Royal Caribbean cancels Puerto Rico stop due to protests
A second Royal Caribbean cruise ship canceled a stop in San Juan, Puerto Rico, due to widespread protests against Gov. Ricardo Rosselló.
Harmony of the Seas will skip San Juan on Wednesday and continue onto St. Maarten, the next scheduled port of call, said Owen Torres, the company’s corporate communications manager.
“Concern for the safety and well-being of our guests and crew members is our top priority,” Torres said a statement.
The decision comes a day after another ship on its way to San Juan was rerouted on Tuesday.
“In light of current unrest in San Juan, Puerto Rico, we have canceled today’s call to San Juan. Empress of the Seas has been rerouted to Tortola, and our guests will receive refunds for prepaid shore excursions. We continue to monitor the situation closely and will make adjustments as necessary to ensure the safety and security of our guests and crew,” Torres said.
That ship is scheduled to return to Miami on Sunday.
Protests began over the weekend after the Center for Investigative Journalism published nearly 900 pages from Rosselló’s private group chat via Telegram.
The messages uncovered a vengeful approach to government, attacks on journalists, threats to turn over political opponents to the police, as well as homophobic and misogynistic remarks.
The leaks came the same week two former officials from Rosselló’s administration were arrested by the FBI as part of a federal corruption investigation.
“I will continue my work and my responsibility to the people of Puerto Rico,” the embattled governor said at a news conference.
CNN’s Nicole Chavez, Leyla Santiago, Hollie Silverman and Dave Alsup contributed to this report.