Tag Archives: Hurricane Irma

Disney Cruise Line Extends Adjustments to Eastern Caribbean Sailings


The devastation caused by last year’s hurricanes continues to affect the British Virgin Islands as it struggles to recover and rebuild. Disney Cruise Line continues to monitor the efforts in the region, but has made guest safety its first priority. Back in March, we told you that the Disney Cruise Line had adjusted its Eastern […]


Disney Cruise Line Evaluates Guest Safety on Tortola Before Sending Ships Back


Disney Cruise Line and representatives were recently on site in Tortola to evaluate the island’s recovery efforts after last Fall’s Hurricane Irma, which forced DCL to cancel multiple stops, including Tortola. At the moment, DCL is concerned with the island’s ability to accept cruise ship passengers and keep them safe. DCL’s Director of Port Operations […]


Despite Hurricane Irma, Florida Hit Record 116.5 Million Visitors in 2017


In the same year that the state suffered a severe storm which brought down estimates for airline travel and theme park attendance, Florida has once again managed to break its tourism record. Governor Rick Scott announced on Tuesday that Florida’s annual visitor total for 2017 reached an estimated 116.5 million, a more than 3 percent […]


Baby Manatee Orphaned During Hurricane Irma Thriving and Growing at SeaWorld


The orphaned manatee calf brought to SeaWorld Orlando during 2017’s Hurricane Irma has officially been named Jose after SeaWorld staff cast their votes. When Jose first arrived at SeaWorld, he had to be coaxed into his bottle feedings. Animal-Care Specialist Jennifer Parnell played a big part in getting the calf to eat and now says, […]


Disney Cruise Line Cancels Stops at Tortola Through March


While some ports have reopened, the damage in the Eastern Caribbean due to Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria is still affecting the port of Tortola in the British Virgin islands. In order to provide the best guest experience, Disney Cruise Line has made the decision to instead visit Philipsburg, St. Maarten on all Eastern Caribbean […]


Disney’s Communication Leading Up to Hurricane Irma – WDW Resort Guest Perspective


When you plan your Walt Disney World vacation you probably hope for blue skies and sunshine. Being from the UK, we absolutely love this aspect of Florida. Sunshine doesn’t appear here very often! So when the word hurricane raised its ugly head on our recent September trip, you can imagine we were slightly disappointed that the […]


Disney Magic Makes a Change to Upcoming Eastern Caribbean Cruise


Last month, Disney Cruise Line made a small adjustment to the Disney Magic‘s December 1st 5-night sailing out of San Juan, giving guests more time to arrive in the port by delaying the all-aboard time. Now, the ship is making another change and will be skipping its stop in Tortola. Tortola is one of the […]


Staying at Disney Before Hurricane Irma: Part 4


The Saturday before Irma I have never, and hopefully will never again, be happier to leave Disney than I was on the Saturday morning before Hurricane Irma hit Florida. Our Magical Express Bus was due to leave at 8 am and, already prepped from the night before, my husband and I shared a final cup of […]


Staying at Disney Before Hurricane Irma: Part 3


The Friday before Irma As I woke up around 6 am on Friday morning, I realized that finding a new Saturday morning flight felt similar to pulling up to Disney property the day before: less elating than I anticipated. I was in disbelief, and overwhelmed with gratitude; but also unsure if it would be enough […]


Staying at Disney Before Hurricane Irma: Part 2


*Note that this article is the second piece in a 4-part series. You can read part 1 HERE. Getting to Disney from South Florida The pre-daybreak drive from Jupiter to Orlando doesn’t take that long, maybe 2.5 hours or so, but on Thursday morning it took more than 4. I continued to call airline carriers, […]