One of the best places for information on what to do in various ports is
Cruise Critic. The Cruise Critic Grand Cayman forum board was very useful in planning shore excursions, whether the ones offered by the ship or independent, and there is also Grand Cayman port information with hints on where to go, what to do, where the ships dock, where to eat and how to get around.
To find out how many other cruise ships will be in town along with you, check
Cruisett.com. The more ships in town, the more competition for independent guides and tours and the more crowded the main attractions will be.
All cruise ships are currently required to anchor in the harbor and tender passengers to George Town, the ride takes only about 5 minutes.
The East End is the windiest district on the island. In the winter (late December - late February) the 'Christmas Winds' from stalled fronts off the mainland and nor'westers blowing through can create windy conditions for consecutive days on both the East End and North Side. If bad, the wind can make sitting on the beach unpleasant and snorkeling near impossible due to choppiness and steady currents. Like hurricanes, it is a chance you take. If conditions are unpleasant, many folks will spend the day on Seven Mile Beach or over at Rum Point where it is usually much calmer. Anyone staying on the East End or North Side really needs to have rental car.
The snorkeling on the East End and North Side is some of the best on the island, as well as the Caribbean. Here is a link to a guide of the area:
Fondest memory: Sighting my first shark while snorkeling.
All the beaches on Grand Cayman are public ones
This means that even if you are staying in the worst, cheapest or tattyest place on the island you can go and sit on the beach outside the largest grandest hotel and dream........
Scuba Diving is great there,. They have many sights for both beginers and advanced divers, from shallow to the Caman Brac Wall.
Stingray city is a must for all even snokellers.
They are friendly people and the weather is always great.
Fondest memory: The peace and quiet. It really is pure paradise.
Because that is what Cayman is all about. Enjoy your day.............Go to bed early and enjoy the next day. You'll save alot of money that way. We have been there many times and going again. It is not an inexpensive island, but obviously worth the money...................
Again, after Aruba, I must say, just be careful............Been there too, AND we did NOT like the feeling of that island.............
Fondest memory: It's all good..............
Favorite thing: Possibly the best standard of living of the islands in the Caribbean. This might be perhaps due to the numerous foreign banks and investments from elsewhere. Nice medium to high quality shopping and touristy restaurants in town. Lots of activities on, in, and under the water. Numerous hotels of moderate to high quality yet still affordable. Popular place to fly into for a long weekend, or stop for the day by cruiseships. Still a British flavor on the island. Great rum, rum cakes, jewelry, perfumes, and usual fare for shopping.
Grand Cayman is one of the three islands that make up the Cayman Islands and it is the largest, the other two being Little Cayman e Cayman Brac. Georgetown, on Grand Cayman, is the capital of the islands.
The city itself, while being colourful, is not really that attractive: it's full of shops and banks (since the islands' territory is a major world offshore financial centre). To get the picture: population 28'000 and 6'000 banks; hence there's not much room for real attractions.
Fondest memory: West of the city, you can find Seven Miles Beach - one of the most beautiful beaches in the world: 7 miles of powdery sands and pristine waters ALL public!
Fondest memory: It was really quiet around the Westin's beach area...as you can see in the picture, there really isn't anyone around.
Fondest memory: Snorkeling with the fish is always fun.For some reason if you brought a piece of bread into the water they would go nuts and a giant school would surround you.