Hurrican Dean- Jamaica & Cancun Brides- lets keep our fingers crossed
Posted 21 August 2007 - 11:42 PM
Posted 22 August 2007 - 04:29 AM
| Originally Posted by Tlseege |
Sadly I LOVE Costa Maya. I would have my wedding there if it wasn't in the middle of no where. My aviator is actually taken in Costa Maya. It's so beautiful and I just want to cry for all of the locals there since I've seen the housing, the bars, the hotels and there is no way that any of it could have survived a storm like this. I'm sure the only thing that remains is the cruise port which is the most non native thing there. So sad.
World to Costa Maya: Are you still there?
There's growing buzz in cruise circles today over the fate of Costa Maya, the fast-growing cruise port south of Cozumel. The six-year-old hub appears to have taken a direct hit from Hurricane Dean, which roared ashore on the Mexican coast this morning with sustained winds around 165 miles per hour.
"It's a big deal," says Carolyn Spencer Brown, editor of cruisecritic.com, who fears the port has suffered major damage. "Trust me, it won't be up and running tomorrow."
Costa Maya has been one of the cruise industry's success stories in recent years. Carved out of the jungle in 2001, it has grown from nothing to become one of the most popular ports in the Western Caribbean. It offers berths for three ships and a man-made, private island-type experience with bars, restaurants, shops and pools, as well as excursions to nearby Mayan ruins.
The irony, says Spencer Brown, is that "Costa Maya really took off (two years ago) when Hurricane Wilma slammed Cozumel, Playa del Carmen and Cancun, and ships had to quickly reshuffle their itineraries." Will today's storm bring a reversal of fortune? As cruisecritic points out, Cancun and Cozumel appear to have been spared the brunt of the storm and are already reopening their ports for ship arrivals later this week.
So far, little information is getting out on Costa Maya's status. In a statement this afternoon, the destination's public relations firm said little more than that the port "was affected" by the storm. It said a crew is on the way to inspect the damage. But a spokesman for Carnival, which has five ships that call regularly at Costa Maya, sounded a more cautious tone.
"We're still assessing damage at Costa Maya, but it looks like we will not be calling there for some time," Carnival's Vance Gulliksen told USA TODAY this afternoon.
Spencer Brown says cruisecritic.com's database shows there are 26 ships scheduled to call regularly at Costa Maya this winter and next winter.
World to Costa Maya: Are you still there? - The Cruise Log - USATODAY.com
Posted 22 August 2007 - 10:15 AM
| Originally Posted by amym567 |
I agree, we LOVED Costa Maya when we stopped there on a cruise. I feel so bad for those people! We actually met this really nice couple (thought it was a bar, but it was their house!). Did you happen to come across Susie's Junglewear when you were there? I don't remember the guy's name, but "Susie" made clothes that she sold!
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