Grand Turk in the Turks & Caicos Islands is not planning to reopen to cruise ships until September depending on health authorities.
Grand Turk Remains Closed to Cruise Ships
With the focus now shifting towards resuming cruise operations for many cruise lines it also depends on when cruise ports re-open. A popular cruise port for Carnival Cruise Line is Grand Turk, an island that is part of Turks & Caicos.
Often the Grand Turk Cruise Center which boasts the stunning SunRay Beach is an essential part of Carnival ship itineraries so it is important to know when it could be back open.
At the moment the island nation plans on opening the borders on July 22 and will start welcoming visitors from then. However, the cruise terminal on Grand Turk will remain closed through August 31, 2020 subject to guidance from relevant health authorities.
Hon. Ralph Higgs from the Ministry of Tourism said:
“Overall my Government will ensure that the health and welfare of our industry workers, residents and guests is paramount. We will continue to work with our stakeholders from the various sectors, such as tour operators, accommodation, transportation, etc. to ensure compliance with any and all measures designed by the Ministry of Health to minimize the risk of transmission as much as possible.
We are eager to welcome visitors back to our shores. This careful planning will put Turks and Caicos at the top of the competitive ladder, as visitors will recognize that we put their safety first. I am looking forward to the re-opening of our borders in a way that will safeguard the health and safety or all and ensure that TCI remains ‘Beautiful by Nature’ and as safe as possible from COVID-19.”
Eight Carnival ships are scheduled to resume sailings again from August 1 and four of those do have planned calls to Grand Turk including the Carnival Sensation, Carnival Magic, Carnival Breeze, and Carnival Elation. The cruise line has already stated that even though the ships will resume cruises there could be a further impact on itinerary due to port closures and restrictions.
For now, it looks like cruise ships won’t be returning to Grand Turk anytime soon so guests will have to wait to enjoy the beach which includes Margaritaville and the popular Jack’s Shack.
The Ministry of Tourism is in the final stages of preparing new health protocols for when the border dos open from July 22 including stringent standards, personal protective equipment and training. Airline partners have confirmed flights will resume from within the United States, Canada, and Europe once the destination is ready.