Grenada, which received more hurricane-inflicted damage than any other Caribbean island this year (courtesy of Ivan), has at last begun to welcome the return of cruise ships. Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Spirit returned this week and, according to media reports, Hapag-Lloyd's Columbus visited a day later.
A spokesman for Grenada's tourism agency said that the Carenage, the island's lovely horseshoe-shaped harbor, has been cleaned up. Some restaurants there are open and vendors are once again at the dockside, selling saffron and nutmeg. Trips to Carriacou, for diving and snorkeling, have resumed. Beaches on Grenada are clear -- and the nutmeg factory is open.
Seabourn has replaced Grenada with St. Vincent this season and plans to hew to that schedule, while Crystal, also reporting in, never announced it would bypass Grenada in the first place (it's calling during a holiday cruise).