you have in mind.
On Cayman Islands cruises, passengers will usually have less than a day to explore the island of Grand Cayman before they have to get back on the ship. As such, it isn't possible to venture off to the smaller islands of Little Cayman and Cayman Brac. In other words, those who want to enjoy everything that this island chain has to offer will have to stay for a couple of days or more. An extended Cayman Islands vacation isn't exactly a bad thing. That being said, a cruise to the Cayman Islands will include an array of other destinations that will add some extra flavor. The bulk of the Cayman Islands cruises last five, seven, or fourteen days, and typical destinations that also figure on the itinerary are Caribbean islands such as Antigua, Barbados, Jamaica, and St Thomas. Often times, a stop at one of the more popular cruise ports in Mexico will also be on the agenda.
The Caribbean cruises that visit Grand Cayman can embark on their journeys at any number of ports. The various cruise ports in southern Florida are popular embarkation points, and it's also possible to depart from San Diego, in which case you'll get to pass through the Panama Canal. Not all of the Grand Cayman cruises start in the United States. Other starting points include Caribbean ports, such as the port in Barbados.
Cayman Islands cruises are offered throughout the year, and since they are all inclusive, passengers will have little to worry about once they pay the upfront fee. Shore excursions that are offered by the cruise company usually cost extra, and while it's possible to pay for them upfront, it is also possible to hold off if you're unsure what you want to do. Since the list of possible shore excursions on Grand Cayman cruises is extensive, it might be hard to decide on one before the cruise actually arrives on this fantastic island.