The Miami Herald
November 18, 2001

Puerto Rico opens pier to accommodate mega-cruise ships

 SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- (AP) -- Puerto Rico has opened a pier that can accommodate the new Voyager Class cruise ships that carry as many as 4,000 people.

 The revamped Pan-American Pier just outside San Juan's historic colonial district was inaugurated in a ceremony Saturday attended by Puerto Rico's Ports Authority director Miguel Pereira, Transportation Secretary Jose Izquierdo and the president of Miami-based cruise line Royal Caribbean International, Jack Williams.

 Royal Caribbean's newest ship, Adventure of the Seas, was at the new port to begin its southern Caribbean itinerary. The 1,020-foot (306-meter) ship can carry more than 3,100 passengers and has attractions such as an ice rink and a street fair promenade.

 Puerto Rico's other cruise piers can handle ships that carry about 2,000 passengers.