7 Night Southern Caribbean Cruise on Rhapsody of the Seas from San Juan, Puerto Rico Bathseba Beach Rock Formation, Bridgetown Barbados
The 7 Night Southern Caribbean Cruise from San Juan, Puerto Rico visits St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; St. John's, Antigua; Castries, St. Lucia; Bridgetown, Barbados; San Juan, Puerto Rico. Explore our cruise itineraries and choose from a variety of rooms depending on your needs and budget. Start planning your next cruise vacation by selecting a destination and departure port.
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7 Night Southern Caribbean Cruise
Itinerary Overview
Explore Rhapsody of the Seas
Day 1 - San Juan, Puerto Rico
Day 2 - St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
Day 3 - Philipsburg, St. Maarten
Day 4 - St. John's, Antigua
Day 5 - Castries, St. Lucia
Day 6 - Bridgetown, Barbados
Day 7 - Cruising
Day 8 - San Juan, Puerto Rico
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Bathseba Beach Rock Formation, Bridgetown Barbados
Bathseba Beach Rock Formation, Bridgetown Barbados
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7 Night Southern Caribbean Cruise

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Leaving from
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Onboard
Rhapsody of the Seas
Day Port
1
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Departs at 8:00 PM
2
St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
From 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
3
Philipsburg, St. Maarten
From 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
4
St. John's, Antigua
From 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
5
Castries, St. Lucia
From 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
6
Bridgetown, Barbados
From 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
7
Cruising
Day at sea
8
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Arrives at 6:00 AM
*Port sequence may vary by sailing date.
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Your ship Rhapsody of the Seas

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Rhapsody of the Seas
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Rhapsody of the Seas, Aerial View
Aerial View of Rhapsody of the Seas
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Rhapsody of the Seas
Soak up new views from the top of the Rock Climbing Wall. Learn skills from a seasoned chef in a culinary class. Or discover a new favorite red or white at Vintages. All on your most thrilling adventure yet.

SAY YES TO ADVENTURE

Seize adventure at the Rock Climbing Wall. Catch a movie under the stars. Rock the kitchen in a culinary class or break a sweat at Vitality℠ at Sea Spa and Fitness Center. It's all here on Rhapsody of the Seas®.

HIGH FLYING FLAVOR TRYING

From exotic Asian flavors at Izumi and reimagined steakhouse classics at Chops Grille℠, to traditional Tuscan dishes at Giovanni's Table, this is one flavor fest you definitely want to try.

SENSATIONAL SHOWS

Ready to be dazzled? Piano Man revisits memory lane with classics on the keys. And throughout the ship, you'll find performances by onboard guest entertainers, like piano sing-alongs at the Schooner Bar.

Day 1: San Juan, Puerto Rico

Day 1
San Juan
Puerto Rico
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Sunset View from Atop El Morro Fortress in San Juan, Puerto Rico
Sunset View from Atop El Morro Fortress in San Juan, Puerto Rico
Things to do in
San Juan
Departs at 8:00 PM
Puerto Rico’s 500-year-old capital is a history buff’s dream come true. The Spanish settled this harbor as a New World home base, and that influence is still evident, from the fortress walls lining the coastline to the rainbow of colonial buildings along narrow streets. Venture further out from the old town and nature unfolds. You can scale high into the jungled mountains of El Yunque Forest, or keep to the foothills on a riverside horseback ride. If despacito is more your speed, pick a pristine beach and recline with codfish fritter and rum drink in hand. San Juan cruises give you the perfect outpost to dial up or dial down your vacation.
Puerto Rico, San Juan Old City
Couple Sitting on Top of Historical Fort

PASSPORT TO THE PAST

From the moment you arrive, you’ll find that San Juan, Puerto Rico is bursting at the seams with unforgettable cultural discoveries. Every alleyway in Old San Juan offers a glimpse into a vibrant past that stretches back centuries, while monuments like the UNESCO World Heritage site Castillo San Felipe del Morro will make you feel as though you’ve wandered back in time. Dating back to the mid-nineteenth century, the beloved Paseo de La Princesa in the city’s historic center is a great place to experience Puerto Rico’s rich cultural heritage up close.
Insider tip
The free, open-air trolleys in Old San Juan are a great way to see the city’s top sites.
Isla Verde Shores,  San Juan, Puerto Rico
Isla Verde Shores, San Juan, Puerto Rico

SHORES GALORE

Puerto Rico is the third largest island in the United States, so it should come as no surprise that there’s a beach here for every kind of adventurer. You’ll find world-class surfing and plenty of water sports in Rincon on the island’s west side. Secluded shores with crystal clear waters and colorful coral reefs on Flamenco Beach in Culebra. Family-friendly beaches with plenty of cafes and shopping along star-studded El Condado — nicknamed ‘The Rivera of the Caribbean.’ And an Instagrammer’s paradise in Vieques Playa Negra, which draws beachgoers from around the world with its unique black sand.
Insider tip
Wear comfortable walking shoes. The cobblestoned streets in Old San Juan can be steep and uneven.
Local Crafts Shopping, San Juan,  Puerto Rico
Local Crafts Shopping, San Juan, Puerto Rico

SHOP ‘TILL YOU DROP

Craving a bit of retail therapy? Puerto Rico has plenty of options. The boho-chic neighborhood of Santurce is your go-to for shops selling some of Puerto Rico’s leading local designers. If international designers and high-end boutiques are more your style, you can spend hours browsing the storefronts in glitzy El Condado. And on Cristo and Fortaleza Streets in Old San Juan you’ll find some of the best souvenirs and artisanal souvenirs on the island — think finely-crafted lace and jewelry, hand-rolled cigars, colorful guayaberas, and Puerto Rico’s brightly-colored papier-mâché vejigante masks.

Day 2: St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands

Day 2
St. Croix
U.S. Virgin Islands
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Wave Crashing Against Rocks on a Sunny Day in Frederiksted Beach, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
Wave Crashing Against Rocks on a Sunny Day in Frederiksted Beach, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
Things to do in
St. Croix
From 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
The largest of the U.S. Virgin Islands, St. Croix has it all— gorgeous natural scenery begging to be explored, and quaint colonial towns perfect for wandering. It used to be nicknamed the ‘Garden of the Antilles’ because of its lush fields of sugarcane— and its sugar mills dating back to the 18th century are still popular spots. But these days, it’s world-class dive sites like Salt River Canyon, powdery beaches like Cane Bay, and rainforests teeming with tropical wildlife that keep people coming back. Plus, award-winning rum of course. Cruise to St. Croix and discover plenty of Victorian Dutch architecture and charming colonial churches in Frederiksted and Christiansted.
Cruzam Rum Distillery, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
Cruzam Rum Distillery, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands

GET YOUR RUM ON

Taste your way through the history of rum on St. Croix as you tour the Captain Morgan and Cruzan Rum distilleries, where you’ll learn about the process of making the Caribbean’s favorite spirit.
Insider tip
If you’re planning to go swimming, make sure you bring something to cover up with. Walking around town and entering stores wearing only a bathing suit is frowned upon.
Canon Fort Frederik, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
Canon Fort Frederik, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands

FORTIFIED FINDS

Check out the hard-to-miss yellow brick Fort Christiansvaern in Christiansted for a vivid history lesson— it’s the best preserved Danish-built fort in the Virgin Islands. You can also visit an art gallery and several historical exhibits in Frederiksted’s Fort Frederik.
Insider tip
In most restaurants and cafes, a 10 to 15% service charge is automatically included, but you may wish to leave an additional tip if service was especially good.
A View of Buck Island from Point Udall, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Island
A View of Buck Island from Point Udall, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Island

A BETTER POINT OF VIEW

Point Udall is the easternmost point in the United States. It’s about a half-hour drive from Christiansted, but well worth the journey— once you arrive at the rocky bluff, you can wander up a paved road to the overlook for the best views on the island.
Conch Fritters, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
Conch Fritters, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands

LOCAL CUISINE

St. Croix’s culinary scene is as diverse as its landscape. Stop in at any small local eatery and you’ll find fresh seafood dishes, like Cruzan Style Gundy (balls of ground herring and spices), that nod to French, Thai and Dutch cuisine— with plenty of West Indian spice and favorites like conch fritters. You’ll also find boardwalk bars serving traditional American fare, like hamburgers with rum punch.
Tropical Shirts, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
Tropical Shirts, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands

SHOPPING

There’s no shortage of interesting dive shops in either Christiansted or Frederiksted. But the best places to shop in St. Croix are the duty-free shops offering jewelry, liquor, clothing and souvenirs.

Day 3: Philipsburg, St. Maarten

Day 3
Philipsburg
St. Maarten
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Sandy Blue Beach Sailboat, Philipsburg, St. Maarten
Sandy Blue Beach Sailboat, Philipsburg, St. Maarten
Things to do in
Philipsburg
From 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
What makes St. Maarten so unique is its blend of cultures. The island is home to 120 different nationalities speaking over 80 languages, and is governed by two countries: the Netherlands and France. In fact, it’s the smallest land mass in the world to be shared by two different nations. While it may be less than 40 square miles, there’s plenty to do on this little island: you can travel back in time while exploring centuries-old ruins and get your adrenaline fix ziplining through lush tropical forests. If you’re after a little rest and relaxation during your cruise to St. Maarten, you’ll find plenty of secluded beaches where you can work on your suntan before treating your taste buds to some of the best cuisine in the Caribbean.
Philipsburg Loterie Farm, Philipsburg, St. Maarten
Philipsburg Loterie Farm, Philipsburg, St. Maarten

LOTERIE FARM

Loterie Farm is a nature sanctuary with 135 acres of hiking trails, a zip line adventure course, and a spring fed multi-level pool with cascading waterfalls..
Insider tip
A service charge is sometimes included at Dutch side restaurants, but you may wish to add 15% if the service was especially good.
Cityscape at the Great Salt Pond, Philipsburg, St. Maarten
Cityscape at the Great Salt Pond, Philipsburg, St. Maarten

SIMPSON BAY LAGOON

The largest saltwater lagoon in the Caribbean, Simpson Bay is a great spot for lounging and watching the boats and yachts that dot its picturesque harbor.
Insider tip
In restaurants on the French side, it is customary to leave a cash tip of 5-10%.
Girl Horseback Riding with a View of the Ocean, Philipsburg, St. Maarten
Girl Horseback Riding with a View of the Ocean, Philipsburg, St. Maarten

MOUNT CONCORDIA

Hike to the top of Mount Concordia, which marks the border between the French and Dutch sides of the island, for the best views of both sides
Enjoying a Relaxing, Seaside Lobster Lunch, Philipsburg, St. Maarten
Enjoying a Relaxing, Seaside Lobster Lunch, Philipsburg, St. Maarten

Local Cuisine

This gourmet capital of the Caribbean serves a mix of French, East Indian and island flavors. Cruise to St. Maarten and stop by a roadside barbecue stand (called a lolo) and enjoy lobster grilled on split-metal drums. Or dine on stuffed crab and cod fritters at any local cafe. Be sure to try some guavaberry liqueur, made exclusively on the island.
Shopping Stores, Philipsburg, St. Maarten
Shopping Stores, Philipsburg, St. Maarten

Shopping

Head to Front Street in Philipsburg, the capital of Dutch St. Maarten, and shop your way down a mile of duty-free stores. Before you go, pick up some famous guavaberry liqueur at the Sint Maarten Guavaberry Company.

Day 4: St. John's, Antigua

Day 4
St. John's
Antigua
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Sunrise at Shirley Heights, The Lookout, St. John's, Antigua
Sunrise at Shirley Heights, The Lookout, St. John's, Antigua
Things to do in
St. John's
From 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Antigua has a beach for every day of the year— literally. But the island experience goes beyond 365 distinct ribbons of white sand and clear waters. In the capital city of St. John's, you’ll discover charming candy-colored architecture, lively markets, and a beautiful baroque cathedral. And smiling locals greet you everywhere you go. On the southern coast, you can explore Nelson’s Dockyard, a centuries-old British naval base built by Admiral Horatio Nelson. Past Antigua’s yacht-studded coastline, you’ll find upscale boutiques, wild forest trails, hidden coves, and coral reefs bustling with tropical fish. But the best way to really see the island is from up above, so cruise to Antigua and hop into a helicopter for a panoramic look at lush jungles, golden beaches, and the nearby volcanic island, Montserrat.
Stone Windmill Tower at Betty's Hope, St. John's, Antigua
Stone Windmill Tower at Betty's Hope, St. John's, Antigua

HUNT FOR HISTORY

Explore Betty’s Hope, two restored stone windmill towers that were once part of Antigua’s first major sugar plantation. The site dates back to the mid-1600s.
Insider tip
Antigua is the sunniest of the Eastern Caribbean islands, so don’t forget your sunscreen. Do not wear camouflage clothing— it’s against the law  in Antigua— and leave your beach attire for the beach.  
Nelson's Dockyard Historic Building, St. Johns, Antigua
Nelson's Dockyard Historic Building, St. Johns, Antigua

DISCOVER THE DOCKYARD

Once the base of the British Royal Navy, Nelson’s Dockyard is now the only working Georgian dockyard in the world. It’s home to several sailing and yachting events, and close to the historic Clarence House.
Insider tip
A service charge is often included in the check at restaurants, but you may wish to add a standard 5% gratuity.
Yachts on the coastline of St. Johns, Antigua
Yachts on the coastline of St. Johns, Antigua

SOAK UP THE HEIGHTS

For some of the best views on the island, head to Shirley Heights— a restored military lookout nicknamed ‘The Lookout.’ It offers the best views of the Falmouth and English Harbors.
Fish and Chips, St. John's, Antigua
Fish and Chips, St. John's, Antigua

LOCAL CUISINE

In Antigua, British, Creole, and West Indian flavors come together to spice up local ingredients and fresh seafood. Must-try dishes include fungi— a cooked cornmeal paste similar to Italian polenta— and ducana dumplings made of sweet potato. If you wander the harbor front, you’ll find traditional English fish and chips paired with locally brewed Wadadli beer.

Day 5: Castries, St. Lucia

Day 5
Castries
St. Lucia
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Anse la Raye Fishing Boats, Castries St. Lucia
Anse la Raye Fishing Boats, Castries St. Lucia
Things to do in
Castries
From 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
From dramatic landscapes molded by ancient volcanoes to sparkling palm-fringed beaches, St. Lucia is some amazing Caribbean eye candy. Luxury resorts nestle up to the natural beauty, giving this island just the right touch of exclusivity. Cruise to St. Lucia and explore the coast by catamaran. Hike to the peaks of the soaring twin Pitons. Tour rainforests and explore the fishing villages of Anse-La-Raye. In the capital of Castries, you’ll find touches of French and British heritage, from the architecture to the cuisine.
Soufriere Volcano Sulphur Springs, Castries St. Lucia
Soufriere Volcano Sulphur Springs, Castries St. Lucia

Play In The Mud

Melt away your cares in the town of Soufriere, home to Sulphur Springs, known for its medicinal waters since the 1600s. Soak in natural thermal pools at the bottom of the bubbling craters and zen out while indulging in a therapeutic mineral mud bath from head to toe.
Insider tip
Don’t forget insect repellent if you plan to visit the rainforest.
Woman Enjoying Piton Peaks on a Kayak, Castries St Lucia
Woman Enjoying Piton Peaks on a Kayak, Castries St Lucia

Coastal Cruising

See the famous Pitons and island vistas from the sea as you glide down the coast of St. Lucia on a coastal cruise. See the lush vegetation and fishing villages as you make your way to the Pitons.
Insider tip
Drive on the left side of the road on this island.
Marigot Bay Sailboats, Castries St. Lucia
Marigot Bay Sailboats, Castries St. Lucia

Serene Scene

Make your way to Marigot Bay— a gorgeous natural harbor straight out of a movie scene, dotted with restaurants, bars and shops. You can stroll the yacht marina, shop at boutiques, visit a French bakery or relax at the secluded beach, accessible by ferry.
Creole Seafood Dish, Castries, St. Lucia
Creole Seafood Dish, Castries, St. Lucia

Local Cuisine

The Creole cuisine shows off the local fish, fruits and vegetables. Traditional flavors are a unique blend of West African, British, French and East Indian influences. Don’t miss “coal pot,” a local staple where dishes are cooked in a clay basin over coals.
Souvenir Shop Storefront, Castries, St. Lucia
Souvenir Shop Storefront, Castries, St. Lucia

Shopping

The best duty-free shops are at Pointe Seraphine cruise terminal and across the harbor at La Place Carenage. Cruise to St. Lucia and find duty-free jewelry, watches, perfume, crystal, rum, and local crafts. An artisanal favorite to bring home from here is the traditional pottery, made from the clay of the Pitons.

Day 6: Bridgetown, Barbados

Day 6
Bridgetown
Barbados
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Bottom Bay Beach, Bridgetown Barbados
Bottom Bay Beach, Bridgetown Barbados
Things to do in
Bridgetown
From 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
You’ll find Bridgetown strikes a fine mix of island warmth and English heritage. Stately colonial buildings intermingle with colorful wooden homes, open-air markets, and catch-of-the-day cafes. Outside of the bustle of “Town,” as the locals call it, Barbados is a new kind of paradise in any direction. Cruise to Barbados and head towards the shore for pink-and-white-sand beaches that stretch on endlessly and crystal clear turquoise waters. Or stick to the center of the island, you’ll find rolling hills and valleys, sugarcane fields and historic plantations. You can even travel underground to discover limestone caves with their own waterfalls.
Harrison Cave Colorful, Bridgetown Barbados
Harrison Cave Colorful, Bridgetown Barbados

BENEATH THE SURFACE

Take a solar-powered tram journey 170 feet below ground into Harrison’s Cave, an intricate limestone cave system. Here, you’ll find flowing streams, waterfalls, emerald-hued pools, unusual stalactite formations, and towering columns that formed over thousands of years.
Insider tip
Ships dock at the Bridgetown Cruise Terminal, about a mile from town.
Wildlife Reserve Monkey Eating, Bridgetown Barbados
Wildlife Reserve Monkey Eating, Bridgetown Barbados

GO GREEN

Hop into a rugged 4X4 and make your way through the Barbados Wildlife Reserve. Deep in the island’s interior, you’ll find playful green monkeys, colorful birds, reptiles and other native animals roaming freely. Try to visit around 2 p.m. for feeding time to see the green monkeys close-up.
Insider tip
Driving can get a little crazy here— save yourself the hassle of renting a car.
Carlise Bay Beach, Bridgetown Barbados
Carlise Bay Beach, Bridgetown Barbados

BEST BEACH DAY EVER

Sit back and relax on the powdery white sands of Harbour Lights on Carlisle Bay Beach. If kicking back with a rum punch in hand is a little too laid-back, you can snorkel around shipwrecks, rent a jet ski, or even visit Tortuga to swim with turtles.
Insider tip
Official taxis have a “Z” on their license plates. The rates are fixed, but you should tip 10%.
Bajan Fish Cake, Bridgetown, Barbados
Bajan Fish Cake, Bridgetown, Barbados

Local Cuisine

This island is a seafood lover’s dream come true. Bajan (or Barbadian) cuisine blends African, Indian and British influences. For a truly authentic experience, don’t shy away from the street food— try the fried fish cakes, macaroni pie, tamarind balls, and the national dish, cou-cou with flying fish.
Souvenir Market, Bridgetown, Barbados
Souvenir Market, Bridgetown, Barbados

Shopping

For the best deals on duty-free luxury items and authentic souvenirs from the island, check out the shops in the cruise terminal and the stores along Broad Street, the main street in Bridgetown. Cruise to Barbados and bring home a taste of the island with a rum cake, which is called ‘great cake’ for a reason.

Day 7: Cruising

Day 7
Cruising
At Sea
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Oasis Pool Girl Diving Under Water
Oasis Pool Girl Diving Under Water
PLAY ANY WAY YOU LIKE
Girl Climbing the Rock Wall During the Day
Girl Climbing the Rock Wall while Parents Watch

Rock Climbing Wall

Rise to the occasion and take on the signature Rock Climbing Wall. From beginners to speed climbers, everyone can enjoy an unparalleled view from 40 feet above deck. Included in your fare, no reservation required.
Solarium at Sunset
Sunset at the Solarium Pool

Solarium

Slip away to this adults-only indoor and outdoor retreat. The Solarium is your slice of paradise, with soothing whirlpools, warm sunshine and a refreshing water mist.
Boardwalk Arcade Skee Ball
Close-Up the Skee Ball on the Boardwalk Arcade

Arcade

Blips, bleeps, clangs and cheers. Play to win in a classic arcade atmosphere with timeless games, plus the latest at the Royal Caribban Arcade.
Whirlpool at Night
Beautiful Night on the Pool Deck

Whirlpools

It’s easy to let every thought melt away while relaxing in a whirlpool, especially when you’re soaking up ocean views, too.

Day 8: San Juan, Puerto Rico

Day 8
San Juan
Puerto Rico
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Colorful Historic Homes, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Colorful Historic Homes, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Things to do in
San Juan
Arrives at 6:00 AM
Puerto Rico’s 500-year-old capital is a history buff’s dream come true. The Spanish settled this harbor as a New World home base, and that influence is still evident, from the fortress walls lining the coastline to the rainbow of colonial buildings along narrow streets. Venture further out from the old town and nature unfolds. You can scale high into the jungled mountains of El Yunque Forest, or keep to the foothills on a riverside horseback ride. If despacito is more your speed, pick a pristine beach and recline with codfish fritter and rum drink in hand. San Juan cruises give you the perfect outpost to dial up or dial down your vacation.
Woman Leaning on Fort El Morro to Enjoy the view, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Woman Leaning on Fort El Morro to Enjoy the view, San Juan, Puerto Rico

CASTILLO DE SAN FELIPE DEL MORRO

Strong and beautiful, this fort has helped guard the shore for nearly five centuries while overlooking some of the island’s best scenery. Explore it via spiral staircases between levels, and grab a photo at one of the iconic garita sentry boxes that line the outer walls.
Bautista Cathedral Closeup, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Bautista Cathedral Closeup, San Juan, Puerto Rico

CATEDRAL DE SAN JUAN BAUTISTA

Founded in 1521, this can’t-miss landmark is one of the oldest churches in the Americas. It houses the tomb of Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon and the mummified remains of religious martyr St. Pio.
Puerto Rico Mofongo Shrimp
Puerto Rico Mofongo Shrimp

Local Cuisine

In Old San Juan, you’ll find plenty of island fare and criolla cuisine— home cooking flavored by Spanish and African influences. Try some mofongo, mashed fried green plantains often stuffed with meat, or snack on some codfish fritters, called bacalaitos.
Colorful Architecture Road., San Juan, Puerto Rico
Colorful Architecture Road., San Juan, Puerto Rico

Shopping

During your San Juan cruise, head to the blue-hued cobblestone streets of Old San Juan for your pick of boutiques offering handmade lace and hand-rolled cigars, plus duty-free luxury items like diamonds, gemstones and watches.

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