On Thursday, six cruise ships were scheduled to stop at our downtown cruise port and deliver 16,643 cruise passengers to our shores. If 2/3 of those passengers came ashore and spent ½ of the reported industry passenger spend ($52), the island could possibly have seen a substantial days’ earnings exceeding $600,000.
The weather forecast for that day forecasts partly cloudy skies with a 30% chance of showers during the day, increasing to a 60% chance of showers and possible thunder by evening.
The winds will be southerly at 10 to 15 knots, becoming southwesterly at 15 to 20 knots overnight.
The Sea state will be rough with wave height 4 to 6 feet and small craft should exercise caution over open water.
As mother nature sends another cold front our way, it is clear that the cruise ship schedules were not considered, and we may see far fewer ships stopping in for that day.
This will be a blow for the industry as many local merchants were expecting to receive financial benefits from that potential lucrative day.
As the debate for the port continues, one wonders if the new port will mitigate the risks caused by mother nature during those days of the Winter Season when a cold front reaches our shores.
As we near the Christmas holidays, this weather system will also bring the cool breeze that reminds us of the traditional Cayman Christmas.
No doubt early next year the battle for the cruise port will intensify but for the next few days we can put all our differences aside and spread that good old Caymanian love over our nation.