Royal Caribbean has announced that its returning to Hurricane hit St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The cruise line will be making a come back to St. Thomas with Adventure of the Seas being the first in the fleet to call at the Caribbean island. The ship will stop at the Hurricane hit island on November 10th. The cruise line has worked closely with local authorities and will also be helping in restoring the hugely popular Magens Bay beach which will also open on the same day.
Michael Bayley, President and CEO, Royal Caribbean International, said:
“We are very excited to get back home to our friends in St. Thomas. The Caribbean is our family, having cruised there for nearly 50 years, and the long-standing relationships created in all this time are unwavering. We are committed to doing everything we can to help and proud to support the restoration of the iconic Magens Bay.”
Many services, shops, bars and restaurants are now ready for business so the passenger shore experience is all set to get in full swing very soon. With the 3,100 passenger Adventure of the Seas calling at the island this will open the gates for further cruise ships which will help get St. Thomas back to business and grow the economy.
The cruise line has also announced that ships are expected to return to other Hurricane hit islands of Puerto Rico and St. Maarten by the end of November. All cruise ships are expected to make regular calls to all three islands by December 1.
The sooner cruise ships get back to regular sailings the better for local recovery efforts. Since Hurricane Irma and Maria hit these popular cruise destinations in September residents have needed urgent aid and we do cruise lines will continue to bring it in.