Sunny beaches, tropical rainforests, 300-year-old towns and 1,000-year-old trees
As your MSC cruise ship docks in San Juan, prepare to step ashore and travel back in time.
Measuring just 100 by 35 miles, the island of Puerto Rico in the Puerto Rico archipelago is a small but perfectly formed tropical island. Colonized by the Spanish in the 1500s, the port of San Juan was founded in 1521 and is the oldest city governed by the United States.
The island’s heritage has roots in Hispanic and Anglo cultures; both have left their mark on the local architecture and, as the tourist board claims, visitors will find ‘21st century conveniences in a 16th century setting’. But it is not just the appeal of old colonial architecture that draws tourists to San Juan.
This small island packs a punch with an incredibly diverse landscape. Sunny beaches give way to upland tropical rainforests. Year-old high-rises share the island with 300-year-old towns and 1,000-year-old trees. With over 300 miles of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean, a large tropical rain forest, and Dry Cactus forest filled with its charm and warm people, Puerto Rico really has something for everyone.
A tropical marine climate and perpetual summer weather also play their part! From architecture to beaches, windsurfing to walking, excursions with MSC Cruises ships are carefully developed to offer a broad spectrum of activities and San Juan is no exception. We aim to offer the best possible vacation deals for our cruise line guests, and the best packages to really make your luxury cruise vacation one to remember.
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Discover San Juan! Leaving the pier by air-conditioned minibus or motor coach you'll visit Old San Juan and view the massive, ancient fortresses and great stonewalls that have protected the capital city since they were built by the Spanish Conquistadors in the 16th century. A stop is made at the San Cristobal Fortress considered the largest fort ever built by the Spaniards in the New World built in 1634. A drive through the Old City lets you see all the different Spanish architecture. Enjoy a brief stop at the Capitol Building. Once the visit to the old Colonial city has ended, you'll continue the tour to what is known as New San Juan, a modern city with its high-rise condos, luxurious resort hotels and casinos. This tour is a blend of this city’s old and new interesting history. You will return to the Old City for some free time at Plaza Colón to do some shopping, take pictures or to explore the local surroundings before returning to the ship.
Notes: Wear comfortable walking shoes and to bring a hat and sunscreen. Stops are unguided allowing guests to be at their leisure and browse on their own.
Price per person
Price per person $39.00 Adults $35.00 Children
Drive to the north-eastern central area of the island and visit the only tropical rainforest in the United States territory, El Yunque. On this amazing excursion you will pass through several rural communities on your way to one of Puerto Rico's finest spots of natural beauty. Marvel at the wild orchids, waterfalls, giant ferns and tropical hardwoods. Encounter countless photo opportunities from these high mountaintops. Stop at a waterfall, the tourist visitor center as well as the observation tower. Come along and enjoy this truly remarkable journey!
Notes: This is not a hiking tour; therefore it is suitable for all ages. We recommend guests to wear comfortable clothing with flat, comfortable shoes and bring their respective raincoat.
Price per person $49.00 Adults $44.00 Children
This tour takes you to the north-eastern part of the island where you will begin your kayak adventure at one of the rivers in Puerto Rico. At the river you will be orientated on the safety precaution needed to use the kayaks and will be given a life jacket, you will then board the kayaks and paddle through the river where the guides will explain the many species of trees, mangroves and amphibians that inhabit the river. Then continue to the mouth of the river, where you can enjoy the ocean at a beach site.
Notes: We recommend bringing swimwear, a towel and watershoes.
Price per person
Price per person $95.00 Adults $86.00 Children
Price per person $43.00 Adults $39.00 Children
Price per person $131.00 Adults $118.00 Children
Price per person $109.00 Adults $98.00 Children
Encounter a unique experience within the northeast countryside of Puerto Rico. This ride takes you through the surrounding areas of our rainforest and its spectacular scenery. Upon arrival, riders will be given an introduction and safety instructions on how to ride and operate the ATV. The adventure begins as you follow the experienced guides along the trails specially designed for this activity. Enjoy different terrains that will take you along the forest. Whether you're the driver or the rider, you can be sure you will experience an exhilarating and adventurous ride!
Notes: Riders must be at least 10 years of age. Drivers must be at least 16 years of age and present a valid driver's license. Maximum combined weight is 450 lbs. Helmet use is mandatory and is provided along with goggles. Traffic can be very congested. Travel time is approximately 50 minutes each way and is unguided. You may wear a swimsuit under comfortable clothing, closed-toe shoes and bring a towel. This tour is not recommended for pregnant women or guests with back/neck injuries or heart conditions. Tour price is based on a per vehicle rate ( vehicle can accommodate up to 2 persons including driver, you can go as a single or take a companion along for free). The tour should only be reserved by one person per vehicle and the rate will be charged to that person’s credit card. The tour payment cannot be divided amongst multiple participants , it can only be charged to one account. If you are taking a companion it is only necessary that you register their name with the ship’s shore excursion office upon embarkation.
Price per person
Price per person $249.00 Adults Not AvailableChildren
Discover why Puerto Rico is known as the Shining Star of the Caribbean as you sight the panoramic views of the Old and New San Juan City. Board your air-conditioned transportation to enjoy a guided drive tour through our old town and have the opportunity to stop and capture the images of a few of it’s many historic landmarks built by the Spaniards between 1634 and 1771.including the San Cristobal and el Morro Fortresses. Once the visit to the old Colonial city has ended, you'll continue the tour to what is known as New San Juan, our modern city, where you will get to enjoy a short stop at one of our most beautiful beaches to stroll around and add memorable images of your visit to our beautiful island.
Note: Traffic and road closure can be unpredictable, order of stops may also vary. All the places that guests will visit on this tour will be closed for the Holyday. Nonetheless, they are famous landmarks and great picture taken memorabilia. This tour is only available for the call of December 25, 2013.
Price per person $27.00 Adults $24.00 Children
The excursions in the program above are intended to provide MSC Guests with an idea of the different tours that can be arranged in each port of call; this program is merely a guide and confirmation of each excursion and its description and prices will be made during your cruise. Full information can be found in the onboard Tour Magazine.