The Grand Turk Cruise Center is a 13 acre complex located on the southern end of Grand Turk. Carnival Cruise Lines opened this $50 million facility in 2006 and the site sees about three ocean liners a week. On location are many small jewelry and souvenir shops, restaurants, a spa, an internet café and the largest Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville in the Caribbean.
The highlight of the complex is the huge lagoon-like swimming pool. Private pool-side cabanas with waiter service can be rented, but be sure to reserve yours early, as availability is limited. The Cruise Center is located on the beautiful Governor's Beach. One third of a mile down the beach is the southwest point of Grand Turk, where good snorkeling and the beginning of secluded South Beach can be found. Lounge Chairs are provided on the beach free of charge. Peaceful walks can be had on the beach for miles in both directions from the Cruise Center.
An exciting new addition to the Cruise Center is the FlowRider. Water is jetted over a pre-formed cushioned surface to create an artificial surfing attraction. Both stand-up surfing and body-boarding are possible. Many off-site attractions are offered by the Cruise Center to guests, such as horseback riding, dune buggies, tours and excursions. Bookings must be made through the cruise lines.
Immigration and Customs are handled by your cruise agent. Immigration and Customs personnel are present on site, and you may be selected for a secondary inspection. To obtain a stamp in your passport, you must notify your cruise agent during clearance, or visit the Immigration Department located in Cockburn Town.
Transportation to other sites of interest on Grand Turk is available right outside the Cruise Center. Ride the Cruise Center's bus service, take a taxi, or rent a car, scooter or golf-cart and explore on your own. Experience the historical colonial buildings and the Turks and Caicos National Museum in Cockburn Town, the capital of the Turks and Caicos Islands. Also to be seen is the old 1852 Lighthouse.
There is a wide range of tourist shops at the cruise center. Many of these are international brands, although there are a few local shops (usually not in the prime locations).
Prices are similar to other Caribbean destinations, and the souvenirs and trinkets are all the same typical mass-produced objects (usually from China).
Note: Despite the Turks and Caicos Islands being a British Overseas Territory, the spelling of this complex is 'center' and not 'centre' as in British English.