|Empress of the Seas in Key West |
Courtesy Key West Trolley Tours
On September 20th, Havana welcomed Royal Caribbean Empress of the Seas guests. The terminal, port and transportation were ready and all tours ran as scheduled. The city is ready and receiving visitors and delivering the authentic experience this historical destination is known for.
Today, Key West welcomed Empress of the Seas guests back there as well. Mayor Craig Cates was there to greet passengers as they disembarked.
The pictures, courtesy Royal Caribbean's Travel Itinerary Update, from their most recent visit to Havana are below.
On September 10th, Hurricane Irma made landfall in the Florida Keys knocking out power and causing extensive damage to Key West and the rest of the Keys. Cruise ships, including Royal Caribbean Empress of the Seas, had itineraries cancelled or modified.
Not all of Key West is up and running, but several key sights opened up for the first time Sunday to welcome guests from the cruise ship. What Key West needs now is money from tourism to help rebuild their city.
Key West's Old Town Trolley tours was one of the popular attractions operating on Sunday. Their trolley cars were spared from the wrath of Hurricane Irma and their employees were back at work shuttling passengers around the town for the popular tour.
It will be quite some time before most of the Caribbean recovers from two back to back major hurricanes. The cruise lines are vital to helping with the recovery. They have brought supplies and are donating funds to the recovery. Check with your favorite cruise line to see how you can help.
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