Anyone who has cruised to Grand Cayman, or anywhere else that requires a tender for that matter, knows the frustration of waiting in line for the tenders that take cruise ship guests to and from port. While the island nation has long debated the ecological trade-offs of building piers for ships, another idea has been introduced that may be an intriguing solution – cable cars.
It is reported that the Cayman Sky Bridge would require two piers to be built into the seabed in 70 feet of water, which would ideally eliminate the need for dredging. It’s the dredging that worries environmentalists who want to protect the scuba diving industry in the Cayman Islands. The idea is that four ships could dock at the piers at any one time and that guests would ride ashore on cable cars that could handle up to a massive 20,000 passengers per hour.
The Sky Bridge would cost a massive $170 million to build. There is no word yet on whether Grand Cayman will choose his plan over the traditional idea of cruise piers attached to shore but I should be interesting to see if they do decide to go with it.
Personally I’m not sure if I like the idea or not. It will change the landscape completely and may look a little out of place. That said it will create jobs for the area, both on the construction side and once built and it make a big difference to the whole cruise tender experience.
What do you think? Do you think this will happen? Are you a fan? Let me know your thoughts
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