George Town

The Cayman Islands are renowned around the world for their beaches and in particular for the diving and snorkelling opportunities in the region.

A dream spot for diving and snorkelling fans offering the ‘crème de la crème’ of water-sport activities.

The Cayman Islands are renowned around the world for their beaches and in particular for the diving and snorkelling opportunities in the region.

This destination, a stop-over on your MSC Caribbean cruise is a dream spot for diving and snorkelling fans, as it offers the ‘crème de la crème’ of water-sport activities.

The Cayman Islands are located in the British West Indies and George Town, the capital of the Cayman Islands situated on Grand Cayman.

Cruise passengers will soon see why George Town is such a delightful stop-off destination. Visitors never tire of the wide open blue skies and lush green vegetation that forms a perfect backdrop for the brightly coloured tropical flowers that are native to the island.

The world-famous Seven Mile Beach (in reality only 5.5 miles!) is often hailed as ‘the loveliest beach in the Caribbean. The calm, crystal waters are enchanting and whether you choose to join in our exciting ‘wreck & reef’ snorkelling experience, interact with friendly stingrays or stay above water in a catamaran or glass-bottomed boat you cannot fail to be seduced by what these waters have to offer.

Whatever style of excursion you choose for your day off ship, we are confident that we offer some of the best deals around on activity packages in Georgetown.

You’ll return to the luxury MSC feeling liner refreshed, revived and relaxed, with another day full of lovely holiday memories to add to your cruise vacation experience.

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 GCA08 - Kayak Snorkel & Beach (4 hrs) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Drink included  From the port of George Town, a coach will first take you up the island’s beautiful west coast to reach the kayak site at the spectacular Seven Mile Beach. Once you have been fully briefed and provided with snorkelling gear and your 2-person kayak, you can then paddle through the coastal waters en route to Governor’s Reef. After a well-earned rest on the gorgeous white-sand beach and recharging your batteries, you can gear up and head out to snorkel amidst the abundant tropical fish and other marine life. On your return to Tiki Beach – part of Seven Mile Beach – a complimentary drink will be served, with which you can spend another hour relaxing before returning to the port and your ship. Please note: the tour is not suitable for guests who cannot swim. Guests must be at least 12 years of age to participate. Additional water sports activities are offered at the beach, the cost of which is not included in the price of the tour; guests taking part in such activities do so entirely at their own risk.

Price per person $69.00 Adults $62.00 Children

   


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 GCA14 - Racing Catamaran & Stingray City Sandbar Cockatoo (3.5 hrs) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Following an enjoyable drive from the port to the Cayman Islands Yacht Club, you will then board the “Cockatoo”, a beautiful racing catamaran, for a scenic sail to the so-called Stingray City sandbar. Don’t miss this unique chance to take to the water to meet southern stingrays – friendly creatures that you can play and swim with as well feed with morsels of food. After your unforgettable experience with these adorable fellows, a leisurely cruise on the “Cockatoo” will then take you back to the Yacht Club where you will pick up your coach again and return to the ship in George Town.Please note: you are recommended to bring swimwear, a towel, sunscreen, a sunhat and sunglasses. The sailing boat provides only minimal shade.

Price per person $69.00 Adults $62.00 Children

   


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 GCA24 - Dolphin Encounter, Stingray City, Exotic Birds & Touch 5 Sea Creatures (4.5 hrs) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  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. Here you will be taken to the “touch tank”, where you will be allowed to interact with and learn about a whole host of exotic sea creatures, including lobsters, starfish, sea urchins and various small fish. Next up is the natural dolphin lagoon. 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.

Price per person $99.00 Adults $89.00 Children

   


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 GCA25 - Dolphin Swim, Stingray City, Exotic Birds & Touch 5 Sea Creatures (4.5 hrs) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  After leaving your ship, an air-conditioned drive first transfers you from George Town port to your first stop: Dolphin Cove. Here you will be taken to the “touch tank”, a great place where you will be permitted to make friends with a variety of exciting sea creatures, such as lobsters, starfish and spiny sea urchins. 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 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 an adult for all guests under the age of 18. The tour may be run in reverse order.

Price per person $139.00 Adults $125.00 Children

   


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 GCA30 - Reef & Wreck Snorkel & Tiki Beach (4.5 hrs) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Drink included  Not one, but two of the Cayman Island’s most popular snorkelling sites are yours to enjoy on this gentle activity tour, whose first stop is at the wreck of the Cali. Having now lain underwater at a depth of about 15 feet for 40 years, the wreck has provided a suitable superstructure for an abundant growth of coral and its concomitant marine wildlife, including moray eels, lobsters and sea turtles. Leaving the wreck behind, you will then head for the second snorkelling site: the so-called Cheeseburger Reef, so named only because it lies right in front of a Burger King outlet! This superb snorkelling location reveals its special splendour at a depth of about 25 feet, where the coral reef system supports a huge variety of marine life. The last stop on the tour will then be Tiki Beach – part of Seven Mile Beach – to enjoy the facilities and simply relax. Use of a lounge chair, changing rooms and freshwater showers as well as a welcoming glass of punch (either with or without alcohol) are included in the price of the tour. However, friends of more active pursuits are equally catered to at an additional charge with kayaking and jet skiing –to name but a few – on offer as well. Tiki Beach also features full bar service and an à-la-carte restaurant at additional cost. Your fun-filled tour comes to a close with your return to the port and your ship. Please note: guests under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult. Additional water sports activities are offered at the beach, the cost of which is not included in the price of the tour; guests taking part in such activities do so entirely at their own risk.

Price per person $62.00 Adults $56.00 Children

   


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 GCA32 - Island Tour & Tiki Beach Combo (4 hrs) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Drink included  When you tell your friends and family about this excursion on your return back home, you will rightfully be able to claim that it took you to Hell and back. But as Hell is only the name of a town on Grand Cayman, there’s no need for undue concern. After leaving the pier, an air-conditioned coach will take you through George Town and up the western coastline, past the white powdery sands of Seven Mile Beach, the Governor’s Mansion and the quaint architecture of a historical Caymanian home before reaching Turtle Farm. Green and hawksbill turtles are bred and raised at this sea turtle nursery every year, with many later being released back into the wild. The tour then continued on up to the northwest of the island and the already mentioned town of Hell, which is named after an unusual rock formation. Postcards mailed from here are sure to raise a smile at home since each will be postmarked: “Mailed from Hell”. After your return to George Town, a further transfer will take you to Tiki Beach where you can enjoy the facilities, kick back and simply relax. Use of a lounge chair, changing rooms, toilets and freshwater showers as well as a welcoming glass of punch (either with or without alcohol) are included in the price of the tour. But more active pursuits are also on offer at an additional charge, with kayaking, jet skiing and parasailing just three examples. Tiki Beach also features full bar service and an à-la-carte restaurant at additional cost. Please note: guests under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult. Additional water sports activities are offered at the beach, the cost of which is not included in the price of the tour; guests taking part in such activities do so entirely at their own risk.

Price per person $55.00 Adults $50.00 Children

   


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 GCA33 - 4X4 Jeep Adventure & Beach Escape (4.5 hrs - without lunch) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Drink included  Push the envelope, challenge yourself and get out there on this fun-packed 4x4 Jeep Wrangler adventure tour through the lovely island of Grand Cayman. After picking up your 4x4 and being fully briefed, a convoy will be formed and you will travel north towards Morgan’s Harbour, your first stop, to enjoy the gorgeous views at the North Sound. You will then continue on to the fascinating mangroves at Barker’s National Park, with a chance to see the natural habitat of the blue iguana on the way. The route then takes you through various neighbourhoods, passing by Turtle Farm and stopping in the town of Hell – do send a postcard which will bear the hilarious postmark “Mailed from Hell” – and at a rum cake factory, before you arrive at Tiki Beach for an approximately 2-hour stay. Gear up and go snorkelling in the crystal-clear waters, simply spend the time relaxing and letting the world go by or do both – the choice is yours. Your return to George Town and your ship brings the tour to a scenic close. Please note: guests are recommended to wear comfortable clothes and walking shoes, bring swimwear, a towel and sunscreen. Please be advised that the guest who drives the 4x4 will have to present a valid driving licence. Guests under the age of 25 will not be permitted to drive. Jeeps are fitted with an automatic gearbox. Additional water sports activities are offered at the beach, the cost of which is not included in the price of the tour; guests taking part in such activities do so entirely at their own risk.

Price per person $99.00 Adults $89.00 Children

   


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 GCA34 - 4X4 Jeep Adventure & Beach Escape (4.5 hrs - with lunch) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Lunch or dinner included  A thrilling adventure tour awaits you that will see you leave the ship, receive a thorough briefing and board a 4x4 Jeep Wrangler to form a convoy with the other vehicles and explore the scenic island of Grand Cayman. Heading north, your first stop will be at Morgan’s Harbour for the breathtaking views of the North Sound. Passing the natural habitat of the blue iguana on the way, you will then make for the mangroves at Barker’s National Park, after which the route will take you past Turtle Farm before putting in two stops: one at the town of Hell, from where you really should send postcards wittily postmarked “Mailed from Hell”, and the other at a rum cake factory. On arrival at Tiki Beach, you can spend about 2 hours snorkelling in the warm waters of the dazzling blue sea, relax on the beach and have lunch. Your tour is brought to a leisurely close with your air-conditioned return to George Town and your ship. Please note: guests are recommended to wear comfortable clothes and walking shoes, bring swimwear, a towel and sunscreen. Please be advised that the guest who drives the 4x4 will have to present a valid driving licence. Guests under the age of 25 will not be permitted to drive. Jeeps are fitted with an automatic gearbox. Additional water sports activities are offered at the beach, the cost of which is not included in the price of the tour; guests taking part in such activities do so entirely at their own risk.

Price per person $109.00 Adults $98.00 Children

   


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 GCA35 - Cayman by Land & Sea (5 hrs) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Drink included  After leaving the ship and boarding a modern coach, you can first enjoy a scenic drive along the south coast of the island, during which information will be provided on the history of the Cayman Islands and its people. The first stop will be at Pedro St. James and Pedro’s Castle, the birthplace of democracy in the Cayman Islands. A tour of the castle and grounds as well as an animated exhibition will give you a taste of the island as it was many years ago. The tour continues on to Bodden Town, the former capital of the Cayman Islands which is now popular for its colourful old cottages and traditional Caymanian homesteads. Next up are the island’s Botanical Gardens, a place brim-full of some of Grand Cayman’s most exotic plants and indigenous wildlife, such as the endangered blue iguana. Another short drive will then take you to the Grand Harbour Facility, where you will be greeted with a refreshing glass of fruit punch. The next leg will see you board modern motor cruiser for a short sail across the waters of the North Sound to reach the world-famous Stingray City Sandbar. As seen on National Geographic and the Discovery Channel, you can then enter the shallow waters and be introduced to members of the southern stingray family. By now, these lovable creatures have been given their very own names, so get set to meet “Ray Charles”, “Sugar Ray”, “Martha Ray” and a whole host of other quirky characters that will fascinate and delight in equal measure. Your tour draws to a leisurely close with your return cruise to the Grand Harbour, after which a coach will return you to the ship in George Town.Please note: guests under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult.

Price per person $114.00 Adults $103.00 Children

   


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 GCA36 - Best of Cayman (3 hrs) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  This fun excursion begins at the pier when you board an air-conditioned coach, together with an experienced and knowledgeable 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”. Some duty-free shopping in George Town rounds off the tour before you return to your ship.

Price per person $55.00 Adults $50.00 Children

   


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 GCA37 - Glass Bottom Boat & Island Tour (3 hrs) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Drink included  This enjoyable tour of the island and its reef-lined coastal waters begins with a 1-hour cruise to explore Cayman’s underwater wonderland. As the boat manoeuvres over the majestic reef, you can watch out for the tropical colourful fish and marine life from the comfort of the sub-sea viewing window situated 6 feet below the waterline. The jaunt then continues with a look at a haunting shipwreck that has provided the perfect superstructure for an artificial reef system that is now home to myriad species of fish. On your return cruise, you can then enjoy panoramic views of George Town on deck. After then boarding an air-conditioned coach, you will head out through the island’s capital towards Cayman’s main hotel district and the powdery sands of Seven Mile Beach, pass by the Governor’s Mansion, see the quaint architecture of a historical Caymanian home and finally arrive at Turtle Farm, your next destination. This sea turtle nursery breeds and raises both green and hawksbill turtles, many of which are released into the wild again every year. Then it’s on to the northwest of the island to pay a visit to Hell, a town whose name is derived from a rather unusual rock formation. Do send some postcards to family and friends, all of which will be aptly postmarked ‘’Mailed from Hell’’. After returning to George Town by coach, you will then have some time to go shopping or simply explore the town at your leisure.

Price per person $59.00 Adults $53.00 Children

   


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 GCA38 - Seven Mile Beach Break at Tiki Beach (3 hrs - without lunch) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Drink included  A large portion of sun, sea and sand can be yours on this pleasurable excursion, which you can make as restful or as activity-packed as you like. After boarding a modern coach at the pier, you will first head up along Cayman’s scenic western coastline to reach Tiki Beach, which forms part of the stunning Seven Mile Beach. The price of the tour includes admission to the resort, a welcoming drink, use of the facilities such as changing rooms and freshwater showers as well as your very own lounge chair. While the beach is an open invitation to simply relax and watch the world go by, other activities are equally catered to. Kayaks, jet skis, parasailing gear, snorkel equipment and beach floats can be rent at the resort’s water sports centre. A full bar service and an à-la-carte restaurant are also available at additional cost. This beachy tour comes to a close with your return to George Town, where you can do some shopping to round off your time off the ship. Please note: guests can choose to spend extra time at Tiki Beach when the coach leaves, but the return journey to the ship will then be their own responsibility and at their own expense. Additional water sports activities are offered at the beach, the cost of which is not included in the price of the tour; guests taking part in such activities do so entirely at their own risk.

Price per person $39.00 Adults $35.00 Children

   


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 GCA39 - Seven Mile Beach Break at Tiki Beach (4 hrs - with lunch) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Lunch or dinner included  Half a day of glorious sun, sea and sand awaits you off the ship at Tiki Beach, during which you can work on your tan and relax or indulge in a variety of activities to while away the time. The tour begins with a scenic coach drive from the pier in George Town up along the island’s west coast towards Seven Mile Beach, of which Tiki Beach forms a part. The price of the excursion includes admission to the resort, a welcoming drink of rum or fruit punch, a delicious BBQ lunch as well as use of the facilities such as changing rooms, freshwater showers and a lounge chair. Activity lovers are also catered to, with kayaks, jet skis, snorkel equipment and beach floats available for rent at the resort’s water sports centre. You can also take advantage of a full bar service and an à-la-carte restaurant at your own additional expense. Your time at the beach comes to a close with your return drive to the port and your ship. Please note: additional water sports activities are offered at the beach, the cost of which is not included in the price of the tour; guests taking part in such activities do so entirely at their own risk.

Price per person $69.00 Adults $62.00 Children

   


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 GCA40 - Cayman Beach Break & Stingray City Combo. (4.5 hrs) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Drink included  New  The coastal waters around Grand Cayman are home to the fascinating southern stingray, an incredibly graceful marine animal that appears to have a fondness for a certain species of land dweller: humans. The unique experience of meeting these friendly fish is the first highlight on this relaxing tour, which begins with a short ride in an air-conditioned coach to reach the Cayman Islands Yacht Club. Once you’ve boarded the fully equipped snorkel boat, you’ll cruise straight to Stingray City, where you’ll then get to both feed and play with the stingrays – a magic moment if ever there was one. After returning to the Yacht Club, an air-conditioned drive will see you reach the tour’s second highlight: the beach. And not just any beach, but rather Seven Mile Beach – a breathtaking stretch of seemingly endless golden sand. Use of beach amenities such as loungers, freshwater showers, toilet facilities and changing rooms is included in the price of the tour, but participating in any additional water sports offered at the beach is subject to additional expense and is entirely at your own risk. The outing then draws to a pleasant close with your return to the port and your ship. Please note: the tour may run in reverse order. Guests are recommended to take sunscreen, swimwear and a towel. The cost of any additional water sports activities in which you may want to take part at the beach is not included in the price of the tour. Any such activities are entirely at your own risk.

Price per person $79.00 Adults $71.00 Children

   


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 GCA41 - Island Tour & Motor Museum (3 hrs) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  New  Treat yourself to a leisurely exploration of beautiful Grand Cayman by boarding an air-conditioned coach to discover some of the best locations the island has to offer, with plenty of photo stops along the way. Your fully narrated tour begins with a drive through the capital of the Cayman Islands, George Town, then moves on through the Seven Mile Beach area before reaching Camana Bay and the Observation Tower, the tallest structure on the island. Apart from a lift, the tower features an intricate double-helix staircase that you can climb to savour the 360° views of the countryside at the top. But perhaps the most arresting feature is a huge mosaic of reef wildlife that runs from bottom to top, giving you something new to see with every step you take. Back on the coach, you can then enjoy further lovely views as you head for the Cayman Motor Museum, a private collection that includes the original “batmobile” from the 1960s TV series as well as a variety of exquisite classic and vintage marques such as Rolls Royce, Ferrari, Maserati and Jaguar. Follow your va-va-vroom moment with some shopping after your short drive back to town or return straight to the ship, the choice is yours. Please note: the tour may run in reverse order. Guests under 16 years of age must be accompanied by a paying adult.

Price per person $49.00 Adults $44.00 Children

   


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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.