Royal Caribbean cancels revised Sept. 27 cruise from San Juan

Adventure of the Seas - a decision on the Sept. 30 cruise from San Juan to be made early this week Adventure of the Seas - a decision on the Sept. 30 cruise from San Juan to be made early this week (Photo: Royal Caribbean International)

After postponing Adventure of the Seas' next cruise from Puerto Rico until Sept. 27, Royal Caribbean International has decided to cancel the abbreviated sailing. Also, passengers on the Sept. 30 departure may cancel at no penalty.

'Given the impact of Hurricane Maria, we understand that there is uncertainty regarding travel to the island,' Royal Caribbean said Sunday. The line will continue to monitor recovery efforts in San Juan and make a final decision on the sailing early in the week.

That Sept. 30 cruise had already been revised, substituting St. Kitts for Hurricane Irma-battered St. Maarten.

Over the weekend Adventure of the Seas diverted to Port Everglades, where it arrived Sunday and was overnighting for provisioning. Relief supplies were also to be loaded for the return to San Juan.

Passengers who were booked on the Sept. 23 cruise that was delayed to Sept. 27 will get a full refund and a 25% future cruise credit if a new sailing is booked within 30 days.    

As earlier reported, the US Coast Guard opened the Port of San Juan on Saturday, with ship transits restricted to daylight only. Already Friday Carnival Cruise Line had made the decision to cancel sailings into early October, citing extensive damage to its pier.

Carnival Fascination stopped at San Juan Saturday to allow passengers to disembark if they wished. Otherwise, they were invited to continue with the ship to Miami, where arrival is now scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday. Passengers may stay aboard until Wednesday afternoon as they wait for flights.

Carnival reiterated its airline partners are committed to working with passengers to waive any change fees.

Six Carnival Fascination cruises—three from San Juan and three from Barbados that call San Juan—are still not going to operate. These include the San Juan departures of Sept. 24, Oct. 1 and Oct. 8, and the Barbados departures of Sept. 27, Oct. 4 and Oct. 11. Full refunds will be issued.

Posted 24 September 2017

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