Governor Ricardo Rosselló, along with the executive director of the Ports Authority, Lic. Omar Marrero Díaz, announced Thursday improvements to San Juan's Pan American II Pier, in partnership with the Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.
The announcement comes as Royal Caribbean announced its intention to homeport Freedom of the Seas in San Juan in May 2018. To do this, investments will be made in this port facility to optimize the infrastructure and in turn improve the experience of the passengers at the dock.
As part of the agreement between Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and the Ports Authority, a number of works will be carried out including: improvements to the boarding bridge, improvements and reconfiguration of safety checkpoints, adding passenger registration desks, The capacity of the baggage inspection area, improvements to the bathrooms, dredging to the dock area of the Pan American Wharf II, improvements to the mooring structure of the ships and other miscellaneous improvements to the building.
The economic impact is expected to be momentous and have an increase in Ports Authority revenues of $2.8 million.
For fiscal year 2015-2016 Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. brought a total of 574,140 passengers and is expected to increase to approximately 700,000 passengers by 2018.