Published on : Monday, September 11, 2017
While Hurricane Irma has been checking the tendency of cruise ships from enjoying trips around Florida and the Caribbean, large cruise vessels are setting sail with an aim to assist passengers left in agony on account of the fatal storm.
The storm had hit St. Maarten, Barbuda, U.S. Virgin Islands and few other Caribbean islands fiercely late last week.
The destruction has been disastrous since many deaths have been reported and a large number of people have been left stranded in the absence of water, food and other necessary resources. In response, cruise ships are heading to the hard-hit regions.
The Adventure of the Sea ship belonging to Royal Caribbean fleet would be stopping in St. Maarten on Sunday.
And, Majesty of the Seas would also be heading to the U.S. Virgin Islands and St. Maarten to usher in some supplies and take evacuees from St. Maarten to the other safer lands. Two other cruise ships are standing by for any kind of assistance that might be required in Tampa and Key West after the storm had made landfall in southern Florida on Sunday morning.
Over 200 stranded travellers in St. Maarten are expected to be picked up by an empty boat, as confirmed by the Majesty of the Seas, reported by a leading news media agency of the US.
Moreover, more than 1,500 travellers would be getting another Royal Caribbean cruise ship that would be reaching St. Thomas by Monday evening.
Earlier on Sunday, Norwegian Cruise Line had announced that their cruise vessel Norwegian Sky was travelling to the U.S. Virgin Islands to drop off the supplies. More than 2,000 tourists would get picked up on the giant ship.
Both cruise lines have cancelled many trips prior to Hurricane Irma and altered course away from stormy waters.
More cruises like Majesty of the Seas Bahamas and Empress of the Sea Cuba cruise scheduled to leave this week have been cancelled to come to the aide of the islands and communities devastated by the calamity.