Posted September 17th, 2017, 01:35 PM
The NCL rep that has been trying to talk me into an Eastern Caribbean cruise for March 2018 said that "all of the affected ports will be back up and running by the end of November, without trees."
CCL and NCL are both losing big $$ every day that those islands are down. They will pay contractors any amount of money to get the areas around the ports back to tourist-accepting status.
Depending on the ports in question, I think November is ambitious. Yes, they can clear away the debris, but rebuilding in the Caribbean is dreadfully slow because all building supplies have to be shipped to the islands.
I know that some people will be disappointed by substitutions. But in the long run, we as passengers may benefit from these substitutions if cruise lines start including some of these "substitute" ports in their itineraries. HAL's Caribbean itineraries seem to be the same every year. I'm not saying they should abandon the old standbys like St Thomas or St Maarten (which is one of my favorites)--these islands will need the income tourists bring. But give us something new to try once in a while.
The THIRD generation in my family to sail on a Cunarder
22 QE2 - including 2 Midnight Sun, 2 Panama Canal, 6 TAs, 4 Canada/New England, and various Caribbean, Bermuda, Europe itineraries
11 QM2 - 7 TAs, Caribbean, Royal Circumnavigation of Australia, Canada
1 Caronia - Baltic
12 HAL -Bermuda, Canada, Caribbean, Alaska
5 NCL - including 2 on SS Norway (RIP)
1 Uniworld River Cruise (Tulips and Windmills)
1 American Cruise Line - Queen of the West, Columbia & Snake Rivers