39010 144358652247489 4980615 nSt. Maarten’s cruise partners at the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) conference in Merida, Mexico have identified mid-December as a better date to resume port calls to the destination according to a press release from the Ministry of Tourism last week.  Both Carnival Corporation and Royal Caribbean International committed to returning their vessels in close collaboration with the Port Authority and Ministry of Tourism.  Various cruise executives have been highly impressed by the progress St. Maarten has made thus far in preparing to welcome its first cruise tourists.  In a panel discussion including the top executives of Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Holland America and MSC Cruises, St. Maarten was lauded as being a very resilient island and having made remarkable progress.