One year after devastating hurricanes, the Caribbean is 'back to business as usual,' cruise line leaders said Thursday.
As the British Virgin Islands head into their first cruise season following last year's devastating hurricanes, Mark Vanterpool, minister for communications and works, said the territory's visitor attractions are 'pretty much back' and he's hopeful numbers will recover to top half a million passengers.
International cruise calls are back on track at Hong Kong after the territory was battered by the worst storm of the year on Sunday with gusts of up to 160 mph/ 257 km/h reported.
Dream Cruises’ World Dream will be delaying its Sunday call to Hong Kong's Kai Tak Cruise Terminal as the region braces for Super Typhoon Mangkhut.
Through Hurricane Olivia in the Pacific has weakened into a tropical storm, forecasters at the Central Pacific Hurricane Center are warning that it could still bring 'significantly worse impacts than recent Hurricane Lane. Those impacts could include intense flooding, rainfall, damaging winds and large and dangerous surf.'
Even before Florence bulked up into a potent Category 4 hurricane on Monday, with maximum sustained winds of 140 mph/220 km/h, several cruise ship itineraries were adjusted to avoid large swells affecting Bermuda and portions of the US East Coast.
Exceptional ice conditions forced Ponant's Le Boréal and Le Soléal to abandon their Northwest Passage expeditions.
Cruise ships that had Japanese ports on their agenda steered clear of the typhoon which hit west Japan and the earthquake-stricken island of Hokkaido.
Numerous examples of the passenger shipping industry’s role as an environmental pioneer were provided at that the concluding session of the gmec (global maritime environmental congress) conference co-organised by SMM and Seatrade, in Hamburg yesterday.