I recently visited George Town, Grand Cayman Island on December 14, 2011 with Royal Caribbean’s Mariner of The Seas. The Mariner of The Seas is a great ship to cruise on. I will review the ship later, but for now I will tell you about my experience at George Town, Grand Cayman Island.
First Grand Cayman does not have a dock so you have to take large passenger boats to the shore. We booked an excursion through Royal Caribbean. It was called “Cayman Jeep Wrangler Adventure & Beach Snorkel”. I cannot recommend this excursion. In my opinion it lacked in content. We were bused from the passenger boats dock a few miles down the cost to a bar/restaurant where our excursion began. The open air restaurant/bar was nice and they had restrooms. We got in our Jeeps, that I was hoping were standard but were automatic. If I am going to drive a Jeep I would like standard, but no big deal. We went through some neighborhoods and then arrived at Hell, Grand Cayman. Hell is a gas station with some dead coral behind it. Really cool to look at, but you would think they would put a little more into the infrastructure around this attraction. Back to the Jeeps, and on to what I think was there version of a state park. We drove to a beach front at the park and learned a little history about the island and looked at the scenery for awhile. It was a nice place to take photos. Ok, back to the Jeeps and back to the bar/restaurant. We then had time to buy something to eat, sit on the beach or snorkel form the beach. The beach was nice and the water is very clear. I snorkeled for awhile and sat on the provided beach chairs.
I just expected more from the Jeep tour. The beach was great and the snorkeling was great, but skip the Jeep tour. I would recommend the Sting Ray Tour or the Catamaran Snorkel Tour. I have not done either one but I would expect that they would be great. It was so windy that they cancelled the Sting Ray Tour so we scrambled to the Jeep tour. Or, you could just take a taxie to seven mile beach where we ended up and save some money.
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