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About San Juan

As an anchor on Eastern and Southern Caribbean itineraries -- not to mention a turnaround port for many ships -- San Juan is a place where just about all cruisers, at some point or another, are going to wind up. Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory, and San Juan is its urban hub. The city, by and large, is divided into new and old. The new includes a business district and outlying neighborhoods, concentrated with hotel chains like Isla Verde. The old is, of course, the historic city within ancient walls. Both offer many Americanisms. (Senor Frog's has a prime outpost, and you'll never want for a McDonald's Big Mac.)

Get beyond that, though, because of all America's Caribbean islands, Puerto Rico offers the most exotic aura. The melange of indigenous Taino culture, combined with European and African influences in San Juan (and all of Puerto Rico, for that matter), is one major factor. Add to that its own unique influences in areas ranging from cuisine and music to history and art. And there's more: folks who have traveled to Cuba say that Old San Juan reminds them more of Cuba, at times, than Cuba itself! It's also very Spanish (think Seville) and even a bit Italian (reminiscent of Naples). Finally, the city evokes just a wee taste of South America (like Buenos Aires).

For those who visit San Juan as a day-stop on a Caribbean itinerary or embark or disembark there, the island's biggest appeal is the old city. Most cruise ships dock right in the heart of Old San Juan, which dates back to the 16th century. The old, walled city has been exquisitely preserved, and its sprawling forts, cobblestone streets, antique shops and art galleries make it an ideal first stop. Its mainstream attractions include the imposing El Morro fort, which dates back to 1539; the Cathedral of San Juan, where the island's first governor, Ponce de Leon, is buried; La Fortaleza, the oldest governor's mansion on U.S. soil; several colonial plazas; and the triumvirate of Calle del Cristo, Calle San Jose and Calle Fortaleza for shopping. Calle del Cristo, in particular, is chock-full of art galleries, artisan studios and distinctive boutiques.

But, if you're a "been there, done that" visitor to Old San Juan, there's much more to explore.

And there's one more thing to keep in mind: many cruises stay in port until late at night. That makes it possible to sample some of the city's vibrant restaurants and nightlife (as long as you keep an eye on the clock).


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  • 12 Night
    Cruise to San Juan

    Leaving:
    Tampa
    Visiting:
    Puerto Plata, St. Thomas ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    12 Night Cruise to San Juan Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
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      Tampa
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      Cruising
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      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Puerto Plata
    • Day 5
      St. Thomas
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      Antigua
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      Barbados
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      St. Lucia
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      St. Kitts (Port Zante)
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    Norwegian Jade - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Venues are spread evenly throughout the ship, limiting congestion

    Cons

    Standard cabins are a bit on the small side

    Bottom Line

    Recent refurbishments have the ship looking and feeling like new

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    Norwegian Jade Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
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    4.0/5
    Cabins3.5
    Dining4.0
    Service5.0
    Value4.0

    Launched in 2006, Norwegian Jade isn't Norwegian Cruise Line's newest vessel, but via the

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    margaretandy67
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Superb size of ship and excellent staff; Singapore Phuket Malaysia
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    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Asia Norwegian Jade 6th February 2020
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  • 13 Night
    Cruise to San Juan

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    Visiting:
    Puerto Plata, St. Thomas ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    13 Night Cruise to San Juan Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
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      Tampa
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      Puerto Plata
    • Day 5
      St. Thomas
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      Antigua
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      Barbados
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      St. Lucia
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      Tortola
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    Norwegian Jade - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Venues are spread evenly throughout the ship, limiting congestion

    Cons

    Standard cabins are a bit on the small side

    Bottom Line

    Recent refurbishments have the ship looking and feeling like new

    Reviews

    Norwegian Jade Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
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    4.0/5
    Cabins3.5
    Dining4.0
    Service5.0
    Value4.0

    Launched in 2006, Norwegian Jade isn't Norwegian Cruise Line's newest vessel, but via the

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    jf33180
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Poor Management decisions Stay away from NCL
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    Sail Date Jan 2020
    One of my least favorite cruise ships of 9 - food and logistics not good
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    • Spa Services
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      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 11 Night
    Cruise to San Juan

    Leaving:
    New York
    Visiting:
    Puerto Plata, San Juan ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    11 Night Cruise to San Juan Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
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      New York (Manhattan)
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      Puerto Plata
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      San Juan
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      Antigua
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      St. Lucia
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      St. Kitts (Port Zante)
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      St. Thomas
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      New York (Manhattan)
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    Norwegian Gem - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Wide variety of dining and entertainment options are crowd-pleasers

    Not enough indoor spaces for peace and quiet

    Appealing to cruisers of all kinds, Norwegian Gem offers something for everyone

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    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service5.0
    Value5.0

    While not one of Norwegian Cruise Line's newest or largest vessels, Norwegian Gem nonetheless has ...

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    juried
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    Exceptional service, wonderful memories
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    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Beautiful Ship and great weather!
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    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 13 Night
    Cruise to San Juan

    Leaving:
    Barcelona
    Visiting:
    Malaga, Seville ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    13 Night Cruise to San Juan Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
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      Barcelona
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      Cruising
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      Malaga
    • Day 4
      Seville
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      Cruising
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      Madeira (Funchal)
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      Tenerife
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      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Tortola
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      San Juan
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    Norwegian Epic - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Jam-packed with 24/7 entertainment for singles, couples, families and groups

    Cons

    Confusing corridors and congested main decks

    Bottom line

    Fun, fun, fun for everyone

    Reviews

    Norwegian Epic Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
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    4.5/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    With so much going on, Norwegian Epic is a cruise ship with broad appeal. The ship was one of t...

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    cregger57
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    Wonderful Back-to-back cruises
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    Sail Date Mar 2020
    It Could Easily Have Been Just Two Stars...
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    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 11 Night
    Cruise to San Juan

    Leaving:
    Tampa
    Visiting:
    Key West, Puerto Plata ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    11 Night Cruise to San Juan Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Tampa
    • Day 2
      Key West
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Puerto Plata
    • Day 5
      St. Thomas
    • Day 6
      St. Kitts (Port Zante)
    • Day 7
      Antigua
    • Day 8
      Tortola
    • Day 9
      San Juan
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Cruising
    • Day 12
      Tampa
    Ship Details

    Norwegian Jade - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Venues are spread evenly throughout the ship, limiting congestion

    Cons

    Standard cabins are a bit on the small side

    Bottom Line

    Recent refurbishments have the ship looking and feeling like new

    Reviews

    Norwegian Jade Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins3.5
    Dining4.0
    Service5.0
    Value4.0

    Launched in 2006, Norwegian Jade isn't Norwegian Cruise Line's newest vessel, but via the

    Cruise Critic Member Ratings
    Kevin barry
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Worst cruise ever
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    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Worst Cruise experience
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