Royal Caribbean advises clients to avoid tensions in St. Maarten
Guests on board Oasis of the seas were asked to stay away from the French side of Saint-Martin on their cruise this week. The island has seen quite a bit of political turmoil recently, with roads blocked and demonstrations all week long. Oasis of the seas is currently based in Miami, Florida for 7-day cruises departing from the cruise capital of the world.
Customer safety is the priority
According to a letter circulated on board the Oasis of the seas, the island of Saint-Martin suffers from political unrest to the point that guests are advised to avoid the French part of the island. The ship called on the island on November 11 as part of a seven-day cruise that departed Miami on November 7.
Saint-Martin is the French part of the island with two countries, also known as the Collectivity of Saint-Martin, while the Dutch part of the island is called Sint Maarten.
The letter the guests received aboard the Oasis of the Seas read the following:
âThe health and safety of our customers is always our first priority and as we move towards the port. We wanted to inform you that the French part of Saint-Martin is currently experiencing political demonstrations causing disruptions and roadblocks. During tomorrow’s visit. We strongly recommend that all guests stay on the Dutch side of the island to ensure that everyone can get back to the ship safely and on time. Customers with shore excursions booked on the French side will receive additional details specific to the visit from our Shorex team. “
Protesters on the French side of the island, particularly the area around the popular neighborhoods of Sandy Ground and Quartier d’OrlÃ©ans, set up roadblocks in the area after reconstruction of infrastructure was much slower than expected after the hurricane Irma in 2017.
At Sandy Ground, protesters demanded the reopening of a post office, the installation of sidewalks, the repair of the sewage system, the construction of a fruit and vegetable and fish market, the installation of a trash can and high speed internet.
The tension eased Wednesday, November 10, after life on the island was shaken for eight days by a social movement whose spokespersons were received by the government, after the restoration of traffic on a main road blocked by protesters.
While the guests aboard the 5,592 passengers Oasis of the seas would have been perfectly safe to visit the French side of the island, the roadblocks during the protests could have meant that guests returned to the ship with significant delays.
This is only the first month of cruises in the Caribbean for the gross ton of 226,838 Oasis of the seas. The world’s former largest cruise ship restarted this year on September 6 from Cape Liberty Cruise Port in New Jersey. She has sailed on a series of Bahamas cruises and has just completed her repositioning from New Jersey to Miami.
On November 3, the cruise ship took its first cruise from Miami, a 4-day cruise to Nassau and Perfect Day At CocoCay. The 7-day trip that sailed on November 7 included stops at CocoCay, on Saint Thomas Island, and now Philipsburg, Saint-Martin.
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Oasis of the seas will have Miami as its home port until the end of April 2022. The ship will operate a variety of cruises including 3- and 4-day Perfect Day and Bahamas cruises, and 7-day Western and Eastern Caribbean cruises. Western Caribbean Cruises will stop at Cozumel, Roatan Island, Costa Maya and Royal Caribbean Perfect Day Private Island in CocoCay.