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Tourism Co. confirms several San Juan Port cruise sailings

By on November 20, 2017

SAN JUAN – The executive director of the Puerto Rico Tourism Co., José Izquierdo, confirmed Monday that seven cruise ships will use San Juan as a base port for eight sailings this week.

The increased number of departures from the port after Hurricane María begin Tuesday, with the SeaDream II Cruiser from SeaDream Yacht Club, which will also sail from San Juan on Saturday, when the Star Pride of Windstar Cruises, Adventure of the Seas of Royal Caribbean and the Celebrity Summit of Celebrity Cruises set out.

Tourism Director José Izquierdo said Norwegian Dawn will become the fourth ship to use San Juan as a base port. (iStock)

Finally, on Sunday, Royal Caribbean’s Jewel of the Seas, Viking Cruises’ Viking Sea and Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Dawn set sail as well.

A combined total of about 11,000 passengers will be on these ships, for an economic impact on the island estimated at $1.7 million.

The luxury ships SeaDream II and Star Pride will be making their first departures of the winter season this week as agreed before Hurricane María. The vessels have six and 18 departures from San Juan scheduled, respectively, during the season. In the case of Star Pride, which has capacity for 212 passengers, this will be its first visit to Puerto Rico.

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“This week’s cruise activity is further proof that the tourism industry in Puerto Rico is headed for full recovery after the devastating impact of Hurricane María. The Destination Recovery Plan that governs the actions of the Tourism Company establishes the priority of ensuring cruise ship operations in this initial stage,” Izquierdo said.

“We thank SeaDream Yacht Club and Windstar Cruises for continuing with their plans to use San Juan as the base port for their vessels and, as requested by Governor Ricardo Rosselló Nevares, we will continue the constant dialogue with the cruise lines to continue to ensure the immediate restoration of cruise ship operations that has been achieved to date,” Izquierdo added.

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