Hurricane Irene damages Cruise Line’s Great Stirrup Cay


Hurricane Irene damaged Norwegian Cruise Line’s Great Stirrup Cay and Royal Caribbean’s CocoCay and when the storm passed through the Bahamas yesterday. The Disney Cruise Line has also destroyed one ship, allowing time to inspect facilities at Castaway Cay-its private island.

Further, two cruises have been extended, keeping passengers at sea an extra day until the storm passes—and shaving a day off cruises for those scheduled to depart this weekend.

Royal Caribbean said that it did not yet know when cruise ships will be able to return to its private island. “We have a Miami-based team heading to CocoCay as we speak,” Royal Caribbean spokeswoman Cynthia Martinez said in an e-mail. “Once they arrive, we’ll have a better idea of the damage.”

A Norwegian also pointed out that its island received some damage, adding, “We have a team out there right now assessing the island,” spokeswoman Amanda Graham said in an e-mail. “We will be able to give an update on Monday.”

The islands are used by the cruise lines as private beach stops, providing passengers an opportunity for watersports, adventure activities and lounging.

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