Puerto Rico Unrest Causes Further Cruise Cancellations

Yesterday we blogged about how the political unrest in Puerto Rico caused Royal Caribbean to cancel a scheduled stop on the island. The island’s governor, Ricardo Rosselló, is under fire by the territory’s residents after insensitive text messages between him and members of his inner circle were made public. Initially, Royal Caribbean only cancelled one scheduled stop, but refused to cancel other callings on the island. Now, the company has announced another cancellation.


Yesterday, the Miami Herald reported that Royal Caribbean cancelled a scheduled stop in Puerto Rico by the Empress of the Seas cruise ship. Instead of stopping in Puerto Rico as scheduled, the Empress stopped in Tortola, in the British Virgin Islands, as a result of the unrest.

But the company refused to cancel a stop by the Harmony of the Seas, scheduled for Wednesday. This was a curious decision considering that many Puerto Rican figures were calling for massive protests in the capital, San Juan, on Wednesday. Eventually, the company saw the light, reports FoxNews.com, and announced that St. Maarten would be the ship’s next scheduled port of call.