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    harley1 got a reaction from afcandrew in Are Royal Caribbean’s cruise ship innovations just a novelty or here to stay?   
    I must admit I love traditional cruising, all about the wine and dine. We did sail on Harmony of the seas 2 years ago and really enjoyed it but I did think the 'extras' on board like the slide at the back and the carousel were a one time deal. Once we had done we had done it! I think the entertainment on board is spectacular and I don't use that word often! so different to the usual stage shows on all other cruise lines, so in that respect I would say bigger is better!
    I completely understand the attraction for people with children, personally I wouldn't go again  . . . . I was too knackered after just 3 days
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    harley1 got a reaction from RuralJohn in Are P&O Trying To Stop Stag/Hen Party On Short Break Cruises?   
    I agree with the new policy, I have been on several short cruises and find it disgusting when hen parties are parading round a giant blow up peni* when there are kids and elderly passengers on board! keep this sort of stuff to the clubs and pubs of Magaluf or Ibiza thank you
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    harley1 got a reaction from B&M in Are P&O Trying To Stop Stag/Hen Party On Short Break Cruises?   
    I agree with the new policy, I have been on several short cruises and find it disgusting when hen parties are parading round a giant blow up peni* when there are kids and elderly passengers on board! keep this sort of stuff to the clubs and pubs of Magaluf or Ibiza thank you
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    harley1 got a reaction from GinniWill23 in Are P&O Trying To Stop Stag/Hen Party On Short Break Cruises?   
    I agree with the new policy, I have been on several short cruises and find it disgusting when hen parties are parading round a giant blow up peni* when there are kids and elderly passengers on board! keep this sort of stuff to the clubs and pubs of Magaluf or Ibiza thank you
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    harley1 got a reaction from Rikki in Are P&O Trying To Stop Stag/Hen Party On Short Break Cruises?   
    I agree with the new policy, I have been on several short cruises and find it disgusting when hen parties are parading round a giant blow up peni* when there are kids and elderly passengers on board! keep this sort of stuff to the clubs and pubs of Magaluf or Ibiza thank you
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    harley1 got a reaction from *Dancing Queen* in Are P&O Trying To Stop Stag/Hen Party On Short Break Cruises?   
    I agree with the new policy, I have been on several short cruises and find it disgusting when hen parties are parading round a giant blow up peni* when there are kids and elderly passengers on board! keep this sort of stuff to the clubs and pubs of Magaluf or Ibiza thank you
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    harley1 got a reaction from afcandrew in Are P&O Trying To Stop Stag/Hen Party On Short Break Cruises?   
    I agree with the new policy, I have been on several short cruises and find it disgusting when hen parties are parading round a giant blow up peni* when there are kids and elderly passengers on board! keep this sort of stuff to the clubs and pubs of Magaluf or Ibiza thank you
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    harley1 got a reaction from RiverSong in Are P&O Trying To Stop Stag/Hen Party On Short Break Cruises?   
    I agree with the new policy, I have been on several short cruises and find it disgusting when hen parties are parading round a giant blow up peni* when there are kids and elderly passengers on board! keep this sort of stuff to the clubs and pubs of Magaluf or Ibiza thank you
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    harley1 got a reaction from Land Ahoy in Hurricane Update on ports!   
    I'm not lucky enough to have one booked for the future just yet but if I was travelling in December I would still go! these places bounce back extremely quickly, I went to Thailand 2 months after the Tsunami that happened a few years back that absolutely flattened the place! and in all honesty apart from a bit of rubble shoved to one side you couldn't even tell. these places rely on tourism so will be working very hard to get everything back to normal. and at the end of the day if you end up on a slightly different itinerary it will still be an amazing Caribbean cruise!
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    harley1 got a reaction from Furby in Hurricane Update on ports!   
    Thought this may be useful for anyone travelling to the Caribbean imminently
    OPEN AT THIS TIME
    Bahamas
    Cruise Ports: Nassau; Freeport
    A hurricane warning for Maria is in effect for the southeastern Bahamas as of September 20.
    The Port of Nassau, and other ports around The Bahamas, are open.
    Bahamasair resumed service into the United States on September 12 at Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport, Orlando International Airport and Miami International Airport. While airlines are operating international flights out of Grand Bahama International Airport, U.S. customs and border pre-clearance is currently unavailable and will be reinstated at a later date. Out Islands International service has resumed from Exuma International Airport in The Exumas and Marsh Harbour Airport in The Abacos.
    Nassau and Paradise Island hotels received no damage from Irma. The majority of hotel and resorts throughout The Islands of The Bahamas are operating as usual or are expected to reopen on their regularly scheduled dates.
    Great Stirrup Cay: According to a statement from Norwegian Cruise Line, Great Stirrup Cay was unaffected by Hurricane Irma and is receiving cruise ships.
    Castaway Cay: Disney's private island is currently open.
    CocoCay: Also known as Little Strirrup Cay, Royal Caribbean's private island in the Bahamas is currently open.
    St. Kitts
    Cruise Port: Basseterre
    The port of Basseterre was one of the first cruise ports to re-open following Hurricane Irma; Carnival Fascination called on September 8. St. Kitts & Nevis sustained minimal damage from Irma overall, and St. Kitts' Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport is open.
    Nevis
    Cruise Port: Charlestown
    The port in Charlestown and Nevis' Vance W. Amory International Airport are currently open.
    Barbados
    Cruise Port: Bridgetown
    The Port of Bridgetown is open at this time. Calls from Carnival Fascination began on September 13.
    Antigua
    Cruise Port: St. John's
    Antigua escaped much of the damage caused by Hurricane Irma. The next scheduled call on St. John's was Royal Caribbean's Adventure of the Seas on September 19, which has since been diverted to Aruba due to Hurricane Maria.
    Antigua's V.C. Bird International Airport opened for all flights on Thursday, September 7. Unfortunately, sister island Barbuda was severely impacted by the storm.
    Haiti
    Cruise Port: Labadee
    Haiti was relatively unscathed by Irma. All services remain in operation and the country continues to welcome visitors. Royal Caribbean's Harmony of the Seas called on Labadee, Royal's private island, on September 14.
     
    Cuba
    Cruise Ports: Havana; Cienfuegos; Santiago de Cuba
    According to a statement from Norwegian Cruise Line, "We have received confirmation that the port facilities in Havana were not impacted by the storm and our tour operators are ready to receive cruise guests." Norwegian Sky's four-day cruise to Cuba departing on September 18 sailed as scheduled. Hurricane Irma passed over the northern portion of Cuba, and it was been reported that Havana experienced major flooding, with widespread power outages and wind damage. Both Delta and JetBlue have resumed flights to Havana.
    Martinique
    Cruise Port: Fort de France
    Hurricane Maria passed over Martinique on September 18. The Martinique Aime Cesaire International Airport is now open, with ports scheduled to re-open September 20.
    OPENING SOON
    The Florida Keys
    Cruise Ports: Key West
    The Florida Keys sustained serious damage and flooding as a result of Hurricane Irma, but it seems to be recovering sooner than expected.
    Originally, Key West officials had stated that the port would be open for tourism by October 20. But on September 21, Royal Caribbean announced that Empress of the Seas would be returning to Key West on September 24.
    Cruise Critic is awaiting word from Royal Caribbean and Key West if services and excursions available for cruise passengers will be limited or altered.
    CLOSED
    Puerto Rico
    Cruise Port: San Juan
    Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico as a Category 4 storm on September 20 with winds of up to 155 mph. By mid-day, the storm downgraded to a Category 3 with wind speeds of 115 mph, but not before knocking out power to the entire island. Puerto Rico's governor has declared a state of emergency and ordered a number of evacuations for parts of the U.S. territory.
    The San Juan airport shut down at 7 p.m. September 19, ahead of the storm; it will remain closed until at least Friday because of flooding and debris, according to an NBC News report.
    After Irma, the Port of San Juan started receiving ships on September 9. Royal Caribbean's Adventure of the Seas and Carnival Fascination, the two ships that homeport in San Juan, sailed on September 9 and September 10, respectively. The island had also served as a staging ground for evacuees from other islands affected by Hurricane Irma.
    Dominican Republic
    Cruise Port: Amber Cove; La Romana; Samana; Santo Domingo
    Hurricane Maria ran through the Dominican Republic on the morning of September 21 as a Category 3 storm. Details on damage are still forthcoming.
    Carnival Glory had been slated to dock there on September 21; that itinerary has been changed. Ports closed on September 20.
    The ports of the Dominican Republic emerged from Irma without major damage. Punta Cana International Airport resumed normal operations and the area's hotel sector is reporting no major damage. Ships began sailing back to Amber Cove shortly after the storm.
    Bahamas
    Half Moon Cay: In an abundance of caution, Half Moon Cay is being evacuated in preparation for Hurricane Maria.
    After Hurricane Irma, Carnival brand ambassador John Heald reported minimal beach erosion and no major damage at the private island.
    Princess Cays: Princess Cays, located at the southern end of Eleuthera island, is also being evacuated to prepare for Hurricane Maria, as of September 20.
    ASSESSING DAMAGE
    U.S. Virgin Islands
    Cruise Port: St. Croix
    Hurricane Maria made landfall in St. Croix between September 19 and 20. According to a statement from Beverly Nicholson-Doty, the Commissionor of Tourism: "Based on our preliminary assessments and reports, St. Croix experienced serious hurricane winds and was significantly impacted, and heavy rainfall and flooding affected our Territory. Communications are limited and our teams are in the process of making an assessment of damage to our infrastructure."
    While fellow U.S. Virgin Islands St. Thomas and St. John were far more impacted by Irma, seaports on St. Croix and the Henry E. Rohlsen Airport on St. Croix quickly re-opened. JetBlue resumed operations on the island on September 8, and American Airlines followed on September 12.
    Guadeloupe
    Cruise Port: Pointe-a-Pitre
    Hurricane Maria hit the southern shores of the French island of Guadeloupe on September 18, causing flooding and obstruction of roads from debris. Two people are reported dead. The island's airport is currently closed.
     
    Turks & Caicos
    Cruise Port: Grand Turk
    A hurricane warning is in effect for the Turks & Caicos as of September 20.
    Contrary to a previous statement, Carnival's brand ambassador John Heald posted on his Facebook page: "The latest assessments from Grand Turk indicate that the island is going to need a little more time to be ready for cruise guests so [Carnival] will not be sailing there next week after all."
    This affects Carnival Magic, Carnival Conquest, Carnival Sensation and Carnival Glory. Magic, Conquest and Glory have replaced Grand Turk's upcoming calls with the line's private port, Amber Cove; Sensation will instead call at Freeport.
    Several of the hotel properties on Turks & Caicos were scheduled for annual closure prior to Irma. Some properties have elected to remain closed to assess any damage to their properties and are looking to reopen in the beginning or middle of October.
    The Turks and Caicos Islands Airports Authority re-opened Providenciales International Airport for scheduled flights as of 11 a.m. on Monday, September 11.
    Anguilla
    Cruise Port: Road Bay
    The Road Bay Port at Sandy Ground reopened after Irma and is able to receive cargo, but no cruise ship calls are on the schedule until late November.
    The Clayton J. Lloyd International Airport is now open from sunrise to sunset for charter and emergency flights. Anguilla Air Services is currently operating into St. Kitts and Antigua, taking persons to connect out of those hubs and also bringing persons into Anguilla.
    SEVERELY DAMAGED
    Dominica
    Cruise Port: Roseau
    Hurricane Maria hit Dominica as a Category 5 storm on September 18. The island's Prime Minister said that initial reports were of widespread devastation, with most homes losing roofs from the 160 mph winds. The island is without electricity or running water, however the tarmac at Mellville Hall [Airport] was not too badly damaged, accoridng to a statement, so the strip should be opened in a day or two for larger relief planes to land. The death toll is currently at seven confirmed fatalities and rising.The government of Trinidad & Tobago have offered their assistance and plan to mobilize defense personnel as soon as it's deemed safe. A supply vessel is also being sent.
    St. Maarten/St. Martin
    Cruise Port: Philipsburg (St. Maarten); Marigot (St. Martin)
    Both the Dutch and French sides of the island were severely impacted during Hurricane Irma and are closed to cruise business. On Sunday, September 10, Royal Caribbean's Adventure of the Seas made a humanitarian stop in St. Martin, escorted by the Dutch navy. "We were able to tie up, and we landed much-needed provisions: water, ice, garbage bags, clothing, canned food," Michael Bayley, president and CEO of Royal Caribbean International, said during an interview on Good Morning America. "We were able to evacuate around 320 tourists and local people who needed help and needed to get out of St. Martin...we're taking them on to the ABC islands [Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao], where they'll probably disembark."
    Director of tourism for Dutch St. Maarten Rolando Brison reported some visitors were also been evacuated to Montreal, Canada and other locations. The Princess Juliana International Airport re-opened on September 10 to receive flights bringing in relief supplies and to evacuate guests, but no passengers -- including media -- are being allowed in at the moment due to a shortage of staff.
    Land-based resorts were severely damaged, including hotel chain Sonesta, which has canceled all reservations on the island through the remainder of 2017.
     
    SEVERELY DAMAGED
    Dominica
    Cruise Port: Roseau
    Hurricane Maria hit Dominica as a Category 5 storm on September 18. The island's Prime Minister said that initial reports were of widespread devastation, with most homes losing roofs from the 160 mph winds. The island is without electricity or running water, however the tarmac at Mellville Hall [Airport] was not too badly damaged, accoridng to a statement, so the strip should be opened in a day or two for larger relief planes to land. The death toll is currently at seven confirmed fatalities and rising.The government of Trinidad & Tobago have offered their assistance and plan to mobilize defense personnel as soon as it's deemed safe. A supply vessel is also being sent.
    St. Maarten/St. Martin
    Cruise Port: Philipsburg (St. Maarten); Marigot (St. Martin)
    Both the Dutch and French sides of the island were severely impacted during Hurricane Irma and are closed to cruise business. On Sunday, September 10, Royal Caribbean's Adventure of the Seas made a humanitarian stop in St. Martin, escorted by the Dutch navy. "We were able to tie up, and we landed much-needed provisions: water, ice, garbage bags, clothing, canned food," Michael Bayley, president and CEO of Royal Caribbean International, said during an interview on Good Morning America. "We were able to evacuate around 320 tourists and local people who needed help and needed to get out of St. Martin...we're taking them on to the ABC islands [Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao], where they'll probably disembark."
    Director of tourism for Dutch St. Maarten Rolando Brison reported some visitors were also been evacuated to Montreal, Canada and other locations. The Princess Juliana International Airport re-opened on September 10 to receive flights bringing in relief supplies and to evacuate guests, but no passengers -- including media -- are being allowed in at the moment due to a shortage of staff.
    Land-based resorts were severely damaged, including hotel chain Sonesta, which has canceled all reservations on the island through the remainder of 2017.
    St. Barts
    Cruise Port: Gustavia
    St. Bart's was heavily impacted by Hurricane Irma, which destroyed government buildings and badly damaged private homes and hotels. The French government has sent people and supplies to the country to assist with recovery efforts, and French President Emmanuel Macron visited on September 13. On September 14, the island's airport reopened to commercial flights, and the harbor is open to relief efforts. Roadways have been cleared, water production has resumed and electricity is being restored.
    Barbuda
    Cruise Port: Low Bay Beach
    The cruise port in Barbuda is closed. The island of approximately 1,800 residents -- a twin to the better-known Antigua -- was severely impacted by Hurricane Irma, which passed directly over the small island, resulting in one fatality. Prime Minister Gaston Browne said 90 percent of homes were destroyed as a result of the storm, and Barbuda's hotel infrastructure was also damaged.
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    harley1 got a reaction from Land Ahoy in Hurricane Update on ports!   
    Thought this may be useful for anyone travelling to the Caribbean imminently
    OPEN AT THIS TIME
    Bahamas
    Cruise Ports: Nassau; Freeport
    A hurricane warning for Maria is in effect for the southeastern Bahamas as of September 20.
    The Port of Nassau, and other ports around The Bahamas, are open.
    Bahamasair resumed service into the United States on September 12 at Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport, Orlando International Airport and Miami International Airport. While airlines are operating international flights out of Grand Bahama International Airport, U.S. customs and border pre-clearance is currently unavailable and will be reinstated at a later date. Out Islands International service has resumed from Exuma International Airport in The Exumas and Marsh Harbour Airport in The Abacos.
    Nassau and Paradise Island hotels received no damage from Irma. The majority of hotel and resorts throughout The Islands of The Bahamas are operating as usual or are expected to reopen on their regularly scheduled dates.
    Great Stirrup Cay: According to a statement from Norwegian Cruise Line, Great Stirrup Cay was unaffected by Hurricane Irma and is receiving cruise ships.
    Castaway Cay: Disney's private island is currently open.
    CocoCay: Also known as Little Strirrup Cay, Royal Caribbean's private island in the Bahamas is currently open.
    St. Kitts
    Cruise Port: Basseterre
    The port of Basseterre was one of the first cruise ports to re-open following Hurricane Irma; Carnival Fascination called on September 8. St. Kitts & Nevis sustained minimal damage from Irma overall, and St. Kitts' Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport is open.
    Nevis
    Cruise Port: Charlestown
    The port in Charlestown and Nevis' Vance W. Amory International Airport are currently open.
    Barbados
    Cruise Port: Bridgetown
    The Port of Bridgetown is open at this time. Calls from Carnival Fascination began on September 13.
    Antigua
    Cruise Port: St. John's
    Antigua escaped much of the damage caused by Hurricane Irma. The next scheduled call on St. John's was Royal Caribbean's Adventure of the Seas on September 19, which has since been diverted to Aruba due to Hurricane Maria.
    Antigua's V.C. Bird International Airport opened for all flights on Thursday, September 7. Unfortunately, sister island Barbuda was severely impacted by the storm.
    Haiti
    Cruise Port: Labadee
    Haiti was relatively unscathed by Irma. All services remain in operation and the country continues to welcome visitors. Royal Caribbean's Harmony of the Seas called on Labadee, Royal's private island, on September 14.
     
    Cuba
    Cruise Ports: Havana; Cienfuegos; Santiago de Cuba
    According to a statement from Norwegian Cruise Line, "We have received confirmation that the port facilities in Havana were not impacted by the storm and our tour operators are ready to receive cruise guests." Norwegian Sky's four-day cruise to Cuba departing on September 18 sailed as scheduled. Hurricane Irma passed over the northern portion of Cuba, and it was been reported that Havana experienced major flooding, with widespread power outages and wind damage. Both Delta and JetBlue have resumed flights to Havana.
    Martinique
    Cruise Port: Fort de France
    Hurricane Maria passed over Martinique on September 18. The Martinique Aime Cesaire International Airport is now open, with ports scheduled to re-open September 20.
    OPENING SOON
    The Florida Keys
    Cruise Ports: Key West
    The Florida Keys sustained serious damage and flooding as a result of Hurricane Irma, but it seems to be recovering sooner than expected.
    Originally, Key West officials had stated that the port would be open for tourism by October 20. But on September 21, Royal Caribbean announced that Empress of the Seas would be returning to Key West on September 24.
    Cruise Critic is awaiting word from Royal Caribbean and Key West if services and excursions available for cruise passengers will be limited or altered.
    CLOSED
    Puerto Rico
    Cruise Port: San Juan
    Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico as a Category 4 storm on September 20 with winds of up to 155 mph. By mid-day, the storm downgraded to a Category 3 with wind speeds of 115 mph, but not before knocking out power to the entire island. Puerto Rico's governor has declared a state of emergency and ordered a number of evacuations for parts of the U.S. territory.
    The San Juan airport shut down at 7 p.m. September 19, ahead of the storm; it will remain closed until at least Friday because of flooding and debris, according to an NBC News report.
    After Irma, the Port of San Juan started receiving ships on September 9. Royal Caribbean's Adventure of the Seas and Carnival Fascination, the two ships that homeport in San Juan, sailed on September 9 and September 10, respectively. The island had also served as a staging ground for evacuees from other islands affected by Hurricane Irma.
    Dominican Republic
    Cruise Port: Amber Cove; La Romana; Samana; Santo Domingo
    Hurricane Maria ran through the Dominican Republic on the morning of September 21 as a Category 3 storm. Details on damage are still forthcoming.
    Carnival Glory had been slated to dock there on September 21; that itinerary has been changed. Ports closed on September 20.
    The ports of the Dominican Republic emerged from Irma without major damage. Punta Cana International Airport resumed normal operations and the area's hotel sector is reporting no major damage. Ships began sailing back to Amber Cove shortly after the storm.
    Bahamas
    Half Moon Cay: In an abundance of caution, Half Moon Cay is being evacuated in preparation for Hurricane Maria.
    After Hurricane Irma, Carnival brand ambassador John Heald reported minimal beach erosion and no major damage at the private island.
    Princess Cays: Princess Cays, located at the southern end of Eleuthera island, is also being evacuated to prepare for Hurricane Maria, as of September 20.
    ASSESSING DAMAGE
    U.S. Virgin Islands
    Cruise Port: St. Croix
    Hurricane Maria made landfall in St. Croix between September 19 and 20. According to a statement from Beverly Nicholson-Doty, the Commissionor of Tourism: "Based on our preliminary assessments and reports, St. Croix experienced serious hurricane winds and was significantly impacted, and heavy rainfall and flooding affected our Territory. Communications are limited and our teams are in the process of making an assessment of damage to our infrastructure."
    While fellow U.S. Virgin Islands St. Thomas and St. John were far more impacted by Irma, seaports on St. Croix and the Henry E. Rohlsen Airport on St. Croix quickly re-opened. JetBlue resumed operations on the island on September 8, and American Airlines followed on September 12.
    Guadeloupe
    Cruise Port: Pointe-a-Pitre
    Hurricane Maria hit the southern shores of the French island of Guadeloupe on September 18, causing flooding and obstruction of roads from debris. Two people are reported dead. The island's airport is currently closed.
     
    Turks & Caicos
    Cruise Port: Grand Turk
    A hurricane warning is in effect for the Turks & Caicos as of September 20.
    Contrary to a previous statement, Carnival's brand ambassador John Heald posted on his Facebook page: "The latest assessments from Grand Turk indicate that the island is going to need a little more time to be ready for cruise guests so [Carnival] will not be sailing there next week after all."
    This affects Carnival Magic, Carnival Conquest, Carnival Sensation and Carnival Glory. Magic, Conquest and Glory have replaced Grand Turk's upcoming calls with the line's private port, Amber Cove; Sensation will instead call at Freeport.
    Several of the hotel properties on Turks & Caicos were scheduled for annual closure prior to Irma. Some properties have elected to remain closed to assess any damage to their properties and are looking to reopen in the beginning or middle of October.
    The Turks and Caicos Islands Airports Authority re-opened Providenciales International Airport for scheduled flights as of 11 a.m. on Monday, September 11.
    Anguilla
    Cruise Port: Road Bay
    The Road Bay Port at Sandy Ground reopened after Irma and is able to receive cargo, but no cruise ship calls are on the schedule until late November.
    The Clayton J. Lloyd International Airport is now open from sunrise to sunset for charter and emergency flights. Anguilla Air Services is currently operating into St. Kitts and Antigua, taking persons to connect out of those hubs and also bringing persons into Anguilla.
    SEVERELY DAMAGED
    Dominica
    Cruise Port: Roseau
    Hurricane Maria hit Dominica as a Category 5 storm on September 18. The island's Prime Minister said that initial reports were of widespread devastation, with most homes losing roofs from the 160 mph winds. The island is without electricity or running water, however the tarmac at Mellville Hall [Airport] was not too badly damaged, accoridng to a statement, so the strip should be opened in a day or two for larger relief planes to land. The death toll is currently at seven confirmed fatalities and rising.The government of Trinidad & Tobago have offered their assistance and plan to mobilize defense personnel as soon as it's deemed safe. A supply vessel is also being sent.
    St. Maarten/St. Martin
    Cruise Port: Philipsburg (St. Maarten); Marigot (St. Martin)
    Both the Dutch and French sides of the island were severely impacted during Hurricane Irma and are closed to cruise business. On Sunday, September 10, Royal Caribbean's Adventure of the Seas made a humanitarian stop in St. Martin, escorted by the Dutch navy. "We were able to tie up, and we landed much-needed provisions: water, ice, garbage bags, clothing, canned food," Michael Bayley, president and CEO of Royal Caribbean International, said during an interview on Good Morning America. "We were able to evacuate around 320 tourists and local people who needed help and needed to get out of St. Martin...we're taking them on to the ABC islands [Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao], where they'll probably disembark."
    Director of tourism for Dutch St. Maarten Rolando Brison reported some visitors were also been evacuated to Montreal, Canada and other locations. The Princess Juliana International Airport re-opened on September 10 to receive flights bringing in relief supplies and to evacuate guests, but no passengers -- including media -- are being allowed in at the moment due to a shortage of staff.
    Land-based resorts were severely damaged, including hotel chain Sonesta, which has canceled all reservations on the island through the remainder of 2017.
     
    SEVERELY DAMAGED
    Dominica
    Cruise Port: Roseau
    Hurricane Maria hit Dominica as a Category 5 storm on September 18. The island's Prime Minister said that initial reports were of widespread devastation, with most homes losing roofs from the 160 mph winds. The island is without electricity or running water, however the tarmac at Mellville Hall [Airport] was not too badly damaged, accoridng to a statement, so the strip should be opened in a day or two for larger relief planes to land. The death toll is currently at seven confirmed fatalities and rising.The government of Trinidad & Tobago have offered their assistance and plan to mobilize defense personnel as soon as it's deemed safe. A supply vessel is also being sent.
    St. Maarten/St. Martin
    Cruise Port: Philipsburg (St. Maarten); Marigot (St. Martin)
    Both the Dutch and French sides of the island were severely impacted during Hurricane Irma and are closed to cruise business. On Sunday, September 10, Royal Caribbean's Adventure of the Seas made a humanitarian stop in St. Martin, escorted by the Dutch navy. "We were able to tie up, and we landed much-needed provisions: water, ice, garbage bags, clothing, canned food," Michael Bayley, president and CEO of Royal Caribbean International, said during an interview on Good Morning America. "We were able to evacuate around 320 tourists and local people who needed help and needed to get out of St. Martin...we're taking them on to the ABC islands [Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao], where they'll probably disembark."
    Director of tourism for Dutch St. Maarten Rolando Brison reported some visitors were also been evacuated to Montreal, Canada and other locations. The Princess Juliana International Airport re-opened on September 10 to receive flights bringing in relief supplies and to evacuate guests, but no passengers -- including media -- are being allowed in at the moment due to a shortage of staff.
    Land-based resorts were severely damaged, including hotel chain Sonesta, which has canceled all reservations on the island through the remainder of 2017.
    St. Barts
    Cruise Port: Gustavia
    St. Bart's was heavily impacted by Hurricane Irma, which destroyed government buildings and badly damaged private homes and hotels. The French government has sent people and supplies to the country to assist with recovery efforts, and French President Emmanuel Macron visited on September 13. On September 14, the island's airport reopened to commercial flights, and the harbor is open to relief efforts. Roadways have been cleared, water production has resumed and electricity is being restored.
    Barbuda
    Cruise Port: Low Bay Beach
    The cruise port in Barbuda is closed. The island of approximately 1,800 residents -- a twin to the better-known Antigua -- was severely impacted by Hurricane Irma, which passed directly over the small island, resulting in one fatality. Prime Minister Gaston Browne said 90 percent of homes were destroyed as a result of the storm, and Barbuda's hotel infrastructure was also damaged.
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    harley1 reacted to Furby in The Aftermath of Hurricane Irma   
    I can’t even comprehend living through anything like this, to have something as basic as your home ripped away with everything inside, my heart goes out to everyone affected.

    I was on carnivals Facebook yesterday and the amount of selfish people moaning about changes to their holidays, spare a thought for people who have their whole lives affected, not just a day out of their holiday. 
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    harley1 got a reaction from Sea Cruiser in Military Benefits   
    I think its bad you get less when you go for an inside cabin! you haven't served your country any less than if you are in a suite! wrong P&O.
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    harley1 got a reaction from loz6 in Military Benefits   
    I think its bad you get less when you go for an inside cabin! you haven't served your country any less than if you are in a suite! wrong P&O.
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    harley1 got a reaction from HLM in Military Benefits   
    I think its bad you get less when you go for an inside cabin! you haven't served your country any less than if you are in a suite! wrong P&O.
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    harley1 got a reaction from Oldworldtraveller in Military Benefits   
    I think its bad you get less when you go for an inside cabin! you haven't served your country any less than if you are in a suite! wrong P&O.
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    harley1 reacted to sammy sun in Military Benefits   
    Completely agree, it should be the same across the board. I understand them changing the OBC for different holiday durations but not for different cabin grades. I agree harley, it is wrong.
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    harley1 got a reaction from WAVES in Military Benefits   
    I think its bad you get less when you go for an inside cabin! you haven't served your country any less than if you are in a suite! wrong P&O.
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    harley1 got a reaction from WAVES in charging for towels!   
    Just seen Royal Caribbean are going to be charging for towels that are not returned!
    there goes my cruise line towel collection
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    Just seen Royal Caribbean are going to be charging for towels that are not returned!
    there goes my cruise line towel collection
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    harley1 got a reaction from dancefloordemon in Does Anyone Iron In The Nude?   
    a little confused about this topic? sounds more like a dating website?
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    What was the Camel saying to you Jinky?
     
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    to be totally honest my last experince of p&o staff were that they were rude, ignorant and down right lazy! the 'thats not my job attitude' shame really as all the other sailings i have been on with P&O have been spot on! i hope it was just a blip as if they are asking for £5 pppd i think this is far too much for the service i last recieved which was basically non existant!
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    harley1 reacted to KarenB in What makes you think river cruising is boring?   
    Hi samfox01, you may like to know that the new cruise tv show 'Cruising with Jane McDonald' on Channel 5 will follow Jane on board a river cruise on the Danube. May be worth giving the show a watch to see what the Danube has to offer and give you a better feel of what river cruising life may be like.
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    harley1 got a reaction from dancefloordemon in BEST CRUISE EVER!   
    What can I say but WOW! we travelled on Riviera for 10 nights for the first time July 2016. this cruise line is incredible.
    For my husbands job we get to eat at many a fancy restaurant but non of those compared to the standard of the food on Oceania. I absolutely loved the fact we got all the speciality restaurants for FREE and the choice of food is unlike anything I have ever experience on a cruise line
    The level of service was second to non to the point of we actually felt like we were on a private yacht. a prime example was I went for a swim and when I returned my sunbed had been straightened out, my towel had been replaced and a fresh glass of iced water placed at the side!!! 
    We have been on Azamara before and loved the relaxed atmosphere, food and service but comparing the two cruise lines I would always swing more towards Oceania now
    the down side was being a smaller ship of only 1200 passengers there was not a great deal of entertainment on-board, however we knew this as we had done the smaller ships before. to be honest it didn't bother us as the ship docked in until late most nights and dinner is such an occasion, masses of entertainment is not needed
    Thankfully we got the drinks package before we embarked it was £38 pppd but this was for literally anything from cocktails, champagne, top shelf whiskies, gin, wines and beers etc....! (comparing it to companies like Celebrity and Royal Caribbean at the same price much more was included with Oceania, unlike the other brands they don't put a monetary restriction on drinks ie: up to 'x' amount per glass you had everything on the menu)
    pricing examples; champagne $15.95 per glass, cocktails ran from around $11-15 depending on what you want, glasses of wine $11 -17 per glass, all of these come with a lovely 18% gratuity on top so I would defo recommend the drinks package!
    I am already looking again for next years Oceania cruise and literally did not want to get off. worth every penny and we didn't spend a penny on board.
    BEST CRUISE EVER!!!










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