(5:12 p.m.) -- Cozumel, which suffered severe damage from Hurricane Wilma, will once again welcome cruise ship traffic on November 14 -- two weeks from today. Though ships may not be able to dock (at least one of the three piers on the island has been destroyed), they may opt to anchor and tender passengers to the island instead.
Until that time, Cozumel will remain closed to all cruise ship traffic. The Puerto Maya Pier was lost during Hurricane Wilma; Reuters describes Puerto Maya as having been "pulverized, massive chunks of concrete torn away and thrown onto the beach." The International Pier and Punta Langosta Pier have sustained damages and are being assessed, according to a representative for the port.
The fate of these piers affects nearly every major cruise line as Cozumel is a mainstay on Western Caribbean routes. However, Carnival Corp. (the parent company of Carnival, Princess, Holland America, Seabourn and Windstar, among others) is particularly affected as it has invested a good deal of time and money in creating shopping areas -- and the now-destroyed Puerto Maya pier -- in Cozumel.