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Your Carnival destination of Grand Cayman Island offers quite a lot to do and see. One of the best ways to get a feel for the island is The Best of Cayman Island Tour.
As you drive through the Grand Cayman Island capital of George Town, your tour guide will provide an insight to the island’s history and culture. The Cayman Islands remained largely uninhabited until the 17th century when variety of people settled on the islands, including pirates, refugees from the Spanish Inquisition, shipwrecked sailors, deserters from Oliver Cromwell's army in Jamaica and slaves. England took control of the island in in 1670 and today remains a Crown colony.
As you sit in air-conditioned comfort, you’ll see historic buildings and landmarks, including Fort George which was built to defend the island from attacks from Spanish bandits from Cuba. It once overlooked the harbor but today development has landlocked it. In fact in 1972 a developer took it upon himself to begin demolition of the historic site. The local citizens were so outraged that they forced an end to the destruction. The fort is now held in a trust.
Your Cayman Island shore excursion also takes you by beautiful Seven Mile Beach, a long crescent of coral-sand beach that is home to most of the island’s luxury resorts and hotels. Just offshore, there are several small reefs that offer excellent snorkeling.
During your Grand Cayman Island shore excursion, there’s a stop for pictures outside the Governor’s Residence, the official residence of the governors of the Cayman Islands. Then your tour takes you to the district of West Bay where you’ll get to see a historic but whimsical Cayman house resembling a gingerbread house.
Not far from here is the Cayman Turtle Farm, a 23-acre adventure marine park that is home to 11,000 green sea turtles weighing up to 600 pounds. Here you’ll have the chance to hold and photograph these amazing creatures. Be sure to see the sharks and eels in the predator tank and the sea urchins, starfish and crabs at the touch pool.
Next stop is the famous Tortuga Rum Cake Outlet for a sample of delicious rum cake and fruit juices.
And for those who’ve said they’ve been to Hell and back, now it won’t be far from the truth. There you’ll see interesting limestone formations from a viewing platform and learn some of the possible explanation how this place got its unforgettable name.
There will be time at the end of your Grand Cayman shore excursion to shop for duty-free goods in George Town before returning to your “Fun Ship.” There are many stores within walking distance from the cruise terminal. Look for discounted prices on luxury –brand watches, china, crystal, perfume and fine jewelry.
So if you’d like to take in all the highlights Grand Cayman Island has to offer, book the Best of Grand Cayman Island Tour now. It’s one of the best ways to add fun ashore to your fun afloat.
Note: Please be advised there will be an optional drop off for guests who would like to visit Margaritaville after the tour. Return transportation is not included. Guests will need to make their way back to the ship. Visit the Shore Excursion Desk for more details.