Disney Cruise – Grand Cayman

It all started with a mouse!

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Since 1928 when Walt Disney created the world’s famous mouse, kids and kids at heart have expected nothing but THE very best from Disney!

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Disney has four cruise ships and each has a godmother. (Well, of course they do, right?) Disney Fantasy, which travels to the Eastern and Western Caribbean, is looked after by godmother Mariah Carey. She christened the ship in 2012 with the blessing, “May God bless this ship and all who sail on it.”

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The Disney Fantasy visits Grand Cayman!

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Grand Cayman is named after the crocodile (caiman in Carib),

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What to do when you visit?

See the sea turtles, of course! 

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Cayman Island Turtle farm is home to 16,000 green sea turtle at any given time. The turtles were once naturally plentiful, so much so that pirate and private ships often came here just to get fresh meat for their crews, but now are helped along by this farm.

At the farm you can:

*Pet and hold the sea turtles!

*Watch Smiley, the 9 ft crocodile, perform.

*View sharks and loggerhead turtles.

*Visit the aviary – get in with the birds.

*SWIM and snorkel with the turtles.

*Eat (grownups can taste the island’s own beer!)

*Visit Butterfly Central to see the Great Southern White butterfly.

Soak up the sun at Seven Mile Beach

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One of the most famous beaches in the world is Seven Mile Beach ….which is only 5  1/2 – 6 miles long thanks to the erosion of Hurricane Ivan.

Pick a spot to roast in the sun and relax, or try your hand at parasailing or snorkeling.

Get wet at Stingray City

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Wade in and pet the stingrays here on a sandbar.

***I have to admit this sounded really awesome until I googled…injuries….uh, no thank you.

Here you can actually go to Hell.

I think there are just 2 things here…the black limestone formations….

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and the gift shop.

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You can mail a letter to receive a postmark from Hell. A conversation piece, for sure!

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Happy travels,

Natalie, The Educational Tourist

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13 Responses

  1. I want to go!! This place looks amazing. My son is a huge fan of Disney already and he loves animals. I think this place could be a winner!

  2. I’ve read a lot about Seven Mile Beach, I am so intrigued. That would definitely be in my itinerary if I were to visit the Grand Cayman. Checking out the sea turtles look like so much fun as well!

  3. yukti says:

    It must be fun for children. I have been to Disneyland and my children enjoyed it. So I can think of this for my younger boy as elder boy is big enough to enjoy this. Will surely do it for my younger one.

  4. Wow,what a beach! It is interesting hearing how places Las Tortugas got their name, but I wonder why it was named Hell? Anytime the name Disney is attached to something, you know it is going to be first class.

  5. Oh Disney do everything so well, that I can imagine a cruise to be just as magical as a day in the parks – and even more immersive! I haven’t been to the Caribbean, but a cruise there would be amazing – only made better by visiting the turtles. Such beautiful creatures!

    • NatalieTanner says:

      You are so right about that! Disney does everything wonderfully! The cruise was fun and the cruise ship was so clean. It really is the perfect cruise.

  6. I have visited Grand Cayman via Norwegian Cruise Line. It was like a paradise. I loved the weather a lot. However, I did not know about this Turtle Farm. I like to experience swimming with the marine animals. I also googled stingray. The first thing that came up was about injuries. Yikes! I still want to visit the Turtle Farm someday.

  7. asoulwindow says:

    16,000 sea turtles? Wow. Though I would like to see them from a distance and not pet them. Disney had been a childhood dream. I might have outgrown the dream but after reading your blog I am interested in visiting it.

  8. onlybyland says:

    It’s my dream to take my daughter on a Disney Cruise. I never really thought about the cruise ports and what to do there. Grand Cayman has plenty to do, she’d love the petting the sea turtles and the stingrays although I’d imagine she’d be scared at first!

    • NatalieTanner says:

      Disney is a fantastic destination for families. They put on a show like none other and the cruise ship was SO clean! They even handed out wipes as you entered the dining room.

  9. Reshma says:

    I so want to visit Disney World! Well, never too old for Disney, right? 🙂 I’m surprised to know it’s named after a crocodile! Loved the virtual cruise!

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