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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  • 4X4 JEEP ADVENTURE & BEACH ESCAPE

    ACTIVE & ADVENTURE

    GCA34

    A thrilling adventure tour awaits you that will see you leave the ship, receive a thorough briefing and board a 4x4 Jeep Wrangler to form a convoy with the other vehicles and explore the scenic island of Grand Cayman. Heading north, your first stop will be at Morgan’s Harbour for the breathtaking views of the North Sound. You will then make for the mangroves at Barker’s National Park, after which the route will take you tothe town of Hell, from where you really should send postcards wittily postmarked “Mailed from Hell”, and the other at a rum cake factory. On arrival at Tiki Beach, you can spend about 2 hours snorkelling in the warm waters of the dazzling blue sea, relax on the beach and have lunch. Your tour is brought to a leisurely close with your air-conditioned return to George Town and your ship. Please note: we recommend wearing comfortable clothes and walking shoes and bringing swimwear, a towel and sunscreen. Please be advised that the guest who drives the 4x4 will have to present a valid driving license. Guests under the age of 25 not allowed driving. A paying adult must accompany guests under the age of 16. Jeeps are fitted with an automatic gearbox. Additional water sports activities are available at the beach but their cost is not included in the price of the tour; guests taking part in such activities do so entirely at their own risk. This tour can be booked only during your cruise.
    • Lunch or dinner included

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

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      4:30 h

    • Adult price from AUD $155Price per person

    • Children price from AUD $112Price per person

    • Adult price from NZD $169Price per person

    • Children price from NZD $122Price per person

  • WESTERN SAFARI ADVENTURE

    ACTIVE & ADVENTURE

    GCA57

    Enjoy a few hours exploring the western half of Grand Cayman island from the comfort of a safari-style vehicle, with a first stop scheduled at the Barker’s National Park. After finding out about the importance of the mangrove ecosystem and the park’s protected area, you’ll be going straight to Hell, a formation of jagged rocks. You’ll be able to send a postcard from this aptly named spot – duly postmarked as mailed from “Hell” – before you continue on to the Tortuga Rum Cake Store for a delicious taste of different rum cakes. Next up is the Cayman Turtle Farm, where you can watch a short film about the farm’s breed and release programme before getting to interact with the turtles themselves. If you feel so inclined, buy some turtle food and have fun giving these marine dwellers a treat. You’ll also have time to take photos and browse for a souvenir in the on-site shop, after which you’ll take the safari vehicle back to the ship.Please note: guests must be at least 3 years of age to take part. The tour is considered to be unsuitable for pregnant women and guests suffering from pre-existing neck/back/knee conditions. Guests will be required to climb a steep step to get on/off the safari-style vehicle. The tour is not self-drive; a driver will be provided.
    • Limited seats

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      3:30 h

    • Adult price from AUD $135Price per person

    • Children price from AUD $99Price per person

    • Adult price from NZD $149Price per person

    • Children price from NZD $109Price per person

  • BEST OF CAYMAN

    CITY TOUR

    GCA36

    This fun excursion begins at the pier when you board an air-conditioned coach, together with your 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. This tour is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair. The driver will also be your tour guide.
      • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Easy

      • Duration
        2:30 h

      • Adult price from AUD $89Price per person

      • Children price from AUD $65Price per person

      • Adult price from NZD $99Price per person

      • Children price from NZD $72Price per person

    • CAYMAN BEACH BREAK & STINGRAY CITY
      COMBO

      CITY TOUR

      GCA40

      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 Morgan’s Harbour. Once you have boarded the boat, you will cruise straight to Stingray City, where you will then get to both feed and play with the stingrays – a magic moment if ever there was one. After returning to Morgan’s Harbour, 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. We recommend taking sunscreen, swimwear and a towel. The cost of anyadditional 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 suitable for guests with limited mobility or small children. A paying adult must accompany guests under the age of 16. Excursion schedules and sequence of visited sites are subject to change depending on weather and other technical conditions. The tour may be cancelled with very short notice due to sea currents conditions. Limited number of sunbeds and umbrellas.
      • Drink included

      • Possibility of swimming

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

        Difficulty Level
        Moderate

      • Duration
        4:30 h

      • Adult price from AUD $135Price per person

      • Children price from AUD $99Price per person

      • Adult price from NZD $149Price per person

      • Children price from NZD $109Price per person

    • ATLANTIS SUBMARINE

      NATURAL WONDERS

      GCA53

      Feast your eyes on a marvellous underwater world, but stay dry and cosy at the same time by joining this unique cruise in a submarine, the Atlantis. After a short boat transfer from the ship, you’ll board the sub and at a depth of about 20-30 m/65-100 ft. begin to explore the marine environment. Experienced crew members will point out and share facts about the abundant aquatic wildlife you’ll be able to see through the portholes, from otherworldly sponge beds and coral formations to brightly coloured tropical fish. Normal sea-level pressure will be maintained throughout the air-conditioned journey to the depths, so you’ll stay cool and comfortable at all times. The tour draws to a close with your return to the ship.Please note: guests must be able to navigate a 10-step ladder without assistance. Guests must be at least 4 years of age and be at least 92 cm/3 ft. tall to take part.
      • Limited seats

      • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Easy

      • Duration
        1:30 h

      • Adult price from AUD $142Price per person

      • Children price from AUD $99Price per person

      • Adult price from NZD $155Price per person

      • Children price from NZD $109Price per person

    • DELUXE STINGRAY CITY SANDBAR TOUR

      NATURAL WONDERS

      GCA48

      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. Having covered the short distance to the sandbar, you will 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 have put your kit on, you will 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 do not 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 ends your tour. 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. We recommend bringing 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. Excursion schedules and sequence of visited sites are subject to change depending on weather and other technical conditions. The tour may be cancelled with very short notice due to sea currents conditions. Guests shall sign a waiver that will be available only in English. 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

      • Adult price from AUD $69Price per person

      • Children price from AUD $49Price per person

      • Adult price from NZD $79Price per person

      • Children price from NZD $55Price per person

    • DOLPHIN ENCOUNTER&STINGRAY CITY

      NATURAL WONDERS

      GCA24

      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. After receiving a short orientation, 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: we recommend wearing comfortable clothing, shoes, swimwear, and bringing a change of clothes, towels and sunscreen. Any jewellery and other valuables must be left on board your ship. A paying adult must accompany guests under 8 years of age. An adult must sign a waiver form for all guests under the age of 18. This tour is not suitable for women who are pregnant. Excursion schedules and sequence of visited sites are subject to change depending on weather and other technical conditions. The tour may be cancelled with very short notice due to sea currents conditions.All participating guests will be required to sign a waiver which may only be available in English.
      • 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

      • Adult price from AUD $159Price per person

      • Children price from AUD $112Price per person

      • Adult price from NZD $175Price per person

      • Children price from NZD $122Price per person

    • DOLPHIN SWIM &STINGRAY CITY

      NATURAL WONDERS

      GCA25

      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: we recommend wearing comfortable clothing, shoes, swimwear, and bringing a change of clothes, towels and sunscreen. Any jewellery and other valuables must be left on board your ship. A paying adult must accompany guests under 8 years of age. Guests must be 5 years or older to participate. The tour is not available for pregnant women or guests suffering from back/neck injuries or cardiac/respiratory conditions. Excursion schedules and sequence of visited sites are subject to change depending on weather and other technical conditions. The tour may be cancelled with very short notice due to sea currents conditions.All participating guests will be required to sign a waiver which may only be available in English.
      • 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

      • Adult price from AUD $199Price per person

      • Children price from AUD $142Price per person

      • Adult price from NZD $215Price per person

      • Children price from NZD $155Price per person

    • ISLAND TOUR & TIKI BEACH COMBO

      SCENIC ROUTE

      GCA32

      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 are 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: a paying adult must accompany guests under the age of 16. Additional water sports activities are available at the beach but their cost is not included in the price of the tour; guests taking part in such activities do so entirely at their own risk. This tour is not recommended for guests who cannot swim. The driver will guide the tour. Limited number of sunbeds and umbrellas.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

      • Adult price from AUD $99Price per person

      • Children price from AUD $69Price per person

      • Adult price from NZD $109Price per person

      • Children price from NZD $79Price per person

    • REEF & WRECK SNORKEL

      SEA & SUN

      GCA30

      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

      • Adult price from AUD $65Price per person

      • Children price from AUD $45Price per person

      • Adult price from NZD $72Price per person

      • Children price from NZD $52Price per person

    • SEVEN MILE BEACH BREAK AT TIKI BEACH

      SEA & SUN

      GCA39

      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 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 ends with your return drive to the port and your ship. Please note:additional water sports activities are available at the beach but their 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. A paying adult must accompany guests under 16 years of age. Limited number of sunbeds and umbrellas.
      • 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

      • Adult price from AUD $122Price per person

      • Children price from AUD $89Price per person

      • Adult price from NZD $132Price per person

      • Children price from NZD $99Price per person

    The excursions in the programme are intended to provide MSC Guests with an idea of the different tours that 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 programs 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.