San Juan cruise deals
Did you know that San Juan is the second-oldest European settlement to be founded in the Americas? It has some staggering history on display, especially in the lovely Old San Juan precinct, but there's more to the city than just that. It also boasts fabulous beaches and parks, vibrant neighbourhoods and fascinating museums. There are plenty of opportunities for adventure in San Juan, both on the water and in the surrounding Puerto Rican rainforest. Visitors to this fabulous city should prepare for a good time!
The natural harbour around which San Juan is built, BahÃa de San Juan, is recognised as one of the biggest and best in the Caribbean. It's shielded by the islet of San Juan which holds the Old Town and the central city, and gave Puerto Rico its name which means â€œRich Port.â€ To depart on a cruise out of San Juan's harbour is to follow in the footsteps of countless ships and seafarers over many centuries!
San Juan cruise lines and destinations
Royal Caribbean cruises are well at home in San Juan, with a variety of cruises available year-round. They depart on a very regular basis, allowing many holidaymakers to begin their cruise from right in the Caribbean itself. Premium line Celebrity also offers cruises out of San Juan, and at the luxury end of the market, you'll find the occasional Silversea itinerary leaving from the city. Other cruises lines which pass through the area include cruises with P&O, Princess cruises and Carnival.
The biggest advantage of a cruise from the port of San Juan is that it will get you off to a great start, with more tropical islands right on the doorstep - you can depart in the evening and wake up the next day in your first destination whether you have ventured west, east or to the north or south. Many a Southern Caribbean cruise begins in San Juan, with common ports of call including Oranjestad and Willemstad in the Netherlands Antilles, Charlotte Amalie in the Virgin Islands, and many more of the string of island nations which border the southeastern Caribbean, from Anguilla to Trinidad and Tobago.
San Juan cruise port
San Juan has two cruise ports. One is in the heart of the Old Town on the Calle Marina, with capacity for seven ships across four piers and two terminals. The other is located just across the harbour at the Pan American Pier, with two terminals and space for two big ships. At full capacity, San Juan's harbour can hold nine cruise ships!
The Old San Juan cruise terminals are very convenient to the city's main attractions, so passengers can walk to most places they will need to go including the main public transport hubs. Both are modern cruise terminals and there are parking options nearby.
The Pan American Pier cruise terminals are found right next to the Isla Grande Airport, and these are big enough for mega-ships. A taxi will be required to get to and from central San Juan - although some lines will put on free shuttles.