The Galaxy cruise from San Juan to Galveston evidently won't be stopping in Grand Cayman due to the hurricane damage. It is still possible given that caymannetnews.com reported that Georgetown would be able to accept 2 cruise ships a day beginning on October 29th.
The celebrity website is now showing 2 days in Aruba and none in Grand Cayman.
Aruba would be great, we loved it! We did not cruise there but we went on weeks vacation and found the island to be very fun. The area where the ships dock has several restaurants including Carlos and Charlies (which we went to and loved it). But I would suggest you book a snorkeling excursion, the snorkeling there was one of the best I've ever done. We went on an excursion that took us out to a sunken ship and dropped us off, it was very interesting. I think you will enjoy Aruba, don't let it get you down.
Aruba is much better than good. If you're doing two days in Aruba, you really got a special bonus. You're ship will be docked smack in the middle of downtown, a nice, safe downtown (as is the entire country). If this is your first Aruba experience, I strongly suggest taking a 4-wheel tour of the cunucu (Arubian for countryside). I wouldn't rent a car/4wheel on your first trip. Buying in Aruba is somewhat different than in other Caribbean countries. There's usually no bargaining at the legitimate stores. If you buy jewelry, just remember the general rule of reducing the sticker price 65 to 70%. There is no currency conversion, exchange rate in Aruba. There florin is based on the American dollar and fixed at 175 florins to the dollar. Most items are priced in US $$. Besides the countryside 4-wheel tour, walking around the many streets of downtown is fun. If you want to eat "off the ship" one night, eating at El Gaucho's, a relatively easy walk from the ship) will cost about $25-30 PP plus tip for a super terrific Argentinian steak meal. Dress is casual. There are also two casinos within 200 yards of the dock. Water activities include a catamaran storkeling adventure, the tall ship Jolly Roger, Atlantis submarine (sorry, not recommended) and other snorkeling tours. There is no beach within easy walking distance from the beach. But cabs are relatively inexpensive, with fixed rates. Also, busses for $1.25 one way, $2.00 round-trip are available. Ask cabbie to take you to Palm Beach, an area of high-rise hotels. Remember, all beaches are public BUT the cabanas and chairs, etc. are privately owned by the hotels/motels. There are no gates, fences surrounding any of the properties so it's easy to "fit in" if you need to use the facillities within the hotel properties.
Make sure you are reading the itinerary correctly. On our cruise, it said two days in Aruba, but we actually just left there after midnight....so it appeared to be two days. I know my situation was differenct because Grand Cayman was not involved...but just check to be sure.
Mary Lou Scanlon
NCL Pride of America April 24, 2010
NCL Epic February 12, 2011
RCCL Allure of the Seas - September 18, 2011
Celebrity Eclipse - February 11, 2012:
RCCL Navigator OTS - February 9, 2013
We docked in Aruba last Feb. on our S. Carib. on Adventure. The itinerary list shows what looks like 2 days, but that's because the ship leaves after midnight on the second day like MaryLou said. It leaves late probably because of the evening bar hopping tours that get back after midnight.
We loved Aruba. It's very different from other Carib. islands since it is a desert island. Cactus and sand everywhere except on the resort coast. We took an island tour with stops at a museum, a lighthouse, amazing rock formations you can climb up and see for miles in every direction and shopping (of course).
We are supposed to stop in Grand Cayman on the way back to Galveston with our Panama Canal cruise. I've been wondering if GC would be ready. Just have to wait and see.
Explorer E. Carib. 1/12/02
Explorer W. Carib. 1/18/03
Summit Alaska cruise/tour 8/3/03
Adventure S. Carib 2/8/04
Galaxy Panama Canal 2/3/05