Copy of a recent release from an industry leader. I won't name source for reasons of board rules but it is not copyrighted material...
On Friday, August 17, Hurricane Dean began its trek through the Caribbean, passing St. Lucia, Martinique and Dominica as a category 2 storm. Gathering strength, Dean skirted just south of Jamaica on Sunday and south of the Cayman Islands on Monday as a category 4 storm, sparing those destinations a direct hit.
As Hurricane Dean churned westward, it continued to gain strength and around 3:30 am local time on August 21, it slammed into Mexico's Caribbean coast as a category 5 storm, with sustained winds of 165 miles per hour. The eye of the storm passed directly over Majahual, a small fishing village more than 200 miles south of Cancun. This Costa Maya region of Mexico is home to a relatively new cruise port that was severely damaged. Of course, all cruise ships were hundreds of miles away at the time.
Reports indicate that 50% of the port's infrastructure, including the 3-berth pier, has been destroyed, and officials estimate that the port will be closed for six to eight months for rebuilding. Cruise lines scheduled to call on Costa Maya during that time frame are currently considering alternate ports, and will announce new itineraries soon.
We wish the best for the people of Mexico and the Caribbean whose lives have been affected by this storm.