Royal Caribbean cruise ship cancels Puerto Rico stop amid violent protests

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A Royal Caribbean International cruise ship reportedly skipped a scheduled stop in Puerto Rico Tuesday amid violent protests against the governor in the commonwealth’s capital.

“In light of current unrest in San Juan, Puerto Rico, we have canceled today’s call to San Juan,” Owen Torres, spokesman for Royal Caribbean told USA TODAY.

“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 ship Empress of the Seas was slated to arrive in San Juan. The vessel was instead rerouted to the British Virgin Islands, the report said.

Protesters gathered in the capital Monday, calling for the resignation of Gov. Ricardo Rossello after the leak of a series of controversial and vulgar texts between the governor and his closest allies.

In one of the leaked messages, Rossello called former City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito a “whore.” He later issued a public apology for the comments.

Rossello’s administration has also been the target of an FBI corruption probe that led to the arrests of two of his former top officials.

Police block the street leading to the Governor’s mansion as protesters call for Ricardo Rossello to step down on July 16 in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Police block the street leading to the Governor’s mansion as protesters call for Ricardo Rossello to step down on July 16 in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico.Getty Images

Monday night’s demonstration turned violent, resulting in the injuries of 21 law enforcement agents during a standoff with protesters.

Despite the unrest, Rossello said Tuesday he will stay in office.

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