A message of solidarity, recovery and resilience rang through at Tuesday's opening session of the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association's annual conference. Mérida, Mexico, is hosting the event this week.

Peter Thomson, Fiji Ambassador and the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean, has stressed the urgent need to address the adverse effects of human activity on the 70% of the world’s surface made up of water, in a visit to the IMO.

Carnival Cruise Line plans to resume calls to San Juan on Nov. 30 with Carnival Conquest and visits to St. Thomas Jan. 9 with Carnival Glory and St. Maarten Jan. 15 with Carnival Sunshine, president Christine Duffy said.

As hurricane recovery continues in the US Virgin Islands, Gov. Kenneth Mapp on Friday said 25 cruise ship calls are expected at St. Thomas in November.

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.

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