Clifford Graham, president and CEO of the West Indian Co. (WICO) port facilities and Havensight Mall on St. Thomas, was appointed to chair the newly formed US Virgin Islands Hurricane and Resiliency Advisory Group.
Royal Caribbean International set Nov. 10 as the date for its return to St. Thomas for the first time since early September, with Adventure of the Seas.
A new Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association website details how the Caribbean is open for business, and destinations want travelers to return because it helps hurricane recovery.
Three cruise industry leaders plan a joint media briefing to tackle the misperception the entire Caribbean was ravaged by hurricanes and to stress the importance of cruise tourism to economic recovery in the places that were impacted.
Carnival Fascination, which was scheduled to resume cruises from San Juan this Sunday, is instead being chartered to the Federal Emergency Management Agent until mid-February.
The hurricane-battered island of Dominica received millions of dollars worth of construction materials and other items for rebuilding from a Trinidadian businessman, with assistance from the CEO of Carvalho's Agencies, a ship's agent and tour provider.
After visits to Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, Royal Caribbean senior management are 'very encouraged' by the 'speed of recovery and resources,' brand president and CEO Michael Bayley said.
Carnival Fantasy was due to arrive at the Alabama Cruise Terminal at 4 p.m. Monday, following the Port of Mobile's opening after the passage of Hurricane Nate. A daylight navigation restriction is in place.
Carnival Dream made its return to the Port of New Orleans Sunday night following the passage of Hurricane Nate, however the Port of Mobile remained closed pending channel surveys on Monday so Carnival Fantasy is standing by.