The 4th largest cruise ship in the world, the newly christened MSC Meraviglia, will be making port calls in Cayman starting in 2019.
The Meraviglia is over 1/5 of a mile long and can carry a maximum of 5,700 passengers.
The Ministry of Tourism told Cayman 27 attracting larger ships like this one is a result of its ongoing effort to ensure a future cruise berthing facility will be fully utilised once it’s constructed.
Deputy Premier and Tourism Minister Moses Kirkconnell said the vessel’s size means tendering will take additional time.
“As a result, passengers will have less time onshore to shop, take tours and visit our attractions,” said Mr. Kirkconnell in a statement. “Once the berthing facility is operational, however, passenger-time on shore will significantly increase. This will allow our tourism sector to derive greater benefit from the influx of passengers.”