According to Daily Cruise News, “reports in from Costa Maya show that over 50% of the infrastructure in Costa Maya, including the pier, have had significant damage as a result of Hurricane Dean. Early estimates are that the port will remain closed up to 8 months, and will re-open sometime in mid 2008.

“Scheduled┬ácalls at Costa Maya during this time will be canceled, and the individual cruise lines will have to revamp those affected itineraries with either another port of call, or a day at sea.”

Much of the Caribbean “dodged a big bullet, named Dean, when the hurricane went a little south of its original track. It had been on a course that would have taken it directly over Jamaica, the Cayman Islands and Cozumel/Cancun”

Luckily, as strong as Dean was, there have been very few reports of loss of life.