Looks like the eastern Caribbean’s hurricane problems will benefit us here in Mahahual this week, and maybe for the near future. We have already had some ships diverted here this week, and there could be more.
At last update, there are two ships today, two on Tuesday, one on Wednesday (pending conformation), our regular weekly ship on Thursday, and the latest CMR (Costa Maya Rumor), is that there is already two ships planned for Friday. We had a small ship on Sunday, so not much activity.
I went into town, and did not see much. I just saw some local Mexican tourists, and a couple of cruise ship tourists. The ship was one of those old retired people cruise ships, and they don’t leave the port much or go into town. On those kind of cruise ships the excursions are included in the price of the ticket a lot the time, so they only do ship sponsored activities. Also I found out from some of these retired cruisers, a lot of them live on the ship, and just travel around. It is cheaper than a retirement home they told me. When I used to work at the port, I had one guy that would look me up every time his ship docked here.
He was from Chicago, and he and his wife traveled around during the winter on a cruise ship, and spent the summers staying with their kids in the USA. I think he told me it cost them $600 a week for the both of them. Not a bad deal, food, drinks, travel around the Caribbean, for $600 a week for two. I think he was some kind of former gangster or something, because he talked like one, and told me a lot of stories about his life in Chicago. He had that “John Gotti” look, but nice guy.
Well back to the ships coming here, if the eastern Caribbean gets really hit hard by what looks to be a category 4 or 5 hurricane, not only will ships be diverted here this week, but maybe for the next several weeks. What happens is that when some of these ports get hit hard by a hurricane, (like happened here in 2007), it takes weeks, or even sometimes months, to get the ports back together in working order for cruise ships. After Hurricane Dean it took two years to repair the Costa Maya Port.
Costa Maya and Cozumel are the closest cruise ship ports to the USA, and are well out-of-the-way of the hurricane’s path, so both ports will have extra ships if eastern Caribbean is heavily damaged. So the Mexican Caribbean may be getting some extra tourists in the foreseeable future. It will make up for all the ships that have been diverted from here in the past.
Hurricanes are a way of life here, it either hits you, or somewhere else. Somebody’s loss by hurricane is somebody’s gain in the Caribbean.
Thanks for reading,
Stewart Rogers USA-South Carolina