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Published on Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Protests prompt Royal Caribbean cruise to cancel port call

Unrest in Puerto Rico's San Juan forced Royal Caribbean to cancel its call at the port yesterday and it said it is monitoring the situation with regard to future cruises.

Empress of the Seas was rerouted to Tortola on Tuesday as thousands of protesters took to the streets of San Juan calling for the resignation of the US territory's governor.

"We continue to monitor the situation closely and will make adjustments as necessary to ensure the safety and security of our guests and crew," the cruise line said.

Passengers who had booked prepaid shore excursions will be refunded.

The ship is on an eight-day Caribbean sailing out of Miami.

After Tortola, it is due to dock at Saint Thomas, US Virgin Islands.

Royal Caribbean said it will cancel further calls in San Juan if protests continue.

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