GEORGE TOWN, Grand Cayman -- Continental Airlines' new service from
Houston to Grand Cayman, effective May 2, will coincide with the
launch of the destination's quincentennial celebrations, marking
500 years of recorded history and culture.
The new service will depart Houston on Wednesdays, Fridays,
Saturdays and Sundays at 1:15 p.m., arriving in Grand Cayman at
4:40 p.m. The return flights depart Grand Cayman at 4:40 p.m.,
arriving Houston at 7:30 p.m. The carrier also offers daily service
between Newark and Grand Cayman.
The quincentennial celebrations are a year-long series of
events, festivities and projects. For a full calendar of events,
The following is a sampling of events through November:
• May 1 to 4, Batabano Carnival 2003. Events include a
Minister's Carnival Ball & Fete at Pedro St. James Castle on
May 1, a Soca Fete on May 2 and a Cayman Carnival costume parade,
street dance and soca song finals on May 3.
• May 8, launch of the Maritime Heritage Trail at the National
• May 9 to 11, Seafarer's Festival. Events include Old Salts'
Tales, Tall Ships and displays of catboats and classic yachts.
• May 10, unveiling of the Wall of History. The project
celebrates the political, historical and cultural contributions of
various Caymanians. The Cayman Islands Turtle Farm on Grand Cayman
also will reopen May 10.
• June 27 and 28, Cayman International Festival. The event will
highlight the music, food and art of the 94 nationalities residing
in the islands.
• July 19, Cayman 500 Street Bazaar. Local crafts, food and
entertainment take place in George Town.
• Aug. 7, Cayman Airways' 35th anniversary.
• Sept. 24, quincentennial commemorative coins are unveiled.
• Oct. 24 to Nov. 2, Pirates Week Festival in George Town.
• Nov. 10, opening and dedication of Quincentennial Square in
George Town and the debut of the Cayman Maritime History Exhibit at
the National Museum in George Town.