POINTE BLANCHE–St. Maarten will see cruise ships in port for so far only ten days in December, a month that usually brought at least four ships a day pre-Hurricane Irma.
A bright light in the month is two ships – Independence of the Seas and Thomson Celebration – are scheduled to dock on Christmas day, December 25, and an exemption has been granted by government for all businesses to open that day to cater to passengers.
The first cruise ship post-Irma is expected in port on December 4. Other days with ship calls scheduled, according to Port St. Maarten are December 5, 8, 17, 19, 25, 26, 27, 29, and 31.
Royal Caribbean International (RCI) Grandeur of the Seas will be the first RCI vessel to return on December 17. The ship Independence of the Seas will call again on December 29, Jewel of the Seas on December 26, Freedom of the Seas on December 27 and Adventure of the Seas on December 31.
Much has been accomplished to get the destination ready for the return of cruise ships, said Port St. Maarten on Tuesday. The businesses that cater to the cruise sector are doing “a tremendous job in getting ready and we encourage the others to come online as soon as possible. More businesses back up and running will contribute to more cruise lines adding the destination to their itinerary for the 2017-2018 cruise season.
“This is an opportunity to present to the cruise lines how committed we are in assuring great and memorable experiences to passengers as we continue to recover in this post hurricane Irma period,” the Port said.
The Port will continue to communicate with cruise lines to keep them abreast of the destination’s recovery. “The onus is on us to continue driving and pushing forward as we restore our premier port of call status in the North-eastern Caribbean,” said the Port.
Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/71377-ten-days-of-cruise-ships-in-december