St. Maarten has reopened as a port of call for cruise ships,
three months after Hurricane Irma left the Dutch-French island in
The Viking Sea sailed into St. Maarten on Dec. 4, followed
by the Marella Discovery on Dec. 5. Royal Caribbean’s Grandeur of the Seas will
call on Dec. 17.
Signs of progress on the French side of St. Martin include
the reopening of Tijon Parfumerie and the Spiga restaurant and the debut of Cafe
Spiga in Grand Case later this month.
On the Dutch side, hundreds of villas are available for
rent. Timeshare resorts Sapphire Beach Resort and Atrium Resort plan to welcome
guests early in 2018, according to SXM Weekly News.