Giant Humpback Whales Greet Visitors to Grand Turk Cruise Center

by Joyce Oliva
Giant Humpback Whales Greet Visitors to Grand Turk Cruise Center

Visitors to the Grand Turk Cruise Center (GTCC) are greeted by a whale of a sculpture – a pair of humpback whales that is, which are perched at the shoreline of the facility’s 800-foot-long private beach.

Created by California-based Storyland Studios, the massive 12-foot-high by 38-foot-long sculpture depicts two whales “breaching” through the powdery white sand, providing a playful backdrop as guests relax on the beach or frolic in the soothing aquamarine waters.   Adjacent to the sculpture is signage that offers a variety of interesting whale facts, along with photos of these majestic and mysterious creatures.

The sculpture is the latest addition to the facility which recently debuted a series of murals celebrating the historic 1962 splashdown of the Mercury Friendship 7 capsule off the island’s coast, part of the GTCC’s free Splashdown Grand Turk attraction.

Opened by Carnival Corporation & plc in 2006, the Grand Turk Cruise Center serves as a gateway to this unique destination and encompasses a state-of-the-art pier and an 18-acre complex offering a variety of shops and restaurants. The 2012 cruise season will include 285 ship calls bringing 675,000 visitors to the island.