Published on : Tuesday, October 24, 2017
While Royal Caribbean Cruise Line is continuing its stops at the still-recovering destinations which were greatly affected by the Hurricane Irma and Maria next month, Carnival Cruise president Christine Duffy said the cruise line would wait until early 2018 to restart calls.
In a letter to customers Carnival’s Duffy set “the beginning of January” as a time frame for a return to St. Thomas and St. Maarten.
She also set a hard date of November 30,2017, for the line’s recommencement of calls at the hurricane-affected cruise ports of San Juan, Puerto Rico and said calls at Grand Turk would resume in less than two weeks.
Hurricane Irma has deeply caused an extensive damage across St. Thomas and St. Maarten in early September.
St. Thomas also was affected by Hurricane Maria, which hit the island later in September and also devastated Puerto Rico and Grand Turk, killing many inhabitants and isolated from the tourists.
U.S. Virgin Islands governor Kenneth Mapp on Friday said that St. Thomas was preparing for as many as 25 cruise ship calls in November.
It will start with the arrival of Royal Caribbean’s Adventure of the Seas on November 10.
The civil government of the U.S. Virgin Islands has been racing to reinstate the top tourist areas, which are deeply ravaged by the Category 5 Hurricane- Maria and Irma, killing many people and devastating all the contacts and making solitary from the tourist, so it can reopen to visitors.
The tourism is highly affected in these hurricane affected regions and the government is eager to open its economical lines, as the tourism is the primary mode of economy of this region.
The Virgin Islands’ economy and its livelihoods of thousands of Virgin Islands residents are deeply and strongly reliant on a quick return of visitors.