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Hurricane Joaquin Diverts Carnival Sunshine To St. Thomas Tuesday

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                           Carnival Sunshine

CHARLOTTE AMALIE – Carnival Sunshine will call on St. Thomas on Tuesday  October 6th, the West Indian Company, Ltd. announced today.

“Carnival Sunshine was diverted to St. Thomas due to the forecast track of Hurricane Joaquin,” Joseph B. Boschulte, president and CEO of the West Indian Company, Ltd. said. “The ship was originally scheduled to call on Bermuda; however, Carnival Cruise Lines decided to redirect the ship to the U.S. Virgin Islands. We are pleased to welcome the passengers and crew.”

The 3,400-passenger cruise ship will berth at the WICO dock at 8:00 a.m. and depart at 6:00 p.m. for Grand Turk.

Conservatively, the call is expected to contribute $758,600 in passenger and crew spending to the economy. The most popular spending categories are retail; taxi, car rental and tours; entertainment and recreation; and food and beverage – in that order.

Previously known as Carnival Destiny, the 842-foot Carnival Sunshine underwent a $155 million renovation and was rechristened in 2013. It was the first passenger ship ever built over 100,000 gross tons.

The Carnival Glory and Norwegian Getaway also will be in port at the WICO dock on October 6th.

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 50 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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