The main reason why people will take the Cataño ferry from San Juan is to visit the Bacardi factory, but since tickets only cost 50 cents, others might want to ride the ferry just to enjoy the view of Old San Juan from across the bay. My only complaint is that the boats are fully enclosed - it would have been nice to sit outside and enjoy the view while crossing the bay.
The ride between San Juan and Cataño takes about 8 minutes, and there is a boat leaving every 20 minutes or so (in San Juan, the ferry leaves from Pier #2). Right across the street from the ferry terminal in Cataño, we spotted an interesting-looking restaurant - Don Tello - that seems to offer a nice view of the bay of San Juan along with a good selection of appetizers for people who are just stopping by (http://www.dontellorestaurant.com).
The Cataño ferry runs daily from 6:00 am to 10:00 pm.
February 3 to 10 2002
As Hans and I wanted to celebrate our 30 th anniversary with a Cruise, we made arrangements with Hans' brother and his wife who live in Florida to take a cruise together. We decided on going with Royal Caribbean. The stops included San Juan Puerto Rico, Philipsburg St. Martin, Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas Virgin Islands and Nassau Bahamas.
We departed from Fort Lauderdale Florida on the ship ENCHANTMENT OF THE SEAS and our first stop was in San Juan Puerto Rico.We arrived Tuesday February 5 at 3:00 p.m. and we were to depart at 9:30 p.m. so that gave us plenty of time to explore the Historic town of San Juan.
Marian dropped off the other people on our tour so they could take the ferry over to the Bacardi factory.
For $0.50(USD) per person, the ferry travels from Old San Juan to Cataño. This region is known for its careful preservation of the local traditions and customs. It is also home to the Bacardi Rum plant, which offers free guided tours of its facilities, providing information on the history and influences of rum on the island. The length of time between trips varies during the day, but the following chart outlines the standard schedule Monday through Sunday and holidays.
6:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. every 15 minutes
8:45 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. every 30 minutes
3:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. every 15 minutes
7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. every 30 minutes
We've visited San Juan twice by cruise ship. The first time in 2005 on the NCL Crown, Hurricane Wilma kept us away from our first stop in the Bahamas, but that meant much more time in San Juan. We got a dramatic entrance at dawn and docked right downtown.
The second time in 2006 on the Holland American Maasdam, we were there just to reprovision - it was a short visit, and it was too hot and humid to bother getting off.
Arriving by cruise ship is a very common and popular way for visitors to Puerto Rico. There are many cruise lines that make Puerto Rico a stopping off point.
Many of the major cruise lines embark on their caribbean voyage from Puerto Rico as well.
My wife Liz and I hopped aboard the The Caribbean Princess for a nine day Caribbean Cruise out of Brooklyn along with my Mother and her fiancee Hal. The Cruise Ports includes stops at: Bermuda, San Juan, St. Thomas and Grand Turk. I was a nice nine day cruise with beautiful weather except for San Juan and a great ship.
Princess likes to give the big ship feeling without it being overwhelming which is hard to do when the ship can accomodate 3,070 passengers. Princess managed to give us a relaxing cruise where we didn't feel rushed. The ship was very nice with 4 pools, several restaurants, a spa, various lounges and clubs, shopping and more. The Piazza area was their version of a centrum through the middle of the ship with retail , dining rooms, clubs and bars surrounding the area. The staff aboard were very nice and attentive. I enjoyed that this line attracts an "older crowd", less children and less of the party puking variety twenty somethings that other cruise lines tend to cater to.
We chose this cruise in particular due to the time of year and my Mother's work schedule. Since we have Elite status on this cruise line we enjoyed priority boarding and access to special lounges, free laundry services, free internet, discount coupons, free wine tastings, special captain's events and a 10% discount on shop purchases aboard the ship.
The shows and entertainment were great fun and we enjoyed the Movies Under the Stars. The food in the dining room is not as good as Royal Caribbean in our opinion but there were several nights that "Wowed" me. We did like that there were plenty of quick food options such as burgers, hot dogs, pizzas, sandwiches and pastries that were not from the buffet. The drink selection and prices were very good and we enjoyed the variety of themed lounges as well as pool bars.
This was a great cruise and we were very happy to sail Princess. We look forward to our next cruise with them which we have already booked while onboard.
One of the way's are.......Cruise Ship from Miami and then to all the caribbean islands.
San Juan one of the most Busiest ports in the caribbean.