Having been spared the brunt of Hurricane Tomas, Martinique is gearing up to accommodate travelers whose original vacation plans in neighboring islands were compromised by the storm.
Most notably, five cruise ships originally slated to make port calls in St. Lucia this month have been diverted to Martinique.
The Celebrity Millennium, carrying 1,950 passengers, is slated to call in Martinique today; the 2,034-passenger Celebrity Summit is slated to call in Martinique on Wednesday; another Celebrity Millennium, carrying 1,950 passengers, will call on Monday, November 15; the Silver Sea Cruises’ Silver Spring, carrying 540 passengers, will arrive on Sunday, Nov. 14 and the 296-passenger Silver Cloud will call on Tuesday, Nov. 16.
“While our emergency services personnel are doing all they can to help the people of St. Lucia get back on their feet, we in the tourism sector are proud to do our share to help travelers fulfill their vacation dreams despite the storm,” said Karine Roy-Camille, commissioner of the Martinique Tourism Authority and head of SMCR Voyages, a cruise-specialist travel agency based in Fort-de-France, in a written release. “The ability of our ports and ground operators to quickly meet this need at a moment’s notice is a testament to Martinique’s commitment to cruise travel.”