Windstar Cruises president John Delaney will join the line's
first cruise of the Caribbean season to make the point that the region is open
In particular, Delaney wants to convey that Windstar's
cruises on the Star Pride from Puerto Rico are sailing full speed-ahead. The
212-passenger Star Pride begins its season from San Juan on Nov. 25.
Delaney is billing the cruise as a "show of support"
for Puerto Rico and the Caribbean in general.
"Although areas of the Caribbean are still rebuilding
after the recent hurricanes, so much of the Caribbean is open and welcoming
visitors to their wondrous islands," Delaney said. "Travelers should
not be concerned about beginning or ending a cruise in San Juan, where the
cruise terminal has been operational for weeks, along with the airport."
"There are dozens and dozens of restaurants open,
hotels have reopened, our hotel has reopened," Delaney said. "Unfortunately,
that's not getting out there."
Delaney said he will be arriving a day early to enjoy time
in Old San Juan and provide updates on his Twitter account and Windstar's
social media pages.
"I just thought, wow, I'm going to get down there first
hand, just let people know," he said.
The small-ship line is offering a package that includes fare
discounts, a $200 shipboard credit and free Wi-Fi as an incentive for booking
the Caribbean this winter.