Aerial of the Coast of San Juan

Coast Into Colonial History Puerto Rico Cruises

Take in the tropical flavor and lively energy of Puerto Rico, where island discoveries and delicious delicacies are just around the corner.
Puerto Rico is a diverse and geographically stunning island with aquamarine mangrove waters, baby-blue beaches and emerald-green jungles — and that's just the coast. Go inland for the Alps-lookalike peaks of Cerro de Punta, the lime green Lajas Valley, acres of plantain and banana groves and some of the best roasted pork (pernil) in the world. Cruise to Puerto Rico and take to the roads that lead to remote Spanish colonial towns like San German that house elegant plazas and churches evoking hundreds of years of history. Head to the main old town, the always-vivid Old San Juan, and walk the cobblestone streets where Conquistadors once marched.

Leapfrog to Adventure
The only tropical rainforest in the U.S. National Forest System and just a short one-hour drive from San Juan, El Yunque rainforest is replete with waterfalls and hiking trails. Take the approachable 25-minute trek up Mount Britton, and keep an eye out for tiny coqui tree frogs.

Beach Retreats
Puerto Rico boasts all kinds of beaches. Want to stroll down a black-sand beach? Head to Vieques Playa Negra. Looking for world-class surfing? Make the trip to Rincon. Need secluded white sands and crystal-clear waters? Check out Flamenco Beach in Culebra. All are great for visiting pre or post your cruise from San Juan.

Into the Wild
Beyond the sandy beaches and lush jungles lie other natural wonders. Explore cavernous labyrinths like La Jungla Cave Park. See translucent mangrove lagoons like the ones in Parguera. Or trek through dry forests like Bosque Seco in Guanica. Keep in mind both are 2 hours from San Juan where your ship will dock.

History Hub
A colorful center of culture, food and one of the best bars in the world (La Factoria), Old San Juan is an almost 500-year-old Spanish colonial town with the vibrant panache of the tropics. Wear comfortable shoes and explore every ancient nook of this wonderful walled city.

Island Heritage
While you're in San Juan, learn more about Puerto Rico's Spanish roots at the Castillo San Felipe del Morro. This UNESCO World Heritage site was built in the 16th-century in Old San Juan and faces the open sea.

Travel Treasures to Keep
Bring the island home with keepsakes like woven hammocks, percussion instruments, artesanias (artisan crafts), island photography books or local coffee and rum. The best souvenir shopping can be found in Old San Juan, but also during town festivals around the island.

Experience warm, salty breezes and
sun-washed colonial charm in Puerto Rico
A cruise to Puerto Rico means exploring ancient colonial lanes in Old San Juan, walking by the refreshing shore of Ocean Park and hiking your way to waterfalls in El Yunque Forest.
San Juan, Puerto Rico, Bautista Cathedral.

Castles and Coral Reefs

Cruise the Eastern Caribbean and feel the ocean spray as you discover every corner of the Castillo San Felipe del Morro and the Castillo San Cristóbal, before you snorkel coral reefs in Labadee, Haiti, and trek through sugar plantations in St. Maarten.

San Juan, Puerto Rico, Woman Enjoying View El Morro Fort.

Sail the Southern Seas

Take a Southern Caribbean cruise that includes a stop in San Juan, where you can bike by mangroves and sunbathe at the Pinones beach or grab a cold drink and a few fried delicacies at one of the many kiosks along the way.

Savor the Salsa Flare

Take in the tropical flavor and lively energy, where island discoveries and delicious delicacies are just around the corner

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Insider Tips

1 Stop by La Factoria, voted one of the 50 best bars in the world, and try craft cocktails with an island twist.
2 Hungry? Pay a visit to Calle Loiza, where local restaurateurs are cooking up a storm of Puerto Rican flavors.
3 Salsa dancing is a wildly fun local activity here, so head to La Placita in Santurce or La Factoria in Old San Juan and get your groove on.

Diverse Delicacies 

Puerto Rico's cuisine is a blend of Taino, African and Spanish influences, with a dose of contemporary inventions, too. Add to this diverse combination of flavors, a strong and fragrant cup of coffee and a shot of island rum, and you have the essence of what Puerto Rican food is all about.

Rice Is Nice
One staple of Puerto Rican cuisine is rice and beans, made separately or together depending on preference. Many like the beans cooked on their own as a thick, savory sauce to pour over steaming white rice.

Slices of Heaven
Tostones are twice-fried plantains that are made into thin and crisp saucers to dip into mayoketchup, a blend of ketchup and mayonnaise with a dash of garlic.

Rural Roastings
Puerto Rico is famous for its pernil, a roasted pork shoulder with crispy skin spiced with garlic and adobo, typically served over rice and beans with a side of sweet plantains. The mountain town of Cayey is known for having perfected pernil, but you don't have to leave San Juan for a taste — just head to El Jibarito or Bebo's Cafe.


Puerto Rico is close to many tropical travel destinations, each with their own island flair. See the beaches of Cozumel, Mexico, or the fortresses of Colombia's coastal walled city Cartagena.

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