What about ports/islands that are damaged/devastated by hurricane Irma?

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Originally posted by coevan
i used to keep my boat in St.Martin, sold it in January. There was never a storm like this in SXM. The airport is gone. The marinas are gone. hopefully they have electricity and running water in 6-8 weeks. The 4 biggest and "structurally sound" gov't buildings did not make it. You can pretty much say STT, BVI, and SXM will not be cruise ports for some time to come.
The physical airport building lost a lot of roof and is basically flooded, but the airport is open and military and commercial rescue flights are arriving and departing without problems.

The port is receiving rescue cruises (like Royal Caribbean) and military resupply ships.

Both sides of the island have electricity and water being provided, neighborhood by neighborhood.

What are the government buildings you are referring to?

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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, Grand Turk 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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4 Cruise Ports Closed Indefinitely Due to Damage Caused by Hurricane Irma

St. Thomas, St. Maarten, Tortola, Key West: All four ports are closed indefinitely.
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I would think you could check with Carnival. Or Mr. Google. I won't have room in my suitcase for dry goods!

Just received an email from HAL regarding my upcoming 11/8 sailing that has St Martin as the first stop and St Thomas and the next-to-last.

Here's part of the email...

"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."

So, it's obvious that it will take considerable time for some of these ports to recover.

They also said HMC experienced minimal damage and will be fully operational tomorrow.

I imagine similar notices are going out (or will soon) from other lines.

I know people are concerned with both the residents and their cruise vacations, but we all just need to be patient. The cruiselines will let us know as soon as they know. Random, incessant speculation on these boards isn't really helpful. Just creates "noise" and the useful info falls through the cracks.
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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, Grand Turk and St. Kitts.
John Heald has amended his earlier "it's open!" statement and now says that Grand Turk remains closed to cruise traffic while they make some repairs.
CC members have confirmed that Grand Turk is being replaced with, e.g., Amber Cove on sailings this week.
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Originally posted by eileenfa
Wow - u got email. I got nothing about mine. My cruise is November 4. Still waiting.

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I'm pretty sure they have only sent out emails for next week. I wouldn't expect an answer until at least a few weeks before sailing. I have an upcoming back to back cruise as well in November and have been speculating myself, but it has just become exhausting.

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