So what's new? Well, a juicy tidbit we heard this year at Seatrade, the cruise industry's annual convention, has been confirmed: When it reopens this summer, the Western Caribbean port will be able to receive even the largest ships on order including Royal Caribbean's Genesis (220,000 tons) and NCL's F3 class (150,000 tons), though at this point, itineraries have not been released for any of these ships.
Also, new activities and amenities are being unveiled in conjunction with the port's grand reopening -- such as BioMaya Bacalar, a zip-line tour through the jungle amid parrots and monkeys. Also on tap: a brand-new boardwalk along the palm-lined beach of Majahual, the tiny fishing village also wiped out by Hurricane Dean.
According to a press release, Cunard, Princess, Celebrity, Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean, Holland America, Carnival, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, P&O, Disney, Windstar, MSC Cruises and Ocean Village have committed to returning to the port. We'll post information on which ships are heading back, and when, as soon as we receive it.
--by Melissa Baldwin, Managing Editor