Carnival Cruise Line has confirmed cruise ships will be returning to 4 Caribbean cruise ports hit by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.
Carnival Cruise Line has confirmed cruise ships will soon be returning to Hurricane hit Caribbean destinations including Grand Turk, Puerto Rico, St. Thomas and St. Maarten. The cruise line has been impacted heavily by ship itinerary cancellations and adjustments due to the devastating damage caused by Hurricanes Irmas and Maria in September.
Carnival President Christine Duffy posted a note which detailed the cruise line will return to Grand Turk in less than two weeks, calls to resume to Puerto Rico from November 30 and ships will start calling in St. Thomas and St. Maarten at the beginning of January 2018.
Carnival President Christine Duffy posted:
We’d like to take this opportunity to remind you that our Caribbean destinations are open for business… and they’re looking forward to welcoming folks back to their beautiful islands! We have finalized our schedule of future calls to the few remaining ports that had not yet been added back to our itineraries following the recent hurricanes.
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!
The two category 5 Hurricanes devasted not just Eastern Caribbean destinations but also parts of Florida. These regions are extremely important to the cruise industry with not just Carnival but other major cruise lines affected too.
As services start to open back up and port damage is repaired Carnival Cruise Line can now start to confirm regular itineraries featuring original ports of calls. The cruise destinations are working hard to make sure the passenger experience ashore is the best it can be and services are up and running.
Carnival Cruise Line is also actively helping in recovery efforts with ships delivering urgent aid to Hurricane hit destinations and Carnival Fascination being used by FEMA to house Hurricane relief workers in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Miami-based cruise line is also donating Millions to those in need affected by the Hurricanes.