Saint Martin Welcomes First Cruise Ships Since Hurricane Irma
Saint Martin, the Dutch and French paradise in the Caribbean, has welcomed its first cruise ships to the island since the devastation of Hurricane Irma.
The Viking Sea entered St. Martin’s port Dec. 4, followed the next day by the Mariella Discovery, according to Travel Weekly. Royal Caribbean’s Grandeur of the Seas will arrive to the island on Dec. 17.
Other businesses are showing signs of recovery, too, according to the outlet. Popular restaurant Spiga and gift store Tijon Parfumerie have reopened, and a number of villas on the Dutch island are available for rent.
In September, Hurricane Irma slammed into St. Martin as a Category 5 storm, causing widespread damage. At least 11 people on the island were killed, and it remained unreachable for days, according to reports.
“[T]here is still almost no fuel or electricity, and food delivery, for now, remains erratic,” an account from the New York Times a week after the storm read. “A near total communication blackout throttles the island. Almost all of the schools are destroyed and will be closed for months, at best.”
On Wednesday, trade publication Aviation Tribune reported that Air France is resuming its non-stop flight schedule between Paris’ Charles de Gaulle International Airport and Saint Martin’s Princess Juliana International Airport. The impact of Irma had previously affected operations and demand, according to the outlet.