Major cruise lines announced plans for their return to Caribbean islands damaged by Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria this week.
Royal Caribbean said that it will return to San Juan starting November 30 with a call by Freedom of the Seas. Grandeur of the Seas will call on Saint Maarten for the first time since the storms on November 10, while Jewel of the Seas will return to St. Croix starting January 8, 2018. All calls to Dominica remain canceled through June 2018; Royal Caribbean said it is closely working with the local government on a return date to the destination.
Carnival Cruise Line reports that it will return to San Juan starting November 30 with a call by Carnival Conquest. St. Thomas visits will resume January 9, 2018, beginning with Carnival Glory, and St. Maarten visits will resume January 15, 2018, beginning with Carnival Sunshine.
Carnival also said that Carnival Fascination will resume year-round weekly departures from San Juan starting February 18, 2018. Earlier this month, Carnival had signed a deal with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to charter the ship to provide housing and meals to relief workers in St. Croix. That charter began October 15, and guests on cancelled voyages received a full refund, along with a future cruise discount.