Royal Caribbean have cancelled a trip to help the Puerto Rico crisis
The Royal Caribbean cruise ship is instead heading to Puerto Rico to help the crisis.
The Majesty of the Seas ship is hoping to not just bring supplies that are needed but to also transfer evacuees from the island.
Other ships including Adventure of the Seas are also to join in the relief effort.
The ship has already picked up 2,200 people from San Juan earlier this week, as well as sailed to St Croix and St Thomas to collect more passengers, according to CNN.
Royal Caribbean CEO Michael Bayley told The Miami Herald: “We have been such a part of the Caribbean and South Florida communities for so many decades. We are worried and anxious.”
“At the end of the day, we want to try and help as much as we can.”
Jose Izquierdo, executive director of the Puerto Rico Tourism Company stated that the passengers consisted of tourists and locals.
He said: “There’s some elderly on board, there’s some people with medical conditions that require attention and have been given priority.
“I’d like to take this opportunity to encourage other cruise liners and others in a position to help to […] emulate what Royal and others are doing right now.”
The Royal Caribbean ship is to bring relief and supplies to the island as well as collect tourists
Carnival Cruises and Norwegian Cruises have aided with both donations and relief efforts.
It’s not the only cruise liner to help with the crisis, as Carnival Cruises and Norwegian Cruises have aided with both donations and relief efforts.
The latter cruise also announced it plans to collect stranded tourists across the Caribbean to assist.
With each ship being able to fit up to 3,000 people on each, it means the not only can aid be easily brought onto the islands, but many people can be picked up and transported back to the mainland.
By sailing with empty cabins, many of them can collect the passengers for free to help as much as possible.
Royal Caribbean is helping Puerto Rico and the many islands affected by Hurricane Irma and Maria
It can be a terrifying experience being stranded on an island without being able to return home.
Passengers may find themselves in this situation, either due to themselves or external problems.
There are many steps that guests can take if it is to ever happen, with support on many cruises and islands.
It may involve alternative travel, however.