Carnival Cruise Line is hoping to make a return to San Juan, Puerto Rico for regular sailings on October 15th.
Even though Puerto Rico is struggling to recover since Hurricane Maria hit in September Carnival Cruise Line is working at making a return as soon as possible. The cruise terminal which Carnival operates out of was damaged by the Hurricane and assessments are being completed. Even though cruise ships are not yet operating from the port the U.S. Coast Guard has fully opened it which is also being used for Hurricane relief efforts.
Carnival Cruise Line stated the following:
We recognize that many of you are anxious to hear news on the plans for our San Juan sailings and we wanted to provide you with an update. We currently have a team on the ground in San Juan who have advised that ground transportation and the airport will be operating at a sufficient capacity to support our guests. We are completing an assessment of our cruise terminal; however, we were able to bring Fascination in and out of the port immediately after the storm and are confident that the conditions continue to be safe and suitable for our operations. We are optimistic that we will be able to return to normal operations from San Juan for our planned October 15th cruise. We will be confirming our plans for our San Juan departures on Monday, October 9th at 9:00 AM, including a revised itinerary.
We sincerely apologize for the delay but want to assure you we have been working hard to ensure a safe and positive experience for our guests booked on Carnival Fascination.
Thank you for your patience and understanding.
The cruise line is working on the situation and making sure the infrastructure is in place before thousands of passengers visit the Caribbean destination. Carnival Fascinations 7-night sailing on October 15th could still go ahead from the port in San Juan. Carnival will be releasing an update on this and confirming if operations will begin again no later than Monday, October 9th at 9:00 AM.