Sadly, tropical cyclones blow into island ports with little warning, and the timing is never good.
australiancruisingnews.com notes that Cyclone Winston’s wild weather – it brought devastation to many parts of Fiji just weeks ago – could not have come at a worse time for those friendly Pacific islands that have only recently cemented themselves firmly on cruise itineraries.
While much still needs to be done to put Fiji back on track, work around her cruise ports is well underway, and cruise ships are already back there.
On its regular cruise schedule, the Fijian-based Blue Lagoon Cruises’ Fiji Princess is delivering basic supplies to villages in the Yasawa islands that were damaged by Cyclone Winston, bluelagooncruises.com
The decision to sail back to Fiji after the cyclone is based on advice from port agents and local authorities who report that islanders want to welcome back visitors as cruise tourism is so important to the local economy.
One of the first international cruise ships in Fiji last weekend was Seabourn Cruise Line’s Seabourn Odyssey, which is now sailing to the Hawaiian islands on a 38-day itinerary from Sydney to Los Angeles, seabourn.com
Carnival Australia’s fleet takes in P&O Cruises, Princess Cruises, Carnival Cruises and Holland America Line which are now all resuming scheduled calls to Fijian ports.
Princess Cruises’ Dawn Princess is already in Fiji with calls to Suva, Lautoka, Denarau and Dravuni, princess.com
Holland America Line’s Noordam calls to Fiji in late April, hollandamerica.com
Royal Caribbean’s Legend of the Seas, Explorer of the Seas, and Voyager of the Seas also sail into Fijian ports in the next few months, royalcaribbean.com.au
As the cruise ships return to Fiji, Carnival Australia has contributed $125,000 to Save the Children Australia’s Fiji relief efforts, savethechildren.org.au