RIDDANCE to the 2004 Atlantic
Hurricane Season, which officially ended its six-month run on Nov.
30. The season began with Alex in August and tapered off with Lisa
in October, but will forever be remembered for Charley, Frances,
Ivan and Jeanne. From Grand Cayman comes news that the Caribbean
Utility Commission hopes to complete restoration of customer
service by Dec. 1. The island-wide curfew, while still in effect,
now runs from midnight to 5 a.m. New opening date for the 365-room
Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman is October, and the 69 luxury Residences
at the Ritz-Carlton, adjacent to the main hotel, will open in June.
The resort was originally scheduled to open this month; although it
had no structural damage from Hurricane Ivan, resort officials
wanted to ensure that the $400 million resort had not been
compromised. The Western Casuarina Resort & Spa reopened 300 of
its 340 rooms for Thanksgiving as well as its restaurants, spa,
pool, beach and Red Sail Sports operation; the remaining guest
rooms will open by Dec. 15. Red Sail
Sports Grand Cayman also resumed operations at the Courtyard by
Marriott and will reopen at the Hyatt Beach Suites in mid-December,
at Rum Point late this month and at the Grand Cayman Marriott Beach
Resort in late February. For information, visit www.caymanislands.ky.
AIRWAYS took delivery of its
fifth 737 aircraft. The 737-300 will be in
service on weekly Boston-Grand Cayman
nonstop service, which takes off Dec. 17. On Nov. 27 the carrier
launched a new nonstop Saturday service between Miami and Cayman
Brac, which continues on to Grand Cayman. Cayman Airways also
reopened its Sir Turtle Lounge at the airport on Grand Cayman.
Amenities include Internet access, cable TV, telephone service and
beverages and snacks. For details, visit www.caymanairways.com.
Grenada's recovery efforts include
restoration of electricity to more than half the island;
projections call for full service by the end of February. Point
Salines International Airport is open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. with
service on BWIA and Air Jamaica from U.S. gateways and on LIAT and
Caribbean Star from various Caribbean islands. American Eagle's
daily flight from San Juan departs at 6:20 p.m., effective Dec. 2,
and arrives in Grenada at 8:50 p.m. Cruise calls resumed last
month; for November and December, a total of 78 calls are expected.
The Calabash Hotel reopened with all of its 30 rooms and 60% of its
staff. The resort had been closed for remodeling and suffered only
minimal damage from the hurricanes. Laluna and the Flamboyant Hotel
plan to reopen by the end of the year, Blue Horizons will reopen in
January and Coyaba Beach Resort next October. For further
information, visit www.grenadaemergency.com.
HOUSE on Mustique reopens on Dec.
15, following completion of a six-month renovation project that
included the addition of the new two-bedroom Cotton Hall Residence
with a private pool, eight plunge pools added to the existing
Grenadine Suites, and refurbishment of all guestrooms and baths.
Also, a new larger pool for all guests was added. For details,
CROIX welcomed Royal Caribbean
Cruise Lines' Voyager of the Seas this week during a four-hour
"bunkering stop" in Frederiksted from 8 p.m. to midnight while the
ship refueled. Passengers were greeted by a Caribbean Cultural Fair
with bands, traditional dancers and 15 or so cultural vendors
selling local foods and crafts. Tourism officials said the port
call "sent a signal to other cruise lines that Royal Caribbean is
interested in St. Croix." MSC Opera has several scheduled stops
planned in St. Croix this winter. Large cruise ships stopped
calling in St. Croix in 2002 after cruise officials complained
about the crime problem on the island as well as little demand from