Royal Caribbean cancels stop in Puerto Rico due to protests

Carlos Giusti  AP

Carlos Giusti AP

It has now been confirmed that Harmony of the Seas won't be calling at San Juan, Puerto Rico today due to ongoing violent protests in the historic city. This is now the second Royal Caribbean cruise ship to cancel a call to the popular Caribbean island.

As Puerto Ricans take to the streets demanding the resignation of Gov. Ricardo Rosselló, some cruise ships are diverting to ensure passenger safety.

SAN JUAN-Royal Caribbean International has cancelled a planned call in San Juan, Puerto Rico, amid protests against the embattled governor in the capital of the US territory. Harmony will now sail to St. Maarten, her next scheduled port of call.

The company's corporate communications manager, Owen Torres, announced the decision Tuesday on the company blog.

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The ship left Miami Saturday on an eight-day Caribbean journey with stops planned for the Royal Caribbean's private island, CocoCay, in the Bahamas; San Juan; Tortola; and Saint Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The company is monitoring the situation to determine if it needs to continue rerouting ships.

Late Monday Rossello released a statement saying he respected the demonstrators but did not address the calls for his resignation. His administration has been hit with a corruption investigation and leaked chats with disturbing comments.

People living in Puerto Rico, still recovering from Hurricane Maria's wrath in 2017, continue to struggle amid a debt-driven financial failure. Hundreds of schools have shut down as the government looks to save money.

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