Due to significant damage to the cruise pier structure sustained from Hurricane Fiona, Carnival Cruise Line has announced that ships will be unable to call on Grand Turk for at least one week. As of now, no ships are scheduled to be back to Grand Turk until October 4th and there is currently no timetable for when the repairs will be complete.
This will affect the itineraries of Carnival Sunrise, Mardi Gras, and Carnival Freedom as the three ships will be rerouted to nearby available ports of call.
The Grand Turk Cruise Center is made up of 13 acres and offers duty-free shopping, restaurants a spa, and the world-famous Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville. The pier can host up to three cruise ships at once, which provides a backdrop to the view of the beautiful cruise center beach.
Carnival Cruise Line opened the terminal in 2006 and continues to run the operation today. Other cruise lines occasionally stop at the popular island, but the vast majority of calls are from either Carnival or any of their sister brands.
Last Tuesday Hurricane Fiona made landfall on Grand Turk as a category 3 hurricane. The winds continued to take their toll as large pieces of the pier could be seen falling into the sea and being washed ashore.
The next ships that are scheduled to call on Grand Turk are Carnival Freedom (Oct 4th), Celebrity Infinity (Oct 5th), Carnival Legend (Oct 5th) and Mardi Gras (Oct 6th).