From the Editor — Winter 2019
Standing in long lines with my Dad waiting to get ice in the stifling heat, with uprooted trees and other debris strewn all around. That’s one of my most vivid memories of coping with the aftermath of hurricanes during my childhood growing up on the Texas Gulf Coast. For that reason, I found it painful to watch all the news stories in fall 2017 after hurricanes Irma and Maria caused massive destruction on idyllic Caribbean islands. I understood the struggles that residents of the hard-hit islands were facing. Not only were they living in battered homes with no electricity, but they also feared for their livelihoods: On isles heavily reliant on tourism, severely damaged luxury resorts would be unable to open for many months or shuttered indefinitely, leaving locals worried about whether they’d have jobs.
Although these islands did indeed suffer through a challenging 2018, things look brighter for 2019. Most are well on their way to rebounding and need visitors to return. In “Caribbean Resorts Back in Business,” we give you a roundup of 15 refreshed resorts welcoming guests again. Recovery is moving slower in the heavily damaged British Virgin Islands, but in “Revisiting the BVI Post-Hurricane” writer Bill Fink discovers the perfect way to enjoy this destination as it continues to bounce back: aboard a Moorings yacht. In “New Cruise Option in the Caribbean,” we take you aboard Royal Caribbean’s new Symphony of the Seas, which just launched year-round sails to the islands.
With winter’s frost now here, doesn’t a Caribbean getaway sound enticing?
— DON NICHOLS