Puerto Rico welcomes record number of cruise ship passengers

Associated Press

Puerto Rico is welcoming nearly 15,800 cruise ship passengers on the last day of the year, a daily record for the U.S. territory.

Officials with the island's tourism company say six cruise ships docked in historic Old San Juan on Wednesday. Among the cruise ships was Hapag-Lloyd's MS Europa 2, which was visiting Puerto Rico for the first time.

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The government said nearly 207,000 cruise ship passengers were expected to visit Puerto Rico in December, a new monthly record for the island.

The number of cruise ships visiting Puerto Rico for the first eight months of the year increased 41 percent compared with the same period last year.