Caribbean St. Maarten welcomes first cruise ship since Hurricane Irma By Gay Nagle Myers / December 05, 2017 Share 1 The Viking Sea in St. Maarten. Photo Credit: RTGH Photography -- St. Maarten has reopened as a port of call for cruise ships, three months after Hurricane Irma left the Dutch-French island in shambles. The Viking Sea sailed into St. Maarten on Dec. 4, followed by the Marella Discovery on Dec. 5. Royal Caribbean’s Grandeur of the Seas will call on Dec. 17.Signs of progress on the French side of St. Martin include the reopening of Tijon Parfumerie and the Spiga restaurant and the debut of Cafe Spiga in Grand Case later this month.On the Dutch side, hundreds of villas are available for rent. Timeshare resorts Sapphire Beach Resort and Atrium Resort plan to welcome guests early in 2018, according to SXM Weekly News.