Hurricane Ernesto Lands on Caribbean Cruise Port

Hurricane Ernesto
Tuesday evening in Mahahual, Mexico. photo: Webcams de Mexico

The 11pm advisory Tuesday night from the National Hurricane Center reported that Hurricane Ernesto made landfall as a category 1 storm near  the small tourist town of Mahahual, Mexico – the area is better known to cruise passengers as Costa Maya, Mexico.

It was reported by a local monitoring services that at 12:30am EST, Costa Maya was experiencing 85 mph force winds and the local power company cut power for safety.

Seatrade Insider reported that there’s glass and roof damage but the general impact was minor. The cruise pier also appears to have no damage.

Popular cruise industry website, CruiseCal.com reports the next cruise ship scheduled into Costa Maya is the 4,000-guest Disney Fantasy on August 21, almost two weeks away. 

The small cruise port of Costa Maya, Mexico is no strangers to hurricanes, just ask anyone about Hurricane Dean in 2007, which made landfall as a category five storm, shutting down the cruise port and town of Muhahual for 14 months to rebuild.

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