SHIPS resumed visits to Grand
Cayman Nov. 1 with calls by Carnival's Imagination and Inspiration.
A maximum of two ships is permitted in port at one time through
Nov. 13, according to McKeeva Bush, minister of tourism. Bush said
that during that time, the situation would be monitored closely and
additional ships "will be added as deemed appropriate depending on
an assessment of the situation and port facilities." The cruise
schedule is posted on the Web site of the Cayman Islands' Port
Authority at www.caymanport.com. More than 60,900 passengers are
expected through Nov. 13.
GRENADA, however, three cruise
lines canceled calls last week after company officials decided the
island was not yet ready to host visitors due to damage from
Hurricane Ivan. Norwegian Cruise Line, Princess Cruises and
Silversea Cruises were scheduled to be the first lines to call in
Grenada since September. Officials plan to revisit the island over
the next month to decide when port calls might commence.
DELTA will launch
nonstop, twice-weekly service from Atlanta to St. Croix on March 5.
Service will operate in both directions on Wednesdays and Sundays.
The line also will offer seasonal nonstop Saturday service from
Atlanta to Providenciales, Turks and Caicos on Dec. 4.
" Marcial F. [Charly]
Ibarra, North American director of the Aruba Tourism Authority,
will retire Nov. 7 after more than 20 years of service. Ibarra held
his North American post for the last 15 years, in charge of all
marketing efforts for the region. His prior post with ATA, which
spanned seven years, was that of regional director, Southeast,
overseeing 26 states. Ibarra amassed numerous awards and honors
during his tenure, including a bronze Addy Award in 2002 for
excellence in radio promotions for his "Charly from Aruba" spots
heard across the U.S. Following his departure, Theresita Chai will
will serve as the interim director of the ATA, North America. Chai
can be reached at [email protected]
" Following recent
elections in St. Kitts & Nevis, Denzil Llewellyn Douglas,
re-elected prime minister, also takes on the duties of tourism
minister, replacing Dwyer Astaphan, who is now in charge of
" The Divi Links Aruba
Golf Course, a new, nine-hole public golf course located at the Divi Village
Golf and Beach Resort, officially opened for play last week. The
facility includes an on-site golf learning center, a golf school,
pro shop, driving range and bunker practice areas. The clubhouse
with two restaurants and a second pro shop will open in March.
" Courtyard by
Marriott enters the Trinidad market this month with the opening of
its 122-room property in downtown Port of Spain. Facilities include
in-room high-speed Internet access, an outdoor pool, an exercise
room, meeting space for up to 120 people and a cafe, bar and
lounge. For details, visit www.marriott.com.
" Palm Island Resort
in the Grenadines, managed by Elite Island Resorts, is receiving a
facelift, although it did not suffer any major damage from recent
hurricanes. The facelift includes landscaping and beach furniture,
soft goods in the 37 rooms, an upgrade to Sunset restaurant and
bar, a new arrival pier, refinished pool and Lookout Bar for sunset
cocktails. For information, call (800)