Ships tendering in the Caymans. (photo: Sergio Ferreira)The Cayman Islands will welcome 593 calls and nearly 1.7 million cruise passengers in 2015, according to Joseph Woods, manager of cruise operations and security for the port authority.

First time callers this year nclude the Anthem of the Seas, Norwegian Getaway, AIDAmar and Celebrity Reflection.

A pier project long talked about is still in assessment stages, said Woods.