Following recent storms and weather patterns, many people are concerned that their one family holiday might be any less special. The simple answer is that it will still be fantastic, we have just come back and the sun is out and the people are smiling and happy to see the cruise passengers flocking back. Our tour on Azura A732 went without a problem, so much so that the pre Caribbean give-away deals have vanished and now two weeks will start around £1200 – but that is still a bargain. Add that to us showing you beach deals for just dollars, then it is a cheap holiday. Check all your destinations here to see the money saving ways to visit the islands.

STORM UPDATES

TORTOLA – “The BVI is a resilient destination with a community of friendly, smiling faces. Given the recent impact of Hurricane Irma to the Territory, the Government of the Virgin Islands and the Community has rallied together, dedicated to restoring the BVI to the stellar tourist destination that many visitors have grown to know and love through the indulgence of our powder white sand beaches, turquoise seas and natural beauty. We recognize the importance of the cruise industry to our economy and its many stakeholders and we remain committed to its development. We take this opportunity to thank the FCCA and member lines for their unwavering support. I am therefore pleased to advise that our award-winning port Tortola Pier Park will reopen on November 1st, and the wider destination is well on its way to be open and ready to receive our valued visitors boasting all of our beautiful assets that showcase the best of the Caribbean.”

–Mark Vanterpool
Minister of Communication and Works, British Virgin Islands

Here is a quote from a local businessman, 6th Nov 2017 – “Yesterday marked 1 month since “Irmageddon” hit our beloved BVI. I had the pleasure of being there yesterday to deliver more supplies and check in on my own employees and friends. They are all doing very well! What strong people!
Also, I went so that I could attend a VG meeting by the Tourism Board with the Premier. We had a chance to hear what the BVI anticipates for our tourism sector as well as what they will do to assist our businesses in the rebuilding phase.”

Tortola film and page

CARNIVAL STATEMENT (20th Oct) – We will be resuming visits to Grand Turk in less than two weeks, calls in San Juan on November 30 and visits to St. Thomas and St. Maarten at the beginning of January. I hope you are as excited as we are at this great news! The Caribbean continues to be the cruise industry’s most popular cruising region and we here at Carnival, along with our destination partners, greatly value your business and look forward to providing you with a truly memorable and exceptional vacation experience. I would also like to take this opportunity to assure you that, while the Caribbean region recovers from the hurricanes, Carnival is continuing to provide support to our friends and partners impacted by the storms. Over the past many weeks, we have provided deliveries of supplies to different Caribbean islands. We have also been fundraising and, in total, the Carnival Corporation family has committed $12.5 million to hurricane relief. And just recently we chartered the Carnival Fascination to FEMA to house relief workers in St. Croix.

We look forward to welcoming you aboard soon! 

Sincerely, Christine Duffy. President, Carnival Cruise Line

St MAARTEN –  The government of Port St. Maarten are very proud to announce to the world that Port St. Maarten is open for business. Port St. Maarten, like the people of St. Maarten, is resilient in the face of natural disasters like hurricanes Irma and Maria. 2017 has put our capabilities and resilience to the test and we intend to pass this test with flying colours. St. Maarten is a successful cruise destination because we‘ve listened to the cruise lines and we understand the business. Key to this business is the experience of our visitors who are very important to us. We have worked around the clock to ensure a great experience as we welcome you back to the Friendly island. Our port facilities have been the catalyst for the improvement and development of different areas of the island. We hope that potential cruisers will join us in forging a prosperous future by gracing our shores with their presence. We will build…back…better. The friendly island awaits you.

–Mellissa Arrindell-Doncher
Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Traffic and Telecommunication, St. Maarten

St Maarten film and page

Anguilla – An island which can be visited as a tour from St Marrten; The Clayton J. Lloyd International Airport (AXA) is open from sunrise to sunset for charters and emergency flights. The Road Bay Port at Sandy Ground is open to receive cargo. Aid from the United Kingdom in the form of food, water, medical supplies and technical support has been arriving. You will find you may be able to get there, but this is an island still recovering.

St Kitts – is most definitely open, we have just been there ourselves and cruise passengers are unaffected. We walked round the back streets of the town and some residents were mending fences that had come down, but there were many shacks still standing that must have defied science when the winds hit. They had mostly rain.

St Kitts film and page

The fish are swarming in St Vincent – see here – ChiChi fishing, filmed Nov 2017 

The short answer is that ships where possible avoid bad weather or putting their passengers to any discomfort and few ports are now off limits. In brief most of the ports you will stop at will be unaffected or have been repaired. Officials from the cruise operators are working with the islands to see how they can get back to the affected ones. Some of the islands that are being used like Guadeloupe need a look at to plan, because you may well need to find a beach or a tour, the port is not a wonderful attraction.

St Thomas and St John are badly hit as are Anguilla. Puerto Rico and parts of Cuba were hit hard. Cruise ports will be closed where the countries still have no water and electricity, or where roads have disrupted supplies such as food. To see devastation we filmed first hand, see the film we made in Fiji just a few years ago and you will understand (below).

For example Britannia Christmas Cruise has a slight alteration and is avoiding St Maarten.  Whilst TUI ships have been using Jamaica as a replacement and shifting schedules, the Azura used Martinique and Guadeloupe. However, these arrangements were made and set and from 2018 I feel St Maarten, a firm cruise favourite, will be back.

So if you are travelling to the Caribbean, have fun and support where you can though we are sure you will not be at the ports that have been hit for a while yet. Our films on Caribbean destination ports are broken into three groups.

  • The north from Charlestown down, Florida ports and Cuba – menu
  • The Caribbean Islands – main area.
  • ABC Islands, South Caribbean & the west, Mexico and other main land – menu.

Have a look around because now is the time to get a great deal there and maybe help by spending some money that they will use to rebuild.

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Our thoughts and good wishes go out to the islands where people are trying to rebuild, we were in Fiji when the worst cyclone in history hit and the people were amazing. See here.

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