AIRLINES, based in St. Croix, added a low-cost roundtrip
midday fare of $75 for travel from St. Croix to St. Thomas or
reverse between 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday and between
6:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sunday. A $135 fare applies between St.
Thomas/St. Croix and San Juan. The new fares are part of an overall
revamp of Seabornes fare structure, which includes no change fees
on regular fares, and fees lowered from $25 to $10 on sale fares.
For information, visit www.seaborneairlines.com.
" Bahamas. The Sheraton at Our
Lucaya reopens Oct. 14 and the Westin at Our Lucaya and the Wyndham
Viva Fortuna Beach reopen on Dec. 17. The Royal Oasis Golf Resort
& Casino and Old Bahama Bay are expected to resume operations
after December. A complete rundown can be found at www.bahamas.com.
" Cayman Islands. Temporary travel
restrictions to Grand Cayman permit only Caymanian passport
holders, residents and relief workers with right to work visas to
enter. Individuals booked to the Sister Islands of Cayman Brac and
Little Cayman on Cayman Airways are permitted to connect in Grand
Cayman if they are holding confirmed roundtrip tickets, pre-booked
accommodations and permission granted letters from the resorts. The
planned Oct. 29 launch date of Cayman Airways twice-weekly,
year-round nonstop service from Boston has been postponed, and no
new date has been set. Red Sail Sports Grand Cayman, which runs
dive operations at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cayman, Westin,
Marriott, Courtyard by Marriott, Indies Suites, Rum Point and Royal
Palms, will reopen once the travel restrictions to Grand Cayman are
lifted. A spokesman said that many of Grand Caymans reefs were too
deep to be affected by Hurricane Ivans winds; the fish are still
combing the sands at Stingray City. For updates, call (877)
RED-SAIL. The Cayman Turtle Farm had no significant damage and no
turtles were lost, according to Ken Hydes, managing director. McKeeva Bush, minister of tourism, said the
hotel sector is tentatively looking at reopening a cross section of
accommodations by Thanksgiving and some could reopen this month.
Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort announced a reopening date of
" Grenada. Bel Air Plantation, True Blue
Bay Resort, Monmot Hotel and Mariposa Hotel had minor damage and
are accepting guests, according to Christine Noel-Horsford, U.S.
director of the Grenada Tourist Board. Calabash Hotel reopens Oct.
30; Rex Grenadian and Flamboyant Hotel will have rooms available by
the end of the year, and LaSource is closed for now. For updates,
" Guests who book three nights or more by Nov. 10 for
travel from Dec. 1 to 25 or Jan. 3 to Dec. 25, 2005 save 40% off
rack rack rates at Sandals Royal Bahamian in Nassau, Bahamas.
Bookings from Dec. 26 to Jan. 2 are discounted 33 1/3%. For
details, visit www.sandals.com.
" The One&Only Ocean Club in Nassau offers a 4th Night Free
package with gardenview rooms from $450 per night, double for
guests booking and traveling by Nov. 17. To book, call (800)
TOURISM numbers jumped 5.8% in air arrivals from January
through August; the cruise sector accounted for more than 566,000
passengers on 267 ship calls in the same period -- an increase of
70.1% over the same period a year ago.
" CTC-27, Oct. 16 to 20, Aruba. Theme is Caribbean Tourism: Driving
Business in the Global Economy. For details, visit www.onecaribbean.org.
" Tranquility Jazz Festival, Nov. 10 to 14, Sandy Ground, Anguilla.
Packages are available through Alken Tours at (800) 327-9974 and
Gogo Worldwide Vacations at www.gogowwv.com. For festival events, call the
Anguilla Tourist Board at (877) 4 ANGUILLA.