This morning at 8am, Disney Magic became the first ship to call on Grand Cayman in two years.
Disney Magic departed Miami on at 5-Night Western Caribbean Cruise on March 19, 2022 with stops in Grand Cayman, and Castaway Cay. The fact that Grand Cayman was the first port of call made this a relatively unrisky first cruise landing option.
Disney Magic is the first cruise ship owned and operated by Disney Cruise Line, a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company.
The ship has 11 public decks, can accommodate 2,700 passengers in 875 staterooms, and has a crew of approximately 950. The interior of Disney Magic is decorated in the Art Deco style.
Disney Magic passengers were welcomed ashore just before 8:30am and joined local onlookers and the media in receiving a warm welcome from Minister of Tourism, Kenneth Bryan, Parliamentary Secretary Dwayne Seymour, Chief Officer Stran Bodden, Department of Tourism senior leadership and Sir Turtle. Refreshments and local entertainment were provided in the port area.
Local businesses were also ready to welcome the thousands who disembarked in Grand Cayman and would remain on local shores until 3:45pm.
A blackboard in front of Gelato & Co. on Cardinal Avenue read “Welcome Back Disney Magic! Gelato & Co. is waiting for you.”
The Disney Fantasy’s March 26, 2022 7-night Western Caribbean cruise from Port Canaveral is also on the Grand Cayman cruise ship schedule for Phase 1 with a call date of March 29th.
Today marks day one of Phase one of Cayman’s official reopening to cruise ships. Phase 1 of reopening will cap arrivals at 40 per cent of pre-COVID arrival or a total of 75,000 passengers.
74,208 guests are expected to arrive in Grand Cayan during Phase 1 from March 21 to April 17, 2022.