SXM Evacuation News: JetBlue & Delta Flights Thursday, Canadian Evac Info, Cruise Ship Friday

I have several updates for people who want to be evacuated from Sint Maarten & Saint Martin. This update pertains to U.S. citizens (first priority), those legally admissible into the U.S., and Canadians only.

Thursday, September 13, 2017

JetBlue will have a free flight on Thursday from SXM to JFK. I reached out to them and they were very helpful in providing me with information. So, big-time kudos to JetBlue for stepping up to the plate in a big way here.

Arrive at the SXM employee parking lot no later than 9 AM. Bring water and food, and your passport or proof of legal admissibility with you to the airport. Expect long wait times. Passengers will be allowed one small carry-on and only service animals will be permitted.

Delta is also offering a flight but it is apparently not free. I reached out to them and they were also very helpful – this is what I learned.

Passengers will need to have previously purchased a ticket on Delta for departure from SXM. Here is a link with more information on who qualifies. I’ll admit, I didn’t read it all so you’ll, unfortunately, have to figure it out or call Delta.

The Canadian consulate has instructed Canadian citizens to report to the airport on Thursday (tomorrow) before 9 AM if they wish to be evacuated from SXM. Limited luggage will be allowed but no pets.

Click here for more information.

Friday, September 14, 2017

Royal Caribbean will be sending a cruise ship capable of carrying 2,450 people on Friday to pick up U.S. citizens and those legally admissible into the United States, and take them to San Juan, Puerto Rico. You must register by sending an email to

After registering, meet at Sint Maarten Festival Village on Pond Island on Friday at 6 am. You will be able to park in public parking areas but you will need to have a friend or family member pick up your car. You cannot leave your car there.

All qualified and registered individuals will be taken by bus to port Sint Maarten for departure. Do not go to the port directly. The ship will leave at 5 pm.

Again, bring plenty of food and water with you because it will be a long day.

They sent a cruise ship to Philipsburg on Sunday that picked up 280 people. Here’s cool video with a few highlights from that.

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Jon Ferlise

I fell in love with the island of Saint Martin the first time I visited to celebrate my 40th birthday in May of 2009. Since then, I've spent most birthdays there, and have visited countless other times getting to know this wonderful place and the friendly locals that make it so special. I adore the culture, the people, the community, and the beauty of this stunning island. SXM Strong is a website that I started to support humanitarian relief efforts following Hurricane Irma. There was no plan, it just evolved as I witnessed the devastation that Irma caused the island and the huge need to communicate and disseminate information about what had happened and how people could help support this island and its people.

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