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#21
Jacksonville, FL USA
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Originally posted by sb44
Thanks for the good wishes. We are in well built structures with building codes. We may be inconvenienced but as long as a tornado doesn't spin off and hit our home we will be fine. On the other hand, Hurricane Jose now Cat4 on direct path over same islands that were hit by Irma. If there was anything left there won't be after this one. Terribly sad. They will need money to rebuild and without tourists it will be difficult.

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Just want to send you my best wishes.........hope you will be ok.
#22
Clearwater, FL
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Originally posted by Lois R
Just want to send you my best wishes.........hope you will be ok.
Thanks Lois. We're watching it roll in from the south. Mostly concerned for our daughter and family in Punta Gorda where they will get landfall. We'll get 100 mph wind in Clearwater. Looking forward to sailing somewhere in November!

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#24
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Originally posted by Bigfoot390
We are also scheduled for the December 9th Windstar St Martin cruise. I am guessing that is will be cancelled.
I'm guessing it will sail with a different itinerary. It would be financially disastrous for cruise lines to cancel months of cruises.
#25
Pittsburgh
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Hello and Pray for the Islands that need it. I am booked on Windstar Breeze for November 25 and have Airfare booked had Hotel Booked(but cancelled due to total loss in ST MARTEEN). Called Windstar to find out what they are going to do because we are to board in ST MARTEEN and also fly in. I just wonder if they will change boarding port. We disembark in Barbados at the end of the cruise. I just hear that ST MARTEEN is not too safe at the moment and thing it would be feasible to change port. Also other ports to visit have been destroyed.
#27
Quebec
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Positive thing for Windstar is that they ca go into smaller port. They probably have their contingency plan already in place because there is so many berths on other islands to accommodate cruise ships. The French President just landed in St-Martin this morning and we will probably know more today.


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We also are doing Windsurf RT St Martin in January and our entire group of 12 has had flights and hotels booked since February!
However, I'm going to wait a month to contact WS and let them sort our what their/our options are.
So heartbreaking to see the pictures of the devastation in St. Martin
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#29
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I emailed Windstar today about our November Saints of the Caribbean Trip. They responded fairly quickly but indicated that they are assessing things and will reach out when they have answers or proposed changes to existing itineraries. I think at this point, things are such a hot mess there are many things to sort out. Our hotel in St. Martin appears to be in the same situation.
#30
Clearwater, FL
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Originally posted by sauertea
I emailed Windstar today about our November Saints of the Caribbean Trip. They responded fairly quickly but indicated that they are assessing things and will reach out when they have answers or proposed changes to existing itineraries. I think at this point, things are such a hot mess there are many things to sort out. Our hotel in St. Martin appears to be in the same situation.
I believe our hotel is gone on French side. Also don't think American Airlines will be too sympathetic with changes but we shall see. We just dodged a bullet with Irma so on to the next! At least we have homes, food and water. If any of our friends on CC would like to help please take a look at Virgin Unite. http://www.virgin.com/unite/bvi-comm...support-appeal
There is a donate button. They really need our help. We all vacation there. Let's help them survive so we can go back!

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I spoke to American as well about my flights. Their response was that everything is on schedule for those dates. Makes me wonder what they know that I don't. I have trip insurance for the tickets, but after talking to the insurance company on a theoritical basis, I felt as if I had fallen down the rabbit hole.
#32
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Originally posted by sauertea
I spoke to American as well about my flights. Their response was that everything is on schedule for those dates. Makes me wonder what they know that I don't. I have trip insurance for the tickets, but after talking to the insurance company on a theoritical basis, I felt as if I had fallen down the rabbit hole.
If they open the airport for regular flight, then American would be in their right to flight you there. It is not American fault that the hotel is not there. That being said, I am sure the interior ministry of both sides of the island are aware of that.

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#33
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I really think it's too early to expect WS to know what they're doing...there's so much that has to be evaluated for their season and worrying about what they're doing for our 'luxury cruise' when these islands have been decimated seems inappropriate at this time.
NCL just announced they will not be sailing this area for awhile, I'm sure the other lines will be next although then the challenge is having room to fit ALL THESE PASSENGERS into the few islands that were not impacted in the South and/or to the West.

If you have to change your flights due to cancellation of what you planned, the insurance should cover it with appropriate documentation.
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#34
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Originally posted by J18ktleo
I really think it's too early to expect WS to know what they're doing...there's so much that has to be evaluated for their season and worrying about what they're doing for our 'luxury cruise' when these islands have been decimated seems inappropriate at this time.
NCL just announced they will not be sailing this area for awhile, I'm sure the other lines will be next although then the challenge is having room to fit ALL THESE PASSENGERS into the few islands that were not impacted in the South and/or to the West.

If you have to change your flights due to cancellation of what you planned, the insurance should cover it with appropriate documentation.
I think this is just the wonderings of people trying to figure out how to plan and others offering suggestions. Hardly think that trying to sort out details is insensitive. I am sure that everyone on this forum is thinking about those who have lost. The photos are horrific, especially to those who have visited these locations. I am sure most are doing there bit by donating to the charity of their choice. I know I have and would urge other to do the same. That being said, I don't think it needs to preclude the sharing of information, however sparse.
#35
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Many Carribean cruisers have made donations, some cruise lines used their ships if in the area, or set up matching funds like Celebrity. A good "View from the Bridge" article about the response. It appears many lines have stepped up to provide humanitarian aid, except Windstar. When I politely asked on their FB page how they planned to help the islands that have long been key to their sailing ship itineraries, my post was deleted, and no answer to an email. Thank you to CruiseCritic for covering the aftermath of this hurricane and the corporate responses to the disaster to help us all decide on future cruising plans.
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#36
Clearwater, FL
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Originally posted by Janet987
Many Carribean cruisers have made donations, some cruise lines used their ships if in the area, or set up matching funds like Celebrity. A good "View from the Bridge" article about the response. It appears many lines have stepped up to provide humanitarian aid, except Windstar. When I politely asked on their FB page how they planned to help the islands that have long been key to their sailing ship itineraries, my post was deleted, and no answer to an email. Thank you to CruiseCritic for covering the aftermath of this hurricane and the corporate responses to the disaster to help us all decide on future cruising plans.
We are hoping their corporate people will release something soon. Thought the new management would get ahead of this instead of repeat the horrible mistakes that the old management made with the Pride accident. We are scheduled to fly to St Martin on 11/18. That won't be possible and the sooner we have "plan b" the better we will feel. We have also gone through a hurricane at home, have 2 offices without power and employees who are just about over the edge. I shouldn't have to worry about my vacation too! We have contributed through Richard Brandon's Virgin charity and encourage all to do the same. That is about the most direct help we can find with zero overhead to a bloated staff.

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Cruise Critic is keeping a running update on the status of the Eastern Caribbean ports and when they'll be open for cruising. More than you might expect are already open, including Barbados, Antigua and St. Kitts. We will continue to update this story as information comes in from the CTO and cruise lines: https://www.cruisecritic.com/news/news.cfm?ID=8067
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Originally posted by Cruise Critic Chris
Cruise Critic is keeping a running update on the status of the Eastern Caribbean ports and when they'll be open for cruising. More than you might expect are already open, including Barbados, Antigua and St. Kitts. We will continue to update this story as information comes in from the CTO and cruise lines: https://www.cruisecritic.com/news/news.cfm?ID=8067
Thank you for the update, eagerly taking in all the info and updates...appreciate all that CC does to keep the community informed
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#39
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Go on the WS site there is a hurricane notice. I also think if my memory has not failed me that they have started to make port changes. It must be one horrible nightmare in Seattle.
#40
Quebec
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Joined Aug 2012
Just a head up for St-martin not directly related to WS but you can extrapolate. Sunwing
Airline (charter) just cancelled all their flight to SXM until April 2018. In a way it's good news for the islands and tourism. Why would you want customer to complaint on social media about the lack of activity and poor repairs, etc. If people can hang in there with the help of gov, they will be back in business sooner and can plan it properly.


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