Cruise ships are expected to arrive as early as Wednesday.


When Hurricane Irma passed through the Caribbean last week before making landfall again in Florida, it was so powerful it sucked water away from beaches in the Bahamas in a rare weather phenomenon.

"You know they happen theoretically, but the chances of seeing the most extraordinary weather phenomena are slim to none," meteorologist Angela Fritz wrote in The Washington Post.

"This is one of those things — a hurricane strong enough to change the shape of an ocean," she said.

Bahamas Hurricane Irma

The group of islands collectively known as the Bahamas has rebounded quickly from the hurricane in the wake of the damage, with most major hotels planning to be up and running by the end of the week.

The Lynden Pindling International Airport in Nassau opened Monday, and the first cruise ships are slated to arrive to port Wednesday, according to a press release from the Bahamian tourist board.

Travelers should feel safe traveling back to the island, as flights are landing and Atlantis, Paradise Island, Sandals Royal Bahamian, Warwick Paradise Island, Baha Mar Resort and Casino, and Melia Nassau Beach Resort are all expected to be operational by Wednesday.

Vacationers planning to visit the islands in the coming weeks do not need to cancel their reservations, as many of the resorts, including Atlantis, suffered no significant damage. Visitors who are staying in an Airbnb should check directly with their host to check if their room has suffered any damage.

Anyone planning a trip to the Bahamas should keep an eye on forecasts for Hurricane José, as its path could potentially veer toward the Caribbean archipelago.

José was a category 1 storm located in the Western Atlantic as of midday Tuesday, with sustained winds of approximately 75 miles per hour, according to CNN. The hurricane is expected to loop around and potentially travel close to the Bahamas this weekend.