San Juan (Puerto Rico)

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San Juan cruise port

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Bahamas - Caribbean - Bermuda

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2022-11-28 20:30

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San Juan is Puerto Rico's principal/main port (locode PRSJU), as well as the largest city (population around 350,000) and the country's capital. San Juan is the second-oldest capital (after Santo Domingo Dominicana) that the Europeans/Spaniards established in the Caribbean.

Originally the island was named San Juan and the port - Ciudad de Puerto Rico. They swapped over time.

San Juan (Puerto Rico) cruise port

San Juan cruise port schedule has booked ships operating mainly on Eastern and Southern Caribbean itineraries leaving roundtrip from Florida USA ports. San Juan is also homeport to several major cruise companies operating roundtrips out of Puerto Rico. Among the most popular Caribbean island port destinations often combined with Puerto Rico are Windward Islands (St Lucia, Dominica, St VincentBarbados, Tobago, Grenada), Leeward Islands (St Maarten, Guadeloupe, St Kitts) and Dutch Antilles (Curacao, Bonaire, Aruba).

All Puerto Rico beaches are open to the public. However, public beaches (served by lifeguards and with facilities) are called here balnearios. They are free of charge (no entry fees) but charge for parking, as well as lockers and showers. The most popular are El Escambron and Isla Verde.

In early April 2017 was announced the RCG-Royal Caribbean Group's partnership with Puerto Rico Ports Authority (government-owned corporation) for improving the Port's cruise pier "Pan American Wharf 2". The decision followed RCCL's announcements about homeporting Freedom of the Seas in San Juan (starting May 2018). To needed development investments will optimize the port's cruise docking infrastructure. The works will include boarding bridge improvements, safety checkpoints improvements, restrooms improvements, mooring improvements, new passenger registration desks, building improvements, enlarging the terminal's baggage inspection area, also dredging in the pier's ship docking area.

In August 2022, GPH-Global Ports Holding (2003-founded, UK-based corporation, currently the world's largest cruise port operator) signed a 30-year concession agreement with Puerto Rico Ports Authority for the San Juan Cruise Port.

  • Under the concession terms, GPH agreed to pay an upfront fee of USD 75 million.
  • During Investment Phase I, GPH agreed to spend ~US$100M on critical cruise-dock repairs (at Pier 1, Pier 4, and the Pan American Piers) and for upgrading all terminal buildings and the walkway.
  • During Investment Phase II, GPH agreed to invest ~US$250M in expanding the Port's capacity by building a new cruise pier and and a new terminal (at Pier 11 and Pier 12) with capacity to handle the world’s largest passenger liners.

During season 2015-2016, Royal Caribbean ships alone brought to Port San Juan 574,140 passengers. During season 2017-2018, this number reached 700,000. In 2019 (before the Coronavirus crisis) the cruise port handled ~1,8 million tourists.

The cruise port was visited by 6,8 million cruise tourists in 2008-2009, 7,9M (2014-2015) and 1,5M (2015-2016). Cruise tourists contribute around 7,1% to Puerto Rico's economy. To be able to handle the world's largest cruise vessels, Port San Juan invested ~USD 8 million in building a 3rd dock. On December 28, 2016, the port was visited by Harmony of the Seas (max capacity 6314 pax / 2300 crew).

For FY2018, Puerto Rico estimated that ~1,7 million cruise ship tourists will arrive on the scheduled 540 ship calls, generating around USD 250M for the local economy. The tourism industry represents ~7% of the country's economy. 2018 ended with handled nearly 1,8 million cruisers via 517 ship calls (21% increase over 2017).

In late-September 2020, PRPA (Puerto Rico Ports Authority / managing company) issued a request for proposals for Isla Grande's Pier 15 drydock (southeast from the cruise port). The future project includes the facility's repair (overhaul), maintenance and operation. The drydock was originally built (in the early-1940s) and operated by the US Navy, acquired by PRPA in the late-1990s and not used since 2000. The project could generate ~USD 20M (in private investments), ~USD 16M (annual impact) and support ~400 local jobs. The renovated drydock could be used for general maintenance works and refurbishments of various ship types (including cargo, smaller-sized cruisers, ferries, superyachts). The drydock has length ~600 ft (183 m), width 102 ft (31 m) and depth 26 ft (10 m), which allows it to serve ships with max LOA length 400 ft (121 m).

By annual passenger traffic (statistical data 2019), the Caribbean's top-10 largest airports are:

  1. Luis Munoz Marin Airport/aka Isla Verde (San Juan Puerto Rico) with ~9,5 million pax
  2. Punta Cana Airport (Punta Cana Dominicana) with ~7,2M pax
  3. Jose Marti Airport (Havana Cuba) with 5,7+M pax
  4. Sangster Airport (Montego Bay Jamaica) with ~4,8M pax
  5. Lynden Pindling Airport (Nassau Bahamas) with ~4,1M pax
  6. Las Americas Airport (Santo Domingo Dominicana) with ~4M pax
  7. Piarco Airport (Port-of-Spain Trinidad) with 2,8+M pax
  8. Queen Beatrix Airport (Oranjestad Aruba) with 2,5+M pax
  9. Pointe-a-Pitre Airport (Pointe-a-Pitre Guadeloupe) with ~2,5M pax
  10. Grantley Adams Airport (Bridgetown Barbados) with ~2,3M pax

This explains why these port cities are used as seasonal turnaround ports for homeporting (roundtrip itineraries) by many major cruise companies with ship deployments in the Caribbean.

San Juan cruise terminal

San Juan cruise port terminal has three piers – Old San Juan piers (Pier 1, 3, 4, 6), "Navy Frontier Pier" and "Pan American Pier" (wharf 2).

San Juan (Puerto Rico) cruise port map (printable)

All tour operators in San Juan provide guides trained through "Aquila's Center for Cruise Excellence". This is a staff training program that helps cruise port destinations and local tour operators to achieve highest standards of service.

Old San Juan Piers

They are located at Marina Street, the center of Old San Juan. All the major sightseeing places are within easy walking distance.

  • Pier 1 has a modern terminal building with facilities like shops, baggage gangways, parking and elevators.
  • Pier 3 mainly serves Royal Caribbean line and transit cruise vessels.
  • Pier 4 is located at the north shore. Carnival Cruise Lines manages the terminal.
  • Pier 6 is a marginal dock with length 1196 ft (365 m).

In 2014, Pier 3 was expanded to allow berthing of the world's largest cruise vessels (RCI's Oasis-class). In 2016, on Pier 3 (port's 3rd cruise dock) started construction works for a new, 2-story terminal building housing restaurants, galleries, entertainment venues, a large duty-free shopping complex. The USD 8 million project was an investment by Duty Free Americas (US travel retail stores chain with over 180 shops). The port additionally invested US$1M for security equipment. RCI / Royal Caribbean also participated in the project, which completion was scheduled for 2018.

In 2019, Bacardi Global Travel Retail created a new Bacardi-dedicated rum bar within Pier 4's SMT Duty-Free (retail store). The new Bacardi Bar also offers cocktails sampling and branded merchandise (hats, T-shirts, memorabilia).

Frontier Pier

Frontier Pier has only one berth. It serves cruise liners and also commercial (cargo) ships.

Pan America Pier

Pan America Pier is located to the south of Old San Juan. The modern San Juan cruise ship terminal building at Pan America Pier is in Isla Grande. It serves larger cruise vessels.

San Juan (Puerto Rico) cruise port terminal

Port San Juan also has drydock facilities (used for ship repairs and refurbishments) located between Pier 15 and Pier 16.

San Juan tours, shore excursions, hotels

City Tours and Shore Excursions

  • El Morro Fort: the huge fort dates from 1539. It main service was to protect Port of San Juan from pirates. It is named after the Spanish patron – saint King Phillip. The full name of the fort is Castillo San Felipe del Morro.
  • San Cristobal Fort: dates from the 18th century.
  • La Fortaleza: dates from 1540 and it is the most ancient fort in San Juan. It used to be the governor’s official residence.
  • Cathedral de San Juan: dates from 1592. The neoclassical cathedral is situated on Calle Cristo.
  • Paseo de la Princesa and Paseo de la Muralla: take a walk along the old walls of the city. Both paths are to the waterfront.
  • Escambron Beach: spent a leisure day at that beautiful beach. Enjoy breathtaking views along all the coastline (including El Morro Fort).
  • Shopping: there are a lot of stores in Old San Juan. The main shopping streets are Fortaleza, Cristo and San Francisco. You can buy souvenirs, arts, fashion and jewelery from the craft markets at the Plaza de la Darsena and on Paseo de la Princesa. Located close to San Juan cruise port (Pier 1).

Old and New San Juan (Royal Caribbean) is an optional guided tour that includes visiting Condado (neighborhood), Isla Verde Beach, residential areas, Window of the Seas (square with a sidewalk resembling Hollywood Blvd), Old San Juan (Capitol Building, 5th Centenary Plaza, San Cristobal Fort or the shopping district).

Pirate Treasure Hunt (Royal Caribbean) is a family tour (pirate-themed and guided) on the trail around Old San Juan (leading to Castillo San Felipe del Morro (fortress).

Campo Rico ATV Adventure (Royal Caribbean) is an ATV (4x4) guided driving tour through the countryside and includes driving through a private ranch (with plantation house), mangroves, lagoons, mountains, forests, wildlife viewing, visiting Mi Casa (traditional sugarcane plantation home), short breaks for photos, operational ranch (with Paso Fino horse stables), stopping at Mojito Bar.

San Juan Food and Culture Tour (Royal Caribbean) is an Old San Juan walking tour (for a small group) themed on local foods, architecture, cultural traditions, shopping. Each cruise tourist receives a coupon booklet for additional savings in local restaurants and shops.

Port San Juan cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from San Juan, Puerto Rico. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.

DayShipArrivalDeparture
31 October, 2022
Monday
MSC Cruises Cruises cruise lineMSC Seashore17:0001:00
1 November, 2022
Tuesday
Carnival Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineCarnival Mardi Gras07:0016:00
2 November, 2022
Wednesday
Holland America Cruises cruise linems Nieuw Amsterdam08:0023:00
3 November, 2022
Thursday
Windstar Cruises Cruises cruise lineStar Pride07:0022:00
5 November, 2022
Saturday
Celebrity Cruises Cruises cruise lineCelebrity Millennium06:0020:00
6 November, 2022
Sunday
Royal Caribbean Cruises cruise lineVoyager Of The Seas06:0020:00
7 November, 2022
Monday
Disney Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineDisney Magic07:0017:00
7 November, 2022
Monday
Royal Caribbean Cruises cruise lineSymphony Of The Seas17:0022:00
8 November, 2022
Tuesday
Virgin Voyages Cruises cruise lineValiant Lady12:0022:00
9 November, 2022
Wednesday
Princess Cruises Cruises cruise lineEnchanted Princess08:0018:00
9 November, 2022
Wednesday
Royal Caribbean Cruises cruise lineJewel Of The Seas11:0019:00
9 November, 2022
Wednesday
Regent Seven Seas Cruises Cruises cruise lineSeven Seas Navigator12:0020:00
10 November, 2022
Thursday
Royal Caribbean Cruises cruise lineGrandeur Of The Seas07:0014:00
10 November, 2022
Thursday
Carnival Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineCarnival Spirit07:0014:00
10 November, 2022
Thursday
Celebrity Cruises Cruises cruise lineCelebrity Silhouette11:0019:00
12 November, 2022
Saturday
Celebrity Cruises Cruises cruise lineCelebrity Millennium06:0020:00
12 November, 2022
Saturday
Windstar Cruises Cruises cruise lineStar Pride07:0019:00
13 November, 2022
Sunday
Royal Caribbean Cruises cruise lineVoyager Of The Seas06:0020:00
14 November, 2022
Monday
Disney Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineDisney Magic07:0017:00
15 November, 2022
Tuesday
Princess Cruises Cruises cruise lineSky Princess07:0017:00
15 November, 2022
Tuesday
Norwegian Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineNorwegian Getaway07:0015:00
16 November, 2022
Wednesday
Royal Caribbean Cruises cruise lineOasis Of The Seas10:0019:00
16 November, 2022
Wednesday
Holland America Cruises cruise linems Nieuw Amsterdam13:0023:00
16 November, 2022
Wednesday
MSC Cruises Cruises cruise lineMSC Seashore17:0001:00
18 November, 2022
Friday
Celebrity Cruises Cruises cruise lineCelebrity Constellation07:0015:00
18 November, 2022
Friday
Oceania Cruises Cruises cruise lineOceania Insignia08:0017:00
19 November, 2022
Saturday
Celebrity Cruises Cruises cruise lineCelebrity Millennium06:0020:00
19 November, 2022
Saturday
Windstar Cruises Cruises cruise lineStar Pride07:0022:00
20 November, 2022
Sunday
Royal Caribbean Cruises cruise lineVoyager Of The Seas06:0020:00
21 November, 2022
Monday
Seabourn Cruises Cruises cruise lineSeabourn Sojourn10:0017:00
21 November, 2022
Monday
Celebrity Cruises Cruises cruise lineCelebrity Apex15:0022:00
22 November, 2022
Tuesday
Carnival Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineCarnival Mardi Gras07:0016:00
22 November, 2022
Tuesday
Carnival Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineCarnival Magic10:0018:00
22 November, 2022
Tuesday
Virgin Voyages Cruises cruise lineValiant Lady12:0022:00
22 November, 2022
Tuesday
Holland America Cruises cruise linems Nieuw Statendam13:0023:00
24 November, 2022
Thursday
Royal Caribbean Cruises cruise lineGrandeur Of The Seas07:0014:00
24 November, 2022
Thursday
Celebrity Cruises Cruises cruise lineCelebrity Silhouette11:0019:00
25 November, 2022
Friday
Oceania Cruises Cruises cruise lineOceania Sirena07:0016:00
26 November, 2022
Saturday
Celebrity Cruises Cruises cruise lineCelebrity Millennium06:0020:00
26 November, 2022
Saturday
Windstar Cruises Cruises cruise lineStar Pride07:0019:00
27 November, 2022
Sunday
SeaDream Yacht Club Cruises cruise lineSeaDream II
27 November, 2022
Sunday
Royal Caribbean Cruises cruise lineVoyager Of The Seas06:0020:00
28 November, 2022
Monday
Silversea Cruises Cruises cruise lineSilver Moon08:0023:00
28 November, 2022
Monday
Royal Caribbean Cruises cruise lineVision Of The Seas14:0022:00
30 November, 2022
Wednesday
Regent Seven Seas Cruises Cruises cruise lineSeven Seas Splendor09:0019:00
30 November, 2022
Wednesday
Royal Caribbean Cruises cruise lineOasis Of The Seas14:0022:00
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