Grand Cayman Decides To Let One Ship Visit

With rules like going to Grandma's house, the Nieuw Amsterdam will call there December 28, 2021.

In some will call surprise tourist officials in Grand Cayman have decided to allow one cruise ship to visit the island with seven miles of beach and a bit of an attitude.


The Ministry of Tourism and Transport approved the Holland America's Nieuw Statendam to call on Grand Cayman on Dec. 28. It will be the first visit by a cruise ship since Match of 2020.


Holland America must follow several rules or conditions put in place by the officials.


Grand Cayman must be the first port of call on the cruise; ship capacity is limited to 1,600 passengers, representing 60% capacity; all guests and crew must be fully vaccinated at least 14 days prior to the beginning of the cruise; guests and crew must have a negative PCR or antigen test within two days of embarkation and all must observe local requirements for masks and social distancing.


"The health and safety of our people and our visitors continue to be a priority in our phased reopening plan. The cruise sector will be a key part of the tourism industry's recovery," said Kenneth Bryan, minister for tourism and transport.


"This single call is an opportunity for us to find the safest way to welcome back our cruise visitors while we continue to navigate the challenges of the pandemic," he said.


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