Excursions after Irma

We are booked on our first cruise in November to the DR, St Thomas, Grand Turk, and Puerto Rico. We were planning to book a few excursions ahead of time, but now I'm very nervous about doing so after Irma, due to both damage to the islands and the possibility that our destinations may change. Thoughts? Suggestions? Thanks!

Tags: Caribbean Grand Turk Island

7 Answers

There is a lot up in the air right now for all of your ports ... I would wait till mid October before booking anything ...

We often wait to book any excursions until we are on the ship. That way any last minute changes aren't a problem. If you book with the cruise line you will get a refund if you skip that port, if you book with a different company... no guarantee. Like Debbie, I'd wait until things get a little more settled.

I know how excited you are to plan and book your cruise and excursions, but I have to agreed with DVcruise and AuntPinkie wait. I would even suggest waiting until you are onboard to get a good since of what's available. If you choose to book closer to your sail date, I would book only with the cruise line. This would ensure that you are refunded should your itinerary changes or that excursion isn't available.

I'm so excited for you, try to keep an open mind and enjoy the experience.

We have a cruise booked for mid Nov as well. Any chance there will be volunteer opportunities on some of the islands? Like deconstruction/construction work?

You probably won't have enough time but they will welcome donations!

Sort of sad to look at this picture now after Irma did in St. Maarten. I took this about dinner time in March 2008 as we began the longest voyage we have been on, almost three months, a circumnavigation of Africa. We spent a nice day in St. Maarten then headed out into the Atlantic for a TA. Here we are saying goodbye to North America and St. Maarten.

I am mourning the devastation of the entire area as if it were a friend. I know how hard so many islanders work and how little they have....Many people see the commercialized chain stores and "big business" entities and don't realize that many of the stateside owners of businesses and homes will simply file insurance claims and never look back...they will not return and their "mess" will sit there for years.

It was the hardest thing for me to comprehend when I lived on St Croix after Hurricene Hugo ....piles of rubble, boarded up shops that stayed for years!


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