Earlier this month, we cruised once again with Disney Cruise Line – this time on the Disney Fantasy’s Western Caribbean itinerary. We were thrilled that one of our stops was Grand Cayman – one of my favorite places to visit. We enjoyed our day in Grand Cayman – although it wasn’t enough. I definitely want to return for a longer visit.
Cruising to Grand Cayman on the Disney Cruise Line
Cruise Ship Tender at Grand Cayman
Cruise ships visiting Grand Cayman have to tender rather than dock. The ship drops anchor off shore, and small boats, called tenders, come alongside the ship and bring guests to the shore. The process on Disney Cruise Line was pretty easy. Guests with excursions head to their gathering places on the ship as usual, and are led to the tender boats. If you don’t have an excursion, you are directed to the theater to collect a ticket. Or, if you leave the ship after a designated time (12:30pm on our ship), you can just head to the gangway.
Because we’d been to Grand Cayman a few times, I decided to book a day stay at the Westin Grand Cayman, a resort we’d stayed in a few times. It was expected that tender boats would be available at 10:30am that morning, but we anchored a bit early. As soon as our cruise director made the announcement, we went right to the theater and got on a tender. One short cab ride later, and we were at the Westin.
If you’ve never done a day stay before, it can definitely be a convenient way to spend the way on the beach. We were given a room, along with charging privileges and beach towels.
After storing our stuff in our day room, we grabbed towels and headed out to the beach. A beach ambassador set us up with chairs and an umbrella, and then we went right down to the water. We got lunch right at the beach-front cafe, so we didn’t miss much beach time at all.
My kids wouldn’t leave the Westin without a dip in the pool, so after rinsing off, we headed to the pool. The pool at the Westin Grand Cayman offers a pool bar, so I made sure to get a drink while we swam.
We weren’t ready to leave Grand Cayman, but didn’t want to miss our ship. So, with plenty of time left over, we went back to our room and showered, before checking out. It was easy to get a cab back to the port, and we spent a little bit of time in the shops before boarding the ship.