Royal caribbean cruises out of puerto rico: Top 10 Royal Caribbean Cruises from San Juan, Puerto Rico 2022/2023

Cruises From San Juan | Cruise From San Juan, Puerto Rico Port

When it comes to Caribbean vacations, Puerto Rico is both a departure point and a destination. For the former, San Juan is one of the busiest Caribbean cruise ports. Four piers located along the San Antonio Canal serve ships from the largest cruise lines, with more than 1 million travelers passing through yearly.

While the San Juan area makes for a fun and exciting pre- or post-cruise trip, the city’s port is the start of a great southern Caribbean vacation. Because of this, nearly all well-known lines stop in the city, either to begin a southern Caribbean trip or as part of a repositioning cruise with a unique and expansive itinerary. Departing cruise lines include Azamara, Carnival Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises, Crystal Cruises, Disney, Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean and Silversea. San Juan, in fact, may see as many as 10 cruise ships at once.

Southern Caribbean trips from San Juan give travelers a taste and sight of each island’s unique character. A trip, in fact, may take passengers to Aruba, Barbados, Dominica, the Virgin Islands, Curacao, St. Kitts, St. Maarten, and other locations.

Traveling to the San Juan Cruise Terminal

San Juan Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU) services the island of Puerto Rico.  It is the island’s main international gateway, and its main connection to the mainland United States.  The Airport is located approximately 10 miles from the Pan American Pier (for Royal Caribbean and Celebrity cruises) and 11 miles from the OSJ Piers (for Carnival cruises). It usually takes about 15-25 minutes in a taxi for the trip, dependent upon traffic.

The Tourism Taxi Program, recently instituted by the Puerto Rico Tourism Company, has simplified the fare structure between the airport and several major tourism zones, including the piers. When coming out of the airport, go to the taxi stand and they’ll give you a slip with your set rate on it. The rates are per taxi and many are vans or minivans, which can accommodate up to 6 or 7 people. There are additional charges for baggage.

Pre and Post Cruise Options in San Juan

Cruising from San Juan, Puerto Rico is your gateway to the ports of the Southern Caribbean. With miles upon miles of white sand beaches, plus an unbelievable rainforest and warm tropical temperatures, it is also a wonderful place to spend a few days pre or post cruise.  Here are my tips on attractions worth visiting.

Old San Juan: A leisurely walk through Old San Juan is one of the most pleasant experiences anyone could have here in Puerto Rico. The colonial architecture of hanging balconies and cobble stone streets make you feel like you have gone back in time.  You can also take advantage of thefree trolleys. The one marked “City Hall” concentrates on the streets of Old Town while El Morro Fort takes a very scenic route by the sea up Calle Norzagaray, past the museums and eventually to the Castillo San Felipe del Morro.

El Yunque: Forty minutes outside of the city, this national rainforest which is protected and maintained by the US Forest Service, is definitely worth the visit!  Inside its misty, dense vegetation you’ll find rare Puerto Rican parrots, hear the constant cheep of the tiny coqui frog and come across small waterfalls with picturesque pools to take a dip in. There’s a road to the top of the mountain so you can drive in, or you can park below and try to hike up. The visitor’s center about mid-way up the mountain has useful information on the rainforest’s plant and animal life, plus maps, restrooms and a cafeteria.

Bacardi Run Factory: The six-story pink tower, where rum is distilled, is called the “Cathedral of Rum.” There are free tours of the plant leaving every 30 minutes, which allow you to see all the inner workings of this factory, which pumps out over 100,000 gallons of rum daily.

The Beaches at Isla Verde: Plenty of shady palms, local restaurants, parking and shower facilities are just a few of the amenities that make this beach so popular with visitors and locals alike. Here you can get beach chairs and the staff of the respective hotel will bring them directly to the location you choose.  Lifeguards are usually on duty.  Any of the hotels along this beach would be a great choice for an extended stay.

Castillo de San Felipe: Commonly known as “El Morro” this stronghold is believed to be one of the oldest Spanish forts in the Caribbean. Built to deter invaders who sought to topple the Spanish Empire, this six level fortress has 140-foot walls (15-feet thick) some of them dating back to 1539, it is even topped by a lighthouse! You can take an enjoyable guided tour through the whole complex which is now a UNESCO World Heritage site.

For more information on cruises departing San Juan, contact Direct Line Cruises at 1-800-352-8088.

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Driving Directions to the San Juan Cruise Pier

San Juan, Puerto Rico Cruise Ship Terminal Address:

Pan American Pier Isla Grande, Santurce, Puerto Rico

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General Directions
From Luis Munoz Marin International Airport:

•Exit the Airport to San Juan taking the middle lane on Baldorioty Ave.

•This avenue will take you to New and Old San Juan.

•Once you are at the end of the avenue you will find a traffic light.

•On the right you will see the Condado Lagoon and on your left you will see the Yacht Club.

•This is a one-way road.

•Stay in the left lane and follow the signs directing to San Juan or the Convention Centre.

•Keep to your left and make a U-turn whenever possible.

•After the turn, remain on the right hand side and continue forward past the Yacht Club, Sizzlers Restaurant.

•At the corner make a right, continue to the traffic light.

•Make a right hand turn at the next right.

•Follow the road to the entrance of the pier.

Royal Caribbean Becomes First to Restart Departures from San Juan

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Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas becomes the first cruise ship to restart departures from San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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Life is slowly returning to normal as the first cruise ships resume operations with San Juan, Puerto Rico, as its homeport. Explorer of the Seas will call the island home through April 2022.

The Royal Caribbean cruise ship concluded its test sailing last week from the same port and will offer guests the opportunity to explore the Eastern and Southern Caribbean.

Royal Caribbean Brings Cruises Back to Puerto Rico

Cruises sailing from San Juan, Puerto Rico, are back on the program as Explorer of the Seas becomes the first cruise ship since the worldwide pause in operations to homeport on the island.

The vessel concluded her test cruise last week, which sailed October 29-31. The cruise line sails on these test cruises to demonstrate to the Centers for Disease Control that the onboard health protocols operate as expected and ensure crew members and passengers are safe.

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The 137,308 gross tons, 3,282 passengers, Voyager-class cruise ship will be sailing week-long cruises to the Eastern and Southern Caribbean through the winter months and into spring.

Also Read: Cruises From San Juan: The Pros and Cons

Sailing every Sunday starting November 7, the vessel will give guests the chance to explore a variety of Caribbean islands. For the first cruise, the vessel sailed on an itinerary calling at Saint Thomas, Saint Croix, St Maarten, St Lucia, Barbados, and St Kitts. Other opportunities include a very Dutch cruise, calling at St Maarten, Aruba, Curacao, and Bonaire, all in the Dutch Antilles.

A Welcome Return to Puerto Rico

The executive director of the Puerto Rico Ports Authority believes the return of cruise ships to San Juan, and specifically to homeport, is a welcome break for the island.

Port Authority Director Joel Pizá Batiz: “The visit of each cruise ship, beyond the significant boost to tourism and the local economy, represents a vote of confidence in our facilities and operations. This demonstrates that the efforts of the Government of Puerto Rico, the Ports Authority and other related agencies are being effective.”

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The calls by Explorer of the Seas as well other cruise ships, such as Crystal Endeavour and Celebrity Apex, will have a significant economic impact, according to Puerto Rico Tourism Company (PRTC), Carlos Mercado Santiago:

“Puerto Rico offers a diversity of experiences and a great potential for growth, two of the many reasons why we continue to be an attractive destination for cruise lines in a region as competitive as the Caribbean region. The visits, which these three ships will be making between the months of November 2021 to April 2022, will have an economic impact initially estimated at around $16 million. 

Back to Normal?

The return of ships to Puerto Rico as homeport marks a return back to normal for the islands, although significant health and safety restrictions remain in place. According to the Royal Caribbean website, guests need to count on substantial testing and vaccination requirements.

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If flying in from the U.S. vaccinated guests have no testing requirement to enter Puerto Rico. Unvaccinated kids aged 2-11 must show a negative result for a PCR or antigen test taken within 72 hours before arriving at Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport in San Juan.

Worth Reading: Which Royal Caribbean Cruise Ships Have Resumed Operations?

All persons age two and above, flying in from an international country, regardless of vaccination status, must show a negative result for a PCR or antigen test taken within 72 hours before arriving at Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport in San Juan.

This requirement is on top of the already strict vaccine mandates and testing procedures the cruise line ordinarily maintains. Nonetheless, it will likely not be a deterrent for those wishing to sail on a Caribbean Cruise, something that is finally close to home again for many Puertorriqueños.

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Day Date Port Arrival Departure
1 08.03. Sun San Juan, Puerto Rico 20:30
2 09.03. Mon At sea
3 10.03. W Oranjestad, Aruba 08:00 22:00
4 11. 03. Wed Willemstad, Curaçao 08:00 20:00
5 12.03. Thu Kralendijk, Bonaire 08:00 17:00
6 13.03. Fri At sea
7 14.03. Sat Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas 08:00 17:00
8 15.03. Sun San Juan, Puerto Rico 06:00
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Cruise shipIncluded Hotels Giant promenade decks and halls, spacious cabins with huge balconies, a skating rink and a climbing wall, hanging solarium pools decorated in the jungle style are impressive (they are built on special wings that go beyond the borders of the sides and really hang above the water). These fantastic jacuzzis with transparent bottom and hot water allow you to see the water surface.

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