SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Crowds jammed the cruise ship dock of San Juan on Thursday desperately hoping to get on board the Royal Caribbean cruise ship the Journey of the Seas, which was despatched to assist evacuate individuals struggling to discover a method off Puerto Rico following the destruction of Hurricane Maria.
Greater than 2,000 individuals sweltered within the scorching solar forming a line stretching down the shore and a pier.
“We’ve been on this line eternally and it’s scorching,” stated Taylor McCloskey, who goes to high school in Miami.
She stated she came around household within the U.S. territory after Hurricane Irma shut down her faculty in Florida for 3 weeks, after which she obtained stranded in Puerto Rico when Maria hit final week.
“I have to get again, I have to get again to my life,” she stated. “There’s no water, no electrical energy. I don’t see something coming anytime quickly. It’s dangerous.”
It wasn’t clear what number of of these jamming the dock would get a spot on the ship. Puerto Rico officers stated solely about 800 of the 1,000 vacationers caught on the island can be boarding, whereas the opposite passengers can be Puerto Ricans leaving the island or family and friends of Royal Caribbean staff.
“We’ve been standing in line since eight a.m.,” stated Cara Rookwood of Philadelphia. “We’ve got been making an attempt to get on this supposed record that they’ve by way of e mail. I referred to as my father and had him e mail the record however I don’t assume they’re taking any extra reservations at this level. However I’m getting a variety of conflicting info.”
Rookwood and her husband, Davin Safer, have been on the island of Vieques when the storm crashed in, and couldn’t discover a means again to the Puerto Rico mainland for a number of days, till they lastly got a experience on a personal aircraft.
Safer stated he has by no means skilled something just like the aftermath of the hurricane, which knocked out electrical energy throughout Puerto Rico, shut down companies, blocked roads and ports, and left the island’s three.eight million individuals scrambling to seek out water, meals and different requirements.
“Coming from a reasonably regular secure background, I’ve by no means imagined that there might be so little safety in America,” he stated.
His spouse added, “It’s been a wierd, longer than regular trip.”