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.

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Limited number of guides in languages different from English. Should your language be not available the tour will be performed in English.
  • WEST SAFARI ADVENTURE

    ACTIVE & ADVENTURE
    • Limited seats

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

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      3:30 h

    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.
  • BEST OF CAYMAN

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

        Difficulty Level
        Easy

      • Duration
        2:30 h

      GCA36

      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.
    • ATLANTIS SUBMARINE

      NATURAL WONDERS
      • Limited seats

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

        Difficulty Level
        Easy

      • Duration
        1:30 h

      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.
    • DELUXE STINGRAY CITY SANDBAR TOUR

      NATURAL WONDERS
      • Possibility of swimming

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

        Difficulty Level
        Moderate

      • Duration
        2:30 h

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

      NATURAL WONDERS
      • 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

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

      NATURAL WONDERS
      • 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

      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: 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.
    • REEF & WRECK SNORKEL

      SEA & SUN
      • Drink included

      • Possibility of swimming

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

        Difficulty Level
        Moderate

      • Duration
        4:30 h

      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.

    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.