SXM Evacuation News: Royal Caribbean Sends Cruise Ship to Philipsburg, to Match $1 Million in Donations, KLM Flight
The evacuations in Sint Maarten and Saint Martin continue today. Here is some information on the evacuation ships and flights I know of right now. I will update this as I get more information.
Friday, September 15, 2017
Royal Caribbean has sent a massive cruise ship with supplies into the Sint Maarten port in Philipsburg. The ship is scheduled to depart today around 6 pm.
The ship is capable of carrying 2,450 people and will pick up U.S. citizens and those legally admissible into the United States to transport them to San Juan, Puerto Rico. You must register by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
After registering, meet at Sint Maarten Festival Village on Pond Island on Friday (today). 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.
You will be allowed to bring one small pet and one piece of luggage. The pet must have a note from a local veterinarian in order to be allowed on the ship.
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 or around 6 pm.
#ICYMI: @RoyalCaribbean plans to dock a ship in St. Maarten (Dutch side) Friday, Sept 15. Email email@example.com for more info. pic.twitter.com/BAoM6561jG
— Travel – State Dept (@TravelGov) September 14, 2017
Majesty of the Sea in port of St Maarten. Picking up evacués. Assembly area: Festival Village. Next port is San Juan. #Irma part 1 pic.twitter.com/wCL3LaVnj6
— Andre van der Kamp (@andrevanderkamp) September 15, 2017
In addition, Royal Caribbean has announced that they have set up a donation fund and will match donations made up to $1 million. You can donate here. I’ll also put a link on the Donate page of sxmstrong.com, where you can find info on this and other worthy causes to donate to.
We’re matching donations up to $1M to help with #IrmaRecovery. Here’s how you can help too: https://t.co/Dj3TsCuEPI pic.twitter.com/Ui5SmzE1Md
— Royal Caribbean (@RoyalCaribbean) September 14, 2017
KLM is sending a Boeing 747 with the capacity to carry 268 passengers to SXM on Saturday. The flight will evacuate tourists of all nationalities to Aruba on Saturday. Additional information can be found here.
Extra KLM vluchten Sint Maarten https://t.co/f5reuBfjDX #giro5125 #irma #sxm #sintmaarten #klm
— KLM Newsroom (@KLM_press) September 15, 2017