Protests in Puerto Rico have led to many cruise lines cancelling their scheduled calls in San Juan. On Monday, two more cruise lines have cancelled their stops in Puerto Rico, reports Travel Pulse.
MSC Cruises’ MSC Seaside and Celebrity Cruises’ Celebrity Equinox shifted their scheduled stops in San Juan on July 22 due to the ongoing protests that may turn violent. The protests have been staged against Governor Ricardo Rossello.
The local economy will be impacted
According to the Puerto Rico Tourism Company, MSC Seaside skipping Puerto Rico will cost the local economy an estimated $439,000. Whereas, the Celebrity Equinox not stopping in San Juan will result in $311,000 in lost revenue.
Generally, when cruise ships arrive in Puerto Rico, they sail into Old San Juan. This is located right next to the governor’s headquarters. Officials in Puerto Rico are working closely with cruise lines to find other options to port in different cities on the island.
Many of the local companies that provide excursion services for visiting cruise ships canceled their excursions on Monday. This was amid calls for a general strike.
Several cruise companies have rerouted their ships
Last week, Royal Caribbean rerouted two of its ships. The Empress of the Seas was diverted from San Juan to Tortola in the British Virgin Islands. They also shifted Harmony of the Seas to St. Maarten. However, days later, Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas arrived at Pier 3 in Old San Juan.
“Concern for the safety and well-being of our guests and crew members is our top priority,” said Royal Caribbean Cruises spokesman Owen Torres.
Protesters in Puerto Rico are calling for the resignation of Governor Rossello. There have been several demonstrations after more than 800 pages of chats between Rosselló and some of his advisers leaked 10 days ago. The chats revealed the governor and his advisors insulting and mocking constituents, including those affected by Hurricane Maria.
Rosselló said on Sunday that he won’t quit, but won’t seek re-election either.