After Hurricane Irma swept across the Caribbean this past Fall, many islands and territories are still hard at work trying to rebuild their lives and homes. On a recent visit to the British Virgin Islands, Russell Daya, Executive Director of Marine and Port Operations, Port Developments and Itinerary Planning for Disney Fantasy, along with representatives from other cruise lines evaluated the safety and determined whether it was time for vessels to return to the area.
Daya acknowledged the encouraging amount of progress that has been made including the removal of damaged power lines, cars and vegetation. However, there is still work to be done and at this time Disney does not feel that it is in the best interest of their guests to return sailing to the British Virgin Islands.
Russell Daya explained, “When we were in Cane Garden Bay earlier, there is still quite a lot of the structures that are being rebuilt. But when we look at the safety of them we look at them from a five-year-old’s eyes or a six-year-old’s eyes, they could easily wander into an area right under a construction site without that being screened off or shielded or adequately protected; then there is an accident waiting to happen”.
Disney will continue to monitor the territory’s progress, but at this time they have not set a date for when the Disney Cruise Line will return to the area.
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