Cruise liner company Carnival Corporation is encouraging passengers to book a cruise to the Caribbean Islands.
According to Carnival, more than 40 islands visited by cruise ships on Caribbean itineraries are open and fully operational to welcome cruise ships as recovery from hurricanes that hit the region resume.
These are said to include places that saw some damage from the September hurricanes but have already recovered.
The September hurricanes that plowed through the Caribbean Islands, battered down six Caribbean Islands, including Puerto Rico, which are currently being provided with relief and aid.
However, business is back to usual for the majority of the Caribbean Islands which were not affected by the hurricanes.
“In Key West, we are looking good and open for business,” said Mayor Craig Cates. “Water sports and cruise ship excursions are open and ready. “
“We are open and welcoming visitors,” said Racquel Brown, CEO of the St. Kitts Tourism Authority.
As informed, the majority of the estimated 48 Caribbean cruise ports were not impacted at all by the storms.
For places such as Jamaica, Belize and Cozumel in the Western Caribbean, and Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao in the Southern Caribbean, and Antigua and St. Kitts in the Eastern Caribbean, it’s business as usual.
Ports in the Bahamas, including Nassau and the popular private islands of Half Moon Cay and Princess Cays, are also open for business.
Several destinations were able to reopen within days after the storms, including Amber Cove (in the Dominican Republic), Havana, Martinique, Nassau, St. Lucia, Trinidad, Tobago, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Grenada, and Guadeloupe.
St. Thomas, St. Maarten, Grand Turk, Dominica, Puerto Rico and St. Croix are all working to be back online soon.
“Because so many of these ports rely so heavily on cruising as the main driving force for their economies, getting the ports back in operation remains a top priority after the relief efforts have been successfully put in place,” said Roger Frizzell, chief communications officer for Carnival Corporation.
“The focus is on getting things up and running on the islands impacted.”