Royal Caribbean cruise ship cancels Puerto Rico stop amid violent protests

Royal Caribbean cruise ship cancels Puerto Rico stop amid violent protests

Royal Caribbean cruise ship cancels Puerto Rico stop amid violent protests

SAN JUAN-Royal Caribbean International has cancelled a planned call in San Juan, Puerto Rico, amid protests against the embattled governor in the capital of the USA territory.

The next scheduled visit to San Juan is Allure of the Seas on Thursday.

"We continue to monitor the situation closely and will make adjustments as necessary to ensure the safety and security of our guests and crew".

At nightfall police used tear gas to disperse demonstrators in the capital San Juan who shouted: "Ricky corrupto!" in a third day of protests which also questioned Rossello's handling of the Hurricane Maria emergency and the island's financial crisis. Tortola was already on the itinerary as a planned Wednesday stop, according to cruise-tracking site, CruiseMapper.com. Carnival Corporation's Carnival Fascination ship is scheduled to visit San Juan on July 21; the company said all visits to San Juan remain scheduled.

Almost two years ago, Hurricane Maria exposed the raw dysfunction of Puerto Rico, collapsing long-neglected infrastructure and leaving several thousand dead on Rosselló's watch.

Rossello's administration has also been the target of an Federal Bureau of Investigation corruption probe that led to the arrests of two of his former top officials.

But the scandal that is threatening to buckle the 40-year-old governor centres on a profanity-laced and, at times, misogynistic online chat with nine other male members of his administration.

Protests began over the weekend after the Center for Investigative Journalism published almost 900 pages from Rosselló's private group chat via Telegram.