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PostPosted: Thu Feb 08, 2018 6:39 pm 
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I look in on the Port Aruba Webcam almost every day just to see. Most days there's at least one cruise ship, several days there are two and once in a while there are three! Seems to be way more than before those destructive storms a while back.

With the exception of Puerto Rico are the other cruise destinations still under repair causing the still heavy cruise arrivals in Aruba?

AND...... any word on the progress of the cruiser destination beach improvements at the old Bushiri site?

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 09, 2018 10:31 am 
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As far as cruise ports go, we took a 12 night cruise in Nov/Dec and a week cruise in January. Both of those cruises had itinerary changes due to the hurricanes last year.

A few of the ports substituted were ok and some not so ok. However the bottom line for us was the feeling of sadness we had and have for those islands and its people unable to rebound and be open for business. A port of call is just our playground or place to visit for 6-8 hours. A definite minor inconvenience to say the least. Those poor people and the devastation left behind is something so difficult to comprehend.

Even when we have disasters in the US we have the ability for first responders, supplies, aid etc to occur so much faster. Even at that there are problems but a heck of a lot less than the islands.

Aruba is definitely having more ships calling due to itinerary changes.

Insofar as the Bushiri I'd love to know what the progress is also. Such a beautiful spot and when it is completely rehabbed it will be a great area for the island for "day trippers" locals and others to enjoy. So happy to see this coming to fruition on the horizon.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 09, 2018 9:15 pm 
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The Bushiri Hotel has been completely demolished and the debris has been removed. So far there have been no improvements to the site. The beach area has a lot of potential. It will be interesting to see what happens.


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 11, 2018 8:45 am 
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Lets not forget the improvements to the downtown area targeted towards cruisers. The biggest drawback to the old hotel site is the location right beside the ship terminal. But that might be overcome with careful planning.....
Did someone mention a "Playa Aruba" idea already??
I got to figure out how to patent this........


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 11, 2018 10:55 am 
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The ship terminal is no longer there, it was moved about 2 to 3 years ago to Barcadera. The plan of the former government was to upgrade this part of the island to a parc and a beach. Not sure what the present government is planning to do.

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 11, 2018 5:55 pm 
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dutchdushi wrote:
The ship terminal is no longer there, it was moved about 2 to 3 years ago to Barcadera. The plan of the former government was to upgrade this part of the island to a parc and a beach. Not sure what the present government is planning to do.


I meant the cruise ship terminal........which will probably be expanded in the near future too. The success/failure of a beach destination at this spot is going to depend greatly on services. Transportation, eateries, bathrooms and of course an attractive beach and park area. Looking at recent development on the island I know that they can do something nice. I might even spend a day or two there checking it out.


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December cruise. Sint Maarten was skipped. St. Thomas was used...scattered power outages still existed. One shop would have power; next one would not. The common statement was that inventory in warehouse was destroyed by flood waters...and re-supply was slow.
San Juan was a port of call. Port area mostly had power, but same story as St. Thomas. When the shops did not have power, it was because of high water.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 19, 2018 6:29 am 
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I have noticed that some of the cruise ships are staying overnight and leaving early in the morning.


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I have a nephew that has lived in St. Croix for at least thirty years or more. We got a note in lieu of a Christmas card reporting that they were still without power 90 days after the storm with no idea when or if...! He also said that he and is wife had, "Never gone through anything in their life like the storm and never wanted to ever do it again."

I guess the eye of the storm passed down the Southern coast of the island on its way to P.R. so they were in the strongest quadrant of the storm. I understand that St. Martin caught hell and, to a lesser degree, St. Thomas and St. John. My wife just today was talking with some-one who just got back from a Caribbean cruise which stopped at San Juan last week and this person said there was still spotty power outages and visible damage evident. Quite a storm!!

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 22, 2018 9:58 pm 
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Hurricane Maria was the one that hit St. Croix. Hurricane Irma was the one that hit St. Maarten, the USVI and BVI. Irma was actually the more powerful of the two storms, and if the scale had higher categories, it would have been a Category 6 storm due to the wind speeds. Irma devastated St. Maarten, St. John and most of the BVI, with lesser damage to St. Bart’s, Anguilla and St. Thomas. On those islands, a strong focus was made to get the cruise ports restored, but power is spotty, many resorts are still closed and many homes destroyed. For example, I think the Westin on St. John is closed until the end of 2019. Divi is St. Maarten will only open part of their resort in May - they have been closed since the storm. They are slowly recovering, but it will take many years for the tourist industry to fully return. While Aruba may benefit, it’s curious how Southwest Airlines is cutting back it’s flights, almost as if tourism has not increased. Although when I heard about the prices the Hyatt was charging when a convention tried to move from St. John this year, it wouldn’t surprise me that greed took over and many tourists may have just passed on traveling this year.


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All I know is if you are going to Aruba for Christmas and New Years, flights are booking very quickly . Also harder to find deals on the flights and even seat selection is tough . I asked AA why and they claim many islands are still in trouble so people are changing plans and Aruba is one of the more popular choices .


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Anyone else notice that prices for flights and hotels in Aruba are not being as heavily discounted as in previous years. This is in the off season too. Demand must be high.


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