Puerto Rico, San Juan Coast
Aerial of the Coast of San Juan

COAST INTO COLONIAL HISTORY

PUERTO RICO CRUISES

Take in the tropical flavour and lively energy with a cruise to Puerto Rico.

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 cobblestoned streets where Conquistadors once marched. See the diverse and geographically stunning island with aquamarine mangrove waters, baby-blue beaches and emerald-green jungles and 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. Discover the magic with a Puerto Rico cruise.

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Puerto Rico, El Yunque Hiking Path
Beautiful Hiking Path in El Yunque National Park

LET NATURE NURTURE YOU

Lounge by the beach, swim under a waterfall or canoe through mangroves. Venture out and get lost in a world of rainforests and mist-covered mountain tops with the best Puerto Rico cruises. 

LEAPFROG TO ADVENTURE

The only tropical rainforest in the US 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 two hours from San Juan where your ship will dock.

Puerto Rico, San Juan Old City
Couple Sitting on Top of Historical Fort

SOAK IN THE ISLAND VIBES

The sunny island has a long and storied history that encompasses hundreds of years, and you can take a glimpse into its past through its food, colonial towns and even souvenirs and attraction. Witness the cultural heritage come alive with your cruise to Puerto Rico. 

HISTORY HUB

A colorful centre 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.

Waterfall in Puerto Rico
Waterfall in Puerto Rico

Experience Warm and Salty Breezes with the
Best Puerto Rico Cruises

A cruise to Puerto Rico is filled with exciting destinations, each with its own style and vibe. Discover Puerto Rico onboard the Best Royal Caribbean Cruise Ships.

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.

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.

INSIDER TIPS

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Pop into La Factoria, voted one of the 50 best bars in the world, and try craft cocktails with an island twist.

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Hungry? Pay a visit to Calle Loiza, where local restaurateurs are cooking up a storm of Puerto Rican flavours.

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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.

FOR THE FOODIES
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 flavours, 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, savoury 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.

RELATED PORTS

Puerto Rico cruise ports leave you 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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