There were encouraging words about post-hurricane resilience at the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association's annual conference. But as one audience member asked: How can destinations rebuild better than before if they don't have money?

The Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association has endorsed the United Nations World Tourism Organization’s (UNWTO) global conference to be held in Jamaica next month.

Resilience in the face of natural disasters is becoming a must for long-term success, cruise leaders said at the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association's annual conference.

On Dec. 17 Royal Caribbean International's Grandeur of the Seas is scheduled to become the first cruise ship to call at St. Maarten since Hurricane Irma, apart from a humanitarian relief mission by Majesty of the Seas last month.

IMO secretary-general Kitack Lim has been moved to issue a statement reiterating that the International Maritime Organization is a transparent and inclusive body, which has been working for decades to reduce harmful air emissions from ships.

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.

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