August 20, 2019

Cayman Islands Lobster Season closes 1 March

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The Cayman Islands lobster fishing season closes Friday, 1 March. The National Conservation Law (NCL) sets the closed season for lobster fishing from 1 March through 30 November each year. No one may take lobster from Cayman waters, or purchase, receive or possess lobster taken from Cayman waters during that period. The closed seasons for […]

Cayman Islands DOE warns against wildlife mistreatment

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The Department of Environment (DoE) has received a number of reports within the past month regarding various instances where local marine life has been mishandled by divers or swimmers. These incidents include reports of a diver grabbing a sea turtle by its carapace, Stingray Sandbar visitors lifting rays out of the water and Starfish Point […]

Cayman Islands DoE enforces lobster/conch take limits

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The Department of Environment (DoE) is warning seasonal lobster and conch fishers to adhere to take and possession limits set by National Conservation Law (NCL) regulations, following reports investigated over the past two weeks. On Monday evening, 28 January, Customs and Border Control Service officers, assisted by DoE conservation officers, searched a number of passengers […]

The perfect island

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The race to build the perfect island BY ALLAN E. JORDAN From The Maritime Executive Princess Cays Challenged to find new ports of call and provide unique passenger experiences, the cruise lines are increasingly working to create their own private destinations. Once limited to beach parties, the industry is now moving to create elaborate resort-style […]

Another cruise line increases daily gratuity fee

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By Doug Parker From Cruise Radio Get ready, cruisers, because it looks like 2018 will kick off another round of gratuity increases. This week, Royal Caribbean’s website indicated that as of January 2, 2018, the daily gratuity charge will go up $1 per person per day. And if there’s one thing history has shown over […]

Seven most outrageous cruise stories of 2016

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By Jim Walker From Walker & O’Neill As the last few days of 2016 count down, it’s time to pick the most outrageous stories of the year. Number 7 – The Year of Cruise Ship Power Failures? This year saw the usual number of power failures and propulsion issues which have plagued the industry for […]

Second crewman dies after cruise ship accident

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From Bernews Following an incident on July 20 that saw four crewmembers aboard the cruise ship Norwegian Breakaway injured, a second man has died; the death of Ben Buenaventura comes after 41-year-old Filipino national Diogenes Carpio passed away shortly after the incident. This is according to the website of the Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman […]

Near death experience aboard the Independence of the Seas: When Will Royal Caribbean hire lifeguards?

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By Jim Walker From Jim Walker’s Cruise Law Four days ago, we discussed the near drowning of a six year old boy whose heart had stopped when he was found on the bottom of a swimming pool on the Royal Caribbean Independence of the Seas. People contacting us say the boy slipped and struck his […]

The Editor Speaks: A road to somewhere but the route no one knows where

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How is it possible to have a major arterial road gazetted without “any assessment to inform the optimal alignment of the road corridor with respect to transportation needs, impacts on established protected areas and the natural environment, or any other relevant considerations”? Apparently it is possible to do this here in the Cayman Islands. This […]