QRoo: Port of Costa Maya will suspend operations due to hurricane ‘Beryl’

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Shipping companies adjust their itineraries due to impacts on the Caribbean islands

The Costa Maya port in Mahahual, Quintana Roo—the second busiest cruise port in Mexico—has announced the suspension of activities on Thursday and Friday due to the presence of Hurricane Beryl. Additionally, cruise companies have adjusted their itineraries in response to the hurricane’s impact on Caribbean islands.

Costa Maya’s administration has activated preventive measures in advance to minimize risks. These protocols include specific guidelines for employees, tenants, tour operators, and service providers operating within the port.

Among the measures implemented are regular informational sessions, distribution of emergency kits, and close coordination with local and state authorities to ensure an effective response to any contingencies.

Residents and visitors in the area are advised to closely follow civil protection advisories and recommendations, staying informed through official channels and local media.

On Wednesday, July 3rd, operations will continue normally until 3:30 PM. Afterward, cargo, signs, and furniture will be secured, and by 6:00 PM, all personnel must evacuate the terminal.

On Thursday, July 4th, all port activities are canceled in anticipation of Hurricane Beryl’s impact in the evening or night. On Friday, July 5th, port activities remain suspended, with recommendations to stay sheltered throughout the day.

By Saturday, July 6th, risks are expected to gradually decrease in the afternoon. Port authorities will begin damage assessment, and on Sunday, July 7th, merchandise reentry and setup of locations and business units are authorized.

Changes in Cruise Routes Due to Beryl’s Passage Through the Caribbean

Several cruise itineraries have been altered to avoid the islands affected by Beryl. For instance:

  • The Carnival Liberty, which departed from New Orleans on Sunday, visited Cozumel on Tuesday instead of its originally scheduled Friday stop.
  • The Icon of the Seas from Royal Caribbean International was in Cozumel on Tuesday and will anchor in Costa Maya on Wednesday, replacing its original itinerary to St. Maarten and St. Thomas.
  • The Grandeur of the Seas, based in Tampa, reversed its port calls, now stopping in Cozumel on Wednesday and Progreso on Thursday.
  • The Wonder of the Seas, based in Port Canaveral, will skip Roatán (Honduras) and replace Nassau (Bahamas) with Costa Maya. The Harmony of the Seas cruise from Galveston (Texas) will visit Cozumel on Tuesday and Costa Maya on Wednesday, instead of Roatán.

Source: La Jornada Maya