Port of San Juan Repairs Could Take Weeks; Carnival Cancels Cruises

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Port officials have informed Carnival Cruise Line that the lines terminal in San Juan sustained extensive damage as a result of Hurricane Maria, and that repairs could take several weeks, according to Carnival brand ambassador John Heald. Full damage assessments are still ongoing. 

The Port of San Juan is currently closed. Carnival Fascination departed Antigua Friday, with the intention of being in position to dock this weekend, in the event the port reopens, to allow guests to debark if they wish to do so. Alternatively, guests can remain onboard as the ship repositions to Miami, where it will arrive Tuesday afternoon and stay through Wednesday. Carnival said that its airline partners will work with guests to waive any change fees on rescheduled flights.

Due to the damage sustained by the Port of San Juan, the following San Juan and Barbados sailings have been cancelled:

San Juan departures

  • September 24
  • October 1
  • October 8

Barbados departures

  • September 27
  • October 4
  • October 11

Guests on canceled cruises will automatically receive a full refund, including Fly2Fun reservations, pre-purchased shore excursions, Fun Shop purchases and beverage packages. Carnival is also working with its airline partners to assist guests with independent air travel on waiving change fees.

Previously, Royal Caribbean had called the timing of the reopening of the port uncertain, although it had delayed Adventure of the Seas September 23 departure to Wednesday, September 27, on a three-night itinerary to Antigua and St. Kitts.

For the latest Caribbean cruises due to Hurricane Maria and Hurricane Irma from Carnival Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean, MSC Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line and Princess Cruises, click here.

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