Why Cruise Travelers Still (Really) Love the Virgin Islands: An Inside Look After the Hurricane


Considering a cruise to the Virgin Islands this season?

More than two months ago, Hurricanes Irma and Maria swept through the islands, halting tourism and port activities. Today, we have answers to your questions: Find out what to expect now, and when to plan your next cruise. Plus, get access to post-hurricane cruise traveler resources and hear remarks from recent travelers to St. Thomas.

Restaurants & Cruise Activities Update

The reports are in, and they’re looking good. Cleanup efforts have been fruitful and the islands are welcoming guests as cruise ships return to port in St. Thomas. The Charlotte Amalie shopping area is now open and bustling with activity. Port attractions, restaurants and shore excursions are available for cruise passengers. Doug Parker of Cruise Radio sums it up nicely:

“The Caribbean is open for business. Yes, not everything is the way it was…. But the beaches are gorgeous, the people are excited to have cruise ships back and there are all kinds of adventures to be had.”

Beaches to Visit Now

The warm sun, white sand, and turquoise waters have always been cruise visitors’ top ranking experiences – and they’re favorites still today. A recent TripAdvisor traveler reported that, “The water where we swam was silky warm and luxurious.” And a boat charter can take you anywhere you want to explore, from private beach combing to snorkeling, and have you back to port in time for departure.

Here are top beaches that are looking beautiful after the hurricanes:

  • Hawksnest Beach, St. John
  • Honeymoon Beach, St. John
  • Trunk Bay, St. John
  • Magens Bay, St. Thomas

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