Caribbean Port Status

October 5, 2017

This summer, hurricanes Irma and Maria swept through the Caribbean and left varying levels of damage. Several islands were impacted seriously enough to interrupt tourism, travel and the daily life of their wonderful people. Government officials, tour operators, port agents, and some of our own employees on the islands are assessing each island’s unique situation.

Through this network, we receive real-time information on progress toward welcoming cruise ships and getting our guests back to port. We’ll update the information here regularly, to bring you the latest on the status of the islands we visit.

We’re doing everything we can to support ongoing relief efforts for all those affected by these devastating storms. We hope you’re looking forward to visiting these beautiful destinations again just as much as we are. If you’d like to help the islands with us, visit – we’re matching donations dollar-for-dollar up to $1M.


Island Status Updates


This beautiful island experienced extensive damage due to hurricane Maria. We’ve had difficulty communicating with officials, which has made it difficult to evaluate the extent of the damage and the island’s relief needs.  We don’t know how long it will take the island to recover and welcome visitors again. We continue to monitor the island’s progress, and we hope Dominica will be ready to accept cruise ships back soon.

Key West

This southern most point in the United States was hit hard by hurricane Irma, and although there was extensive damage, teams on the ground have worked diligently to get the city back to business as usual. The city has already begun welcoming cruise ships again. Our first visit to this dynamic port of call was on November 4th aboard Celebrity Reflection®.

Cruise operations were temporarily halted, but the city has already begun welcoming cruise ships again. Our first visit to this dynamic port of call will be on November 4 aboard Celebrity Reflection®.

St. Croix

This beautiful destination, part of the USVI, suffered damage from both hurricanes, Irma and Maria. Piers in Frederiksted and Christiansted are operational and damage assessments around the island are ongoing. 13 out of 14 of our tours are operating, and Buck Island National Park has reopened. Our first scheduled visit to St. Croix is planned for January 14, 2018 with Celebrity Summit®.

St. Maarten

This popular cruise destination suffered significant damage, but communications, power, and water have all been restored.  Although several shops remain closed, Great Bay Beach (near the pier) is in great shape. The port plans to receive cruise ships later this month, and our first visit is scheduled for February 6, 2018 with Celebrity EquinoxSM.

St. Thomas

One of the most popular cruise ship destinations in the Caribbean, this USVI suffered damage from the storms, but not as badly as other islands. The cruise piers were largely undamaged.

In partnership with the government of the U.S. Virgin Islands, Royal Caribbean undertook a complete restoration of Magens Bay, one of St. Thomas’ most popular tourist attractions. Hurricanes Irma and Maria caused major damage to the beach facilities. Cleanup crews have worked diligently to remove fallen trees and debris, repair buildings, and replant hundreds of native plants and trees. December 7th was a day of celebration with the grand reopening of Magens Bay, and in less than three months after enduring the storms.

With power and water to the island fully restored and most downtown shops, restaurants, bars and tour operators fully operational, guests will be able to experience a diverse and extensive array of dining and shopping and activities, including boat and catamaran excursions to explore the turquoise blue waters, the abundant sea life, or soaking up some sun at some of the region’s best beaches.

We returned to St. Thomas on November 23rd aboard Celebrity Silhouette®.

San Juan

This US territory suffered extensive damage with hurricanes Irma and Maria.  However, we are happy to report, power has now been restored to both cruise terminals. The airport is operational, and most airlines have resumed flights to San Juan. If you have flights reserved, check with your airline to confirm your flights. Assessments of the tourist venues are ongoing.  Both forts have reopened, as well as the Bacardi distillery.  Both Old and New San Juan are open for tourists.  The local tourism board has been putting on festivals around Old San Juan, with music and artisans to welcome cruise guests. Other cruise lines have returned already, and Celebrity returned to San Juan as a port of call on December 11, 2017, aboard Celebrity EquinoxSM.


One of the most breathtaking islands of the BVI, initial assessments from officials indicated minimal damage to the cruise pier; however, we’re awaiting a more comprehensive evaluation.  Government officials continue to assess the islands recovery and provide reports on the beaches and tourist attractions regularly.  Our first scheduled visit is planned for December 18, 2018 Celebrity EdgeSM.