Pirates return for 33rd time for swashbuckling capers

| 02/11/2010

(CNS): Despite fears that government still intends to rename the Cayman Islands’ longest running and most popular festival the pirates will still be taking centre stage at the festival’s 33rd anniversary. This is the second festival since the premier announced his wish to rename the festival Heritage week and shift the focus towards the country’s seafaring history and away from the pirates, where the moniker has remained. This year the swashbuckling capers get underway in Little Cayman on November 6 and Cayman Airways is encouraging residents of Grand Cayman and visitors to join in the Sister Islands festivities with discounted airfares of less than CI$84.

Acting Director of Tourism, Shomari Scott said it was no secret that the tourism industry was in need of a boost in November and the fun and excitement of Pirates Week would hopefully help attract new visitors to all threeislands.

Following the opening antics on Little Cayman the pirates move to Grand Cayman on 11 November through till the 21st of the month before invading Cayman Brac on November 26-27. During the month-long celebration, each island will highlight authentic Caymanian culture through live music, street games, parades, sports competitions, local delicacies, fireworks, costumes and an abundance of other activities including the ever-popular mock pirate invasion in Hog Sty Bay, George Town.

“Pirates Week is a favourite event for returning visitors and among one of the most suggested things-to-do for those travelling to our shores for the very first time,” said Scott. With the extension of reduced airfare to our Sister Islands, not only can visitors make the most of their holiday in the Cayman Islands by visiting all three of our islands, but residents, too, can take advantage of this opportunity by hopping over to Little Cayman and Cayman Brac to witness the heritage events to be had.”

The director said there were also special packages for visitors coming to Grand Cayman including flights with Cayman Airways and accommodation at the Comfort Suites or Ramada Grand Caymanian Resort.
For more information on the Pirates Week Festival and to view the special package offers visit www.caymanislands.ky

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