Showing posts with the label Caribbean

How the pandemic is affecting cruisers

This article was originally written and published by me on the Ocean Cruising Club website. I am posting here as well just to keep from losing it. 

Pandemic in Paradise Daria Blackwell | 27/05/2020As reports of Covid-19 outbreaks began to circulate, the OCC was monitoring the situation in the Atlantic, Caribbean, and IndoPacific regions. What could we do to assist stranded cruisers? Reports from China of a highly contagious novel coronavirus began circulating in January. But China was far away from most places in paradise. At first, tourism remained active and cruisers went about their business blissfully unaware of the mounting threat of a pandemic. As tourists flying in from severely affected European nations began to show signs of infection and coronavirus began to spread, the local governments responded. Many of these island nations have limited medical resources and a history of devastation due to outbreaks of diseases against which native islanders have no immunity and no defenc…

OCC Atlantic Crossing West to East (AWE) Facebook Group Newsletter

Editor's Note: I wrote this for the OCC AWE Facebook Group. I am posting it here in case it helps others in need. 

Welcome to the AWE Group! If you’ve joined this group, then you share with your fellow members several unfortunate circumstances. Chances are, you are stuck somewhere you didn’t plan to be and are evaluating what to do next to stay a step ahead of the repercussions of the Covid-19 pandemic. The OCC has been working with Noonsite to gather information from our helpful Port Officers around the world and make the information available to cruisers in one central location. Noonsite’s listing of Port Restrictions is the most complete and up-to-date information available. If you see something that needs updating, please send it to Sue Richards at

The OCC has also petitioned World Sailing to represent cruisers in countries where draconian measures are being put into place that endanger cruisers’ safety, and we have encouraged other organisations to d…

Hurricane Relief Efforts

I have been working hard for the past few days to week or so to help the people of the Caribbean get the help they need after Hurricane Irma. But putting together those able to assist with those interested in donating and ensuring that the organizations are reputable, I hope to be able to make a small difference. If you are looking for information or ways you can help, please visit the  Ocean Cruising Club  (OCC) website.

So many of the lovely places we visited on our Caribbean cruise in 2009-2010 are devastated. Please do what you can to help. Thanks.

Guns and cruising

The recent increases in terrorism and migration have once again gotten cruisers thinking about whether they should be carrying weapons on board. I will lay out the reasons why I believe weapons are not a good idea for cruisers.