With the Port of Mobile and the mouth of the Mississippi River closed due to Nate—expected to become a Category 2 hurricane by the time it makes landfall on the US Gulf Coast—Carnival Fantasy and Carnival Dream's schedules are impacted.
Work is full tilt at Carnival Corp. & plc's Grand Turk Cruise Center to restore the destination to receive ships in November.
The Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association has committed to a multifaceted million-dollar campaign to get the word out that the majority of Caribbean destinations are operating normally, unhindered by hurricanes Irma and Maria, and ready to welcome visitors.
Scanship entered into a contract with STX France to deliver its environmental technology to another world's largest cruise ship, Royal Caribbean International's fifth Oasis-class vessel.
Adventure of the Seas arrived at Port Everglades Tuesday, carrying approximately 3,800 hurricane evacuees from Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.
From helping coordinate ships to pick up evacuees and deliver urgently needed supplies to purchasing sleeping pods and semi-permanent structures for housing and schools, and more, the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association is actively engaged in hurricane recovery.
The British Virgin Islands got a double-punch from hurricanes Irma and Maria but Mark Vanterpool, minister of communications and works, indicated the cruise pier and Tortola Pier Park sustained minimal damage.
The US Virgin Islands tourism commissioner has formally thanked Royal Caribbean International, Norwegian Cruise Line and the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association for helping with post-hurricane evacuations and humanitarian and relief missions.
Hurricane redeployments are pushing up numbers at Caribbean destinations that weren't badly impacted. Already busy places like Antigua, Martinique and Jamaica, to name just three, have added nearly 360 calls from a wide range of cruise lines.
Cruise lines are anxious to resume visits to the US Virgin Islands, Gov. Kenneth Mapp told members of the business community at a meeting in St. Thomas.