Grand Turk Island (Cockburn Town, Turks and Caicos)

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Grand Turk Island cruise port

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Bahamas - Caribbean - Bermuda

Local Time
2022-01-27 18:29

min: 77 °F (25 °C) / max: 79 °F (26 °C) 78°F
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Min / Max Temperature79 °F / 26 °C
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Grand Turk Island is the easternmost of the 30+ Turks and Caicos Islands and cays. The island is a British Overseas Territory (part of the UK/dependency) with total area 18 km2 (7 mi2) and population around 4,000. Approx 120 km (75 mi) to the west-northwest of Grand Turk is Providenciales (Provo Island).

Grand Turk Island cruise port

The cruise port's UK locode is TCGDT (Turks and Caicos Grand Turk). In 2006, CCL-Carnival Cruise Lines financed (USD 50 million) the construction of "Grand Turk Cruise Center" (dock and terminal) that currently has capacity to handle 3 liners simultaneously. Among the most-booked cruise shore excursions are bus tours (to historical sites), horseback riding, ATVs, water sports activities, fishing boat excursions.

Turks and Caicos are a British Crown Colony (self-governing status, like Bermuda) with total population around 8,000. Most are sand-fringed and flat isles, with desert-like terrain (scrub growth), have salt ponds, others have limestone cliffs.

Almost all of the Grand Turk's residents are in the waterfront capital Cockburn Town. This small settlement features traditional Indian wood-with-shutters and stucco-style buildings. Also here is the miles-long Governor's Beach. The 1840s-built Guinep Lodge houses the Turks and Caicos National Museum, displaying the Molasses Reef Wreck (Europe's oldest ship found in the New World). There are also exhibits on the salt industry, Loyalist Plantation Period, Taino Arawaks (the island's pre-Columbian inhabitants).

The UK's Turks and Caicos territory is sized approx 166 mi2 (430 km2), and the ocean territory is around 5000 mi2 (12950 km2). These islands are less than 30 mi (48 km) southeast of The Bahamas (another UK dependency) and approx 130 mi (210 km) north of Hispaniola Island's coast (occupied by Dominicana and Haiti) in the Greater Antilles.

After 21 months of hiatus due to the Coronavirus crisis, Grand Turk received its first cruise ship on December 15, 2021 - Carnival Freedom (CCL-Carnival Cruise Lines).

Grand Turk Island cruise terminal

Cruise ships to Grand Turk Island dock at a 3-berth pier (Grand Turk Cruise Center) located south of Cockburn Town.

Cockburn Town (Grand Turk Island)

The island's cruise terminal (Grand Turk Cruise Center) is a beachfront facility located in a beautifully landscaped area sized approx 75,850 m2 (784,100 ft2). The terminal's location offers a safe approach for cruise ships and berthing the whole year-round. The distance from the docking pier to the terminal is approx 120 m (390 ft).

Grand Turk cruise ship terminal

The cruise terminal complex offers as amenities swimming (in the ocean waters or its large swimming pool), strolling along the beach, relaxing in the complimentary chaise loungers (on the beach and around the swimming pool), renting private cabanas (poolside), renting clam shell shades (for beach chairs), renting snorkeling equipment and floats. All rental services are at the Beach Rental Hut (on the beach). Beachside massages are also offered.

The best snorkeling location is in front of the Beach Rental Hut, with a few cannons and anchors submerged there.

The terminal building houses the Caribbean’s largest "Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville" bar, also a restaurant and a retail shop. A popular dining venue for local food specialties and cocktails is Jack’s Shack. 

The swimming pool is adjacent to the Margaritaville bar. Also here is the surfing simulator "Grand Turk FlowRider". The FlowRider can be booked as a shore excursion (through the cruise company). The facility operates with two high-pressure waves producing a 3-inch layer of water moving at high speed.

At the quieter South Beach is the "Beached Whale Bar & Grill". This signature dining venue's menu features items like Coconut Shrimp, Cracked Conch, Conch Fritters, Seafood Chowder, as well as daily fresh-fish specials.

The terminal's shopping complex includes numerous duty-free shops (luxury jewelry, watches, designer clothing), also locally made merchandise (gifts, souvenirs), food and drink facilities.. The list of represented store brands includes Diamonds International, Tanzanite International, Silver Emporium, Dufry, Colombian Emeralds, Effy, Goodmark, Piranha Joes, Dizzy Donkey, Del Sol, Ron Jon Surf Shop, Joelle & Jake, Indigo Pearls, Goldsmith.

The following map of the cruise port shows all its facilities (including all stores).

Grand Turk cruise port map

Grand Turk Island tours, shore excursions, hotels

City Tours and Shore Excursions

Next are listed the most popular Carnival Cruise Lines tours on Grand Turk, with USD prices per adult:

  • jeep safari ($95)
  • scuba lessons ($120)
  • kayaking ($70)
  • Conch World ($35)
  • buggy ($100)
  • Stingray Encounter ($60)
  • Flow-Rider ($40)
  • history tours (from $30)
  • horsback riding ($100)
  • Cabana rental ($130)
  • sport fishing ($from $120)
  • combo tours - biking-snorkeling ($70), catamaran-snorkeling ($90), bot-snorkeling ($70)

Port Grand Turk Island cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Grand Turk Island, Cockburn Town, Turks and Caicos. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.

DayShipArrivalDeparture
1 January, 2022
Saturday
P&O Cruises Cruises cruise lineAzura
1 January, 2022
Saturday
Carnival Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineCarnival Magic09:0017:00
1 January, 2022
Saturday
Holland America Cruises cruise linems Nieuw Amsterdam10:0019:00
4 January, 2022
Tuesday
Holland America Cruises cruise linems Rotterdam08:0016:00
4 January, 2022
Tuesday
Princess Cruises Cruises cruise lineRegal Princess12:0019:00
5 January, 2022
Wednesday
SeaDream Yacht Club Cruises cruise lineSeaDream II
5 January, 2022
Wednesday
Carnival Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineCarnival Elation09:0017:00
6 January, 2022
Thursday
Carnival Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineCarnival Mardi Gras07:0016:00
7 January, 2022
Friday
Carnival Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineCarnival Freedom09:0017:00
10 January, 2022
Monday
Princess Cruises Cruises cruise lineEmerald Princess07:0014:00
10 January, 2022
Monday
Holland America Cruises cruise linems Nieuw Statendam08:0014:00
11 January, 2022
Tuesday
Carnival Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineCarnival Elation08:0016:00
12 January, 2022
Wednesday
Norwegian Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineNorwegian Gem07:0015:00
12 January, 2022
Wednesday
Carnival Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineCarnival Magic07:0015:00
12 January, 2022
Wednesday
Carnival Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineCarnival Freedom11:0018:00
13 January, 2022
Thursday
Princess Cruises Cruises cruise lineSky Princess07:0017:00
14 January, 2022
Friday
P&O Cruises Cruises cruise lineAzura
14 January, 2022
Friday
Holland America Cruises cruise linems Rotterdam07:0014:00
17 January, 2022
Monday
Carnival Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineCarnival Freedom11:0018:00
18 January, 2022
Tuesday
Carnival Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineCarnival Sunrise08:0016:00
20 January, 2022
Thursday
Carnival Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineCarnival Mardi Gras07:0016:00
20 January, 2022
Thursday
Carnival Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineCarnival Legend08:0016:00
21 January, 2022
Friday
Carnival Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineCarnival Magic09:0017:00
22 January, 2022
Saturday
Norwegian Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineNorwegian Gem07:0015:00
24 January, 2022
Monday
Princess Cruises Cruises cruise lineRegal Princess08:0017:00
24 January, 2022
Monday
Carnival Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineCarnival Elation09:0017:00
25 January, 2022
Tuesday
Holland America Cruises cruise linems Rotterdam07:0018:00
25 January, 2022
Tuesday
Holland America Cruises cruise linems Nieuw Statendam10:0017:00
26 January, 2022
Wednesday
Carnival Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineCarnival Magic11:0018:00
26 January, 2022
Wednesday
Carnival Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineCarnival Freedom11:0018:00
28 January, 2022
Friday
P&O Cruises Cruises cruise lineAzura
29 January, 2022
Saturday
Princess Cruises Cruises cruise lineRegal Princess08:0017:00
31 January, 2022
Monday
Holland America Cruises cruise linems Rotterdam08:0013:00
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