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About San Juan

Dating back to 1521, El Viejo San Juan - or Old San Juan - is not only the most attractive part of the Puerto Rican capital but it is also one of the most fascinating historic areas in the whole Caribbean.  Best of all, you can walk there from San Juans cruise port.

The narrow, cobblestone streets are lined with 16th and 17th century Spanish colonial houses, with plants trailing from wrought-iron balconies. These give some welcome shade from the ever-shining sun as you make your way to the 16th century fortress, El Morro, still seemingly on guard against invaders from the sea.

A hugely atmospheric place with 20ft thick walls, you will be amazed at the medieval nooks and crannies, dungeons, lookouts, courtyards, ramps, hidden staircases and gun turrets it conceals. As one of the Caribbean's larger islands, Puerto Rico has enough room for an enchanting 27,000-acre rainforest: El Yunque.

 

Shore excursions in San Juan

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

ATV Adventure

Activity high

Duration: 4½ hours

Hop onto your ATV for a jungle adventure through the lush rainforest of Puerto Rico.

Just 50 minutes’ drive from San Juan, you’ll find yourself at the foothills of the Luquillo Mountain, where you’ll receive a safety briefing and instruction before heading out on an off road adventure.

You’ll drive your ATV under towering trees, over small creeks and through the lush rainforest terrain. Take in panoramic views of the ocean and enjoy the thrill of riding these All Terrain Vehicles over specially selected trails through the Puerto Rican jungle.

During your tour, there may be an opportunity to take a quick dip in one of the natural river pools.

Essential information

This tour will operate by minibus and ATV. Pregnant women and those under 18 may not participate. A full clean driving licence is required. Passengers must listen to a safety briefing and perform simple manoeuvres to demonstrate competence. This tour is sold one ATV per person, pillion passengers are not allowed. This tour is not suitable for those with injuries or conditions, which may be affected by the bumpy ride. There is a weight limit of 17 stone on this tour. It is essential to wear long trousers and flat, comfortable closed toe shoes. Please wear swimwear under clothes, take a towel and sunscreen. Sunglasses are recommended. Proximity to water and swimming will be subject to weather conditions. A back-pack style bag is advisable. Refreshments are available for purchase at the site. Us Dollars are accepted. Please note that the transportation used in Puerto Rico may be older and more dated than in other parts of the Caribbean.

Casa Bacardi and San Juan

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 4 hours

Discover San Juan, combined with the opportunity to sample its well-loved sugarcane drink.

Enjoy a visit to Casa Barcardi to discover the age-old process of producing this fine rum and the Bacardi family history during the in-house tour. Most importantly, you’ll be able to enjoy a sample of this popular drink.

Afterwards, a guided drive will take you through modern San Juan, with its high rise condos, and Old San Juan, with its charming 17th century architecture, cobblestoned streets and historical buildings.

A stop will be made for you to enjoy a self-guided visit of the San Cristóbal Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, built in 1634 to protect the city from landside attacks. Discover the history of this vast fortress and capture the excellent views of the city and its surroundings, before returning to the ship.

Essential information

This tour will operate by minibus and on foot. The time spent at San Cristóbal Fortress is around 45 minutes and is a self-guided visit. There are steps, slopes and uneven ground to negotiate. Comfortable, non-slip shoes are recommended. The Bacardi Museum is a popular venue and queues may be experienced. This tour is not suitable for children. Please note that the transportation used in Puerto Rico may be older and more dated than in other parts of the Caribbean.

Juan Carlos Latin and Flamenco Guitar Show

Activity low

Duration: 2¼ hours

Guitarist Juan Carlos will entertain you with Latin and Flamenco sounds in this high energy show.

Enjoy an evening at a traditional restaurant and bar venue in Old San Juan, listening to the sounds of guitarist Juan Carlos.

Absorb Latin American and Flamenco music as Juan Carlos performs songs that encompass these wonderful music genres. Exotic dancers will join him, bringing spirit and colour to the performance.

Upon arrival, you’ll be served a rum punch or soft drink to enjoy during the show.

Essential information

This tour will operate by bus or minibus. This tour is unguided, however a local escort will accompany the group. This tour involves limited walking, however passengers must be able to negotiate steps on to and off the bus. The dress code is smart casual; shorts, t-shirts and flip flops are not permitted. The show is not exclusive to P&O Cruises. Please note that the transportation used in Puerto Rico may be older and more dated than in other parts of the Caribbean. The duration of the show is approximately 1 hour. This tour is not suitable for children. Passengers must be 21 and over to consume alcohol.

Old and New San Juan

Activity medium

Duration: 2½ hours

An introduction into the historical ramparts of Old San Juan and the bustling modern city.

Enjoy a guided drive through San Juan, with its charming 17th century architecture, cobblestone streets and historical buildings. You’ll arrive at San Cristóbal Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage site, where you’ll have the opportunity to explore the grounds on a self-guided visit. The vast fort was built in 1634 to protect the city from landside attacks and offers commanding views of the city and its surroundings.

Next, it’s on to new San Juan as you continue a guided city drive taking in the modern Condado District with its high rise condos. A photo stop will be made en route at one of the local beaches to capture the lovely coastal views.

Returning to Old San Juan, a short stop will be made at Plaza Colón for you to enjoy some free time, before heading back to the ship.

Essential information

This tour will operate by bus or minibus and on foot. The time spent at San Cristóbal Fortress is around 45 minutes and is a self-guided visit. There are steps, slopes and uneven ground to negotiate. Comfortable, non-slip shoes are recommended. Please note that the transportation used in Puerto Rico may be older and more dated than in other parts of the Caribbean.

Plaza Las Americas Shopping Transfer

Activity lowShopping

Duration: 4 hours

Why not indulge in a spot of retail therapy – American style. Take a trip to the largest shopping mall in the Caribbean.

If you love to shop, this transfer takes you to the fabulous Plaza Las Americas, the largest mall in the Caribbean. Not only will you find many of the big name US stores, but there is also an array of charming gift and craft shops – in fact, something to satisfy every shopper.

Whilst at the Plaza, if you’re feeling peckish, there are also plenty of food outlets to purchase a snack or refreshment.

At the end of your visit, you’ll meet at the designated time and place to be transferred back to the ship.

Essential information

This tour will operate by bus or minibus and on foot. The level of walking is at the discretion of the passenger. Please remember to take note of your pick-up point and time. You may be requested to show your passport when making purchases with credit cards. Please note that P&O Cruises is not recommending any services for which a discount or offer is available and has not undertaken any assessment or audit of any such services. All such services are supplied by a local operator and customers contract with that local operator. P&O Cruises shall have no liability in respect of such services. All complaints should be raised directly with the local operator. Please note that the transportation used in Puerto Rico may be older and more dated than in other parts of the Caribbean.

 

A selection of cruises to San Juan

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