Christopher Columbus discovered the Cayman Islands in 1503 and named them Las Tortugas, because the only inhabitants found were turtles. By 1530, they were known as the Caymanas, meaning "crocodile" in Carib. Although Sir Francis Drake visited the islands in 1568, they did not come under British rule until 1670. The Caymanians are descendants of the English, Irish, Scottish and Welsh seamen who settled the islands and later intermarried with Jamaican immigrants.
British Virgin Islands
Most Active or Strenuous
Minimal Activity Required
PRICE is per vehicle
This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.
The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.
Capacity: 6 guests
PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.
Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.
Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.
Board your air-conditioned coach at the pier and start off on a fun combination Island Sightseeing Tour and Stingray City Snorkel Experience! A drive along Seven Mile Beach and the Hotel Zone gets things started with a stop outside the Governor's Residence for photos.
From here, it's on to Cayman Island's Turtle Farm for a guided tour. Also included in this portion of your excursion is a visit to the rum cake outlet store and a visit to the rock formation and Post Office of 'Hell', where you may send a post card stamped 'from Hell'.
Arriving at the Cayman Islands Yacht Club, you will board a specially outfitted snorkel boat and cruise across the waters to famous Stingray City. Enjoy the chance to interact, play with and feed one of the Caribbean's most graceful creatures, the southern stingray. These amazing creatures will have you mesmerized as you wait for one to come feed from your hand or gently brush past you in the water. Allow yourself to be introduced to members of the Southern Stingray Family as you meet "Ray Charles", "Sugar Ray", "Martha Ray" and many of the other characters that have become as playful as puppies over the years.
After this unforgettable experience, sit back and relax as you make your way back to the dock to rejoin your coach for the transfer back to Georgetown. Participants have the option of continuing on to the pier, or being dropped in town to do some shopping. Guests who elect to stay in town are responsible for making their own way back to the pier at their own expense.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 1 hour of moderate walking over mostly even surfaces. Guests who wish to enter the water to interact with the stingrays will be on a sandbar; however, the water level can range to several feet in depth. The tour is not available to guests who utilize a wheelchair or guests with mobility concerns. Light-weight cotton clothing worn over a swimsuit; flat, comfortable walking shoes; sun cap, sunglasses and sunscreen are recommended. Guests wishing to participate in water activities do so at their own risk and responsibility and should bring a towel and change of clothes. Restrooms are available at the sites visited and there is a restroom aboard the tour boat. The consumption of alcohol before any water activity is strongly discouraged and not recommended. Participants under 16 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Spend several hours enjoying the bountiful amenities of a nearby waterfront resort, where you might swim in the ocean, stroll along the beach or simply relax in the fabulous setting.
After departing from the pier, you will enjoy a picturesque drive toward Bodden Town, Grand Cayman’s first capital. Before long, you will arrive at The White House, a lavish oceanfront resort that was once a wealthy entrepreneur’s private residence. Make yourself at home because you will have full use of the facilities.
The White House is situated on one of the most beautiful beaches on Grand Cayman’s southern coast, so there is plenty to enjoy. Feel free to stretch out in sun, stroll along the shore, relax in the shade of a coconut palm, and enjoy an invigorating swim in the sea.
You might even try snorkeling just offshore, as the waters are teeming with tropical fish. Or if you prefer to swim in a pool, the one at The White House is wonderfully refreshing.
The White House was designed to take full advantage of the views, and you won’t be disappointed no matter where you wander. Floor-to-ceiling windows bathe the spacious Great Room with natural light, making it the ideal venue for relaxing inside.
Outside, a wooden deck with two thatched cabanas juts out over the ocean. It’s the perfect place to savor a favorite beverage, which are unlimited. Your sumptuous lunch at The White House will be just as spectacular, leaving you immensely satisfied before returning to the pier.
Please note: Walking on this tour is primarily at the guests’ discretion. There will be some steps, uneven and natural surfaces to negotiate. Due to a lack of storage on the transportation, the tour is not available to wheelchair guests. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Casual wear to include a swimsuit; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; a towel; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. The minimum age to participate in this tour is 12 years of age, and guests under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult parent or guardian.
Enjoy the cultural sights and sounds of two of Cayman's top heritage attractions in one customized excursion.
Departing directly from the pier, you will first travel along the south coast of the island with your experienced tour guide and driver providing an interesting narration as to the history of the Cayman Islands and its people. Following the coast road, you will soon arrive at the Pedro St. James National Historic Site and the famous Pedro's Castle - the birth place of democracy in the Cayman Islands. You'll be amazed at the grandeur of this spectacularly restored site which transports you back in time. A tour of the castle, the lush grounds and an animated show completes your visit.
Next, travel through the original capital of the Cayman Islands - Bodden Town, with its quaint and colorful cottages and traditional Caymanian homesteads while on your way to the Botanical Gardens. Here you can stroll about and enjoy viewing some of Grand Cayman's most exotic plants and indigenous species of wild life, such as the endangered blue iguana.
After a leisurely visit to the Botanical Gardens, you will re-board your coach and travel back to Georgetown. Participants have the option of continuing on to the pier, or being dropped in town to do some shopping. Guests who elect to stay in town are responsible for making their own way back to the pier at their own expense.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 2 1/2 hours of moderate walking/standing over some uneven surfaces. The tour is not available to guests who utilize a wheelchair and those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Light-weight clothing; comfortable, flat walking shoes; sun caps, sunglasses and sunscreen are suggested. The order of the sites visited or viewed may vary. Participants under 16 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Experience the undersea beauty of Grand Cayman during this scenic journey aboard an authentic submarine.
Depart the pier aboard a transfer vessel for the brief ride to the Atlantis Adventure Center, and your Atlantis XI Submarine. Specifically designed for civilian passengers, the submarine maintains sea-level pressure so as to have no ill effects on the ears. She is 65 feet long, 13 feet wide and weights 80 tons, and can carry 48 passengers and three crew members.
Your first sight of the submarine will be as it breaks the surface from its previous trip. Once moored alongside the submarine, you will safely embark its deck via a ramp and enter the air-conditioned cabin through a large hatch. After the hatches are secured and pre-dive safety checks are completed, you will begin your descent. As the Atlantis Class pilot navigates the submarine, you will glide through the clear water and explore Grand Cayman's Underwater Marine Park to depths of 100 feet. Along the way, you will see an abundance of huge barrel sponges and star corals on the reef, and an occasional stingray or turtle passing by within a few feet of your large viewing port.
After your submarine ride and before returning to the dock, you will be able to watch as the submarine again descends on another excursion, completely disappearing from your sight beneath the surface on its next journey to the depths below.
Following your submarine tour, you will be transferred back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves a 300-yard walk from the pier to the Atlantis office. Guests must be able to negotiate a 10-step ladder in order to enter and exit the submarine. Minimum height is three feet tall and the minimum age to participate is four years of age accompanied by a parent or guardian. This tour may not be exclusive to RSSC guests.
If you have always wanted to try scuba diving, then don't miss your opportunity to explore the undersea beauty of Grand Cayman during this memorable scuba experience.
Depart the pier for the brief drive to the dive shop, where you will receive your safety instructions and practice scuba techniques in a freshwater pool. Afterward, you and your PADI instructor will dive at the beautiful Casuarina Point Reef, which lies in approximately 20-30 feet of water. Along the way, you will discover an abundance of marine life, and many species of hard and soft corals. This tour meets PADI standards. Your scuba equipment, professional instruction and transportation are all included.
Following your scuba experience, you will return to the dive facility. Upon arrival, you will be transferred back to the pier.
Please note: All participants will have to fill out a liability waiver, and fulfill all medical requirements before being allowed to dive. The maximum age is 70 years old unless the guest has a note from their doctor that they are able to participate. It is at the ground operator's discretion to deny participation to anyone they deem to have a condition that could potentially make diving unsafe. This tour is recommended for active guests in good physical condition. Guests are advised to wear a swimsuit under a cover-up, sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses, and bring a towel from the ship.
If you are a beginner or experienced snorkeler, then don't miss this unique opportunity to explore one of Grand Cayman's most famous shipwrecks.
Depart the pier aboard your boat for the cruise to The Cali, one of Grand Cayman's renowned shipwrecks. Upon arrival, your guide will provide you with safety instructions, snorkeling techniques and details of the ship's history. You will then begin snorkeling, and the crew will be on hand to provide you with assistance in the water.
Afterward, you will proceed to another popular dive site to see some of Cayman's beautiful reef formations, and an abundance of fish that include sergeant majors, parrot fish, angel fish, turtles and more. Your dive masters will feed the fish to bring them closer to view in the crystal-clear waters. Masks, fins, snorkels and life vests are included, and complimentary ice water will be served on board.
At the conclusion of your tour, you will be returned directly back to the pier.
Please note: This tour is recommended for active guests in good physical condition. This tour is not available to guests with limited mobility or guests who utilize a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear a swimsuit under a cover-up, sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses, and bring a towel from the ship.The maximum age is 70 years old unless the guest has a note from their doctor that they are able to participate.
Observe the fascinating fish and coral of beautiful Casuarina Point Reef during this picturesque shore dive in Grand Cayman.
Depart the pier for the brief transfer to Don Foster's Dive Shop, where you will be outfitted with all of the equipment required for this dive. After a briefing from your experienced PADI dive instructor, you will be guided around the Casuarina Point Reef. This shallow reef has a maximum depth of approximately 50 feet, thereby enabling 50 minutes of diving time. This is a perfect dive for those who have not dived in over two years, or for newly-certified or junior open-water divers.
Following the dive, you may opt to return to George Town for some shopping, or just relax by the pool or shore.
Please note: The maximum depth for this dive is 50 feet, and all required diving equipment is included. Guests are also welcome to bring their own dive equipment. The dive time is approximately 50 minutes in duration. There will be one dive master for every 12 guests. Guests are advised to wear a swimsuit under a cover-up, sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses, and bring a towel from the ship. All divers must present a valid certification card to participate in this tour, and fill out a medical waiver and liability release. The minimum age to participate in this tour is 12 years old. The maximum age is 70 years old unless the guest has a note from their doctor that they are able to participate.
Experience the graceful beauty of one of Grand Cayman's undersea denizens up-close during this stingray swim and snorkeling tour.
One of the most popular excursions on Grand Cayman is a visit to the world-famous Stingray City Sandbar in the North Sound, where you can snorkel and wade among these friendly Southern stingrays. It is one of the few locations in the world where man can interact with these shy creatures in their natural habitat.
Depart the pier for the brief drive to your snorkeling boat. Upon arrival, you will embark your boat and cruise to the sandbar. Here, you will feed and play with these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat, where the water depth ranges from 3-5 feet.
Following your swim with the stingrays, you will be transferred back to the pier and ship.
Please note: This tour is recommended for active guests in good physical condition. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or guests who utilize a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear a swimsuit under a cover-up, sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses, and bring a towel from the ship. Snorkeling gear is included, and allows for better viewing of the stingrays. There is neither coral nor fish at the sandbar. The maximum age is 70 years old unless the guest has a note from their doctor that they are able to participate.
Explore the underwater world of Grand Cayman during this spectacular diving excursion that is suitable for beginners and experienced diving enthusiasts.
Depart the pier with your guide for the brief transfer to the dive shop. Upon arrival, you will fill out your liability waiver, receive your safety instructions and scuba equipment, and board the custom-designed dive boat. The first of this two-tank boat dive will take you over the fabulous West Wall, which features an average depth of 90 feet.
The wall features many crevices and overhangs teeming with hard corals, colorful sponges and beautiful gorgonians. After the appropriate surface interval, you will proceed to one of Grand Cayman's beautiful coral reefs or shipwrecks for your second dive. These shallow dive sites attract a colorful and diverse collection of fish and other marine life.
Following your dive, you will return to the dive shop, and be transferred back to the ship.
Please note: This tour is only recommended for active guests in good physical condition. You must present your dive certification card, and show proof that you have dived within the last two years. Advanced certification is not required. All participants must complete a liability waiver, and fulfill all medical requirements. If you have not dived in the last two years, you may want to take a refresher course before your cruise, or select Discover Scuba instead. Guests are advised to wear a swimsuit under a cover-up, sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses, and bring a towel from the ship. For underwater photographers, the dive boats are camera-friendly and have freshwater rinse tanks. Drinking water is provided, and coolers are available to bring along your own refreshments. Freshwater showers are also available. Due to the depths involved, guests must be at least 15 years old to participate on this tour. The maximum age is 70 years old unless the guest has a note from their doctor that they are able to participate.