June 20, 2021

NTSB: Puerto Rico ship fire revealed maintenance problems, poor crew training

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By Bart Jansen, From USA TODAY WASHINGTON — Federal investigators on Tuesday blamed the shipping company Baja Ferries’ poor maintenance and safety training for a fire that caused six serious injuries aboard the Caribbean Fantasynear Puerto Rico in 2016. The National Transportation Safety Board noted that nobody died in the fire Aug. 17, 2016, while 387 passengers […]

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The Caribbean Island that’s quietly luring Americans away from the 50 states By NINA RUGGIERO from Travel leisure St. Croix Buck Island Nina Ruggiero When dreaming of a window-seat view on a flight to the Caribbean, one color comes to mind: blue. Or, more specifically, that sparkling turquoise-blue that can only be found in nature […]

One-on-one with CHTA’s Karolin Troubetzkoy

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By Sarah Greaves-Gabbadon from Travel Pulse The CHTA president provides a comprehensive update on the Caribbean’s post-hurricane recovery. The Caribbean Travel Marketplace—the largest exclusively Caribbean annual travel trade-show—was held for the 36th time earlier this year, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The location, one of the country’s hardest hit by last summer’s hurricanes, was particularly […]

‘Storm Chasers’ star Joel Taylor died on Royal Caribbean cruise ship

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By Gary Trock,Mike Walters,Melissa Parrelli,Ryan Naumann From the Blast “Storm Chasers” star Joel Taylor died while vacationing aboard a cruise ship, and an autopsy in Puerto Rico is currently underway. Sources close to the situation tell The Blast that Taylor died Tuesday while onboard the Royal Caribbean ship, Harmony of the Seas. The ship left Ft. […]

Heading to the CHTA’s Caribbean Travel Marketplace? Here’s what you can expect

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From Travelweek Group SAN JUAN — The Caribbean’s recovery post-hurricane season is picking up pace with more than 5 billion impressions for the ‘Caribbean Is Open’ campaign, plus strong registration numbers for the CHTA’s Caribbean Travel Marketplace Jan. 30 – Feb. 1. The Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association reports that registration numbers for the Caribbean […]

The US Navy’s largest floating hospital docked in Puerto Rico

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By Tim Rogers, Fusion From Business Insider Puerto Rico is still digging out of the worst of Hurricane Maria’s devastation. Grid power has been restored to 56 of 69 hospitals, while the others are using generators. Two hospitals remain entirely out of service due to storm damage. The US Navy’s USNS Comfort docked in San […]

Caribbean Travel Marketplace still on for San Juan

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From South Florida Caribbean News CHTA voices confidence in Puerto Rico readiness by January and urges industry support MIAMI – Puerto Rico will host the Caribbean’s largest tourism marketing event in San Juan from January 30 to February 1, 2018, as officials work rapidly to prepare hotels and meeting facilities impacted by the recent hurricanes. […]

Every destination in Caribbean will be open in upcoming weeks, says FCCA

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Posted by Travelweek Group TORONTO — Michele Paige, President of the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA), could not have stressed it enough: “The Caribbean is open for business,” she said repeatedly during a press conference that provided media with cruise industry updates following Hurricanes Irma and Maria. “The FCCA has been working tirelessly with partners in […]

Challenges to Seafarers’ welfare in Caribbean ports

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By Dr. Michael Skaggs Even as the Caribbean islands and Florida were recovering from Hurricane Irma this summer, Maria came roaring through the region. With numerous fatalities and crippling damage to island infrastructure, the hurricane season of 2017 – which has not yet ended – has been historic in scope and effect. These storms have highlighted the […]

US: Terrible response on Caribbean disaster

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By Thomas Gans letter to Napa Valley Register I am distressed to the point of righteous rage over our American government’s despicable response to the devastation of Puerto Rico and the American Virgin Islands by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. President Trump, after a bit of hesitation, rushed military, civilian, and FEMA help to Texas and […]