Cruise News4 Cruise Ports Closed Indefinitely Due to Damage Caused by Hurricane Irma

4 Cruise Ports Closed Indefinitely Due to Damage Caused by Hurricane Irma

Four popular cruise ports, including the top two ports in 2016,  are closed indefinitely to cruise ships due to damage caused by Hurricane Irma.

Since so many of our readers have asked about the different cruise ports in the Caribbean and which ones were affected by the storm, here is a rundown of the cruise ports that are open and closed following the storm.

St. Thomas, St. Maarten, Tortola, Key West: All four ports are closed indefinitely.  Gene Sloan at USA Today is reporting that St. Thomas and St Maarten could be closed to cruise ships for weeks, and possibly for months.  Norwegian Cruise Line has replaced all Eastern Caribbean itineraries until November with Western Caribbean ones and Royal Caribbean has ships that will be stopping in St. Kitts and St. Croix instead of St. Thomas and St. Maarten.

San Juan: The eye of Hurricane Irma passed 50 miles to the north of San Juan.  As a result, the area received just minimal damage and the port has reopened.  The shops in Old San Juan began to reopen two days after the storm.

Grand Turk: Reports came in from Grand Turk saying that the port reopened on Tuesday September 12. However, officials are now stating that a few minor repairs are needed and the port should reopen in a few days.

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Nassau and Freeport Bahamas: The ports are operating as normal.

Half Moon Cay: Holland America Line sent out a statement saying that Half Moon Cay was not damaged and is fully operational.

Great Stirrup Cay: Norwegian Cruise Line said that their private island in the Bahamas was unaffected by the hurricane.

Havana, Cuba: Norwegian Cruise Line stated they received confirmation that the port facilities in Havana were not impacted by the storm.

Labadee, Haiti: Labadee remains open and received no damage.

Amber Cove: Amber Cove received no damage and remains open.

Private Islands: All visits to the private islands in the Bahamas are currently on schedule.

Note: Hurricane Irma did not affect any of the Western Caribbean ports including those in Mexico, Jamaica, Grand Cayman, Belize, or Roatan.

Also, all departure ports in Florida are open and this weekend, cruises are back to being 100% on schedule.

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Cruise News4 Cruise Ports Closed Indefinitely Due to Damage Caused by Hurricane Irma


  1. We were going on that!! Glad we cancled. We had insurance thru carnival and still lost 25% ….Wont ever buy that again. And can’t get our money till we book another cruse. And we are platum crusers….. They are doing everything all wrong. And still getting big bucks….

  2. We just received notice that our cruise on the Vista has been re-routed to Aruba, Curacao, and Bonaire… and the other 4 days will be “days at sea”…. I am SO disappointed, especially after reading that some of the ports for our planned cruise are indeed open. Our trip has been planned for a year and a half — and this is the best we could be offered? Aruba was our least favorite stop of any cruise we’ve ever taken.

    This cruise ….
    Sat, Nov 4 Miami, Florida 4:00 PM
    Sun, Nov 5 At Sea
    Mon, Nov 6 Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands 8:00 AM 4:00 PM
    Tue, Nov 7 San Juan, Puerto Rico 1:00 PM 8:00 PM
    Wed, Nov 8 Saint Kitts and Nevis (Saint Kitts) 10:00 AM 8:00 PM
    Thu, Nov 9 Saint Maarten (Phillipsburg), Netherlands Antilles 8:00 AM 5:00 PM
    Fri, Nov 10 At Sea
    Sat, Nov 11 At Sea
    Sun, Nov 12 Miami, Florida

    was replaced with this!

    Sat Miami, FL 4:00 PM
    Sun Fun Day @ Sea
    Mon Fun Day @ Sea
    Tue Aruba 8:00 AM 11:00 PM
    Wed Bonaire 8:00 AM 10:00 PM
    Thu Curacao 8:00 AM 5:00 PM
    Fri Fun Day @ Sea
    Sat Fun Day @ Sea
    Sun Miami, FL 8:00 AM

  3. Reports coverage like this hurting the people of these islands and travel agencies. How are you going to put indefinitely in your title and article and then immediate say the ports will be opened in weeks or months? Do you not know what the word indefinitely means or are you so desperate for an attention headline you do not care about the ethics of your title? Shame on you.

  4. Have rooms booked for New Year’s Eve in the keys, will we be able to go, driving up to the keys from ft lauderdale

  5. My cruise itinerary hasn’t changed yet and its supposed to port in St Thomas. I cant get any Carnival customer support on the phone.

  6. You may want to re-think the time-line of St.Thomas and SXM. Both islands were destroyed. It’s not going to take weeks or even months… We are talking years before they are ready for tourism to return and have access to the islands like they used to. Go ahead, sail into SXM in January and see if the Sunset Bar is open. Or book a room at the Great Bay Sonesta Hotel. I hear the top floor rooms are great for getting that mid-day sun since the entire roof of the structure is gone!!!

  7. No they are not 100% on schedule. I had one cruise for this weekend canceled and the one I rebooked has been delayed.

  8. We have 6 adults & 5 kids going on a Disney cruise that is switching from east to the west Caribbean in December. Are passports now needed?

  9. Cruising in late November Carnival Fascination out of Bridgetown port Barbados is it possible St Thomas port be back in operation ?

  10. I just called Princess cruises and they do not have any confirmation that they will not be docking in St Maarten and St Thomas

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