October 19, 2014
(12:45 p.m. EDT) -- Celebrity Infinity will call on Bermuda this week as scheduled, as the Atlantic island recovers from Hurricane Gonzalo, the Bermuda Tourism Authority said Sunday.
The ship, which is returning to North America on a transatlantic, is scheduled to arrive on Wednesday and depart on Thursday. Cruise Critic has asked the line if excursions and activities will go on as planned.
Other cruise ships that were slated to visit Bermuda this weekend had already announced itinerary changes, as the storm bore down on the island. Norwegian Dawn substituted Bahamas for Bermuda, while Oceania Insignia added a night in New York City and a call in St. Maarten. Royal Caribbean's Explorer of the Seas went north to call on Halifax, Nova Scotia and St. John, New Brunswick.
The storm traveled directly over Bermuda Friday at Category 2 strength, with winds up to 110 mph. According to the Royal Gazette, 31,200 homes lost power and several businesses, including the Aquarium, incurred damaged; no lives were lost. The Causeway that connects parts of the island reopened on Saturday and the international airport is scheduled to open today at 5 p.m.
The public ferry service has resumed its normal schedule and bus service will begin once the roads are assessed, the tourism authority said. Most hotels are open and available to accept customers.
In its statement, Bermuda Tourism Authority CEO Bill Hanbury praised the quickness of the response on the affluent island. "All of us are ready to get back to work doing what we do best: welcoming visitors."
--By Chris Gray Faust, Destinations Editor