St. Kitts spared heavy damage, Port Zante is OK

The cruise pier at Port Zante, pictured in this file photo, is ready to receive Carnival Fascination and Adventure of the Seas The cruise pier at Port Zante, pictured in this file photo, is ready to receive Carnival Fascination and Adventure of the Seas

According to an initial assessment, once again St. Kitts has escaped major damage from a powerful hurricane after Maria passed south of the island on Tuesday afternoon.

Normal tourism operations have resumed, and the Port Zante pier did not sustain damage, according to an official tourism communique.

Carnival Fascination and Royal Caribbean's Adventure of the Seas had been scheduled to dock Sept. 23, however plans have changed for those ships due to the continued closure of the port of San Juan, Puerto Rico.

All hotels in St. Kitts are fully operational and those properties that do not engage in regular seasonal closures are open and servicing guests.

Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport reopened and began handling flights on Wednesday.

The Park Hyatt remains on track to debut in November.

'We continue to extend our thoughts and prayers to our Caribbean brothers and sisters in those islands which took a direct hit from Maria and to everyone who has been or will be impacted by the storm,' the communique added. 'Our sincere thanks to those who have kept St. Kitts & Nevis in their hearts and prayers.'

Following Hurricane Irma, St. Kitts partnered with Carnival Cruise Line to assist in delivering humanitarian relief supplies to nearby St. Maarten, which was severely impacted. 

Posted 22 September 2017

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Anne Kalosh

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