More San Juan Cruise Cancellations as Protest Set to Draw 1 Million

Demonstrators protest against Gov. Ricardo Rossello in San Juan, Puerto Rico. // Photo by AP Photo/Dennis M. Rivera Pichardo via Newscred

Two additional cruise ships have cancelled calls in San Juan, Puerto Rico, for Monday, as a massive protest is planned that could involve up to a million people. 

A spokesperson for Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., the parent company of Celebrity Cruises, tells Travel Agent that the cruise line has cancelled Monday’s planned call by the Celebrity Equinox in San Juan, which had been part of a charter cruise. 

Equinox will now sail to St. Thomas, her next scheduled port of call,” the company said. “Concern for the safety and wellbeing of our guests and crew members is our top priority.”

Sunday's turnaround for Royal Caribbean's Freedom of the Seas went ahead as scheduled. 

A spokesperson for MSC Cruises tells Travel Agent that the line has cancelled the MSC Seaside’s San Juan call that had been planned for Monday. Instead, the ship will operate an extended stay in St. Maarten.

A Carnival Cruise Line spokesperson tells Travel Agent that the Carnival Fascination was able to call in San Juan Monday as scheduled. 

According to CBS News, up to a million protesters are expected to turn out Monday to protest Gov. Ricardo Rosselló, who has refused to step down following the release of 900 pages of private chats containing profanity-laced, misogynistic and homophobic comments, as well as jokes from other top officials about dead bodies that piled up before and after Hurricane Maria. 

In a video published Sunday evening by Time, Gov. Rosselló reiterated that he has no plans to step down, but that he will not run for reelection or continue as the head of his political party. 

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