Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Carrying on in the Caribbean; Hurricanes Frances and Ivan Did Their Damage, but Resorts Are Recovering

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Carrying on in the Caribbean; Hurricanes Frances and Ivan Did Their Damage, but Resorts Are Recovering

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Byline: Judy Wells, The Times-Union

Frances and Ivan have been unwelcome but not altogether devastating guests in the Bahamas and Caribbean, and it remains to be seen what Jeanne will do.

The Caribbean Tourism Organization reports that although Grand Cayman was severely damaged, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman are in good shape. Land lines are down, but cell phones are working, although busy circuits make getting calls though difficult. Cayman Airways, the national airline, has been coordinating emergency flights into Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac from Houston, Tampa and Miami. Cayman Airways flights will take U.S. citizens back to the United States on these emergency flights.

Grenada's airport is functional and Air Jamaica, Air Caribes, LIAT and Caribbean Star have restarted limited service. Until runway lights can be restored, transport is limited to daytime hours, and there is still no public ground transport such as taxis or buses at the airport.

The 66-room Spice Island Beach Resort in Grenada, one of the top luxury resorts in the Caribbean, sustained severe damage following Hurricane Ivan and will be closed for one year. Also on the island, the 32-room Blue Horizons Garden Resort will be closed for four months, so necessary repairs can be made to the property. All visitors who have reservations made directly with the resort will have their bookings canceled and respective deposits will be refunded as soon as the banking institutions are back online. People who made reservations via a tour operator or travel agent should contact them to have their holiday rebooked. For more information, contact 1-800-223-9815.

Cruise ships are expected to return to Montego Bay and Ocho Rios, Jamaica, on a regular schedule this week. Representatives of Round Hill Hotel & Villas in Montego Bay, Jamaica, report only minimal damage and the resort expects to be fully operational by Tuesday. The sales, marketing and reservations offices at Round Hill are open and the resort may be reached by phone at 1-876-956-7050 or 1-800-972-2159 or by fax at 1-876-956-7505. …

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