Regional bad weather an unexpected boon for Puerto Rico tourism
SAN JUAN – The Oasis of the Seas, of the Royal Caribbean cruise line, will dock Tuesday at San Juan’s Pier 3 after being diverted from its route toward the Bahamas due to bad weather in the region. The ship carries a total of 8,279 people on board.
“At the Ports Authority, we are prepared to immediately receive the Oasis of the Seas cruise ship and all the tourists are coming to the island due to a detour of the original route of the ship,” Ports Director Omar Marrero Díaz said in a release. “We are proud to have the resources to welcome them to our island,” he adds.
The cruise ship carries 6,114 passengers and a crew of 2,165, and the economic impact of its stay for a day is estimated at $1.12 million.
The Oasis the Seas, which is Royal Caribbean’s third largest vessel, already has other scheduled visits to the port of San Juan.
“Keeping ports prepared allows the Ports Authority to work effectively on the arrival of planned or unexpected ships,” Marrero Díaz said. “Both the Governor of Puerto Rico, Dr. Ricardo Rosselló Nevares and our work team have as priority to promote more and better opportunities that promote agreements with these cruise lines to boost the economy of Puerto Rico.”
Also, the Norwegian Jade cruise ship made its first visit to Puerto Rico last Sunday, anchoring at Pier 1. The ship, which carries 2,800 passengers and a crew of 1,000, has six visits to San Juan slated for 2017; five visits in 2018; and three visits for 2019, for a total 14 visits from Jan. 22, 2017, to April 14, 2019. The impact in a single year from the visits of the Norwegian Jade on the local economy is estimated at $1.4 million.
Meanwhile, the thousands of locals who attended the San Sebastián Street Festival in Old San Juan this past weekend, where joined by tourists from various cruise ships that had docked in San Juan and whose impact on economy during the three days is estimated at $3.8 million.