When taking a cruise, you have the option of leaving from cruise ports all around the country. However, one of the most overlooked and best cruise port to take a cruise to the Caribbean from is San Juan, Puerto Rico.
If you are leery about visiting Puerto Rico because of Hurricane Maria, don’t be. I’ve visited Puerto Rico four times now since Maria and I can tell you first hand that the island is open for business and as beautiful as ever. Walking around Old San Juan where the cruise port is located you can’t even tell the area was hit by a devastating hurricane last year.
Yes, leaving out of San Juan will require the extra expense of airfare as you have to fly to SJU. But here are reasons why it’s worth every penny to take a cruise out of San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Best Caribbean Itineraries
Carnival Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean both have cruise ships based in San Juan year round. Other cruise lines sail seasonally out of the port including Viking Cruises, Celebrity Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, and Windstar Cruises.
Since Puerto Rico is already located in the Caribbean, the itineraries offered out of San Juan can take you to islands in the Southern Caribbean that aren’t offered on cruises out of Florida. Want to visit Barbados, Grenada, St. Lucia, St, Kitts, and the Virgin Islands on one week long cruise? Then you have to leave out of Puerto Rico.
Once you visit islands in the Southern Caribbean, you’ll have no desire to cruise to the Bahamas or Cozumel again. They offer a beauty that is unmatched by the most common cruise destinations.
Viking Cruises even offers a round trip cruise out of San Juan that takes you up the Amazon River after visiting islands in the South
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