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First cruise ship November 5
      #1749151 - 10/11/17 09:30 AM (73.255.141.246)

Daily Herald story Good news!

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Re: First cruise ship November 5 [Re: Carol_Hill]
      #1749156 - 10/11/17 10:21 AM (174.233.135.110)

https://www.cruisetimetables.com/cruisesongrandeuroftheseas-28oct2017.html

Looks to be a one off for this ship at the moment which sails out of Baltimore 28 October. If you click to see the November sailings, no SXM stop.

Hopefully they do well and they bring them back into the itinerary fold.



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Re: First cruise ship November 5 [Re: Carol_Hill]
      #1749157 - 10/11/17 10:22 AM (73.112.165.173)

Please tell what are the 2446 passengers going to do on the island?

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Re: First cruise ship November 5 [Re: LBI2SXM]
      #1749158 - 10/11/17 10:26 AM (97.73.80.167)

I wonder the same thing.

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Re: First cruise ship November 5 [Re: Cathyg]
      #1749161 - 10/11/17 10:41 AM (24.22.151.53)

Probably shop along Front Street in the few shops open, Use the beach in front of Holland House, go to Mullet Beach as it looks usable, spend money at some of the beach bars along the boardwalk and hire taxi to drive around the island as most if not all roads are drivable now. Any dollars spent will trickle down to the masses.

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Re: First cruise ship November 5 [Re: LBI2SXM]
      #1749165 - 10/11/17 10:58 AM (73.255.141.246)

November 5 is still almost another month away. It's not going to be business as usual, but SXM NEEDS cruise ship tourists to start to come.

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Re: First cruise ship November 5 [Re: LBI2SXM]
      #1749167 - 10/11/17 11:10 AM (75.133.113.202)

Quote:

LBI2SXM said:
Please tell what are the 2446 passengers going to do on the island?




An interesting comment.

Friends of ours made their first (and only) visit to SXM from a cruise ship stop there May of Ď96, the Spring after Luis paid his call to SXM.

They couldnít understand, based on what they saw, why we went back there year after year and decided it was one place they would NOT return to. And they were aware of the storm the preceding Fall prior to their arrival but they still had no clear concept of what they were looking at. They couldnít perceive the kind of damage storms of that magnitude could create and assumed it was a sad and loverty-stricken Island.

Smart and very well traveled people but to this day, they have never been inclined to return. We visited the island the April after Luis and I have to admit, if I hadnít known better, I might have thought the same thing.

Their loss, for sure, but I hope people on those early ships back to the island are better prepared for what they will encounter as clearly, our friends werenít.

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Re: First cruise ship November 5 [Re: pat]
      #1749170 - 10/11/17 11:14 AM (24.22.151.53)

It's my understanding from a post I read on facebook that most of the passengers are in the Travel business. Taking a hard look at what St Maarten has to offer at this point.

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Re: First cruise ship November 5 [Re: SXMScubaman]
      #1749173 - 10/11/17 11:27 AM (75.133.113.202)

I think itís great the ships are returning but I hope the over all and lasting impressions are good ones. Those of us who love the island as we do, are often far more forgiving and tend to be inclined to over look the blemishes and wrinkles because we know the heart of what the island is in good times.

Just hoping they arenít pushing too hard too fast, but remember peeps, I tend to be a Ďwhat ifferí and I sure do hope this isnít the prevailing attitude of most who might visit early on as the Island reopens to visitors. We all know she needs all the support she can get right now.

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Re: First cruise ship November 5 [Re: Carol_Hill]
      #1749176 - 10/11/17 11:51 AM (108.4.118.232)

Weird. As of this morning, the Royal Caribbean website still shows Grandeur going to somewhere other than St Martin on November 5 and none of passengers on roll call on cruise critic have received any notice of a change back to St Martin.

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