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Royal Caribbean Cruise Line Commits To Rebuilding The Beach At Magens Bay In St. Thomas

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines has set a date to return to St. Thomas following the devastation of Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

The RCCL ship Adventure of the Seas will make its way to St. Thomas on November 10, for the first time since early September.

Royal Caribbean has also committed to undertaking the restoration of Magens Bay, one of the capital islands’ most popular tourist attractions, in partnership with the local government.

Power and water to the island has been fully restored at most downtown shops and restaurants, bars and tour operators are fully operational.

Royal Caribbean has committed to returning to San Juan, Puerto Rico and St. Maarten by the end of November and is working closely with local governments to announce the exact dates.

However, all scheduled calls to the three islands are due to resume operate by December 1 – including calls from the world’s largest cruise ships each sailing with nearly 6,000 new visitors each week – Oasis of the Seas, Allure of the Seas and Harmony of the Seas

“We are very excited to get back home to our friends in St Thomas,” RCCL CEO Michael Bayley said. “The Caribbean is our family, having cruised there for nearly 50 years, and the long-standing relationships created in all this time are unwavering. We are committed to doing everything we can to help and proud to support the restoration of the iconic Magens Bay.”

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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 40 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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