Panama broke ground Wednesday for its $166m cruise terminal at Panama City's Amador Causeway, near the Pacific entrance to the Panama Canal.

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.

Panama President Juan Carlos Varela Rodríguez is expected to be on hand at Wednesday's groundbreaking ceremony for the new Amador Cruise Terminal.

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.

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.

Peter Collins’ reference group appointed by New South Wales Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey to tackle Sydney’s cruise ship berthing crisis has recommended the Royal Australian Navy share a revamped Garden Island with cruise ship operators.

The importance of this year's Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association Conference & Trade Show rises to an even higher level as the region recovers from hurricanes and earthquakes.

The US Coast Guard captain of the port has removed transit restrictions for ships calling at San Juan, Puerto Rico, and, in the US Virgin Islands, Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas.

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.

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