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Ports, private islands open for business

Travel Weekly reports that the private islands and ports in The Bahamas and Haiti are mostly open and sustained only minor damage from Hurricane Matthew, according to cruise lines. 

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Thursday, October 13, 2016
Thursday, October 13, 2016
Tom Stieghorst

Travel WeeklyThe private islands and ports in The Bahamas and Haiti are mostly open and sustained only minor damage from Hurricane Matthew, according to cruise lines.

At Holland America Line’s Half Moon Cay, staff recently inspected the island and clean-up efforts are underway. The next scheduled call is by Carnival Valor on Oct. 15, followed by Zuiderdam on Oct. 20.

Likewise, Princess Cays, the private island of Princess Cruises, sustained very little damage during Hurricane Matthew, said spokewoman Brea Burkholz.


Disney Cruise Line’s exclusive port at Castaway Cay is also open and expects a call from Disney Dream on Oct. 13.

Norwegian Cruise Line’s private island at Great Stirrup Cay was closed for renovation during the storm. An assessment team has been sent to make an evaluation. The island is currently scheduled to reopen Oct. 22.

Of the public ports, Nassau was ready for cruises quickly after the storm, but Freeport may have received more damage than other parts of The Bahamas. The Grand Bahamas Port Authority has an official notice of closure “until further notice,” posted on its website.

This is an excerpt from Travel Weekly as it appeared on October 13, 2016. For updates or to read the current version of this post in its entirety, please click here.

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BMD Holdings Ltd, the former developer of Baha Mar owned by Sarkis Izmirlian, has notified the Export Import Bank of China, as well as Prime Minister Perry Christie, that it is prepared to move forward to purchase the Baha Mar resort, saying it will pay all monies owed to contractors and complete construction swiftly.

Although Grand Bahama was among those islands hardest hit during the passage of Hurricane Matthew last week, the tourism industry on the island is moving quickly to rebuild.

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