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(12:25 p.m. EDT) – As recently downgraded tropical storm Ernesto continues to move inland across the Yucatan Peninsula, what damage has been left in its wake? Here's what you can expect at cruise ports that were in Ernesto's path – including first-hand reports from Web sites like StormCarib.
We'll continue to add new information as it is received.
StormCarib poster Juana Avila wrote Wednesday morning, "This morning in Belize City the skies are overcast with little to no rain and the wind is almost calm. We never got any of the strong winds and rain…Reports from Corozal Town, which lies near the Mexican border, is that the winds in that area reach about 35 to 40 miles an hour about 2 a.m. this morning. We have no reports of damage at this time."
Carnival Liberty is expected to return to Belize City as scheduled on Tuesday, August 14.
According to industry publication Seatrade Insider, Puerto Costa Maya is reporting that there was no structural damage done to the cruise pier.
"There will be work to do in terms of clean-up," vice president of port operations Cesar Lizarraga told Seatrade in an e-mail. He specifically mentioned that there was some broken glass and minor damage to the port's thatched roof.
Disney Fantasy and Carnival Dream are expected to return to Costa Maya as scheduled the week of August 20.
Tulum is a popular shore excursion destination for cruisers visiting Cozumel.
StormCarib poster Mike Hopson wrote Wednesday morning from Tulum. "Ernesto packed some pretty good winds and for a long time, he came ashore 60 miles south of us at around 1:30 last night. We lost power and are still without in our neighborhood. Tulum has power scattered in different areas, in the town we have very little damage, few trees, shop awnings, that's about it. The beach road is closed and we understand there is a lot more damage and storm surge damage, can't verify but we have been told the road is washed out at the little moon bay."
Ships are expected to return to Cozumel beginning tomorrow as scheduled and Cruise Critic has not received any reports of cancelled Tulum shore excursions.
--by Dori Saltzman, News Editor