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(Photos: Carnival Cruise Line)
Scenes from Carnival Ecstasy's Nov. 1 call, the first post-hurricanes cruise ship visit

Cruise calls resume at Grand Turk

Grand Turk Cruise Center officially reopened Wednesday with a visit from Carnival Ecstasy, part of the ship’s seven-day voyage from Charleston.

The Turks and Caicos Islands sustained a one-two punch from hurricanes Irma and Maria, and Grand Turk was among the hard-hit destinations. However, as reported earlier, the pier was spared, according to a Carnival Corp. & plc official, and work waged on 24/7 to restore landside facilities and tours.

Festivities for the first ship back included an on-board reception with Carnival Ecstasy’s officers, executives from Carnival Corp. & plc and port and government officials.

During Carnival Ecstasy’s day-long stop, passengers were able to use Grand Turk Cruise Center's shopping and dining facilities, beach and pool. Various shore excursions were available, too.

Grand Turk is also home to Splashdown Grand Turk, an exhibit commemorating NASA's Mercury space program and the historic 1962 splashdown of the Friendship 7 capsule off the coast of Grand Turk.

Carnival Ecstasy's visit was the first of dozens of post-hurricane calls going forward.

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