Explore the rich history, vibrant culture and rum industry of Ponce, Puerto Rico’s second-largest city, as you enter Serralles Castle, stand atop El Vigia Cross, and roam around Plaza Las Delicias in the city center. With more than three hours in “The Pearl of the South,” you’ll first stop by Serralles Castle, a Spanish Moroccan-style mansion overlooking the downtown area. The estate was originally built in the 1930s as a residence for the Serralles family, who is famous for making Don Q rum — they still produce it in a local factory in Ponce. Across the street you’ll find the 100-foot-tall El Vigia Cross, a 10-story observation tower situated atop Vigia Hill. Take a glass elevator to the horizontal sky bridge to relish panoramic views of the surrounding city and Caribbean Sea. Listen along to tales of early settlers who created the original wooden cross as a signal tower in the 19th century and then stroll through the Japanese-style gardens to see Bonsai trees and Koi fish ponds. Your last stop is at Plaza Las Delicias, the city’s main square, where you’ll find a trio of impressive sites: the ornate Lions Fountain, towering Cathedral of Guadalupe, and Parque de Bombas, and firehouse more than 100 years old.
• Serralles Castle: This mansion turned museum once housed the family responsible for producing Puerto Rico’s famous Don Q rum.
• El Vigia Cross: Atop this 100-foot-tall observation tower you’ll enjoy fantastic views of Ponce’s cityscape and the sparkling Caribbean Sea.
• Plaza Las Delicias: An old firehouse, holy cathedral, colorful lion sculptures and more await you in Ponce’s main square.
What to Bring:
• SeaPass card and photo identification
• Cash/credit cards
• Sun protection
What to Wear:
• Hat and sunglasses
• Walking shoes
• Light clothing
• Guests must be able to walk over various surfaces, with inclines and steps and extended periods of standing.
• Guests in wheelchairs and others with limited mobility should not select this tour.
• Consider physical fitness and medical history when selecting tour.
• Guests needing special assistance must be accompanied by an able-bodied companion.
• Guests may encounter tour delays and loss of time due to heavy traffic in the area. This is beyond the control of the local agent and/or Royal Caribbean International.
• Tour sequence may vary.