Royal Caribbean cancels Puerto Rico cruise stop amid protests07/17/2019
Royal Caribbean International has canceled a planned call in San Juan, Puerto Rico, amid protests against the embattled governor in the capital of the U.S. territory.
“In light of current unrest in San Juan, Puerto Rico, we have canceled today’s call to San Juan,” Owen Torres, spokesman for Royal Caribbean, said in a statement to USA TODAY. “We continue to monitor the situation closely and will make adjustments as necessary to ensure the safety and security of our guests and crew.”
Empress of the Seas, which was slated to stop in San Juan Tuesday, has been rerouted to Tortola in the British Virgin Islands, Torres said, and guests will receive refunds for prepaid shore excursions. Tortola was already on the itinerary as a planned Wednesday stop, according to cruise-tracking site, CruiseMapper.com.
The ship left Miami Saturday on an eight-day Caribbean journey with stops planned for the Royal Caribbean’s private island, CocoCay, in the Bahamas; San Juan; Tortola; and Saint Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
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