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Update on the upcoming Caribbean season 2017/18

We all have been following the reporting regarding the hurricanes Irma and Maria in the last few weeks.

We are pleased to inform you that we will be able to go ahead with our scheduled trips with very few limitations. On a few of the routes, lay times will vary according to local conditions, but all main dockings will remain as described in the programme, as will the start and end destinations Antigua and Barbados. The trips to Cuba and Central America are generally unaffected and will go ahead as planned.

Our partners based locally report a definite air of optimism, and reconstruction efforts are in full swing. We are even receiving positive reports from the most severely damaged islands.

The first ship docked at St Barthélemy again as early as the end of October. Although the Virgin Islands are still in the process of surveying the extent of the damage, initial reports indicate that repair work is already well under way and that cruise ships will be able to make their first calls there at the start of the season. SEA CLOUD and SEA CLOUD II will visit the small island of Mosquito Island in spring 2018 (see below).

Unfortunately parts of Dominica were also severely affected by the hurricane, however Fort Shirley, which is located in the Cabrits National Park on the north of the island, was lucky to not be damaged and we will be able to anchor there as planned.

We will be contributing a proportion of the profits from our upcoming Caribbean cruises to reconstruction work. We would highly appreciate it if you and your clients were to support the cause by making a booking.

You can read the updated Caribbean programme for winter 2017/2018 HERE.

We are supporting Dominica - join us!

As long-standing partners of the Caribbean islands we have decided to make a contribution to reconstruction work - just as we did after the last severe hurricane back in the 90s. We are focusing our support on the beautiful island of Dominica, as it will receive barely any government or private funding compared to other islands.

We are in close contact with the Dominica-based historian Dr Lennox Honychurch, who has been connected with our company for many years and looks after our guests at Fort Shirley on the island. He is very involved in Dominican life and is supervising several rebuilding projects in the aftermath of the hurricane. Since it is not only financial support that is needed, but also aid in the form of building materials, we are planning to ship relevant equipment to the Caribbean via our container deliveries. Dr Lennox Honychurch will be taking over the coordination of the project once they arrive in Dominica.

British Virgin Islands: Moskito Island

Moskito Island is located in the British Virgin Islands, a short boat ride from Virgin Gorda. We are delighted to be able to offer you a relaxing day on the private Manchioneel beach, where you can sink your toes in the sand and enjoy this island paradise. Rounding off your visit will be a beach barbeque.