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1st cruise ship since Irma docks in Key West

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Royal Caribbean International’s Empress of the Seas, with 878 passengers and about 600 crew members, docked in Key West Sunday marking the first cruise ship visit since before Hurricane Irma struck the Florida Keys Sept. 10.

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Fewer Keys guests, higher hotel rates during Fantasy Fest

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Key West hotels are reporting that fewer people came to town for Fantasy Fest, but higher room rates compensated for the dip in occupancy. The Key West Citizen reports that the average nightly cost of a hotel room for the main weekend of the 10-day Fantasy Fest jumped from about $238 last year to $413 this year. Jodi Weinhofer, president of the Lodging Association of the Florida Keys and Key West, says hotel owners reported slightly fewer guests this year,…

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