The threat, thought by St. Maarten officials to come from a local resident, came in the form of a two-page letter on Monday, part of which is quoted in local news reports: "The time of the attack will be when everyone has boarded already, so the disaster will be more devastating. I have passed this information to the United States Federal authorities, namely the FBI, and some U.S. citizens living on the island already as a preventative measure against an eventual attack and I was advised to keep the local authorities abreast." According to the report in St. Maarten’s Daily Herald, the author also said that a possible weapon in the attack would be jet-skis packed with explosives.
The culprit has been identified and questioned -- and is no longer a threat -- and tourism and port officials in St. Maarten say that its port is safe -- and open again for business. Indeed, Celebrity says it has no qualms whatsoever about its ships resuming regular calls at St. Maarten.