The September 30 sailing on Adventure of the Seas was cancelled by the cruise line and the ship will arrive in San Juan, Puerto Rico on later today to operate humanitarian calls to islands that were hit by the hurricanes. The ship will drop off 500 generators, relief supplies, bottled water, and medical teams.
The ship will bring evacuees to Fort Lauderdale, Florida before returning to San Juan on October 6 to prepare for the October 7th cruise. The ship will stop in San Juan on Wednesday, St. Croix on Friday, and St. Thomas on Saturday. The ship will focus on picking up people who are in the most dire need of evacuation.
San Juan’s main airport has been limited to 10 commercial flights a day with that number expected to increase to 18 on Wednesday. With limited access to flights out of Puerto Rico, Royal Caribbean decided to use one of their cruise ships to help in humanitarian efforts.
The ship will also bring much needed supplies to San Juan. Royal Caribbean is working with local governments to coordinate the relief and evacuation efforts.
Royal Caribbean also used a cruise ship earlier this month after Hurricane Irma hit St. Thomas and St. Maarten. They were able to evacuate more than 1,700 people and have promised to match donations up to $1 million.
Passengers who were booked on the cancelled cruise will receive a 100% refund of their cruise fare as well as a 25% future cruise credit if a new cruise is booked in the next 30 days. All pre-booked shore excursions and beverage packages will be refunded to the original form of payment.
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