Updated: Cruises Sail on Despite Fiscal Crisis in San Juan

May 5, 2006
Updated: 4:55 p.m. -- Representatives from both Carnival and Royal Caribbean tell us that calls on San Juan have gone smoothly this week, and weekend departures are expected to sail as scheduled.

(May 3, 2006) -- Despite earlier concerns that ongoing fiscal problems in Puerto Rico might affect cruises to and from San Juan, it's smooth sailing thus far for both turnarounds and port calls.

Two major cruise lines there -- Carnival and Royal Caribbean -- tell us that seven-day Caribbean voyages, onboard Carnival Destiny and Adventure of the Seas respectively, departed without a hitch this past Sunday (before the crisis officially began). Royal Caribbean's Explorer of the Seas called on San Juan as scheduled yesterday, and Voyager of the Seas is in town today. Next Sunday's Adventure and Destiny itineraries are expected to sail as planned.

According to the Associated Press via the New York Times, the U.S. commonwealth ran out of money and imposed a partial public-sector shutdown Monday, putting nearly 100,000 people out of work. However, a spokesperson from Carnival says that the line has "spoken with senior officials at the Puerto Rico Ports Authority, which runs the seaports and airports in Puerto Rico, and have been provided assurances that although that organization is a government entity, it is fully funded and no disruptions to the seaport or airport operations are anticipated.

"We continue to monitor the situation but based on the information we have received we are comfortable it will be 'business as usual.'"

We'll post news updates as necessary on Cruise Critic, so check back often.