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Carla Campos, executive director of the Puerto Rico Tourism Co., tweeted this photo of Symphony of the Seas in port

No change to cruise calls following Puerto Rico earthquake

Three cruise ships are visiting Puerto Rico today, with cultural programming to receive them, despite Tuesday's major earthquake and power outages.

All the ports in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands remain open until further notice, according to the US Coast Guard. 

No change for Carnival or Royal Caribbean

Carla Campos, executive director of the Puerto Rico Tourism Co,, said 15,000 cruise passengers were expected, and many shops in Old San Juan are open. She tweeted a photo of Symphony of the Seas in port. 

'At this time, no changes have been made to any Royal Caribbean itinerary in Puerto Rico,' a Royal Caribbean spokesman confirmed to Seatrade Cruise News.

As for Carnival Cruise Line, 'There are no changes to our itineraries that call at San Juan or to sailings of our San Juan-based ship, Carnival Fascination,' spokesman Vance Gulliksen said, 'The epicenter and most damage are on the south side of the island, away from where our ships call and our guests visit. Carnival Conquest will make today’s call in San Juan and power is being restored after the grid was taken down in an abundance of caution.'

USCG response

USCG has been responding to Tuesday's 6.5 magnitude earthquake and seismic activity off the south and southwest coasts.

The strong quake was centered in a region that’s been impacted by seismic activity since late December, according to the US Geological Survey.

The Port of Ponce, on the south-central coast, is only occasionally visited by cruise ships.. San Juan, the major cruise hub, is located in the island’s northeast.

News reports said electricity was out over most of Puerto Rico on Tuesday.

Coast Guard Sector San Juan and Air Station Borinquen activated their Incident Management Teams, which remain in close communication with local and federal emergency management agencies to coordinate any requests for assistance.

Port assessment teams deployed

USCG port assessment teams have been visiting federally regulated maritime port facilities in Puerto Rico to assess any potential damage, especially facilities in the south and southwest.

Port assessment teams aboard Air Station Borinquen MH-65 Dolphin helicopters were also conducting overflight assessment to identify any potential signs of pollution in the water or damage to the port infrastructure and navigable waterways.

So far no incidents of pollution have been reported to USCG.

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