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San Juan, Puerto Rico (scroll down for cruise itineraries)

 
Introduction

The capital and largest city in Puerto Rico, San Juan is an exciting mix of old and new. This modern metropolis is a favorite cruise destination for those exploring the Caribbean, and visitors delight in the historical buildings and attractions in the Old San Juan district. The city is the second oldest European-established community in the Americas and is famous as both a tourist destination and a bustling international port. Visitors to this region will have their hands full deciding what to do next, as the city offers a great number of walking tours, fine shops and restaurants, street markets and nearby beach getaways.

Where the Ship Docks

Cruise vessels arriving in San Juan will dock either in the harbor directly in front of the Old City district or across the bay; taxi service will be available at either location. For those disembarking in the Old City, most of the downtown area attractions are within walking distance, as are many of the major hotels, banks and internet cafes. San Juan has a number of city bus tours and these usually depart from the cruise dock in Old San Juan.

What to See and Do

Old San Juan, located on the small island known as Isleta de San Juan, is the historical center of the city and is connected to the mainland by both bridge and causeway. It was the center of town during Spanish colonial times and the historical buildings found in this part of the city are a must see. Of particular interest is the Fort San Felipe del Morro and Fort San Cristobal, as well as La Fortaleza, another historical fort that now serves as the governor's mansion. This entire district is filled with interesting shops that offer everything from clothing and memorabilia to fine-crafted items. Visitors can take a ferry to Catano and visit the famous Bacardi Rum factory, or hop a taxi and explore one of the white sand beaches at Condado and Isla Verde.

Eating/Drinking

San Juan and in particular the Old City district is full of interesting restaurant establishments, serving everything from the usual hot dogs and burgers to international gourmet dining along Recinto Sur near the waterfront. European dinner menu items are quite common but there is also plenty of seafood, sushi and vegetarian courses available. Most cruise ships do not depart San Juan until late at night so it is popular for visitors to take their evening meal in the town. Old Town is full of bar and grill restaurants for those who wish to eat a bit and sample the local cocktails.

Getting Around

Old San Juan is within walking distance of the cruise docks, unless the arrival is on the mainland. Taxi service is plentiful and drivers know every destination in the city. The local omnibus vehicles travel all of the main avenues and can be hailed with a wave at any street corner. Rental car agencies are located in nearby Condado, which is also easily reached by taxi.

Miscellaneous But Important

San Juan is a United States territory. As such, the currency is the US dollar. Spanish and English are the most common languages, although English is spoken more frequently in the areas where tourists frequent. It is important to wear comfortable walking shoes when visiting the city as many of the streets are made of blue cobblestone and the terrain is rather hilly.

 
The aerial view of Old San Juan.

The aerial view of Old San Juan.


The beautiful Isla Verde beach, one of the favorite places of cruise travelers.

The beautiful Isla Verde beach, one of the favorite places of cruise travelers.


Walking around and shopping in Old San Juan.

Walking around and shopping in Old San Juan.


Here is Fort San Felipe del Morro, perhaps the most famous historical site in San Juan.

Here is Fort San Felipe del Morro, perhaps the most famous historical site in San Juan.

 

Cruises to San Juan, Puerto Rico


9 Nights Eastern Caribbean Cruise From Bayonne, NJ
Ship: Explorer of the Seas
Departure: Bayonne, NJ
Arrival: Bayonne, NJ
Duration: 9 Nights
Ports: Cape Liberty, Bayonne, New Jersey; Cruising; King's Wharf, Bermuda; Cruising; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Labadee Private Resort, Haiti; Cruising; Cape Liberty, Bayonne, New Jersey
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
October 23, 2014 $824 $1,252 $1,837 $2,099 Explorer of the Seas October 23, 2014
8 Nights Eastern Caribbean Cruise From New York, NY
Ship: Carnival Splendor
Departure: New York, NY
Arrival: San Juan, PR
Duration: 8 Nights
Ports: New York, NY; St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, USA; Saint Kitts Island; St. John's, Antigua; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; San Juan, Puerto Rico
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
October 24, 2014 $769 $809 $1,059 $1,399 Carnival Splendor October 24, 2014
May 24, 2015 $1,049 $1,149 $1,349 $1,779 Carnival Splendor May 24, 2015
7 Nights Southern Caribbean Cruise From San Juan, PR
Ship: Celebrity Summit
Departure: San Juan, PR
Arrival: San Juan, PR
Duration: 7 Nights
Ports: San Juan, Puerto Rico; St. Croix, Virgin Islands, USA; Saint Kitts Island; Roseau, Dominica; St George's, Grenada; At Sea; St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, USA; San Juan, Puerto Rico
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
October 25, 2014 $699 $899 $1,059 $1,449 Celebrity Summit October 25, 2014
November 8, 2014 $449 $499 $699 N/A Celebrity Summit November 8, 2014
November 22, 2014 $499 $499 $699 $1,249 Celebrity Summit November 22, 2014
December 6, 2014 $399 $499 $699 $1,699 Celebrity Summit December 6, 2014
December 20, 2014 $649 N/A $1,149 $1,899 Celebrity Summit December 20, 2014
January 3, 2015 $689 $899 $1,299 $2,599 Celebrity Summit January 3, 2015
January 17, 2015 $549 $909 $1,249 $1,599 Celebrity Summit January 17, 2015
January 31, 2015 $549 $899 $1,399 $1,849 Celebrity Summit January 31, 2015
February 14, 2015 $719 $999 $1,799 $2,849 Celebrity Summit February 14, 2015
February 28, 2015 $599 $909 $1,349 $1,899 Celebrity Summit February 28, 2015
7 Nights Eastern Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Westerdam
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 7 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Grand Turk Island; San Juan, Puerto Rico; St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, USA; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
October 25, 2014 $599 $699 $799 $1,199 Westerdam October 25, 2014
November 8, 2014 $499 $599 $749 $1,399 Westerdam November 8, 2014
November 22, 2014 $499 $599 $699 $1,199 Westerdam November 22, 2014
December 6, 2014 $529 $629 $699 $1,199 Westerdam December 6, 2014
January 10, 2015 $559 $599 $799 $1,299 Westerdam January 10, 2015
January 24, 2015 $649 $799 $899 $1,499 Westerdam January 24, 2015
February 21, 2015 $699 $899 $999 $1,699 Westerdam February 21, 2015
March 7, 2015 $799 $899 $1,099 $1,699 Westerdam March 7, 2015
March 21, 2015 $799 $949 $1,149 $1,999 Westerdam March 21, 2015
April 4, 2015 $799 $949 $1,149 $1,999 Westerdam April 4, 2015
7 Nights Southern Caribbean Cruise From San Juan, PR
Ship: Carnival Valor
Departure: San Juan, PR
Arrival: San Juan, PR
Duration: 7 Nights
Ports: San Juan, Puerto Rico; St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, USA; Bridgetown, Barbados; Saint Lucia Island; Saint Kitts Island; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; San Juan, Puerto Rico
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
October 26, 2014 $519 $619 $789 $1,229 Carnival Valor October 26, 2014
November 2, 2014 $519 $619 $789 $1,159 Carnival Valor November 2, 2014
November 9, 2014 $519 $619 $789 $1,159 Carnival Valor November 9, 2014
November 16, 2014 $519 $619 $799 $1,229 Carnival Valor November 16, 2014
November 23, 2014 $579 $699 $869 $1,219 Carnival Valor November 23, 2014
November 30, 2014 $509 $609 $779 $1,219 Carnival Valor November 30, 2014
December 7, 2014 $529 $609 $779 $1,149 Carnival Valor December 7, 2014
December 14, 2014 $549 $629 $799 $1,169 Carnival Valor December 14, 2014
December 21, 2014 $809 $979 $1,199 $1,639 Carnival Valor December 21, 2014
December 28, 2014 $909 $1,159 $1,359 $1,799 Carnival Valor December 28, 2014
7 Nights Eastern Caribbean Cruise From Miami, FL
Ship: Carnival Conquest
Departure: Miami, FL
Arrival: Miami, FL
Duration: 7 Nights
Ports: Miami, Florida; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, USA; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Grand Turk Island; Miami, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
October 26, 2014 $619 $719 $914 $1,229 Carnival Conquest October 26, 2014
November 9, 2014 $599 $699 $894 $1,209 Carnival Conquest November 9, 2014
November 23, 2014 $629 $749 $919 $1,259 Carnival Conquest November 23, 2014
December 7, 2014 $549 $669 $839 $1,209 Carnival Conquest December 7, 2014
December 21, 2014 $939 $1,089 $1,309 $1,859 Carnival Conquest December 21, 2014
January 4, 2015 $599 $719 $929 $1,299 Carnival Conquest January 4, 2015
20 Nights Transatlantic Cruise From Barcelona, Spain
Ship: Nieuw Amsterdam
Departure: Barcelona, Spain
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 20 Nights
Ports: Barcelona, Spain; Alicante, Spain; Almeria, Spain; Cadiz (Seville), Spain; Ponta Delgada, Portugal; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Grand Turk Island; San Juan, Puerto Rico; St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, USA; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
October 27, 2014 $1,399 $1,799 $1,989 N/A Nieuw Amsterdam October 27, 2014
8 Nights Eastern Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Celebrity Infinity
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 8 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; At Sea; St. Croix, Virgin Islands, USA; Gustavia, St. Barts; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Labadee Private Resort, Haiti; At Sea; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
October 27, 2014 $699 $799 $1,729 $2,249 Celebrity Infinity October 27, 2014
42 Nights Transatlantic Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Maasdam
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 42 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Tenerife, Spain; Las Palmas, Spain; Arrecife, Canary Islands; Tanger, Morrocco; Almeria, Spain; Valencia, Spain; Barcelona, Spain; Palma de Mallorca, Spain; Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy; Sorrento, Italy; Messina, Sicily, Italy; Palermo, Sicily, Italy; Cagliari, Italy; Cartagena, Spain; Gibraltar, British Territory; Cadiz (Seville), Spain; Casablanca, Morocco; Funchal (Madeira), Portugal; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
October 31, 2014 $4,499 $4,999 $8,499 N/A Maasdam October 31, 2014
21 Nights Transatlantic Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Maasdam
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Rome, Italy
Duration: 21 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Tenerife, Spain; Las Palmas, Spain; Arrecife, Canary Islands; Tanger, Morrocco; Almeria, Spain; Valencia, Spain; Barcelona, Spain; Palma de Mallorca, Spain; Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
October 31, 2014 N/A $2,499 $4,299 N/A Maasdam October 31, 2014

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