Here is the latest on how each private island owned by cruise lines in the Bahamas fared from the storm.
Disney Cruise Line’s Castaway Cay – Castaway Cay was the closest private island to the hurricane. The island is located 30 miles from the Abaco Islands where the eye of the hurricane made landfall.
Disney Cruise Line said that sustained winds on Castaway Cay did not extend beyond tropical force winds (39-73 mph). The crew is back in their living quarters after spending a few hours in a hurricane shelter that was built to withstand major hurricanes.
Royal Caribbean’s CocoCay – Royal Caribbean is sending a team to the island today to access damage. Although a few webcam photos of CocoCay were released on Monday that didn’t show structural damage, the cruise line will be able to see the full picture once the team makes it to the island.
As of right now, Royal Caribbean is hoping to reopen the island on Saturday, September 7 when Navigator of the Seas is scheduled to dock. However, they won’t know for sure until the entire property is evaluated.
Norwegian Cruise Line’s Great Stirrup Cay – Norwegian Cruise Line has not yet given an update on Great Stirrup Cay. Since Great Stirrup Cay is located less than one mile to the east of CocoCay, it received the same weather conditions as Royal Caribbean’s island.
Holland America Line’s Half Moon Cay – Holland America said that there was some minor beach erosion that will need to be cleaned up. There was no structural damage and the horses and stingrays are all doing well. Holland America Line ships are scheduled to return to Half Moon Cay on October 21 with a visit by Zuiderdam. Carnival cruise ships should return shortly.
Princess Cruises’ Princess Cays – Princess said that initial reports show only cosmetic damage and minor beach erosion on Princess Cays.