Old San Juan Fortresses & Shopping

SJU-110 | San Juan, Puerto Rico | See Special Notes

from TBD*

*Price displayed in US Dollars unless otherwise noted; excursions priced in other currencies may be available on select voyages only. Prices are based on the amount Princess typically charges for each excursion, but your price may vary by voyage date and departure time.

Tour at a Glance

You will visit:
  • Old San Juan Old San Juan
  • Fort San Cristobal Fort San Cristobal
  • El Morro de San Felipe El Morro de San Felipe
You will see:

Moderate

Excursion Length:
Approx. 3.5 hours

Tour Overview

Let us take you back in history. Come aboard our air-conditioned transportation through the historic streets of Old San Juan for your first stop at the oldest Spanish fort in the New World, Fort San Felipe del Morro.

Built in 1539 to guard the entrance and defend the harbor of San Juan bay, this impressive result of Spanish engineering was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983 and is part of the United States National Park Service. El Morro covers over 70 acres and has six levels that rise from sea level to 145 feet. El Morro Light Tower was built atop the fort in 1843, but was replaced with the current lighthouse in 1908 by the US military.

Upon completing an approximately one-hour escorted tour of El Morro, exit the fortress, re-board your transportation and proceed to Castillo de San Cristóbal, the largest fortification built by the Spanish in the New World. Here you'll spend another hour exploring this fine feat of engineering. When it was finished in 1783, it covered about 27 acres of land and basically wrapped around the city of San Juan. Entry to the city was sealed by San Cristóbal's double gates.

After nearly 100 years of relative peace, about a third of the fortification was demolished in 1897 to help ease the flow of traffic in and out of the walled city. Today the restored site features an extensive tunnel system, a guardhouse, main plaza, troop's quarters and real 200-pound mortar shells. Your tour concludes at Plaza Colon, where free time is provided to purchase souvenirs.

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Detailed itinerary

Depart from ship and drive to San Cristobal Fort

Details:
Travel time: 00:15 Transport type:Air Conditioned Mini Bus
Transport Capacity (Normal Use):24
Wheelchair accessible?:No
Restrooms available?:No
Air conditioned?:Yes

Self-guided visit to Fort San Cristobal

Details:
Transport type:Walking
Time at site:01:00 Inside Visit :Yes
Walking distance (yards):100
Wheelchair accessible?:No
Restrooms available?:Yes
Free Time at Site (minutes):60 Shopping available?:Yes
Air conditioned?:No
Currency accepted:USD Credit cards accepted: Yes

Guided drive to El Morro Fort

Details:
Travel time: 00:15 Transport type:Air Conditioned Mini Bus
Transport Capacity (Normal Use):24
Wheelchair accessible?:No
Restrooms available?:No
Air conditioned?:Yes

Self-Guided visit to El Morro Fort

Details:
Transport type:Walking
Time at site:01:00 Inside Visit :Yes
Walking distance (yards):130
Wheelchair accessible?:No
Restrooms available?:Yes
Free Time at Site (minutes):60 Shopping available?:Yes
Air conditioned?:No
Currency accepted:USD Credit cards accepted: Yes

Guided drive from El Morro to Plaza Colon

Details:
Travel time: 00:15 Transport type:Air Conditioned Mini Bus
Transport Capacity (Normal Use):24
Wheelchair accessible?:No
Restrooms available?:No
Air conditioned?:Yes

Shopping at Plaza Colon

Details:
Transport type:Walking
Time at site:00:30
Walking distance (yards):8
Wheelchair accessible?:No
Restrooms available?:Yes
Free Time at Site (minutes):30 Shopping available?:Yes
Air conditioned?:No
Currency accepted:USD Credit cards accepted: No

Board bus and return to ship

Details:
Travel time: 00:15 Transport type:Air Conditioned Mini Bus
Transport Capacity (Normal Use):24
Wheelchair accessible?:No
Restrooms available?:No
Air conditioned?:Yes

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Special Notes

 

Tour sequence may vary based on traffic and local conditions. This tour is available on select itineraries. Please consult your Cruise Personalizer for availability.

Child Price:

12 & under reduced

Number of Steps/Walking Distance:

For information on walking distances and/or the number of steps at each stop, please see the detailed itinerary above.

Wheelchair Accessibility:

For information on wheelchair accessibility, please see the detailed itinerary above.

Camera/Video Restrictions:

For information on camera/video restrictions at each stop, please see the detailed itinerary above.

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