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Carnival Fascination postpones cruises from Puerto Rico until February

Carnival Cruise Line has revealed that it has postpones all sailings of Carnival Fascination from San Juan in Puerto Rico, following the devastation caused by the recent series of hurricanes and storms. The cruise line announced that the vessel will be used to assist hurricane relief workers in the Caribbean and will be chartered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The cruise ship will resume its Caribbean holiday sailings from February 2018.

Carnival Fascination postpones cruises from Puerto Rico until February

Carnival Cruise Line has announced that is postponing its sailings on the Carnival Fascination vessel from San Juan in Puerto Rico until early next year. The ship which was expected to resume cruise on 15th October, will instead be used to aid assist relief workers that are helping clear up the island and other nearby Caribbean nations, following the recent series of devastating hurricanes and storms.

The cruise ship will be chartered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and it will postpone its leisure sailings from San Juan in Puerto Rico until 18th February, 2018. Holidaymakers who have booked their Caribbean cruises on the vessel during this period will be given a full refund of their cruise fare, as well as any other pre-purchased products.

In a statement, Carnival Cruise said:

“We recognize how important vacations are and we sincerely apologise for the disruption this late change in plans has caused our guests and travel partners. We value your trust in us and hope you understand that this decision was made after careful consideration of the great need to support the recovery efforts in the region.”

Carnival Fascination is the second ship to be chartered by FEMA for relief efforts in the region. The Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line’s Grand Celebration vessel has been accommodating relief workers and responders in St Thomas since September, when the hurricanes first hit the region.

Puerto Rico was severely affected by storms including Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria. The island is one of the region’s ever-expanding tourist destinations, thanks to its tropical climate, beautiful beaches, and historical architecture.

The capital San Juan is vibrant city with luxury beachfront hotels, shopping centre, boutiques, restaurants and historic building and attractions. Old San Juan is home to narrow streets that lead to museums and old theatres, and verdant parks that look out to the mountains or the harbour. The area’s 16th-century Spanish colonial architecture includes El Morro, El Catedral de San Juan Bautista and La Fortaleza.

The Caribbean island of Puerto Rico is located between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. The island boasts magnificent natural landscapes from cascading waterfalls, and soaring mountains, to pristine white sandy beaches, and the El Yunque tropical rainforest. Popular tourist attractions in Puerto Rico include the Caparra Ruins Historical Museum and Park, the Casa Alegria Museum, the Museo Castillo Serralles, Montoso Gardens, Jobos Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, and Flamenco Beach.

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