Not much information there yet (they're still assessing conditions) but Cunard says any updates to Caribbean itineraries will be shared on this webpage.
Also this: https://m.facebook.com/story.php?sto...d=137330428222
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I would think anyone having booked a cruise to the caribbean before the event would be offered the chance to cancel with a full refund.Our thoughts are with all those affected. Our fingers are still crossed for our cruise as it's the first of a few hols for my wife's 50th. I can't help thinking it will be switched to the Western Caribbean but I don't know if that's practicable with more ships and tourists.
I would also like to think that if they were to change more than one or two ports they would offer something to those who had booked.
Not a good situation either way.
I don't expect Cunard to change either of QM2's Caribbean itineraries to Western Caribbean (she calls on the same ports in November and December but in different order). Barbados, St. Kitts and Antigua are relatively undamaged, as are Dominica and St. Lucia where the ship often visits during her Caribbean cruises. If ships are unable to call on both St. Thomas and St. Maarten in November and December there may be issues with ship capacity and crowds at other ports (St. Thomas and St. Maarten are among the higher capacity ports in the Caribbean) and it will be difficult to reach the more southern islands three days out of New York at the cruising speed they've been running QM2 at lately. We did call on St. Kitts on Dec 26 (4th day out of NYC) in 2012 but their Carnival starts on the 26th and the drunken crowds of locals were a bit unsettling, to say the least.Amber cove as a replacement port would be welcome, we have had fun visits there and the crew always like to get off for that one.
I wouldn't be surprised to see a reduction in the number of port days to four (fewer ports for other ships as well) due to the capacity issue. Possibly the ship would visit Amber Cove, if it's capable of docking two ships at the same time. It's close enough to be within three days sailing of New York at current speeds.
But that's just my conjecture...
Dear Valued Guest,
We appreciate you booking your upcoming Caribbean cruise with us and want to provide some information regarding our plans in light of the storms that have impacted the region, particularly Hurricane Irma.
All of us at Holland America Line are keeping the many people who have been impacted by the recent storms in our thoughts. Our parent company, Carnival Corporation, has already begun outreach and support for those islands impacted on behalf of our family of cruise lines.
Holland America Line’s Caribbean cruise season begins in mid-October, and we look forward to continuing to provide the great cruise experience our guests expect as well as the economic support the region relies on, now more than ever. No cruises will be cancelled.
Our private island, Half Moon Cay, only experienced minimal damage and will be fully operational on September 16. We are currently assessing itinerary impacts and an update on our 2017 cruises will be provided next week. 2018 itineraries are also currently being evaluated and an update will be provided on October 5.
We sincerely encourage booked guests and anyone considering a Caribbean cruise to continue with their plans. There are many islands that were not affected and there is no better show of support for the area and the people than to continue to visit.
We thank you for your patience and will contact you again should the situation change. We look forward to welcoming you aboard.
Holland America Line
as the Queen Mary 2 is still planning on going to the wrecked islands of the CaribbeanYou will note that Cunard hasn't said that. They are evaluating whether the affected islands can be visited and will make a decision at a later time. Only two of QM2's five planned ports were affected so much as to possibly present an issue.
I read that some people are planning on suing the Cunard line because the trip they had booked for Christmas was still on as the Queen Mary 2 is still planning on going to the wrecked islands of the Caribbean and this is at Christmas time, well this is what I reckon everyone should do that has a trip planned on one of those cruise lines that are still heading to that part of the Caribbean.I'm all or supporting communities getting back up on their feet. Unfortunately I suspect it may be too early for some of the heavier damaged islands to receive tourists until the infrastructure is repaired and rebuilt such as the sea ports, airports, roads, basic amenities water and sewage, and the security of passengers can be guaranteed. I can remember some of these islands we visited on our 2015 QM2 Carribean cruise were recovering from hurricanes struck some years earlier with roofs damaged and some roads still in need of minor repair. Of the worst effected islands the islanders themselves I suspect would not want cruise passengers until they felt able to receive them. In any case Cunard no doubt will avoid the few islands on the itinerary effected until it has assurances and the go ahead from the interested stakeholders, insurance companies, etc that the safety and well being of passengers, crew and ship can be guaranteed. As others have said, some of the itinerary will probably be slightly changed if needs be by either dropping or swapping some ports of call and Cunard will then make any necessary adjustments to the advertised itinerary. Until we know more it looks to be the main aid organisations that are probably the best route to help those worst effected. We are now sailing on the QM2 to the Caribbean in November and are certainly looking forward to our trip.
You shouldn’t look at the Cunard trip or any cruise to the Caribbean as a write off, do what Australians always do either help or donate, that’s what the ships like P&O did when Vanuatu got smashed by a Cyclone.
The communities that got hit by the Hurricane still need to make money and a percentage of that comes from cruise ships visiting the islands. You may not see the islands as it was but you will be the first to see it after the hurricane so that in itself is unique as you will see first hand what a vicious storm can do and how communities pick themselves up and pull together to rebuild their communities. You will be amazed how fast communities rebuild after a disaster, I have seen this with Vanuatu and I got to know the people of Vanuatu better than just doing an ordinary cruise as I researched to see what the village communities needed and it was pencils, pens, coloring books for the children and I just filled one of my bags up with stationery and asked the ships crew who I could give the supplies too when we reached port. I now have a photo of the children who received the much needed stationary in one of the outer communities and that out does every cruise I have done and it makes me feel good knowing that I help make a community feel they are not alone that their neighbors will always be there to help and P&O Australia was the company who started the idea to donate things to Vanuatu.
believe me it will be one of the best cruises you could do and pick up supplies before you board but find out before you go what the communities need that you might be able to stuff into your luggage and take to the communities.
So do you think you will reconsider your trip as it may be one of the best cruises you will have done