Cruising After a Hurricane - What to Expect

As areas get pummeled by hurricanes and storms, what can you expect to see if cruising in the next month or two?

Surprisingly, many of the islands that missed devastation will appear quite normal just not quite as "clean" as usual...Removing debris is a problem and much of the greenery is stripped from the landscape. Beaches may be "rougher" than normal ...

Most ports rebound quickly because tourism is their lifeblood.  Places like Puerto Rico and St. Thomas (USVI) receive the added benefit of relief from the USA.

You will probably not even know they've been hit by a storm ...

Keep in mind that many of the natives are not as lucky and may have lost what was a meager existence to start with so be extra generous if you can ...Many of their handmade crafts are their livelihood and what puts food on the table!

7 Answers

Your wisdom and experience is much appreciated.

Good advice Debbie. We will remember that when we cruise again in the spring.

On a Facebook page for our Dec sailing, someone mentioned that maybe guest who can afford too or want to help out, do up care packages to leave in each port. Either some basic school supplies for kids, work gloves for people on clean up, etc & leave maybe at the tourism office etc. I am sure this would be greatly appreciated & would benefit them. Even if half the guests did up a small package with items from the dollar store (pencils, crayons, paper, batteries etc), it would be a big help.

For those who have concerns, some Travel Agents know who to contact about what is needed. Also check with your churches and see what they have planned...

One thing we do on a regular basis is pick up stuff at a dollar store like pencils, school supplies and stuff and send them to a friend of mine who travels with his church group to Haiti often.

The areas we travel to often need this stuff.

As kind and generous as that is, I suggest you check with the cruiseline to see if there are any restrictions as to what can be brought into the various countries. Some have strict rules and you may not be able to donate your goods. John Heald has mentioned that on his Carnival Facebook page before.

True!! Maybe we could find places to make donations too instead

Until the worst damaged areas are built up again, there may be a problem storing donated items for a while.


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