Tomas Reaks Havoc With Cruise Ships.

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05 NOV 2010: St. Lucia was hit hard last weekend by Tropical Storm Tomas, then a category 1.  While the island’s tourism office says it is making a quick recovery, St. Lucia’s ports will remain closed to cruise ships at least through Sunday.

Calls scheduled for yesterday and today by Princess Cruises’ Caribbean Princess, Carnival’s Carnival Victory, Celebrity Cruises’ Millennium, Silversea Cruises’ Silver Spirit and P&O Cruises’ Ventura have been cancelled.

The St. Lucia Tourism Board said, “A comprehensive clean up exercise and restoration of critical infrastructure is underway” and estimated that tourism would be back to normal by today.  

Tomas had been downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm, but is once again is gaining strength as it heads toward Jamaica and Haiti.

Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas skipped a call today in Labadee, its private beach destination in Haiti.

Royal Caribbean’s Serenade of the Seas, has switched its itinerary – sailing to Barbados, Antigua, St. Maarten and St. Thomas instead of Curacao, Aruba and Dominica.

 
Let’s hope that things get back to normal as soon as possible and the cruise liners can get back to their regular schedule.

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