Visiting San Juan in Puerto Rico

Panorama of San Juan

Panorama of San Juan

Day 263 – November 20th, 2014.

Visiting Puerto Rico – San Juan

“Cruising the Caribbean, today’s port is San Juan”

Puerto Rico and the port of San Juan

Puerto Rico and the port of San Juan

 

I ordered some room service which we ate before heading to the restaurant for a continuation of breakfast, that’s the thing about life onboard and food, you can eat as much or as often as you want.

The good thing about having a balcony cabin is that you can enjoy a leisurely breakfast while watching the scenery unfold as you enter the next port.

Something that we did notice was that the people who bought the $49.95 beverage pack are the ones buying champagne cocktails for breakfast trying to make sure they actually use the $49.95 each day to get their moneys worth… how sad. That’s $350 for the entire 7 day cruise just of alcohol per person mind you $700 for two!!! If that’s easy for you to drink then it’s a great deal, if not, you might just become an alcoholic for a week.

Puerto Rico and the port of San Juan

Puerto Rico and the port of San Juan

 

We were tired this morning, probably from all the sun we got yesterday, yet we were excited about our next port which always makes us get up early.

The sun rise cruising in to San Juan

Sun rise in the Caribbean, cruising in to San Juan

 

On time at 7am we were alongside in San Juan and at around 9am we were getting off the ship.

A short walk into town which is basically starting at the end of the pier. There was already another Carnival alongside, Carnival Liberty and not long after there was a third.

First, we passed a man in a cigar shop making handmade cigars while puffing away happily his own.

Hand made cigars being made in San Juan

Hand made cigars being made in San Juan

 

“The streets of San Juan are very colourful”

These are some of the images that we snapped up during our time today.

Streets of San Juan

Streets of San Juan

 

San Juan town

San Juan town

 

A church in San Juan

A church in San Juan

 

Puerto Rico and San Juan

Puerto Rico and San Juan

 

Colourful San Juan

Colourful San Juan

 

“The old fort, Castillo San Cristobal”

Walking around the streets we found our way up to the Old Fort and paid the $5 entrance fee and then explored for an hour or more.

Entrance to Castillo San Cristobal

Entrance to Castillo San Cristobal

 

Fort San Cristobal

Fort San Cristobal

 

Vast space at Fort San Cristobal

Vast space at Fort San Cristobal

 

The Fortification and the city of San Juan

The Fortification and the city of San Juan

 

Fort in San Juan

Fort in San Juan

 

images from the San Cristobal fort in San Juan

Images from the San Cristobal fort in San Juan

 

As you can see from the images there are great views from here.

Views from San Juan fort San Cristobal

Views from San Juan fort San Cristobal

 

WW2 turet view at Castillo San Cristobal

World War two turret view at Castillo San Cristobal

 

This fort had been the strong hold for the Spanish for around four centuries fending off the British and Dutch, until the Americans came less than 150 years ago with far superior weaponry and within two hours had taken control of the one Spanish Island and raised the US flag.

The San Juan coastline from Castillo San Cristobal

The San Juan coastline from Castillo San Cristobal

 

Most people speak Spanish on the island, even though it belongs to the US.

After an hour or so at the fort we walked back into town which is really not far and had a refreshing beer while people watching. By now a third Carnival ship had docked, Carnival Freedom.

Three Carnival ships in Puerto Rico

Three Carnival ships in Puerto Rico

 

“Kisses from parrots in San Juan”

Wandering around we saw some wonderful parrots being used for photos that were in very good condition and well looked after, we watched for a while before Moni had her photo taken with them, $5.00. The real mummy bird actually had kisses from two of the huge parrots.

1,2, & 3 parrots

First one, then two & then 3 parrots

 

And then…

4,on the head & cuddles

A 4th one, then on the head & cuddles

 

“One bite or two”?

Nose or lips

Nose or lips

 

Next we went in and out of a few shops before catching the trolley which is a free bus service that goes around the town allowing you on and off as you please.

We got off at the port and had nice coffee from a small cafe right near where the ships dock and along the shore front. If you like great coffee then this is the place for you. $8.00 for coffee.

 

A very good coffee in San Juan

A very good coffee in San Juan at Puerto Rico Cafe Colao

A lot of street sellers are also here all tempting the tourist for their money. We are so glad that we don’t subscribe to the take back souvenir trade that the majority do, buying up crap just because, even though we have bought lots of souvenirs in the past, none of which is cheap made in **** crap.

San Juan square

San Juan square

 

Streets of San Juan

Streets of San Juan

 

Back on board I ordered room service sandwiches while we sat on the balcony and enjoyed the afternoon sun and the sail away from San Juan.

Sun set room service for sail away

Sun set, room service for sail away

“Cinema at sea on Carnival Splendor”

After sail away we walked around and then decided to have a cocktail by the pool and just by chance a movie was on at 7pm… Grown ups 2.

Cinema at sea on Carnival Splendor

Cinema at sea on Carnival Splendor

 

We watched it and enjoyed a few good laughs, and half way through the cruise director had to give a couple of announcements, go figure. Then because the ship has NOT got their timing down pat we were too late for our dinner in the dining room so we settled for the buffet, with a poor selection.

Then we had to get online for Moni to do a coaching call at 10pm, ooh the business life at sea.

Coaching calls done at sea

Coaching calls done at sea

 

Another of Carnivals famous towel art.

Towel art

Carnivals towel art

 

Have you any idea what that animal is? We would love to read your comments below.

 

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