Last week Hurricane Irma smashed through the Western Caribbean Cruise Ship Routes, very likely changing the Cruise industry in that area for a long time.
It is unknown how long it will take for some of the major Western Caribbean cruise port to reopen. At this time four of the major cruise ports in the Western Caribbean have taken severe damage and will not be open in the foreseeable future.
St. Maarten/ St. Martin suffered severe damage on both the French and Dutch sides of the Island and will not be able to support regular cruise ship traffic in the foreseeable future. Royal Caribbean’s Adventure of the Seas was able to tie up to the dock in St. Martin to help evacuate 320 individuals that had been stranded since the storm. The Island is split into two separate countries and each side of the Island has a Cruise Port. At this time the Port on the Dutch side of the island, St. Maarten, and the port on the French side, St. Martin, are both closed and there is no indication they will be able to open and again support tourism in the foreseeable future.
In the British Virgin Islands the major cruise port in Tortola is closed. The damage inflicted by Irma was massive and at this time there is no announced date when the port will again open.
The major Cruise Port of St. Thomas that regularly could have as many as six large cruise ships on it’s dock on any given day is also indefinitely closed do to damage. Both Norwegian and Royal Caribbean have been able to dock in St. Thomas on humanitarian missions to take supplies to hurricane victims and evacuate individuals back to San Juan where they were able to catch flight home.
The smaller port of St. John is also closed indefinitely. The ferry from St. John to St. Thomas is operating and giving the people stranded on St. John the opportunity to evacuate from St. John via St. Thomas.
The Western Caribbean ports of St. Barts and Barbuda are also closed indefinitely.
Keep your chins up Geezers. The devastation of Irma ripped across the paradise of the Western Caribbean but the amazing news is that they will recover.
With humanitarian heroes like Royal Caribbean and Norwegian using their resources to ease the suffering caused by Irma hope is dawning and with hope will come recovery.
These island paradises will come back and recover but for now individuals who have booked cruises to the Western Caribbean will be seeing major changes in their itinerary. As a general rule the cruise lines have the right under their contracts with their passengers to change an itinerary, so cruisers who are unhappy with the changes will probably have to settle for the cruise lines new itinerary.
The damage Irma caused to these key tourist destinations will also have a devastating effect on the hotel and resort industry in these locations, so if you had plans to visit any of the areas that were effected by Irma you should contact lodging provider and see if the damage caused by Irma is a factor in you travel plans.
The best source of up to date information on existing cruises will be the cruise lines themselves, but an excellent resource for general information on how Irma is impacting cruising, in the impacted areas, is the website at Cruisecritic.com .
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