I’m going to get a bit personal in the post. We love selling Caribbean travel because we are from the Caribbean. Puerto Rico to be exact.
The last month has been emotional, in the office to be honest. We didn’t have anyone traveling to Texas. However, I have family there and travel specialist friends who are family. Turns out my cousin was in Isreal and his home was spared. My friend who is travel specialist lost everything for the second time in less than 10 years. We worried for clients during #HurricaneIrma. Thank goodness everyone is well and safe. I had a fellow travel specialist who had to help a client locate a loved one in St. Maarten. She reached out to her travel specialist community for help and support. He was found, he said he got lost in the chaos of the things and got separated from his family.
When #HurricaneMaria made landfall she destroyed my island home and she left me in a state of fear and confusion. I didn’t know if my parents were alive for (2) weeks my sister, our husbands, children and extended family were on the Zello app hoping to get any word When my mom finally called it was wonderful to hear her voice. The news was grim the coffee crops were gone all the small animals dead and the cows were missing assumed dead. My mom tried to reassure us they were physically ok but emotional drained. The fact the crops and fruit trees are gone means my dad no longer has a farm. My dad isn’t a young man. It takes coffee plants about (6) years to grow beans for a successful crop. If my dad replants he will be (76) years old during the first harvest. He said he could try again. It took about (20) years of hard labor to have the farm be productive and beautifully lush with green foliage. It only took #HurricaneMaria less the (2) hours to take everything away.
Our neighbors in the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVIs) were also battered by #Maria. Living in the Caribbean meant we could always visit St. Thomas, the USVIs to shop for the day. Or get on Royal Caribbean’s Adventures of the Seas and spend a week visiting St Maarten, St. Lucia, St, Kitts, and St. Croix it was great. Puerto Rican’s referred to the ship as Puerto Rico’s ship since her home port is San Juan.
I had my wedding at Villa Montana and honeymoon on the Adventures of the Seas.
This will be a difficult time for a few islands in the Caribbean but don’t fret island people are friendly, fearless, resourceful and will bounce back. The whole Caribbean will flourish again in time