(CMR) Cruise ships have been given the go-ahead by Government to resume calling on the Cayman Islands from 21 March 2022, with 21 ships expected during the first phase of the reopening of the cruise ship industry.
The resumption of the Islands cruise industry has been approved to proceed in two phases, with Phase I anticipated to continue for four weeks. During Phase I, a total of twenty-one ships have been approved to call on Grand Cayman, commencing with the Disney Magic, which is scheduled to arrive on Monday, 21 March.
The complete schedule of cruise calls during Phase I is listed below and will also be posted on the Gov.ky and Ministry of Tourism and Transport websites, as well as the Port Authority’s online shipping schedule.
|CRUISE SHIP SCHEDULE – PHASE I|
|Cruise Ship||Date||Maximum Passenger Capacity|
|Disney Magic||21 March 2022||2700|
|Carnival Paradise||23 March 2022||2697|
|Carnival Sunrise||23 March 2022||3920|
|Celebrity Apex||24 March 2022||3385|
|Carnival Glory||24 March 2022||3806|
|Emerald Princess||25 March 2022||3092|
|Disney Fantasy||29 March 2022||4000|
|MSC Seashore||29 March 2022||4560|
|Celebrity Reflection||30 March 2022||3480|
|Rotterdam||31 March 2022||2650|
|Celebrity Edge||1 April 2022||3385|
|Carnival Vista||6 April 2022||4977|
|Carnival Paradise||6 April 2022||2697|
|Carnival Sunrise||6 April 2022||3920|
|Celebrity Apex||7 April 2022||3385|
|Carnival Pride||8 April 2022||2680|
|MSC Seashore||12 April 2022||4560|
|Carnival Pride||12 April 2022||2680|
|Carnival Horizon||13 April 2022||5101|
|Celebrity Edge||13 April 2022||3385|
|Celebrity Equinox||17 April 2022||3148|
The Minister for Tourism and Transport, Hon. Kenneth Bryan stated:
“The reason we are releasing the information as soon as it becomes available is to provide our industry partners and stakeholders with as much time as possible to plan for the return of cruise passengers and prepare their operations accordingly.”
Notwithstanding, the Minister noted that once Regulations are finalized, a press conference will be held to provide the public with more detailed information.
Cabinet’s approval of the return of cruise ships and the associated schedule for Phase I has paved the way for the regulatory amendments specific to the cruise industry to be drafted. These are expected to be approved next week, well ahead of the arrival of the first cruise call.
“Cruise tourism makes up a significant portion of our tourism industry, and the return of cruise passengers will bring welcomed relief to many Caymanians who depend on this industry for their livelihoods,” said Minister Bryan. “Every cruise call that brings passengers to our shores is helping to support Caymanian employees and business owners that have been hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.”
The public is reminded to check government channels to remain up-to-date on the latest news government news and information.