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Thought this may be useful for anyone travelling to the Caribbean imminently

OPEN AT THIS TIME

Bahamas

Cruise Ports: Nassau; Freeport

A hurricane warning for Maria is in effect for the southeastern Bahamas as of September 20.

The Port of Nassau, and other ports around The Bahamas, are open.

Bahamasair resumed service into the United States on September 12 at Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport, Orlando International Airport and Miami International Airport. While airlines are operating international flights out of Grand Bahama International Airport, U.S. customs and border pre-clearance is currently unavailable and will be reinstated at a later date. Out Islands International service has resumed from Exuma International Airport in The Exumas and Marsh Harbour Airport in The Abacos.

Nassau and Paradise Island hotels received no damage from Irma. The majority of hotel and resorts throughout The Islands of The Bahamas are operating as usual or are expected to reopen on their regularly scheduled dates.

Great Stirrup Cay: According to a statement from Norwegian Cruise Line, Great Stirrup Cay was unaffected by Hurricane Irma and is receiving cruise ships.

Castaway Cay: Disney's private island is currently open.

CocoCay: Also known as Little Strirrup Cay, Royal Caribbean's private island in the Bahamas is currently open.


St. Kitts

Cruise Port: Basseterre

The port of Basseterre was one of the first cruise ports to re-open following Hurricane Irma; Carnival Fascination called on September 8. St. Kitts & Nevis sustained minimal damage from Irma overall, and St. Kitts' Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport is open.


Nevis

Cruise Port: Charlestown

The port in Charlestown and Nevis' Vance W. Amory International Airport are currently open.


Barbados

Cruise Port: Bridgetown

The Port of Bridgetown is open at this time. Calls from Carnival Fascination began on September 13.


Antigua

Cruise Port: St. John's

Antigua escaped much of the damage caused by Hurricane Irma. The next scheduled call on St. John's was Royal Caribbean's Adventure of the Seas on September 19, which has since been diverted to Aruba due to Hurricane Maria.

Antigua's V.C. Bird International Airport opened for all flights on Thursday, September 7. Unfortunately, sister island Barbuda was severely impacted by the storm.


Haiti

Cruise Port: Labadee

Haiti was relatively unscathed by Irma. All services remain in operation and the country continues to welcome visitors. Royal Caribbean's Harmony of the Seas called on Labadee, Royal's private island, on September 14.

 

Cuba

Cruise Ports: Havana; Cienfuegos; Santiago de Cuba

According to a statement from Norwegian Cruise Line, "We have received confirmation that the port facilities in Havana were not impacted by the storm and our tour operators are ready to receive cruise guests." Norwegian Sky's four-day cruise to Cuba departing on September 18 sailed as scheduled. Hurricane Irma passed over the northern portion of Cuba, and it was been reported that Havana experienced major flooding, with widespread power outages and wind damage. Both Delta and JetBlue have resumed flights to Havana.


Martinique

Cruise Port: Fort de France

Hurricane Maria passed over Martinique on September 18. The Martinique Aime Cesaire International Airport is now open, with ports scheduled to re-open September 20.


OPENING SOON

The Florida Keys

Cruise Ports: Key West

The Florida Keys sustained serious damage and flooding as a result of Hurricane Irma, but it seems to be recovering sooner than expected.

Originally, Key West officials had stated that the port would be open for tourism by October 20. But on September 21, Royal Caribbean announced that Empress of the Seas would be returning to Key West on September 24.

Cruise Critic is awaiting word from Royal Caribbean and Key West if services and excursions available for cruise passengers will be limited or altered.

CLOSED

Puerto Rico

Cruise Port: San Juan

Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico as a Category 4 storm on September 20 with winds of up to 155 mph. By mid-day, the storm downgraded to a Category 3 with wind speeds of 115 mph, but not before knocking out power to the entire island. Puerto Rico's governor has declared a state of emergency and ordered a number of evacuations for parts of the U.S. territory.

The San Juan airport shut down at 7 p.m. September 19, ahead of the storm; it will remain closed until at least Friday because of flooding and debris, according to an NBC News report.

After Irma, the Port of San Juan started receiving ships on September 9. Royal Caribbean's Adventure of the Seas and Carnival Fascination, the two ships that homeport in San Juan, sailed on September 9 and September 10, respectively. The island had also served as a staging ground for evacuees from other islands affected by Hurricane Irma.


Dominican Republic

Cruise Port: Amber Cove; La Romana; Samana; Santo Domingo

Hurricane Maria ran through the Dominican Republic on the morning of September 21 as a Category 3 storm. Details on damage are still forthcoming.

Carnival Glory had been slated to dock there on September 21; that itinerary has been changed. Ports closed on September 20.

The ports of the Dominican Republic emerged from Irma without major damage. Punta Cana International Airport resumed normal operations and the area's hotel sector is reporting no major damage. Ships began sailing back to Amber Cove shortly after the storm.

Bahamas

Half Moon Cay: In an abundance of caution, Half Moon Cay is being evacuated in preparation for Hurricane Maria.

After Hurricane Irma, Carnival brand ambassador John Heald reported minimal beach erosion and no major damage at the private island.

Princess Cays: Princess Cays, located at the southern end of Eleuthera island, is also being evacuated to prepare for Hurricane Maria, as of September 20.


ASSESSING DAMAGE

U.S. Virgin Islands

Cruise Port: St. Croix

Hurricane Maria made landfall in St. Croix between September 19 and 20. According to a statement from Beverly Nicholson-Doty, the Commissionor of Tourism: "Based on our preliminary assessments and reports, St. Croix experienced serious hurricane winds and was significantly impacted, and heavy rainfall and flooding affected our Territory. Communications are limited and our teams are in the process of making an assessment of damage to our infrastructure."

While fellow U.S. Virgin Islands St. Thomas and St. John were far more impacted by Irma, seaports on St. Croix and the Henry E. Rohlsen Airport on St. Croix quickly re-opened. JetBlue resumed operations on the island on September 8, and American Airlines followed on September 12.


Guadeloupe

Cruise Port: Pointe-a-Pitre

Hurricane Maria hit the southern shores of the French island of Guadeloupe on September 18, causing flooding and obstruction of roads from debris. Two people are reported dead. The island's airport is currently closed.

 

Turks & Caicos

Cruise Port: Grand Turk

A hurricane warning is in effect for the Turks & Caicos as of September 20.

Contrary to a previous statement, Carnival's brand ambassador John Heald posted on his Facebook page: "The latest assessments from Grand Turk indicate that the island is going to need a little more time to be ready for cruise guests so [Carnival] will not be sailing there next week after all."

This affects Carnival Magic, Carnival Conquest, Carnival Sensation and Carnival Glory. Magic, Conquest and Glory have replaced Grand Turk's upcoming calls with the line's private port, Amber Cove; Sensation will instead call at Freeport.

Several of the hotel properties on Turks & Caicos were scheduled for annual closure prior to Irma. Some properties have elected to remain closed to assess any damage to their properties and are looking to reopen in the beginning or middle of October.

The Turks and Caicos Islands Airports Authority re-opened Providenciales International Airport for scheduled flights as of 11 a.m. on Monday, September 11.


Anguilla

Cruise Port: Road Bay

The Road Bay Port at Sandy Ground reopened after Irma and is able to receive cargo, but no cruise ship calls are on the schedule until late November.

The Clayton J. Lloyd International Airport is now open from sunrise to sunset for charter and emergency flights. Anguilla Air Services is currently operating into St. Kitts and Antigua, taking persons to connect out of those hubs and also bringing persons into Anguilla.

SEVERELY DAMAGED

Dominica

Cruise Port: Roseau

Hurricane Maria hit Dominica as a Category 5 storm on September 18. The island's Prime Minister said that initial reports were of widespread devastation, with most homes losing roofs from the 160 mph winds. The island is without electricity or running water, however the tarmac at Mellville Hall [Airport] was not too badly damaged, accoridng to a statement, so the strip should be opened in a day or two for larger relief planes to land. The death toll is currently at seven confirmed fatalities and rising.The government of Trinidad & Tobago have offered their assistance and plan to mobilize defense personnel as soon as it's deemed safe. A supply vessel is also being sent.


St. Maarten/St. Martin

Cruise Port: Philipsburg (St. Maarten); Marigot (St. Martin)

Both the Dutch and French sides of the island were severely impacted during Hurricane Irma and are closed to cruise business. On Sunday, September 10, Royal Caribbean's Adventure of the Seas made a humanitarian stop in St. Martin, escorted by the Dutch navy. "We were able to tie up, and we landed much-needed provisions: water, ice, garbage bags, clothing, canned food," Michael Bayley, president and CEO of Royal Caribbean International, said during an interview on Good Morning America. "We were able to evacuate around 320 tourists and local people who needed help and needed to get out of St. Martin...we're taking them on to the ABC islands [Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao], where they'll probably disembark."

Director of tourism for Dutch St. Maarten Rolando Brison reported some visitors were also been evacuated to Montreal, Canada and other locations. The Princess Juliana International Airport re-opened on September 10 to receive flights bringing in relief supplies and to evacuate guests, but no passengers -- including media -- are being allowed in at the moment due to a shortage of staff.

Land-based resorts were severely damaged, including hotel chain Sonesta, which has canceled all reservations on the island through the remainder of 2017.

 

SEVERELY DAMAGED

Dominica

Cruise Port: Roseau

Hurricane Maria hit Dominica as a Category 5 storm on September 18. The island's Prime Minister said that initial reports were of widespread devastation, with most homes losing roofs from the 160 mph winds. The island is without electricity or running water, however the tarmac at Mellville Hall [Airport] was not too badly damaged, accoridng to a statement, so the strip should be opened in a day or two for larger relief planes to land. The death toll is currently at seven confirmed fatalities and rising.The government of Trinidad & Tobago have offered their assistance and plan to mobilize defense personnel as soon as it's deemed safe. A supply vessel is also being sent.


St. Maarten/St. Martin

Cruise Port: Philipsburg (St. Maarten); Marigot (St. Martin)

Both the Dutch and French sides of the island were severely impacted during Hurricane Irma and are closed to cruise business. On Sunday, September 10, Royal Caribbean's Adventure of the Seas made a humanitarian stop in St. Martin, escorted by the Dutch navy. "We were able to tie up, and we landed much-needed provisions: water, ice, garbage bags, clothing, canned food," Michael Bayley, president and CEO of Royal Caribbean International, said during an interview on Good Morning America. "We were able to evacuate around 320 tourists and local people who needed help and needed to get out of St. Martin...we're taking them on to the ABC islands [Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao], where they'll probably disembark."

Director of tourism for Dutch St. Maarten Rolando Brison reported some visitors were also been evacuated to Montreal, Canada and other locations. The Princess Juliana International Airport re-opened on September 10 to receive flights bringing in relief supplies and to evacuate guests, but no passengers -- including media -- are being allowed in at the moment due to a shortage of staff.

Land-based resorts were severely damaged, including hotel chain Sonesta, which has canceled all reservations on the island through the remainder of 2017.

St. Barts

Cruise Port: Gustavia

St. Bart's was heavily impacted by Hurricane Irma, which destroyed government buildings and badly damaged private homes and hotels. The French government has sent people and supplies to the country to assist with recovery efforts, and French President Emmanuel Macron visited on September 13. On September 14, the island's airport reopened to commercial flights, and the harbor is open to relief efforts. Roadways have been cleared, water production has resumed and electricity is being restored.


Barbuda

Cruise Port: Low Bay Beach

The cruise port in Barbuda is closed. The island of approximately 1,800 residents -- a twin to the better-known Antigua -- was severely impacted by Hurricane Irma, which passed directly over the small island, resulting in one fatality. Prime Minister Gaston Browne said 90 percent of homes were destroyed as a result of the storm, and Barbuda's hotel infrastructure was also damaged.

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I am due to cruise to Caribbean in January 2018 on Ventura. With the cruise balance payment due in a few days I am trying to decide whether or not to proceed. The planned itinerary includes St Johns, Antigua, St Kitts,,Philipsburg, St. Maarten, Tortola, B.V.I,, Castries, St Lucia, Grenada and Bridgetown Barbados. I would be grateful for any thoughts to assist my decision making.

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Hi  I am going to the Caribbean in December and I have never considered cancelling my cruise.  I am sure I will enjoy my vacation, there may be a change of ports but the similarities for most of the islands is greater than their differences.  I don't mind whether I miss a few ports and have a few more sea days, it relaxing.  However, it's your decision and what I do may not be the best thing for yourself

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My Mum is cruising on Britannia in feb to the caribbean, she isn't going to cancel her cruise. The cruise operators will make relevant changes, we're guessing they will take out St Maarten for the time being and maybe Dominica & Tortola. Hopefully they will replace the ports for now until they are back on there feet, but if it means an extra sea day then she's fine with that. After all, the caribbean still needs tourists there to help them get back up and running. She hasn't had any details of any chances just yet but had an email to say they are looking into it.

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I'm not lucky enough to have one booked for the future just yet but if I was travelling in December I would still go! these places bounce back extremely quickly, I went to Thailand 2 months after the Tsunami that happened a few years back that absolutely flattened the place! and in all honesty apart from a bit of rubble shoved to one side you couldn't even tell. these places rely on tourism so will be working very hard to get everything back to normal. and at the end of the day if you end up on a slightly different itinerary it will still be an amazing Caribbean cruise!

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According to P&O's face book page the port's they use only 5 of the 48 ports are effected and within the next week they will tell passengers ,what if any changes they are making to their cruises....Davybe

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