Unrest in San Juan leads to cancellation of cruise lines

Published on : Monday, July 22, 2019

Two cruise lines cancelled their scheduled calls on July 22 due to expected protests in San Juan. However, two other lines affirmed that they wanted to continue with turnaround on July 21 in the Puerto Rican capital.

 

According to a statement from the Puerto Rico Tourism Co. the cancellations were from the Celebrity Equinox and the MSC Seaside. It is predicted that the loss of the call from the Celebrity ship will cost the Puerto Rican economy $311,000 while the larger MSC Cruises ship will cost an estimated $439,000.

 

 

As a part ongoing protests of the conduct of Puerto Rican Gov. Ricardo Rossello calls have been made for a general strike in San Juan on July 22.

 

 

 

Royal Caribbean International canceled calls by the Empress of the Seas and the Harmony of the Seas after protests occurred outside the governor’s mansion in Old San Juan on July 15 and 16.

 

 

Both Royal Caribbean and Carnival Cruise Line were expected to carry out boarding for seven-day cruises departing on Sunday, July 21, on the Freedom of the Seas and the Carnival Fascination, respectively.

 

A PRTC statement revealed a $1.3 million economic impact to those operations and in the Old San Juan is the main cruise ship piers located near the governor’s house.

 

 

Alternative berths for ships during the protests were looked for by PRTC. The Pan American Wharf near the convention center was one alternative however the depth limit of 32 feet fell short of the 34-foot requirement of some ships.

 

 

The option of using Ponce on Puerto Rico’s southern coast as a temporary port of call was offered by the cruise lines.

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