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.

The A$193m Channel Capacity Upgrade will be the first work to start under the A$1.6bn 30-year Townsville Port Expansion Project which has received approval from the Queensland coordinator-general.

Following the double blow dealt by hurricanes Irma and Maria, the international yachting community has shown its willingness to mobilize a massive relief effort to distribute essential services and goods to Barbuda and Dominica.

As a result of hurricane impacts on Caribbean destinations MSC Cruises revised its itineraries further out than other lines, with some changes announced for sailings as far away as March.

Given the impact of Hurricane Maria on Puerto Rico, Royal Caribbean International decided to cancel Adventure of the Seas' Sept. 30 cruise from San Juan, which had been tentative.

'The Caribbean is open for business and going strong,' Arnold Donald, president and CEO of Carnival Corp. & plc, stressed to the financial community on Tuesday.

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings has partnered with All Hands Volunteers, a leading disaster relief organization powered by volunteers, and set a goal to raise $2.5m for the 'Hope Starts Here' hurricane relief program.

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