A record 17,847 cruise ship passengers are visiting the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico for the day.

The executive subdirector of the island's tourism company says six cruise ships are docking Wednesday in historic Old San Juan.

Luis Muniz says the passengers are expected to generate some $2 million.

Puerto Rico earlier this year welcomed six cruise ships on two different days each for a total of roughly 16,000 passengers each time.

The island's government has been seeking to attract more cruise ships to help generate more revenue amid an eight-year recession.