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storybookcruises.com June 11th, 2013 03:05 PM

Cayman Islands Committed to Building Cruise Pier
 
It'll be interesting to see if this goes through or not. They've been talking about building a pier for many years, but environmentalists have been fighting them at every step because of the damage it would cause to the local reef. I'm sure the government will win in the end because, as we all know, it's all about the money.

Cayman Islands Committed to Building Cruise Terminal, Says Minister | TravelPulse

Pete

Donna June 11th, 2013 06:36 PM

It would be so wonderful to finally have a pier there, hope it does go through.

Trip June 11th, 2013 06:53 PM

It has been bandied about for years,qnd one would think by now, they would know if it would be feasible without harming the environment.

One cruise we tendered in form the other side of the island. On our way back, we hit a reef bigtime! It created a big hole,and yet they did not turn around..once hoisted back up it dripped for a couple of days. The reefs were not that deep, obviously.

Would be great if it does happen!

storybookcruises.com June 11th, 2013 08:35 PM

Unfortunately, anywhere they would want to build it close to town it would definitely destroy some of the reef. It's just not deep enough for these big ships, especially during low tide, and they would have to remove a large portion of the reef. I've dove all over the reef by the ferry pier and it would be a shame to ruin the reef. It's the reefs with their abundance of sea life that make scuba diving in the area wonderful. This is why they mentioned working with the local dive shops and hoping to sink another ship as an artificial reef in an attempt to satisfy their complaints about loosing a great dive site to the development of a pier.

We're not talking about a small pier with a few pylons. This is a massive undertaking as they need to be able to dock 4 ships at a time. So more than likely, they're talking about not one, but 2 enormous piers that are capable of handling huge ships, which will definitely have a major impact on the environment.

As a long-time scuba diver, I always practice what we were taught in class; when diving, take nothing, leave nothing. We are only visitors on this wonderful planet and we have a certain responsibility to the land and sea we have been blessed with, for it cannot be replaced once it has been destroyed. Reefs are very slow growing and take thousands of years to develop and when they're gone, they're gone.

But as I said, I'm sure it'll get built because it's all about the money and that's more important than preserving the reef. And that, my friends, is a very sad state of affairs as we seem to have that same sentiment about most places on Mother Earth.

Pete

Trip June 11th, 2013 08:50 PM

When we did the CM group cruise on the century..there were 7 ships in!!!

Mike M June 11th, 2013 09:17 PM

One thing about Grand Cayman that is different from other islands. They "do not" need the cruise lines to keep their economy afloat. There aren't too many poor people on Grand Cayman.

It may go through but the people with the most money aren't the excursion operators and gift shop people. The hotels could care less and the banking industry (one of the largest in the world) really doesn't give a darn.

We'll see what happens. It's been "talked" about for a long time. So far all it has been is talk.

Take care,
Mike

Manuel June 12th, 2013 07:09 AM

Destroying a reef to build a pier is not such a good thing. :shock: :-(

TM

Mike M June 12th, 2013 10:17 AM

Manuel,

I agree with you on this. Grand Cayman is a great island but after a couple of visits you've seen and done most of what there is to do for most cruise passengers.

We no longer get off the ship but if it's someone's first, second or third time then it's worth it to tender in.

Keep the reef and tender in.

Take care,
Mike

poppadock June 12th, 2013 02:44 PM

poppadock
 
Cruise planner.. U R so right it is always about the money. I say all who cruise should be considerate of the land & the sea.

Moonlight Reader June 14th, 2013 05:36 PM

Personally I hope they never build a pier. This is a beautiful island with some of the very best snorkeling and scuba diving to be had in the Caribbean. Any pier is going to destroy some truly breathtaking (if you could breathe) habitat and when a ship gets that close you can feel it in your bones while you are scuba diving.

storybookcruises.com June 14th, 2013 09:47 PM

We've been to Grand Cayman many times and while we've done all the usual tourist things (stingray city, Hell, scuba diving, snorkeling, shopping, etc.), we always enjoy our stop there. Now, we just hop on the public transportation and head out to 7-mile beach, specifically Caligo Jacks, where we enjoy the beautiful beach, some good food, cold beer, and just relax for the day. Truly an awesome day at a gorgeous beach with white sand and beautiful blue water - doesn't get much better than that.

But to add a couple of obtrusive piers that destroy the God-given reef just to make some extra dollars, is wrong, in my opinion. I have no problem whatsoever of standing in line to board a tender if it'll save the reef. What's a little inconvenience compared to something that can never be replaced?

Pete

Moonlight Reader June 15th, 2013 09:37 PM

Thank you! That is what they did in Cozumel and destroyed one of the best reefs that all us divers used to take our night dives on. They tried once, were rebuffed in court and then, according to the locals one late night, they just dynamited the reef. It is unfortunate, because Cozumel used to be a sleepy little town that was very traditional. We used to go diving there for a week at a time. The locals worked in the hotels, were dive masters, owned the restaurants and we mostly left the town alone when they would have their Sunday Promenades with the Duenas and whatnot.

Things have changed there a lot.

storybookcruises.com June 15th, 2013 11:00 PM

I agree! 20 years ago Cozumel was a sleepy Mexican town where we would go for a week to enjoy the local culture and food. People were great, food was good, and the diving was awesome.

Now, it's become nothing more than a cruise port catering to the thousands of American tourists who visit it for several hours every day and then leave. It's lost all its Mexican mystic and wonderment.

Unfortunately, I see this coming true for alot of ports and is an unfortunate byproduct from the success of cruising. Grand Cayman is just another domino in the game.

Pete

Will June 16th, 2013 06:53 PM

Great to hear,but the short tender there is okay with me.

I get seasick from that lonnnng tender into Belize.

I know nothing can be done about that ride.

Aerogirl June 17th, 2013 06:42 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Manuel (Post 1476002)
Destroying a reef to build a pier is not such a good thing. :shock: :-(

TM

I totally agree, I can wait for my turn on the tender so not to destroy more of our beautiful world and ecological system.


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