Cruise ships banned till 2021

Cruise ships banned until 2021

Cruise tourism will not be returning to the Cayman Islands until next year.

Acting Port Authority Director Joseph Woods confirmed that the Cayman Islands government was extending its ban on cruise ships until 31 Dec.

Woods issued a notice of the government’s decision to the islands’ cruise industry partners, informing them of the new date “so that they could plan according”.

“I sent it to the major cruise lines, the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association, local shipping agents and tender operators,” he told the Cayman Compass in a telephone interview Thursday evening.

Acting Port Director Joseph Woods. Photo: Reshma Ragoonath

In his brief notice, Woods said, “After careful consideration, the Cayman Islands Government has taken the decision that in the current global environment with respect to the coronavirus pandemic, it cannot allow the resumption of cruise tourism in the Cayman Islands for the immediate future.”

He added that Cayman would remain closed for cruise…