The private islands and ports in the Bahamas and Haiti are mostly open and sustained only minor damage from Hurricane Matthew, according to cruise lines.

At Holland America Line’s Half Moon Cay, staff recently inspected the island and clean-up efforts are underway. The next scheduled call is by Carnival Valor on Oct. 15, followed by Zuiderdam on Oct. 20.

Likewise, Princess Cays, the private island of Princess Cruises, sustained very little damage during Hurricane Matthew, said spokewoman Brea Burkholz.

Haiti was hard-hit by Matthew, but most of the severe damage was on the southwest tip. Royal Caribbean’s private destination of Labadee on the island’s north coast is “up and running” said spokeswoman Lyan Sierra-Caro. Allure of the Seas called on Oct. 7, the day after the storm’s passage, she said.

Disney Cruise Line’s exclusive port at Castaway Cay is also open and expects a call from Disney Dream on Oct. 13.

Norwegian Cruise Line’s private island at Great Stirrup Cay was closed for renovation during the storm. An assessment team has been sent to make an evaluation. The island is currently scheduled to reopen Oct. 22.

Of the public ports, Nassau was ready for cruises quickly after the storm, but Freeport may have received more damage than other parts of the Bahamas. The Grand Bahamas Port Authority has an official notice of closure “until further notice,” posted on its website.

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