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.

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.

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.

Cruise Broome chairman Shayne Murray expects a A$7m dredging project at Port of Broome in Western Australia to be completed before next year’s annual conference of the Australian Cruise Association.

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.

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