This weekend, we are departing on the Freedom of the Seas 7-night Caribbean Cruise and I just received a text message from my mother-in-law with a link to an article about a Caribbean Seaweed Invasion posted a couple of days ago on Yahoo! Travel.
Not quite believing the hype, but still a little concerned I did a quick Google Search for How Bad is the Seaweed in the Caribbean?
I found articles dating back to 2012 talking about the Caribbean Seaweed Crisis. There have been similar articles every year about a growing problem of seaweed in the Caribbean.
After reading several Caribbean Seaweed Articles and searching for images this is what I learned:
- the name of this specific seaweed is Sargassum
- Sargassum has been found on beaches from Florida to Mexico to Africa.
- 2011 was a peak of Sargassum in the Caribbean and reports claim 2015 to be almost as bad
- According to recent articles, the locations seeing the most Sargassum in 2015 are Tobago, Mexico, Barbados, and St Maarten
- The photo above by James St. John on Flickr is of San Salvador Island, Bahamas in 2008. Sargassum Seaweed on beaches is not a new issue.
Personally, I’ve cruised to the Bahamas, Mexico, and Caribbean many times since 2011 and have not had any issues with seaweed.
What I was trying to find out before my cruise:
Before going on my cruise next week, I’d love to find out if there are beaches on St Maarten or St Thomas that we should avoid.
While I’ve been on 30+ cruises, my nieces who are joining us are going on their first cruise so I’d like to make sure that our beach days are not ruined by seaweed.
Have you Recently Cruised the Caribbean?
If you’ve cruised the Caribbean recently, I need your help [please comment below]:
Which Caribbean islands did you go to and did you see a Seaweed Invasion?
Are there beaches on the islands that you recommend visiting or staying away from based on seaweed?
Thank you for commenting – this will help my cruise as well as all the CruiseSource readers & Subscribers.