MIAMI, Florida–The trademark blue and red funnels of Carnival Cruise Line’s ships will not be seen at Dr. A.C. Wathey Cruise and Cargo Facilities until January 2018.
Carnival Cruise Line President Christine Duffy has announced via a note published over the weekend on the company’s website that calls to St. Maarten as well as St. Thomas will not resume until three months from now. Grand Turk in the Turks and Caicos Islands and Puerto Rico will be luckier as commercial cruise calls will return to their port much earlier.
Duffy wrote: “We will be resuming visits to Grand Turk in less than two weeks, calls in San Juan on November 30 and visits to St. Thomas and St. Maarten at the beginning of January. I hope you are as excited as we are at this great news!”
The top cruise executive reminded cruisers: “… our Caribbean destinations are open for business and they’re looking forward to welcoming folks back to their beautiful islands! We have finalized our schedule of future calls to the few remaining ports that had not yet been added back to our itineraries following the recent hurricanes.”
The Caribbean continues to be the cruise industry’s most popular cruising region and Carnival, along with destination partners, “greatly value your business and look forward to providing you with a truly memorable and exceptional vacation experience,” she said to cruisers.
While the Caribbean region recovers from the hurricanes of the past months, Carnival is continuing to provide support to friends and partners impacted by the storms.
“Over the past many weeks, we have provided deliveries of supplies to different Caribbean islands. We have also been fundraising and, in total, the Carnival Corporation family has committed US $12.5 million to hurricane relief,” Duffy said.
As part of the effort, Carnival has chartered its ship Carnival Fascination to Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) to house relief workers on St. Croix in the United States Virgin Islands.
St. Maarten’s first commercial cruise call should come as early as November 5. That call is expected from Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines.
Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/70336-carnival-ships-to-return-in-january