Hurricane Emily: Final Report

July 21, 2005
(4:45 p.m.) -- Hurricane Emily, which pounded Mexico's Yucatan peninsula and battered the Gulf Coast along the U.S. and Mexico borders, may be gone but is still not quite forgotten by impacted areas still engaged in clean-up. Fortunately, the storm, which directly took aim at a handful of popular Caribbean and Yucatan cruise ports, is no impacting itineraries. In a nutshell:

Cozumel, which was in the direct path of Emily, has reopened to cruise ships and by and large, debris removal is completely finished. Power outages have been a sporadic problem, and ships such as Carnival's Holiday, which called there this week, actually departed slightly earlier than usual as a result.

Costa Maya
Costa Maya saw very little impact from Hurricane Emily and is up and running.

Hurricane Emily passed south of Jamaica and, according to a tourism spokesperson, all facilities and activities out of both Ocho Rios and Montego Bay are operating as usual.

This Riviera Maya port of call was largely bypassed by Emily.

Grand Cayman
It's business as usual in Grand Cayman. Only wet and windy weather met the folks here, a blessing after last year's significant damage from Hurricane Ivan's visit. According to a statement from the Cayman Islands' tourism department, the islands "were very fortunate to be spared the potential devastating effects from a very serious storm." Port calls are not at all affected at this point.

Emily left 167 families homeless in Grenada and 2,641 roofs damaged, according to a statement on the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency's Web site. The Grenada Board of Tourism says that tourist sites and attractions like hotels, restaurants and dive sites are all up and running.