Do you ever wonder where the crew goes when your ship docks in port? A cruise ship’s crew has the liberty of visiting exotic locations over and over again on multiple sailings while fulfilling their cruise contact.
Hashtag Dream Job.
On my last cruise aboard the Carnival Liberty I found out exactly where the crew spends the day when docked in Grand Turk in the British West Indies… Jack’s Shack!
The photo below was taken from the dock as we debarked our Carnival Cruise ship and headed into the 45,000 square foot shopping center. Lots of crystal clear blue water, white sand and rows and rows of complementary beach chairs line the water right here in front of Margaritaville. It’s a perfect place to waste away the day.
Could there be something better? Perhaps a little more out of the way and less crowded…
The beach closest to the Grand Turk Cruise Center is pretty, but as you’ll notice in the photo above, once you get out into the water it’s fairly rocky. If you have a mask and snorkel the rocks make for a fantastic place to see underwater sea life. If your plans include cocktails, smooth sand and a few less people make the 500 meter walk down the beach to the place where the cruise staff goes…
Leave all this behind you…
and exchange it for this…
The beach at Jack’s Shack is rock free!
Grab a lounge chair and beach umbrella and enjoy the complementary internet access. Join in a game of volleyball or peruse the dive shop. Jack’s Shack has showers, restrooms, storage lockers and a super friendly local staff. Especially the bartenders!
This local joint is run by Jack and Janet. They met while Jack was building the Grad Turk Cruise Center and after the project wrapped up…they never left the island. You can find them taking care of patrons any day that a Carnival Cruise ship is in port. It’s truly a family affair here, you can even spot the couple’s pup doggie-paddling along the shore and playing with guests.
You may be wondering…how do I get to Jack’s Shack? Well…the best way is to book a Carnival Cruise. You can see a schedule of Carnival Cruise ships docking in the port of Grand Turk here and you can book your carnival cruise at Carnival.com or by calling 1-800-764-7419.
You know where to find me the next time I’m in Grand Turk! See you there!
500 meters North of the Cruise Center in Grand Turk
Turks and Caicos Islands
British West Indies
Jack 649 232-0099
Janet 649 244-9309
Special thanks goes out to Carnival Cruise Lines for hosting me and my family on this cruise vacation. I was not required to write this post and all opinions are my own.