The capital of the Turks and Caicos Islands, Grand Turk is a charming small town with vast historical links. Some theories suggest that Christopher Columbus first made landfall at Grand Turk when trekking to the New World. John Glenn also returned to this island after becoming the first person to orbit the Earth in 1962. Grand Turk offers all the appeal of a cozy Caribbean cruise port with a plethora of public beaches and other fascinating points of interest.
Carnival Cruise Line and Norwegian Cruise Line are among the most popular cruise lines with voyages that go to Grand Turk.
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The following cruise destinations can be visited on a cruise that includes Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos. Select a destination to view the upcoming cruises that are available:
The following cruise lines offer cruises sailing to Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos. Select a cruise line to view the upcoming cruises that visit Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos:
Value is a key feature of these popular cruise lines, as they offer lots of activities, entertainment and dining options, along with a variety of stateroom types. Some of the cruise lines in this category have ships with unique innovations like water slides, rock-climbing walls, ice-skating rinks, surfing simulators, bowling alleys, and boardwalks.
Their ships are usually anywhere from mid-sized to very large "mega" ships, accommodating thousands of guests. These ships give the feel of being in a large resort.
Mainstream cruise lines are a great option for just about everyone (including multi-generation families, and first-time cruisers), and typically have great youth programs.
During the cruise, entertainment may include Broadway productions, Vegas-style shows, comedians, and music. Some of these lines have select formal nights during the cruise. Specialty restaurants are becoming more and more common (some which have a cover charge for this type enhanced dining experience). Buffets are usually available throughout the day, besides room service, and the main dining room(s).
These cruise lines enhance what mainstream cruise lines typically offer, by providing their guests with higher quality service and cuisine, along with more spacious public spaces and accommodations.
Depending on the cruise line, the ships in this class range in size from small to very large.
These cruise lines appeal to a more discerning traveler, and are typically more expensive than mainstream cruise lines, but more affordable than the luxury lines.
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On a luxury cruise line, guests experience highly personalized service, a more intimate (and usually formal) onboard experience, gourmet cuisine, well-appointed accommodations, and fantastic amenities. Many of these brands have smaller ships, allowing them to reach ports of call that the larger ships can't, which results in unique itineraries.
All of these brands feature a version of all-inclusive pricing, and some of them have ships with all-suite accommodations. Although these cruise lines are usually more expensive than the rest, they also provide their guests with so much more, resulting in a fantastic value when considering all that's included.
These cruise lines offer a truly unique vacation experience, with a wide range of possible amenities and itineraries. Some are expedition cruise lines, others have sailing yachts or are coastal ships.
On these types of cruise lines, there's usually a focus on a specific destination or theme. Itineraries are usually very destination intensive, aided by the fact that they're able to reach many ports of call that larger ships can't.
Expedition cruise lines are a great fit for adventure-seeking travelers, featuring exciting destinations like the Galapagos Islands, Antarctica, and the Norwegian coast. During the cruise, there will usually be plenty of interesting lectures given by experts on the destination being visited. Often, shore excursions are included in the cost of the cruise. In fact, some of these cruise lines have all-inclusive pricing. There's a definite focus on the ship's surrounding scenery, as well as opportunities to view wildlife in their natural habitat. Small, but comfortable, ships are commonplace here, with anywhere from basic to very luxurious public spaces, cuisine, and accommodations (depending on the cruise line and ship).
Sailing Yachts, sail-assisted motor ships, offer a really unique vacation experience. Accommodations and cuisine on these intimate vessels can be anywhere from good to fantastic, depending on the cruise line. Destinations offered by these cruise lines may include the Caribbean, Europe, Panama Canal, Tahiti, and Costa Rica.
These are just a few of the more popular tourist attractions in Grand Turk, along with a brief description:
♦ Governor’s Beach
There are many beautiful beaches in Grand Turk that are free to the public. The most popular among them is Governor Beach. With soft white sand and pristine clear waters, this tropical haven is a great place to spend the day. If lounging isn’t your idea of fun, go snorkeling to get a closer look at the fish and coral.
♦ Grand Turk Lighthouse
Made in 1852, Grand Turk’s only lighthouse is a significant landmark. The lighthouse is no longer in use, but it’s still worth checking out the 60-foot protected historic site and its surrounding scenic views. You can also explore the U.S. Navy NAVFAC 104 base.
♦ National Museum
Located in Cockburn Town, this 30-year-old museum is one of the oldest buildings in Grand Turk. Exhibits focus on artifacts recovered from excavating the Molasses Reef Wreck. There’s plenty of more rich Turk & Caicos history to uncover at the National Museum. This includes exhibits regarding astronaut John Glenn, who landed in Grand Turk after becoming the third American to go to space and the first to orbit the earth.
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