Travel Weeklys Caribbean E-letter: Oct. 7, 2004

SEABORNE 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.

HURRICANE IMPACT UPDATE:
" 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 Dec. 1.
" 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, visit www.grenadaemergency.com.

LODGEPODGE
" 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) 321-3000.

BELIZE 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. 

PENCIL IT IN
" 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.

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