November 20, 2017

Turks and Caicos Cruise: Things to do at Grand Turk cruise port :: caribbean cruise

Arriving by cruise ship to an island in the Caribbean can give you an opportunity to capture unique angles of island scenes. And a cruise to Turks and Caicos can do just that!

If you’ll be off to Grand Turk and Turks and Caicos during your Caribbean cruise, here are some pictures you just may want to consider taking!

All of the pictures below you can take even if you have a shore excursion planned for your cruise to Turks and Caicos. (Like if you’re planning one of these top Grand Turk excursions!)

These shots are taken either on the cruise ship, or they are taken very close to the cruise ship. So as long as you have an extra hour to spare (or really, even 30 minutes, and maybe even 15 minutes!), you can take a quick walk around the Grand Turk cruise port to take some pictures after you return from your activities. Or if you’re not going on a shore excursion organized by the cruise line, you can walk around before you head off on your own excursion!

The water color is amazing in Turks and Caicos, which means you are sure to get amazing pictures of the ocean no matter where on Grand Turk you go!

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From the cruise ship at Grand Turk cruise port

No matter which cruise port you are at during your Caribbean cruise, try to make it a point to walk around the ship on the open deck to see if there are picture-worthy scenes to capture of land. If you can, do a walk in the morning before you leave for your Grand Turk excursion, and then in the afternoon when you get back to the ship too. The way that the sun is shining can make a difference in how your pictures turn out.

For your cruise to Turks and Caicos, when you head to the open deck on the ship, it means that it looks like you can see almost the entire island of Grand Turk! (As long as there isn’t another ship blocking your view, that is!)

Here are some of the best activities in Grand Turk.

Turks and Caicos cruise: Beach near Grand Turk cruise port, Caribbean cruise

Turks and Caicos cruise: Snorkeling beach near Grand Turk cruise port, Caribbean cruise

On the pier

As you’re leaving the cruise ship excited for the day’s excursion in Turks and Caicos, don’t forget to look behind you! Well, if you do forget, don’t fret, because you’ll see it on your way back to the ship. 😉

Not all cruise ports have piers set up the way they do at Grand Turk, so it can make for a great picture-worthy shot with a massive cruise ship or two!

Turks and Caicos cruise: Carnival cruise and Holland America at Grand Turk port on a cruise to Turks and Caicos, Caribbean cruise

There is also a big “Grand Turk” sign at the end of the pier that you may want to get a picture in front of too.

Snorkeling in Grand Turk

You can see in the picture above that there are buoys set up in the water. That marks the swimming area of the beach that is right at the cruise port. For a DIY cruise excursion in Grand Turk, bring along a standard snorkeling set like this one or a beginner-friendly full-face snorkeling mask like this one. Then, you can head to that beach right in front of the cruise ship to give snorkeling a go!

Or, for more snorkeling spots near the Grand Turk cruise port, here is a map (pdf form) from the Turks and Caicos tourism department. And here are tips for beginners and snorkeling if you don’t know how to swim.

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At the cruise port

When you are leaving the cruise ship, you head right to get to the spots to take the pictures below. Going left takes you to the beach where you can swim right in front of the cruise ship. (Another unique experience!) To the left is also how you get to Margaritaville. (At last check, free wifi!)

So basically, just remember to go in the opposite direction of the main beach to get these pictures. Get some palm trees with and without the ship!

Turks and Caicos cruise: Carnival cruise at Grand Turk port on a cruise to Turks and Caicos, Caribbean cruise

Turks and Caicos cruise: Beach near Grand Turk cruise port, Caribbean cruise

Turks and Caicos cruise: Carnival cruise at Grand Turk port on a cruise to Turks and Caicos, Caribbean cruise

Turks and Caicos + NASA space program at Grand Turk Cruise Center

Another favorite photo opportunity among some cruisers is right near where this picture was taken. It’s the “Splashdown Grand Turk,” which refers to a splashdown of a U.S. spaceship into waters off of the coast of Grand Turk. This area includes a small outdoor exhibit on the involvement of Turks and Caicos with the United States NASA space program.

From the Turks and Caicos tourism department: A little-known fact is that the island of Grand Turk played a part in the 1962 Mercury Space Mission. American astronaut John Glenn’s first step on dry land after returning to Earth was on Grand Turk, and a U.S. Navy Base that was operational on the island at the time, NAVFAC 104, helped in the recovery operations. There’s a memorial to John Glenn and the historic event at the Grand Turk Cruise Center, and the display features a statue, a replica of the Friendship Seven space capsule, and informative plaques.

More info here.

There is another spaceship replica down the road from the cruise port that you may see driving to your shore excursion on another part of the island.

Things to maybe pack for your cruise to Grand Turk!

Now, here are some things that you just may want to add to your cruise packing list!

And see if you like any of these top tours in Grand Turk!


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