Ongoing protests in Puerto Rico have resulted in two more cruise lines canceling scheduled calls in San Juan Monday.
According to the Puerto Rico Tourism Company, MSC Cruises’ MSC Seaside and Celebrity Cruises’ Celebrity Equinox shifted their scheduled stops in San Juan on July 22 due to potentially violent protests against Governor Ricardo Rossello.
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The tourism agency announced the MSC Seaside skipping Puerto Rico Monday will cost the local economy an estimated $439,000, while the Celebrity Equinox not stopping in San Juan will result in $311,000 in lost revenue.
Arriving cruise ships sail into Old San Juan, which is near the embattled governor’s headquarters. Puerto Rican officials are now working with cruise lines to offer options to port in other cities on the island.
On the other hand, Royal Caribbean International’s Freedom of the Seas and Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Fascination departed from their respective ports Sunday on itineraries that feature stops in San Juan. So far, the plan is for both ships to stop in Puerto Rico.
Last week, Royal Caribbean rerouted Empress of the Seas from San Juan to Tortola in the British Virgin Islands and shifted Harmony of the Seas to St. Maarten. Just days later, though, Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas arrived at Pier 3 in Old San Juan on Thursday morning.
Protesters in Puerto Rico are calling for the resignation of Governor Rossello after hundreds of pages of a profane group chat were leaked and the FBI arrested two of his top former officials on corruption charges.