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Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Summer Splash 2006

The Cayman Islands always offer great packages during the summer months and this year's package has just been announced:

Highlights of the 2006 Cayman Summer Splash promotion:

Accommodations (hotels and condos) – 1 free night with a 5 night minimum stay (stay 5 and pay for 4)

Airline – Cayman Airways, National Flag Carrier of the Cayman Islands – Children fly 50% off

$100 American Express Gift Cheque - Families will receive a $100 American Express gift cheque when they purchase a Summer Splash 5 night package between May 1st and September 4th.

Dive – Families can enjoy the magic of the deep with 50% off diving for kids. Dive specials are also available for mom or dad who purchase a 4 day dive package and receive the 5th day free.

Watersports and attractions – 50% off beach water sports; discounts on entrance fees to Boatswain’s Beach, the Jolly Roger and Anne Bonny, and Atlantis Submarine and Seaworld Explorer Semi-Submarine; and free underwater photo class with one paying adult.

Restaurants – discounts on meals in participating restaurants.

VIP Card: This summer, the Cayman Islands make it even more affordable for families to plan a fun-filled, value packed, vacation with the introduction of its new, Cayman VIP Card. Every family that books a Summer Splash vacation package will receive this savings pass with amazing benefits including: discounts on entrance fees to attractions such as Boatswain’s Beach (formerly the Cayman Turtle Farm), Atlantis Submarine underwater adventures and Jolly Roger cruises.

The Cayman VIP Card also extends to participating restaurants, providing families with discounts and varied choices of cuisines, from traditional Caymanian fare, to dishes from around the world. Restaurants include, Ragazzi, Blue Iguana Restaurant at Grand Caymanian Resort, Lone Star, Chicken! Chicken!, Cimboco, Breezes By the Bay, The Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman’s Periwinkle and 7 and the restaurant at Cobalt Coast Resort and Suites.The card also gives discounts on car rentals.

Watersports Savings: The Cayman Islands knows that every summer vacation should include the thrill and adventure of water sports. With a variety of water activities including windsurfing, snorkeling, sailing and diving in the spectacular waters surrounding Cayman, there is something for every member of the family.

For those who prefer to stay out of the water, but still want to get a taste of Cayman’s marine life, Atlantis Submarines offers an exciting underwater ride. Boatswain’s Beach Marine Park and Turtle Farm is also perfect for a younger traveler who wants to see some of Cayman’s incredible sea life in person.

Savings for these activities include:

· 50% off rate for children at Atlantis submarines
· 15% off entrance fee at Boatswain’ Beach
· Kids 2 for 1 at Dive Tech’s Discover Scuba Diving resort course
· 50% of all beach water sports with Red Sail Sports
· Free underwater photo classes for kids at Cathy Church Photography
· 15 % off Black Pearl Skate and Surf Park

Parents can get in on the fun and the savings too, with their fifth day of diving free when purchasing a four day package. Mom and Dad can also get a 25 % off rate when going on an Atlantis Submarine tour.

For those parents interested in incorporating an exciting and entertaining learning experience into their vacation, Cayman Sea School is a free program running again this year. During Sea School children receive hands-on opportunities to learn about marine life and Caymanian culture. Students get to meet everyone’s favorite mascot - Sir Turtle! And he, along with a ‘real’ Caymanian pirate, will interact with kids during storytelling sessions, a wild treasure hunt, and arts and crafts time when they will create mementos of their trip.

* Kids are defined as children 11 years and under.

For More Information:
• visit www.caymanislands.ky or www.divecayman.ky

Monday, March 27, 2006

Kids Sea Camp Dates Set

Scuba diving and snorkeling are easy reasons to visit the Cayman Islands but, during two weeks this summer, those reasons extend to the whole family thanks to the Kids Sea Camp. The all-inclusive camp is for kids ages 4-15 and will be held July 8-15 and July 15-22. Kids from ages 4-8 learn to swim and SASY while older kids can earn their Jr. Open Water Dive Certification.

For the camp, kids fly free with a paying adult aboard Cayman Airways from a Cayman Airways gateway. For more information, check the Kids Sea Camp website.

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Win a Cayman Cruise

We just entered the new "The Ultimate Surf Destination" sweepstakes from American Airlines and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines... now it's your turn! Six lucky grand-prize winners will get a seven-night cruise for two on Royal Caribbean's new Freedom of the Seas(SM) ship which sails from Miami and includes a port call in Grand Cayman. (The seven-night Western Caribbean itineraries also include Cozumel, Mexico; Montego Bay, Jamaica; and Royal Caribbean's private destination, Labadee, Hispaniola.)

Entry details: From now until April 30, 2006, if you purchase a ticket on AA.com and fly by May 31, 2006, you'll automatically be entered in the sweepstakes. Or you can enter online at http://www.aa.com/promo and by referring friends to check out the promotion. The total number of possible entries by any combination of the above is three.

Good luck!

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Cayman-Inspired Wedding Gift from Hyatt

The Hyatt Regency Grand Cayman Beach Suites is participating with the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism to offer couples who marry at the property a Cayman Islands-inspired wedding gift from US retailer Crate and Barrel, while
supplies last.

The gift? Newlyweds receive either a centerpiece bowl or a trio of tabletop vases from Crate and Barrel's Cayman Collection, shipped direct to their door. The Cayman Collection, inspired by the colors of the Caribbean Sea, features contemporary home accents in aqua blues and greens.

Couples find plenty of other reasons to marry at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cayman, of course; the resort offers three wedding packages and several wedding location options including the beach, tropical poolside terrace and a rooftop terrace overlooking the Caribbean.

The Wedding Packages: The True Love Wedding Package features a tropical beach setting, a marriage officer, 1 bottle of house champagne, a bridal bouquet and groom's boutonniere, complete wedding coordination, and a decorative wedding certificate. The price of the True Love Wedding Package is $1,250 and excludes accommodation costs.

The Caribbean Memories Wedding Package includes a tropical beach setting, 1 hour (48 proofs) of photography and a complete wedding album, a 6-inch wedding cake (serves 16), a marriage officer, a bridal bouquet and groom's boutonniere, complete wedding coordination and a decorative wedding certificate. The package is $1,400 and excludes room accommodations.

The Tropical Serenade Wedding Package features a tropical beach setting, a 6-inch wedding cake (serves 16) with fresh flowers, an upgraded bridal bouquet and groom's boutonniere, 1 bottle of Lindaur Sparkling Wine, photography for 1 hour which includes 48 proofs, a complete wedding album, a marriage officer, complete wedding coordination and a decorative wedding certificate. The Tropical Serenade Wedding Package costs $1,650 and excludes room accommodations

Wedding packages can be customized with other options including a musician, a flower archway or conch shell aisle for a more tropical experience. Room rates start at $850 through April 12; $940 from April 13 to 22; $575 from April 23 to July 31 and November 1 to December 18 and $505 from August 1 to October 31, 2006.

For more, call 1-800-55-HYATT or visit www.grandcayman.hyatt.com.

Publication for New Cayman Residents

Today we received a nice email from a reader who had enjoyed our Adventure Guide to the Cayman Islands and was now looking at Grand Cayman as a possible new home thanks to a job offer. She asked us if any publication covered relocation information and we're happy to say there is one on the market. There is a publication called Cayman New Resident that might be helpful; it's sold on island but you can also order a copy online (and much of it is available for reading online, too).