The global cruise industry is increasingly moving towards bigger ships and major cruise lines are investing heavily in these larger vessels. These mega ships will be looking to dock at destinations that offer their passengers the convenience, flexibility and safety of berthing and can efficiently move passengers between ship and shore. The Cayman Islands is the only cruise destination in the Caribbean that does not have a dedicated cruise berthing facility.
Cruise line executives have emphasised that they will not consider tendering their larger ships because their size and capacity make tendering logistically impractical. The construction of the cruise piers will address the cruise lines’ two major concerns: enhancing the passenger experience and improving passenger safety, particularly for children and seniors.
A berthing facility is the only option if the Cayman Islands wants to retain cruise business, keep our cruise industry vibrant and growing into the future and remain competitive in the industry as a cruise destination.