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Cruise ships to make rare stop in Puerto Rico city

November 26, 2014

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Cruise ships are returning to Puerto Rico’s second-largest city for the first time in three years.

The mayor of the southern coastal city of Ponce says seven luxury ships operated by Monaco-based Silversea Cruises are expected through 2016.

Maria Melendez said Wednesday that each arrival is expected to generate some $70,000 in revenue. The first ship carrying 540 tourists is scheduled to arrive on Friday.

Puerto Rico overall has seen a 10 percent increase in cruise ship passenger arrivals this year with nearly 860,000 people visiting the U.S. territory through August.

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