I know there has been concern for some on this board about when Grand Cayman would be reopening its port to cruise traffic. I received this press release and thought many of you would find it helpful:
Cayman Set For Rebound
With All Hurricane Damage Reports Assessed, Cayman's Tourism Partners
Work Together for Revitalization
NEW YORK, Oct. 18
Weeks after Hurricane Ivan made its way through the Caribbean,
recovery and rebuilding efforts are underway in Grand Cayman. With two
of the three islands, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman, welcoming
visitors, the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism continues to assess
damages and has announced that the latest reports indicate that 25% of
properties are currently open for business.
The Cayman Islands Tourism Associations (CITA) strongly expects that
50% of the properties will resume business operations in the next 3
months. A few properties will remain closed for extensive renovations
into next year such as the main side of the Hyatt Regency Grand Cayman
and Morritt's Tortuga Club & Resort. All properties will be
re-inspected and re-licensed by the Department of Tourism before the
Government will invite tourists back to Grand Cayman.
Cruise tourism is also expected to resume reduced scale operations by
early November with two to three ships in port.
Currently the destination is focused on debris removal, replacement of
lost housing for local residents and economic recovery. "Our
commitment is to our guests' experience on island. We want to ensure
that when we invite people back that the natural beauty of our people
and our shores are restored," said Pilar Bush, Acting Director of
Thanks to the joint efforts and strong communications between the
Cayman Islands Government, Department of Tourism, Department of
Environment, and Cayman Islands Tourism Association (CITA) immediately
following the storm, all damages were quickly assessed and repairs and
recovery are well underway for Grand Cayman.
Located 480 miles south of Miami in the quiet western Caribbean, the
Cayman Islands is a trio of tiny islands. It is a premier destination
for discriminating travelers, honeymooners and families. World
renowned for its beaches and diving spots, and ranked as the world's
fifth largest financial center, the Cayman Islands offer exciting
recreational opportunities along with friendly, high quality, modern
service. To learn more about the Cayman Islands, visit
or call your
local travel agent.