Royal Caribbean Cancels Stop in Puerto Rico Due to Unrest

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Posted: July 16, 2019

The ongoing unrest in San Juan, Puerto Rico has caused Royal Caribbean to cancel a scheduled stop at the island.

The Miami Herald reports that the Port Authority of Puerto Rico announced the cancellation on Tuesday. After confirming that the Empress of the Seas cruise ship would not be calling on Puerto Rico as previously planned, Royal Caribbean announced that the ship would instead call on Tortola, in the British Virgin Islands.

Puerto Rican residents have taken to the streets in massive protests to voice their anger over leaked text messages involving Puerto Rico’s governor,  Ricardo Rosselló. The messages reportedly include Rosselló  and others in his party speaking “derisively and often profanely about an array of people, including leaders of their party; political critics; members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community; the news media; an obese young man who met the governor and a blind Cabinet secretary,” reports the New York Times.

Despite the fact that more protests are scheduled for Wednesday, Royal Caribbean did not immediately cancel a scheduled stop by the Harmony of the Seas cruise ship at the island.