Updates of efforts to bring relief and reconstruction to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands
The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Venturous, a 210-foot medium-endurance cutter homeported in St. Petersburg, Florida, arrives to deliver aid near the port of Ponce, Puerto Rico, Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017, in Ponce, Puerto Rico. The crew delivered food and supplies to the Federal Emergency Management Agency and local law enforcement officials who will distribute the aid to the victims of Hurricane Maria. (U.S. Coast Guard video by Petty Officer 1st Class Michael De Nyse)
From Royal Caribbean: The Caribbean is our home, and we’re doing everything we can to help impacted islands get back on their feet. Today, Adventure of the Seas arrived in San Juan with medical teams, relief supplies, and 500 generators to help our friends in Puerto Rico. From there, Adventure will head to St. Thomas and St. Croix to drop off much-needed supplies. With the assistance of local government, Adventure will also pick up almost 3,000 evacuees from these islands, including families of our employees, and bring them back to Fort Lauderdale. Our work isn’t done here. We’re matching up to $1 million for every donation we receive. For more info on how you can get involved, visit: http://bit.ly/2xWkf7i
Read these comments posted on the Royal Caribbean Facebook page for Adventure of the Seas as customers of the cruise line school the cruise line on their refusal to reschedule cruises.
Royal Caribbean passengers beg cruise line to speed up rescheduling of voyages, pointing out the flights and hotels of those taking Adventure of The Seas cruises are unavailable. This is from Facebook:
Weather & Itinerary Update
September 25, 2017 @ 11 AM EDT
Our thoughts and prayers are with our neighbors in San Juan and the other affected islands as they rebuild after Hurricanes Irma and Maria.
The following sailing is being canceled:
Adventure of the Seas: September 30
Given the impact of Hurricane Maria, we are canceling this cruise to utilize the ship for evacuation and humanitarian efforts. The ship will arrive on Wednesday, September 27 and will operate humanitarian calls in San Juan, St. Thomas and St. Croix to aid in the evacuation and donate critical supplies to each destination. The ship will bring evacuees to Fort Lauderdale before returning to San Juan on October 6 to prepare for the October 7th cruise.
We are very sorry for the impact this storm has had on your vacation. The cruise fare and fees will be 100% refunded to the original form of payment, and we are also offering a 25% future cruise credit, based on the cruise fare if a new cruise is booked in the next 30 days. Pre-booked shore excursions will also be refunded to your original form of payment.
Given Hurricane Irma’s impact to St. Maarten and St. Thomas, as well as Hurricane Maria’s impact to San Juan, we are altering the following ports for future sailings until these islands have fully recovered.
As the recovery effort remains fluid and each island is working diligently to get back to normal operations, we will continue to communicate any port changes approximately four weeks prior to departure.
Adventure of the Seas:
10/7 – St. Croix to Martinique
10/14 – St. Croix to Antigua
Allure of the Seas:
10/1 – St. Thomas & San Juan to Cozumel & Costa Maya
10/15 – St. Maarten & San Juan to Cozumel & Costa Maya
Enchantment of the Seas:
10/2 & 10/9 – Freeport back to Key West
Harmony of the Seas:
10/7 – St. Maarten, San Juan & Labadee to Nassau, Cozumel & Costa Maya
10/21 – St. Thomas, San Juan & Labadee to Nassau, Cozumel & Costa Maya
Serenade of the Seas:
10/20 – St. Thomas & St. Maarten to St. Kitts & Antigua
Oasis of the Seas:
10/8 – St. Maarten, San Juan & Labadee to Nassau, Cozumel & Costa Maya
10/22 – St. Maarten & San Juan to Nassau & Falmouth
The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Heriberto Hernandez, a Fast Response Cutter homeported in San Juan, Puerto Rico, deliver food near the port of Ponce, Puerto Rico, Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017, in Ponce, Puerto Rico. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Michael De Nyse)
PONCE, PUERTO RICO— The Coast Guard continues to work with local agencies to provide relief after the destruction of Hurricane Maria.
The Coast Guard, through the transfer of supplies such as food and water and the inspection of port facilities, has been actively involved in the Hurricane Maria relief effort.
Trees uprooted at St. Croix due to Hurricane Maria, September 28, 2017. Hurricane Maria devastated the island, National Guard members work to aid the island in a time of need. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Gregory Ferreira/Released)
Downed power lines lay on the streets of St. Croix Island, September 28, 2017. Hurricane Maria devastated the island, National Guard members work to aid the local community in a time of need. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Gregory Ferreira/
Citizen-Soldiers from Army Aviation of the Puerto Rico National Guard transported food and water to the municipality of Jayuya, P.R., Sept. 27. The PRNG in support to federal and state agencies, distributed supplies to the cities of the central part of the island, where access has been difficult due to the debris left by Hurricane Maria. (Photo by Sgt. José Ahiram Díaz-Ramos/PRNG-PAO)
Coast Guard Cutter Donald Horsley loads water to deliver to Puerto Rico
Crewmembers from the Coast Guard Cutter Donald Horsley, a 154-foot Fast Response Cutter homeported in San Juan, Puerto Rico, load bottled water onto the cutter while moored in Curacao, Sept. 20, 2017.
The cutter’s crew will deliver the water to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands for hurricane relief support in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Katherine Ustler.
Members of the Virgin Islands National Guard and the Virgin Islands Fire Department distributes food and water to civilians at St. Croix Educational Complex, one of the four points of distribution, Friday, September 22. Hurricane Maria, a category 5 hurricane, left St. Croix devastated after making landfall early Wednesday, Sept. 20.