Not everyone has the luxury of being able to take a vacation to wherever and whenever they want. Many working class people are allotted a small amount of vacation time each year, and it can be as little as 7-10 days per year.

Choosing to cruise to Puerto Rico can be an excellent and affordable way to travel.


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San Juan, Puerto Rico has one of the world’s most dynamic ports, and the city is alive with its own unique culture. There is a fascinating mixture of the old and the new to be seen. Puerto Rico offers something for everyone. There are white sandy beaches, cobblestone streets, colonial forts and buildings, museums, vibrant hotels, casinos, restaurants, and shops. The island is rich in history an blessed by nature.

San Juan’s has two cruise terminals that are located in proximity to one another. Ships dock at the San Juan Bay and the Pan American terminal just across the bay.


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When taking a cruise, Puerto Rico does not require a passport for U.S. citizens. However, you’ll still need your Passport for cruises that stop at International Ports. It also should be noted that U.S. citizens who travel by air to the Caribbean must have a passport. However, no passport is required if you are cruising to and from the Caribbean, Bermuda, Mexico, and Canada from a U.S. port, which is what customs considers a “closed loop” voyage.

The majority of cruises visiting Puerto Rico range from 3-7 days long. Most cruises are scheduled only to spend a day at each island. Make sure to check your cruise tour inventories for all the excursions, tours and activities provided. Most of the daily trips are 2-4 hours in length, and they’re all going to the same places across all cruise lines.

Here are the must-see and to-do list for the one-day visitor – especially first-timers.

Old San Juan

Most people enjoy spending their day walking around the historic neighborhood and checking out the forts, cafes, and shops.
There’s a free trolley from the port that will take you around Old San Juan.

El Yunque
Hike the trails of the El Yunque, the only tropical forest in the United States National Forest System. Located about 45 minutes from San Juan.


Condado and Isla Verde are the best beaches in San Juan and located a 10 minutes drive from the pier.

Casa Bacardi
The largest rum distillery in the world, Casa Barcadi processes about 100,000 gallons daily. Visitors can tour the plant, which offers special exhibits explaining the fermentation, distilling and bottling processes. There is also a small museum exhibit about Bacardi’s history, and a free rum cocktail is included!

These following cruise lines offer cruise packages with San Juan, Puerto Rico as one of their ports of destination.

Carnival Cruises
Look for the Eastern Caribbean departing from Miami, FL and the Southern Caribbean departing from San Juan, PR
Celebrity Cruises
Look for Southern Caribbean departing from San Juan, PR
Costa Cruises

Cunard Line

Diamond Cruise 

Holland America Line
This company includes Mayagüez, on Puerto Rico’s west coast, on its itineraries departing from Fort Lauderdale and Tampa.

Royal Caribbean Majesty Cruise Line

Norwegian Cruise Line

Princess Cruises
Itineraries include San Juan on cruises departing from Fort Lauderdale and New York.

Radisson Seven Seas

Regent Seven Seas

Royal Caribbean International
Look for Southern Caribbean departing from San Juan, PR

Seabourn Cruise Line

Silver Sea Cruise Line

Windstar Cruises

We can’t wait for you to come down and experience the beauty here and keep coming back year after year. We will see you soon.

Safe & fun travels!

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