Carnival Cruise Line (CCL) announced that it will retire the Carnival Fantasy from its fleet in January 2022, which will lead to relocating the Carnival Fascination from San Juan to Mobile, Alabama.

Puerto Rico Tourism Co. (PRTC) Executive Director Carla Campos warned that the cruise line’s decision will be “disastrous” for the tourism sector, adding that this move “contrasts negatively with the [cruise] line’s historical commitment to Puerto Rico.”

The decision was made at a time of dispute between the local government and several prominent cruise lines, including CCL, over the public-private partnership in progress with Global Holdings Corp. concerning the management of San Juan’s ports.

Representatives of the Tourism Alliance claim that the contract with GPH could lead cruise lines to cancel the arrival of their ships in San Juan, which would endanger roughly 70,000 jobs in the tourism industry.