PHILIPSBURG–Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines Majesty of the Seas cruise ship took on 286 American citizens and residents with visa waivers as part of evacuation efforts on Friday.
The humanitarian mission was launched to help survivors of Hurricane Irma. The vessel also brought in disaster relief supplies.
Majesty of the Seas will sail to San Juan, Puerto Rico where the evacuees will disembark. The evacuees will be responsible for their own travel beyond Puerto Rico to their final destination.
Evacuees gathered at the St. Maarten Festival Village on Pond Island on Friday. Registration started at 7:00am and ended 3:00pm. The vessel came in with 900 crew and 75 of those were on hand to assist with the preparations at the Festival Village.
Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/69411-286-persons-evacuated-on-majesty-of-the-seas