Puerto Rico to receive world's 2 largest cruise ships next year

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Puerto Rico is preparing to welcome the world's two largest cruise ships for the first time next year.

The executive director of the island's Tourism Company says Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas and Oasis of the Seas will bring an estimated 60,000 passengers to San Juan in 2016. Next year's visits are expected to generate an estimated $6.4 million in revenue.

Ingrid Rivera said Thursday that the ships will visit the U.S. territory a collective total of 10 times next year. Each ship can carry nearly 6,300 passengers.

Puerto Rico's government is pushing to attract more cruise ships amid an eight-year recession.

The island last month received a record 17,847 cruise ship passengers in one day.

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