October 20, 2020

4 cruise ports closed indefinitely due to damage caused by Hurricane Irma

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By Ben Souza From Cruise Fever

Four popular cruise ports, including the top two ports in 2016, are closed indefinitely to cruise ships due to damage caused by Hurricane Irma.

Since so many of our readers have asked about the different cruise ports in the Caribbean and which ones were affected by the storm, here is a rundown of the cruise ports that are open and closed following the storm.

St. Thomas, St. Maarten, Tortola, Key West: All four ports are closed indefinitely. Gene Sloan at USA Today is reporting that St. Thomas and could be closed to cruise ships for weeks, and possibly for months. Norwegian Cruise Line has replaced all Eastern Caribbean itineraries until November with ones and Royal Caribbean has ships that will be stopping in St. Kitts and St. Croix instead of St. Thomas and St. Maarten.

San Juan: The eye of Hurricane Irma passed 50 miles to the north of San Juan. As a result, the area received just minimal damage and the port has reopened. The shops in Old San Juan began to reopen two days after the storm.

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Grand Turk: Reports came in from Grand Turk saying that the port reopened on Tuesday September 12. However, officials are now stating that a few minor repairs are needed and the port should reopen in a few days.

Nassau and Freeport Bahamas: The ports are operating as normal.

Half Moon Cay: Holland America Line sent out a statement saying that Half Moon Cay was not damaged and is fully operational.

Great Stirrup Cay: Norwegian Cruise Line said that their private island in the Bahamas was unaffected by the hurricane.

Havana, Cuba: Norwegian Cruise Line stated they received confirmation that the port facilities in Havana were not impacted by the storm.

Labadee, Haiti: Labadee remains open and received no damage.

Amber Cove: Amber Cove received no damage and remains open.

Private Islands: All visits to the private islands in the Bahamas are currently on schedule.

Note: Hurricane Irma did not affect any of the Western Caribbean ports including those in Mexico, Jamaica, Grand Cayman, Belize, or Roatan.

Also, all departure ports in Florida are open and this weekend, cruises are back to being 100% on schedule.

Comments

Steve Felber says
September 15, 2017 at 12:22 pm

You may want to re-think the time-line of St.Thomas and . Both islands were destroyed. It’s not going to take weeks or even months… We are talking years before they are ready for tourism to return and have access to the islands like they used to. Go ahead, sail into SXM in January and see if the Sunset Bar is open. Or book a room at the Great Bay Sonesta Hotel. I hear the top floor rooms are great for getting that mid-day sun since the entire roof of the structure is gone!!!

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Jessica says
September 15, 2017 at 3:54 am

No they are not 100% on schedule. I had one cruise for this weekend canceled and the one I rebooked has been delayed.

Spencer says
September 14, 2017 at 9:59 pm

Title is misleading. Indefinitely = never opening. But your article says in weeks or months.

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James Ponton says
September 14, 2017 at 9:07 pm

where did you get your info that Key West will close indefinitely due to Irma ?

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Lorraine Rose says
September 14, 2017 at 8:48 pm

Cruising in late November Carnival Fascination out of Bridgetown port Barbados is it possible St
Anne says
September 14, 2017 at 5:45 pm

I just called Princess cruises and they do not have any confirmation that they will not be docking in St Maarten and St Thomas

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