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Tenders used for medivac from Oasis class ship

Tenders used for medivac from Oasis class ship

| 13/06/2019 | 60 Comments

(CNS): A passenger on a mega cruise ship who was in need of emergency medical assistance was brought to shore on Grand Cayman Thursday with the help of a local tender service, despite government’s continued insistence that these ships cannot use tender vessels. Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas can carry almost 5,500 passengers and […]

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Ships diverted from Havana may call on Cayman

Ships diverted from Havana may call on Cayman

| 06/06/2019 | 98 Comments

(CNS): Cruise lines are having to make adjustments to the itineraries for dozens of ships after the sudden change to US government policy on travel to Cuba. Royal Caribbean, Carnival, Holland America, Seabourn, NCL and MSC have all been impacted by the Trump administration’s new restrictions on Americans travelling to the neighbouring island, forcing cruise […]

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Visitor numbers rising higher than ever

Visitor numbers rising higher than ever

| 03/06/2019 | 39 Comments

(CNS): Another record was smashed last month for Cayman’s overnight visitors with the best numbers during the month of April since records began. There were 46,079 visitors to Cayman, a near 18% increase on last year and the first time the destination welcomed over 40,000 stay-over visitors in the month of April. Cruise arrivals increased […]

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Do visitors still need to get temporary driving permits?

Do visitors still need to get temporary driving permits?

| 31/05/2019

For many years visitors to the Cayman Islands have been required to purchase a temporary driver’s permit in order to rent and/or drive a vehicle. In most cases the visitors purchased the temporary permits from the car rental agency. Recently I have read online that the temporary driver’s permit is no longer required in Cayman […]

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Batabano pleased by end of competitive carnival

Batabano pleased by end of competitive carnival

| 08/05/2019 | 52 Comments

(CNS): Members of the Cayman Carnival Batabano committee are happy with government’s move to consolidate the two street carnivals next year. In a press release following the news that next year the Batabano and CayMAS will take place on the same day, the Batabano committee said that, as Cayman’s national carnival since 1983, it welcomed […]

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MLA hopes govt will act on tourism motion

MLA hopes govt will act on tourism motion

| 08/05/2019 | 20 Comments

(CNS): Arden McLean, the East End MLA who could soon be opposition leader, is hoping that a recent private member’s motion he brought to the parliament will be acted upon by the tourism ministry. The motion called for concessions for any Caymanian who wants to develop tourism-based businesses in Bodden Town, East End or North […]

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Government pushes carnival consolidation

Government pushes carnival consolidation

| 03/05/2019 | 92 Comments

(CNS): Government has announced that from next year the two annual May street carnivals will be consolidated into one event, after complaints about the split in 2016 between carnival organisers which led to two separate weekends of street parades. In a government release, officials said that Batabano and CayMAS will take place on the same […]

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PPM claims cruise numbers are falling

PPM claims cruise numbers are falling

| 30/04/2019 | 66 Comments

(CNS): Just days after the Cayman Islands Ministry of Tourism was bragging about the continued record-breaking arrival figures, a tweet circulated Monday by the Progressives party began sounding the alarm that cruise numbers are falling and the country needs the cruise berthing project to save the sector. The premier also tweeted that when it is […]

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Bahamas needs law to prevent cruise line pollution

Bahamas needs law to prevent cruise line pollution

| 24/04/2019 | 8 Comments

(CNS): The Bahamas tourism minister has said the country may need to create new legislation to prevent cruise ships from dumping sewage in its waters. Dionisio D’Aguilar said he is very concerned about allegations emerging from a US court case that Carnival cruise ships had dumped nearly half a million gallons of sewage in Bahamian […]

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US judge berates Carnival over pollution

US judge berates Carnival over pollution

| 12/04/2019 | 33 Comments

(CNS): A United States federal judge has threatened to block Carnival cruise ships from docking at American ports as punishment for a possible probation violation in relation to the company’s illegal dumping of waste into the ocean. Judge Patricia Seitz also revealed that she would like to jail the executive committee for a few days […]

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Dock backers warned ‘careful what you wish for’

Dock backers warned ‘careful what you wish for’

| 03/04/2019 | 38 Comments

(CNS): The recent news that Carnival has created its own locally-based watersports and tour operator to divert business from long-standing Caymanian operators and funnel profits back into the cruise line’s pockets should serve as a warning to all those supporting the government’s proposed cruise berthing facility, the opposition leader has said. The move by Carnival […]

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