George Town

Artisan workshops and business banks
The Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park
Rare animals and luxury cars

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George Town

A duty free paradise

Once disembarked from and MSC cruise ship in the Cayman Islands, the cruise goer is welcomed by the port of George Town. The capital of the island and of the country, it is a traditional Caribbean city with colourful wooden houses that alternate with newer buildings.

The houses on the narrow George Town streets are interspersed with artisan workshops, where you can find some rarities to take home as a reminder of your MSC cruise in the Caribbean Sea. You can take a plunge into the history of the island at the dual-purpose National Museum of George Town: you can both explore samples of the most interesting endemic flora and fauna, and trace the long and tough inhabited history of the island.

However, if you want to learn about the lives of the first European colonists, an excursion to Bodden Town located five kilometres from the capital is ideal. In this former capital of Cayman Islands, you can visit the Mission House, a building used as a family residence by teachers and missionaries during the 18th century. As an alternative, visit the Queen Elizabeth II Botanical Park located, in the east of the island. Here, if you are lucky, besides the riot of tropical plants you may also encounter the extremely rare blue iguana.

Lovers of shopping will also find great satisfaction in the Cayman Islands: the entire country is duty free. You just have to choose what interests you the most among the myriad of watches, liqueurs, jewellery and porcelain. There is even a museum of curiosities. Not far from Turtle Farm, sits the Cayman Motor Museum, which exhibits the incredible collection by the Norwegian businessman Andreas Ugland. His “pearls” include the original Batmobile and Batcycle from the Batman TV series, a replica of the 1886 Benz Patent-Motorwagen, considered the first car in the world, and another seventy rare cars and motorcycles.

Must see places in George Town

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  • CATAMARAN TO STINGRAY CITY SANDBAR

    ACTIVE & ADVENTURE

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    The southern stingrays found at the sandbar called Stingray City in Grand Cayman’s North Sound are so habituated to human contact that they will happily allow themselves to be hand fed and even petted by visitors. Following a short transfer to the Cayman Islands Yacht Club, it is to this special place that you’ll be sailing on board a catamaran. On arrival, you can take to the water to make personal contact with the friendly marine dwellers and feed them with scraps of food. The tour then draws to a close with an equally scenic sail back to the Yacht Club and onward transfer your ship. Please note: guests are recommended to bring swimwear, a towel, high-factor sunscreen, a sunhat and sunglasses. The catamaran provides only minimal shade. Guests must be at least 8 years of age to take part and, if younger than 16 years of age, must be accompanied by a paying adult throughout. The water may be deeper than 6 ft./182 cm and guests may have to swim to Stingray City. Guests will be required to wear buoyancy vests while in the water and remove footwear while on board the catamaran.
    • Possibility of swimming

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      3:30 h

    • Adults69Price per person

    • Children52Price per person

  • BEST OF CAYMAN

    CITY TOUR

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    This fun excursion begins at the pier when you board an air-conditioned coach, together with a guide to provide information and point out places of interest on the way. Leaving George Town, you will take the scenic route past Seven Mile Beach, with a number of stunning five-star hotels to view as you go. A quick stop will be made at the Governor’s Residence, the official home of the Governor of the Cayman islands, after which you will head for the island’s famous Sea Turtle Farm, the only one of its kind in the world. Founded in 1968, the research centre has since played a vital role in the protection and conservation of these endangered sea creatures, some of which can weigh as much as 600 lbs. Your visit will give you a chance to see various species of turtle and Cayman iguanas, hold a turtle in your hands, take photos and explore the gift shop for a fitting memento. Your next stop will be at the Tortuga Rum Cake factory, where you can sample the world-famous “Tortuga rum cake”, before you make your way to Hell. This hilariously named Cayman town is the perfect spot from which to send postcards, aptly postmarked “Mailed from Hell”. And you’ll earn the right to rightfully claim that you’ve “been to Hell and back. Your return drive to Georgetown brings the tour to a close. Please note: Guests under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult. The driver doubles as your tour guide.
      • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Easy

      • Duration
        2:30 h

      • Adults59Price per person

      • Children42Price per person

    • CAYMAN BEACH BREAK & STINGRAY CITY COMBO

      CITY TOUR

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      The coastal waters around Grand Cayman are home to the fascinating southern stingray, an incredibly graceful marine animal that appears to have a fondness for a certain species of land dweller: humans. The unique experience of meeting these friendly fish is the first highlight on this relaxing tour, which begins with a short ride in an air-conditioned coach to reach the Cayman Islands Yacht Club. Once you’ve boarded the boat, you’ll cruise straight to Stingray City, where you’ll then get to both feed and play with the stingrays – a magic moment if ever there was one. After returning to the Yacht Club, an air-conditioned drive will see you reach the tour’s second highlight: the beach. And not just any beach, but rather Seven Mile Beach – a breathtaking stretch of seemingly endless golden sand. Use of beach amenities such as loungers, freshwater showers, toilet facilities and changing rooms is included in the price of the tour, but participating in any additional water sports offered at the beach is subject to additional expense and is entirely at your own risk. The outing then draws to a pleasant close with your return to the port and your ship. Please note: the tour may run in reverse order. Guests are recommended to take sunscreen, swimwear and a towel. The cost of any additional water sports activities in which you may want to take part at the beach is not included in the price of the tour. Any such activities are entirely at your own risk. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or small children. . Guests under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult.
      • Drink included

      • Possibility of swimming

      • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Moderate

      • Duration
        4:30 h

      • Adults89Price per person

      • Children65Price per person

    • DELUXE STINGRAY CITY SANDBAR TOUR

      NATURAL WONDERS

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      Take yourself off for a hat trick of fun in the sun on a tour that begins when you leave the ship and board the “Cayman Explorer” to head for the Cayman’s most famous water feature: the amazing Stingray City Sandbar. While you sail, enjoy sweeping views from the observation deck above. Having covered the short distance to the sandbar, you’ll then get to enjoy a one-of-a-kind experience when you step down onto the boat’s roomy stern platform, which descends into the water, to meet and greet the stars of this show: the stingrays. A snorkel mask and life vest will be provided, so once you’ve put your kit on, you’ll be set to explore the azure-blue waters. The superb underwater visibility at this spot makes for unfettered views of numerous tropical fish and stingrays, who will happily come to you to be hand fed. Best of all, you don’t need previous snorkelling experience to join in the fun – the water is shallow and perfectly safe. And do bring your camera to chronicle your “ray of a day” and take special memories home for keeps. Your return to the ship in Georgetown brings your tour to a close. Please note: guests must be at least 4 years of age and be capable of using a few steps to get on and off the coach and the boat. Guests are recommended to bring a change of clothes and a towel. The Marine Conservation Law prohibits the wearing of any footwear while in the water at the Stingray City Sandbar. Drinks are available at the bar at additional cost not covered by the price of the tour. This tour is not available for the calls of MSC Divina to Georgetown on Dec. 26, 2016, Jan. 31, Feb. 14, Feb. 28, Mar. 14, Mar. 28 and Apr. 11, 2017. Guests will be required to sign a waiver which may only be available in English.
      • Possibility of swimming

      • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Moderate

      • Duration
        2:30 h

      • Adults45Price per person

      • Children32Price per person

    • DOLPHIN ENCOUNTER, STINGRAY CITY, EXOTIC BIRDS & SEA
      CREATURES

      NATURAL WONDERS

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      Take some time off the ship and join this fascinating and highly varied tour, which begins with a short drive in an air-conditioned coach to Dolphin Cove, your first stop. Once you have been briefed, you can enjoy a close encounter of the aquatic kind when you meet and greet these endearing sea creatures. Enjoy the friendship of your dolphin by petting and receiving a kiss or two. You will also be given information on typical dolphin behaviour and learn how the trainers communicate with the animals using hand signals. The tour then proceeds on to Stingray City, the site of your next underwater adventure, for an unforgettable chance to interact with and feed the friendly southern stingrays that are typical of these waters. On returning to Dolphin Cove, you can re-board the coach for the journey back to George Town and your ship. Please note: you are recommended to wear comfortable clothing, comfortable shoes and swimwear, bring a change of clothes, towels and sunscreen. You are further advised to leave jewellery and any other valuables on board your ship. Guests under 8 years of age must be accompanied by a paying adult. A waiver form will have to be signed by an adult for all guests under the age of 18. The tour may be run in reverse order. This tour is not suitable for women who are pregnant.
      • Shooting videos and/or taking pictures is not allowed or subject to fee

      • Possibility of swimming

      • Limited seats

      • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Moderate

      • Duration
        4:30 h

      • Adults102Price per person

      • Children72Price per person

    • DOLPHIN SWIM, STINGRAY CITY, EXOTIC BIRDS & SEA
      CREATURES

      NATURAL WONDERS

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      After leaving your ship, an air-conditioned drive first transfers you from George Town port to your first stop: Dolphin Cove. The highlight of your stay at Dolphin Cove is viewing a family of beautiful bottlenose dolphins in their natural habitat, the Caribbean Sea. After you have been fully briefed, your dolphin swim begins when you enter deep water and are introduced to these friendly aquatic mammals. The thrill of “riding” a dolphin belly to belly is simply incomparable. Get to know the animals, enjoy a kiss or two. The final stop on your tour will be the famous sandbar called Stingray City (which you will reach by boat) for a chance to make personal contact with friendly southern stingrays in their natural habitat. Your exciting aquatic tour comes to a close with your return to the ship in the air-conditioned comfort of a modern coach. Please note: you are recommended to wear comfortable clothing, comfortable shoes and swimwear, bring a change of clothes, towels and sunscreen. You are further advised to leave jewellery and any other valuables on board your ship. Guests must be 5 years or older to participate. Guests under 8 years of age must be accompanied by a paying adult. A waiver form will have to be signed by all guests. The tour may be run in reverse order. The tour is not available for pregnant women or guests suffering from back/neck injuries or cardiac/respiratory conditions.
      • Shooting videos and/or taking pictures is not allowed or subject to fee

      • Possibility of swimming

      • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Moderate

      • Duration
        4:30 h

      • Adults129Price per person

      • Children92Price per person

    • ISLAND TOUR & TIKI BEACH COMBO

      SCENIC ROUTE

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      When you tell your friends and family about this excursion on your return back home, you will rightfully be able to claim that it took you to Hell and back. But as Hell is only the name of a town on Grand Cayman, there’s no need for undue concern. After leaving the pier, an air-conditioned coach will take you through George Town and up the western coastline, past the white powdery sands of Seven Mile Beach, the Governor’s Mansion and the quaint architecture of a historical Caymanian home before reaching Turtle Farm. Green and hawksbill turtles are bred and raised at this sea turtle nursery every year, with many later being released back into the wild. The tour then continued on up to the northwest of the island and the already mentioned town of Hell, which is named after an unusual rock formation. Postcards mailed from here are sure to raise a smile at home since each will be postmarked: “Mailed from Hell”. After your return to George Town, you will then head to Tiki Beach where you can enjoy the facilities, kick back and simply relax. Use of a lounge chair, changing rooms, toilets and freshwater showers as well as a welcoming glass of punch is included in the price of the tour. But more active pursuits are also on offer at an additional charge, with kayaking, jet skiing and parasailing just three examples. Tiki Beach also features full bar service and an à-la-carte restaurant at additional cost. Please note: guests under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult. Additional water sports activities are offered at the beach, the cost of which is not included in the price of the tour; guests taking part in such activities do so entirely at their own risk. Guests are recommended to bring swimwear, a towel, high-factor sunscreen and some cash to cover additional purchases.
      • Drink included

      • Possibility of swimming

      • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Moderate

      • Duration
        4 h

      • Adults65Price per person

      • Children45Price per person

    • REEF & WRECK SNORKEL

      SEA & SUN

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      Take yourself off the ship for half a day to discover two of the Cayman Islands’ best snorkelling sites, the first of which will be at the wreck of the USS Kittiwake. This former US Navy submarine rescue vessel was in service from 1946 right up to 1994, and then – in 2009 – was deliberately sunk at its present location off Seven Mile Beach to provide an artificial reef for local marine wildlife. While you snorkel around the 251 ft./76.5 m wreck, you’ll be able to see its main decks, look down smokestacks and catch glimpses of the ship’s hull and engine room. Next up is the so-called Cheeseburger Reef – a name that comes from a nearby outlet of a global fast-food brand – where a natural reef system can be enjoyed. At a depth of about 25 ft./7.6 m, you’ll be able to snorkel to your heart’s content. Finally and time permitting, the outing is rounded off with time to do some shopping in the centre of George Town before you return to the ship. Please note: guests must be at least 5 years of age to take part. Sightings of marine wildlife are common, but cannot be guaranteed.
      • Drink included

      • Possibility of swimming

      • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Moderate

      • Duration
        4:30 h

      • Adults42Price per person

      • Children29Price per person

    • SEVEN MILE BEACH BREAK AT TIKI BEACH WITH LUNCH

      SEA & SUN

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      Half a day of glorious sun, sea and sand awaits you off the ship at Tiki Beach, during which you can work on your tan and relax or indulge in a variety of activities to while away the time. The tour begins with a scenic coach drive from the pier in George Town up along the island’s west coast towards Seven Mile Beach, of which Tiki Beach forms a part. The price of the excursion includes admission to the resort, a welcoming drink, a delicious BBQ lunch as well as use of the facilities such as changing rooms, freshwater showers and a lounge chair. Activity lovers are also catered to, with kayaks, jet skis, snorkel equipment and beach floats available for rent at the resort’s water sports centre. You can also take advantage of a full bar service and an à-la-carte restaurant at your own additional expense. Your time at the beach comes to a close with your return drive to the port and your ship. Please note: additional water sports activities are offered at the beach, the cost of which is not included in the price of the tour; guests taking part in such activities do so entirely at their own risk. Guests under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.
      • Drink included

      • Lunch or dinner included

      • No guide available

      • Possibility of swimming

      • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Moderate

      • Duration
        4 h

      • Adults79Price per person

      • Children59Price per person

    The excursions in the programme above are intended to provide MSC Cruises guests with an idea of the different tours which can be arranged in each port of call; this programme is merely a guide and confirmation of each excursion and its description and prices will be made during your cruise. 
    Shore excursions programmes and itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events in relation to the timing on the day of the tour.
     
    Some excursions are very popular and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, it is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment. The guides are guaranteed in English. Only for South America cruises, the guides are guaranteed in Brazilian Portuguese. Narration in other languages depends on the availability of guides. Please note that the final language of the tour will be confirmed on board during the cruise.

    Cayman Islands

    In contact with nature
    In contact with nature

    A vacation in the Cayman Islands means encountering a triumph of underwater life and stunning seaside locations, starting from Seven Miles Beach, a long crescent-shaped bay, amongst the most popular in the Greater Antilles.

    Not seven, as suggested by the name, but five and a half miles of pure Caribbean beach with a choice of bars and restaurants and the opportunity to go snorkeling in its shallow waters. If you wish to indulge in an even more moving marine experience, you should not miss an excursion to Sting Ray City.

    Protected by the reef that extends north of Grand Cayman, in fairly shallow waters (between 50 centimetres and two metres) there is a place where you can swim along with these large, friendly rays (with a full wing span of up to two metres), for these splendid and peaceful creatures actually enjoy contact with humans.

    And if you’re lucky, you might also see the large moray eel that lives here. If you’re eager to encounter all the aquatic life of the Caribbean, you should visit the Cayman Turtle Farm, at the far north-west end of the island. This is a beautiful marine park where you can swim with the sea turtles and look at the feeding of sharks.