I just read some info on the cancellations, I doubt Carnival Is going to give all canceled sailings a free cruise credit. We should get something even if booked out in January as this has been a complete screw up by Carnival. On Monday sailings were a go and now Wednesday canceled. They owe me a FCC as well. I'm happy they canceled as the people of PR shouldn't have a cruise ship in port when there are so many other needs.Well, I think we really need the biggest amount of ships in port as soon as feasibly possible. Small as it is, the estimated total economical impact to the island has been estimated at over $8M for the period the ship will be serving as a floating hotel.
Now, I work in the hospitality industry amd I can vouch for the need for rooms since there are a few big hotels still partially or completely closed (Ritz, El San Juan hotel, Intercontinental, Condado Plaza, to name a few). Of those still functional, some are taking limited bookings, some have been filled with government agency officials. The one I work at has enough abbreviated agency names for a letter soup. And if Carnival is anyway like hotels, the are glad to charter to the government. It guarantees a full house, promt payment and future bargaining chips. Trust me, Carnival didn't make the ship available in 48 hrs time just to "break even".
El Yunque is devastated and will be closed for quite some time. But most of old San Juan is moderately functional (not sure about the forts, though). If I'm not mistaken RCCL already resumed sailings from San Juan.
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