Just a note
I had been on this same route 3 times on Carnival destiny and I live on Puerto Rico if you need any info on the island or the portsof calls let me know. As for old San Jan there are a lot of things to do.
let me tell you a few tips:
If you can be around 11:30 am on the Carnival Victory you can board ship around 12:30 pm I had done it before but remember that your cabin will not be ready until 2:30 pm you can go to the buffet but will not have the break to drop your luggage until that time.
For old San Juan
Visit this site it can help:
Also you can buy “Frommer’s Caribbean Ports” can find it on Borders is a great help on any of your port of call during this cruise.
Old San Juan is as for now a walking place (San Juan Peatonal) you can get a Taxi to get you near some places but is most close for cars since they want to protect its “Adoquines” and history. But there are a few trolleys or busses you can use free of charge.
El morro a Spanish fort and also is not expensive place beautiful, rich in history You will see it during night when leaving San Juan Port the very first night from your ship great photo oportunity.
Capilla del Cristo: a Christian chapel onn old san Juan
San Juan Cathedral: here is “Juan Ponce de Leon” the one of the pirates of the Caribbean he died looking for the fountain of youth.
The Bacardi rum company is not a bad tour, but is far from the port,My suggestion stay on old San Juan is cheaper and you can see it all in one day.
If you have the time, and want to try Puerto Rican food, there is one restaurant, the second best in old San Juan; the “Parrot Club” prices are more or less $28 for person depending on what you order, is in the “Fortaleza street” walking distance from Sheraton and also from the port.
“Café Puerto Rico” is also a restaurant but less expensive and more Puerto Rican is in old San Juan in the “plaza colon in old San Juan”
Also there is an imported chocolate Store in the old San Juan.
As for shopping most of cultural shopping you can do it in Old San Juan, there is a store in “El morro”.
Also there is the place where they invented the PINA COLADA in the old San Juan, Yes Puerto Rico is the place where that famous drink was invented actually in the Holiday inn in San Juan and the Owner of the place is the real deal.
Most people in the island don’t speak English but they can understand it so have a little patience.
Pointers on the islands:
• Well as For the tours here are few recommendations
? Book directly from the cruise line in case you have any problem and can not get on the ship on time they wait for you.
? check the carnival forum you will find a very interesting post about this problems
The tours, directly from carnival, which I think will help you if you are interested on history and site seeing, are:
• Historic Blackbeard's Hill & Recommended Shopping
• Accessible Dominica & Rainforest Drive
• Barbados Island tour
• Best Views of St. Lucia
Remember the tour of the ship of "pirate of the Caribbean"
• Best of Antigua
Romney Fort tour
Also in st. Thomas let me tell you there are a few things to do in st. John, It has 27 beautiful beaches so you can actually you can take a snorkel tour or even take a mix of sea and see so you can view the island and also pass the day there swimming.
Dominica is a poor island but there is a good bazaar outside the ship and good prices
Also there is in Barbados a power boat great Fun Idea but an expensive one!!! at least in our case, in our last cruise we took the Barbados Island Tour, Is better if you like site seen, but there is also “the explorer submarine” in Barbados Great experience also you can see old ships, almost like when you snorkel.
I hope this help...