Grand Turk Cruise Center, one of the Caribbean’s newest cruise destinations, has announced an increase in both the number of ship calls as well as the opening of additional retail stores in 2008.

In addition to vendors selling local crafts and souvenirs, the facility also features such recognizable names as Margaritaville, Little Switzerland, Ron Jon Surf Shop, Bruno Fine Art, Goodmark Jewelers and the cruise center’s anchor retail tenant, duty-free giant, Dufry.

Officials at the Grand Turk Cruise Center expect more than 200 cruise ship calls accounting for 400,000 passengers in 2008, up from 180 calls and 380,000 passengers last year.

Located on 13 acres of pristine beachfront property on Grand Turk, in the Turks & Caicos Islands, the Grand Turk Cruise Center boasts more than 40 retail shops encompassing 40,000 square feet of retail space featuring many world-renowned brand names in watches, jewelry, and clothing.

Francisco Morales of A&G Grand Turk Ltd, which operates the Ron Jon Surf Shop and Piranha Joe’s at the Grand Turk Cruise Center, commented, “We are expecting a record-breaking year at our outlets within Grand Turk Cruise Center and are delighted that we will be able to offer visitors an even greater diversity of retail items.”

Watch brands such as Rolex, Breitling and Movado, and jewelry by designers such as David Yurman, Robert Coin and Cabana are featured in selected stores. Clothing by Tommy Bahama, Quicksilver and Piranha Joe’s along with fine art by names such as Frank Meisler, David Gerstein, Abecassis, Miro, Picasso and others can also be found in the specialty shops at the cruise center.