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Update from the Commissioner

9/26/17 Message from the Commissioner of Tourism: 

The Government of the U.S. Virgin Islands confirms the departure of Royal Caribbean’s Adventure of the Seas mercy mission. The ship is scheduled to sail from St. Croix on Friday, September 29, accommodating up to 750 passengers from St. Croix, and will leave St. Thomas on Saturday, September 30, with up to 200 passengers from St. John and 50 from St. Thomas. The voyage will end in Fort Lauderdale approximately two days after departing St. Thomas. Priority for passage will be given to high risk pregnant women, the elderly and those with urgent medical needs. Through the Emergency Operations Command, the Department of Tourism has pre-registered the St. Thomas passengers and approximately 400 individuals from St. Croix for evacuation. Adventure of the Seas will be carrying evacuees from Puerto Rico when it arrives in the Territory. Passengers are responsible for their onward travel arrangements from Fort Lauderdale. Information centers for registration will be open tomorrow (Wednesday) from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the following locations: Ann E. Abramson Pier, Cotton Valley Fire Station and VI Cardiac Center (St. Croix) and Visitor Center in Powell Park (St. John). To date, the Government of the U.S. Virgin Islands has assisted with the evacuation of more than 2,000 passengers from St. Thomas since Hurricane Irma. Thank you again for your patience and understanding.

 

9/26/17 Message from the Commissioner of Tourism:

As we work with our airline partners, the Government of the U.S. Virgin Islands is pleased to report that 40 residents with urgent medical needs left St. Croix yesterday (Monday) via a charter flight to Atlanta. One hundred residents with medical needs will be evacuated on JetBlue tomorrow (Wednesday) from St. Croix to Orlando on a mercy mission flight; all confirmed passengers are being contacted today about the departure time. We are continuing our efforts to secure additional mercy flights to the U.S. mainland, however, our waiting list far exceeds the number of seats the airlines can provide. We thank you for your patience and understanding. We will have an update on our cruise line mercy sailing this evening.

 

9/26/17 Message from the Commissioner of Tourism:

As the Government of the U.S. Virgin Islands continues to work with our cruise partners to secure a sailing for residents who wish to travel to the mainland U.S., we would like the public to know that any attempts to register potential passengers online are NOT official. As previously stated, once a departure date and time has been announced, we will open visitor information centers on St. Croix, St. John and St. Thomas to facilitate the cruise line registration process. There will be NO online registrations. Registration will only be accepted in person with the Department of Tourism. Additionally, a departure date and time has NOT been confirmed as yet. Official information will be posted on this Facebook page, announced on local radio and shared on usviupdate.com. Thank you for your patience as we recover from the onslaught of two back-to-back storms. We understand the frustrations many people are experiencing, but please know we are doing everything in our power to be of service during this trying time.

 

9/26/17 Government House news release:
Business community optimistic about USVI recovery and Government response

 

9/25/17 Government House news release:
St. Thomas Airport set to reopen for commercial flights Thursday 

 

9/25/17 Government House news release:
More patients evacuated to U.S. mainland as hurricane recovery efforts continue 

 

9/24/17 Government House news release:
U.S. Virgin Islands Governor calls for prayers, unity as hurricane recovery efforts march on 

 

9/22/17 Government House news release:
U.S. Virgin Islands Governor outlines progress following Hurricanes Irma and Maria 

 

9/22/17 Government House news release:
U.S. Virgin Islands Governor calls for all hands on deck in face of long recovery

 

9/21/17 Statement #2 from Governor Mapp: http://conta.cc/2xh0bj8

 

9/20/17 Statement from Governor Mapp: http://conta.cc/2xgRR2R


9/20/17 Department of Tourism news release:
U.S. Virgin Islands assessing damage from Hurricane Maria
 

Hotel updates will be posted here as we receive them: http://bit.ly/2gOExZw

 

UPDATE 2 - 9/20/17 - Message from the Commissioner of Tourism

Dear Friends and Family:

Thank you for your thoughts and prayers as we weathered the passage of Hurricane Maria overnight. Based on our preliminary assessments and reports, St. Croix experienced serious hurricane winds and was significantly impacted, and heavy rainfall and flooding affected our Territory. Communications are limited and our teams are in the process of making an assessment of damage to our infrastructure. We are receiving a number of requests about the wellbeing of residents and guests in the Territory, especially on St. Croix. If you have Internet access, please check in here in the comments so your loved ones can know how you are doing. We will be posting additional information as it becomes available on usviupdate.com. We are thankful for life today - let’s continue to support each other as we recover from these weather events.

Beverly

 

9/20/17: Government House news release:
Governor Mapp: Hurricane Maria south of St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands not out of the woods

 

UPDATE - 9/20/17 - Message from the Commissioner of Tourism

According to the National Hurricane Center’s 11 p.m. (September 19) forecast, the eye of Hurricane Maria is nearing St. Croix. Maria is moving west-northwest at 10 miles per hour, with the eye of the Category 5 storm expected to pass near or over St. Croix within the next couple of hours. Maximum sustained winds are near 175 mph, with higher gusts. It is expected that our islands will experience life-threatening wind, storm surge and rainfall conditions over the next 24 hours. Please remain sheltered indoors and stay vigilant as the storm passes. We will continue to provide information and updates on this page and at usviupdate.com as they come in. Stay safe, and God bless.

 


 

 

For the Commissioner of Tourism's previous updates, please click here: http://bit.ly/2wPLHXr