Bermuda sites weather storm By Gay Nagle Myers & Rebecca Tobin / September 16, 2003 Share 1 -- HAMILTON, Bermuda -- Within days of Hurricane Fabian's unwelcome visit on Sept. 5, a good bit of Bermuda was back in business, but some hotels, attractions and golf courses remained closed, and there were no cruise ships on the horizon. And as Bermuda continued its cleanup, Hurricane Isabel, a powerful Category Four storm, churned through the Atlantic toward the Caribbean with landfall expected Sept. 14 or 15, prompting cruise lines to rearrange their itineraries once again.Mid-September traditionally is the peak activity period of the Atlantic's six-month hurricane season, which runs through Nov. 30.Bermuda's south coast bore the brunt of the storm and sustained the heaviest damage, but initial estimates suggest that most of it can be fixed."Considering the strength and duration of Hurricane Fabian, we're proud to have withstood the storm in the manner we did," said Renee Webb, minister of tourism, telecommunications and e-commerce. "We anticipate a full recovery and look forward to welcoming visitors again."Closed for repairsGolf courses sustained "little damage," and most were expected to be open this week, according to the Department of Tourism. The same was true at midweek of several attractions such as the aquarium, arboretum and botanical gardens.A number of hotels remained closed or operating with reduced services because of storm damage or power outages.The 400-room Sonesta Beach Resort in Southampton Parish closed for the winter and will reopen May 1. Guests holding future bookings will be relocated to other properties, rebooked at a later date or given full refunds, a spokesman said.Among other hotels:• The 593-room Fairmont Southampton Princess, the largest resort on Bermuda, expects to reopen Nov. 1.• The 410-room Fairmont Hamilton Princess is open but offering reduced guest services and will resume taking reservations Sept. 22.• The 94-room Pink Beach Club & Cottages in Tucker's Town is closed through March 14. Guests have the option to reschedule their trips for up to one year from the scheduled departure date.• The 47-unit Ariel Sands Beach Club will reopen with 35 rooms by Sept. 22.No preclearanceBermuda Airport reopened Sept. 7, but customs and immigration preclearance for departing passengers was suspended. As a result, passengers arriving in the U.S. from Bermuda were required to clear customs and immigration at their U.S. arrival airports.For that reason, US Airways' flights from Bermuda to Washington's Reagan National and New York's LaGuardia were suspended through Sept. 14 and Sept. 15, respectively, because those airports do not have such facilities for arriving international passengers.The customs and immigration facility in Bermuda was expected to be back in operation this week.Events scheduled this month and in October, such as the Jazz Festival, Oct. 8 to 12, may have venue changes, according to a spokesman for the Bermuda Department of Tourism.For updates on the island's status, visit www.bermudatourism.com or call (800) BERMUDA.Cruise callsCruise ships serving Bermuda altered their itineraries in the wake of Fabian, shifting itineraries to New England and Canada.Affected were Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Sea and Norwegian Majesty; Celebrity's Zenith and Horizon; Royal Caribbean's Nordic Empress; and Radisson Seven Seas Cruises' Seven Seas Navigator.The Radisson ship, which departs from New York on Wednesdays, avoided Bermuda on its Sept. 10 sailing in favor of New England, Canada and its regular call in Norfolk, Va.Meanwhile, cruise-related meetings were held on the island last week. Bermuda's cruise ports were to reopen Sept. 15, officials said.But the cruise lines also were looking southward, to Hurricane Isabel. Carnival decided to reroute three ships -- the Carnival Legend, the Carnival Triumph and the Carnival Paradise -- away from St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, and other eastern Caribbean islands.NCL said Sept. 11 it was "still evaluating" possible changes for the Norwegian Dawn.Princess and Holland America said they were monitoring the situation with regards to the Grand Princess and the Zuiderdam, respectively, which have eastern Caribbean itineraries this week.To contact reporters Gay Nagle Myers or Rebecca Tobin, send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.