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Old 10-25-2006, 07:32 AM
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We're stopping at Grand Cayman (Georgetown) in two weeks on the Westerdam, and I checked online and found that 5 other ships will be calling there the same day... a possible 14,000 people!! Should I worry about over-crowding in town? Should I just stay on the ship in relax in the quiet, empty spaces with most people getting off?? Is Georgetown too good to miss??

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Old 10-25-2006, 07:41 AM
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Stingray City (if you haven't done it) is one of those "gotta do it at least once" excursions and the beach is one of the best in the Caribbean.
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Old 10-25-2006, 08:23 AM
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Having 5 big ships in port is the norm for Grand Caymen. We were there once and I counted 7 - 3 Carnival, 2 RCCL, 1 Princess and a HAL... It looked like a used ship sales yard.

But, since having so many ships in port is "normal" , they handle the crowds fairly well. The shopping is great since it is not a poor country, you don't have the merchants hastling you to buy things... (of course, the prices are a little more upscale too) but there is no sales tax. 10 Mile beach or the stingrays as ChucksOK mentioned are worth dealing with any crowds.
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I would have to agree with ChucksOK and Jim C.

There is a little hustle and bustle, but nothing outrageous or unbearable. It is way way, yes that was 2, much less hassle from vendors. I feel pretty safe about walking around etc. You gotta watch those cars comming from what we consider the wrong direction while crossing the streets.

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Old 10-26-2006, 03:48 AM
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Thanks so much for the input guys... I was concerned, but now may venture off the ship in Grand Cayman.
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I will agree on Stingray City, you have to do it at least once.

Don't worry about it being too crowded Grand Cayman is great.
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It looked like a used ship sales yard.
OMG - not another Alang!!!!
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Old 10-26-2006, 02:22 PM
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Now now.. don't go there.. we don't need another debate. Pretty sure none of the ships were beached though... maybe I should have said it looked like the english channel on D-day...
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I was in Grand Cayman last week. The Navigator, Freedom, and 2 other ships were anchored. Not a problem. Get off the ship and do the Stingray tour. You will thank yourself for doing it. Captain Marvins is the tour company I use. Book on the internet and save yourself money.

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Try to get a private tour of some sort. We took Soto Cruises and they provided two snorkel stops and Sting Ray City for a very reasonal price, $30.00! It was wonderful! We saw all the cruise ship passengers all overcroweded as we were sailing away with 10 others and had our own personal spot with just us and the Sting Rays! Go on your own and the locals will take care of you and make sure you enjoy yourselves. sotocruises.com
 
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