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travlngrl1996 02-23-2007 11:55 PM

Does anyone have insight on the Bicardi tour in San Juan? Is it worth the money?

Travlngrl1996

Cruise Specialist 02-24-2007 07:10 AM

My husband and I took the Bicardi tour when we were in San Juan a couple years back. Total cost for us was $10.00 (thats $5.00 each). We ate at the Senior Frogs and a waitress told us to take the ferry across the waterway - $.50/pp each way. Once off the ferry we caught a taxi to the factory $2.00/pp each way. The rum factory tour was FREE. We really enjoyed it and along with the tour you get 2 free drinks. I would not have paid the price the cruiseline charged since as I stated total cost for us was $5.00 per person total and I believe the cruiseline charges around $30.00 per person to go, they take you by bus. We are adventuresome so we had a great time and save a bundle also.

Chef Ken 02-24-2007 08:36 AM

I lived in San Juan and we used that Ferry on occasion. (I think it cost a dime back then.) You can catch the ferry, right next to the cruise ship piers. However crossing the bay to Catano takes you to an area of San Juan that is a little economically depressed, so be careful.

I recommend getting a group to go, not just a couple and I think there are often taxis right there. From there it is about a 10 minutes drive to Bacardi.

Make sure you check tour times before venturing over.

Ken

CruiseDad 02-24-2007 06:21 PM

Quote:

Originally posted by Chef Ken:
I lived in San Juan and we used that Ferry on occasion. (I think it cost a dime back then.) You can catch the ferry, right next to the cruise ship piers. However crossing the bay to Catano takes you to an area of San Juan that is a little economically depressed, so be careful.

I recommend getting a group to go, not just a couple and I think there are often taxis right there. From there it is about a 10 minutes drive to Bacardi.

Make sure you check tour times before venturing over.

Ken

It is always risky to do private tours, Look what happened to a private tour off the Liberty just last week, I have to wonder if the bus driver may have been in on it. And also a cruise tour makes sure the ship does not leave without you. I'll stick to the $30 tour and fell safer about it. I'm on vaca money is not the biggest issue

Steppenwulf 02-24-2007 07:33 PM

I have often gone off and done things on my own, instead of the cruise ship excursions.

It's not just about the money - it's also nice to be able to stay as long as I want, and do what I feel like, without being on someone else's clock. That's a vacation to me - doing what I feel like, when I feel like http://cruise-chat.com/groupee_commo.../icon_wink.gif

That said, lots of times if the trip is complex, it may be easier just to take the ships excursion

travlngrl1996 02-25-2007 12:53 AM

Thanks guys. This gives me some ideas to think about before my cruise date.

jgar5071 10-20-2007 03:58 PM

If you are a golfer, there are some great golf courses not too far from San Juan...

Fort Buchanan Golf Club is in San Juan...787-707-3852

Rio Bayamon Golf Course...787-740-1419

In Dorado, Puerto Rico...

Dorado Del Mar Golf course...787-796-3065 (looks to be right on the water!)

West Golf Course...787-796-3065 (yes, the same number as the Dorado Del Mar)

East Golf Course...787-796-8961 (looks to be right on the water)

There are many more golf courses, but these appear to be closest to San Juan!

jgar5071 10-22-2007 03:16 PM

This oct 25 the island`s best salsa band is playing at the University..
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oyw_SG1dMrg&NR=1

jgar5071 11-15-2007 08:42 AM

the folkloric show at the fort was great , here is DH dancing with the dancers when the show ended,
If you are visiting San Juan on a Tuesday, make sure you visit Fort San Cristobal in old San Juan at 6 pm so you can see a neat folkloric show for the same $3 p/p entrance fee.
Go at 4 pm so you can see the fort and stay for the show.
Here is a short preview:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xXkoA...eature=related

jgar5071 11-19-2007 06:36 AM

There are many persons that have visited the island of Puerto Rico and have seen old san Juan and the rain forest
There are persons that are looking for new tours that have something of eco-tourism, culture and architecture.
There is a two hour new tour that does that, its called the San Juan off the Beaten Path.
A tour that takes you to the Botanical Garden, the University, the market place and still have time for the old city.
For more information see signature.

jgar5071- I removed your email addresses from your posts. We do not allow advertising on Cruise-Chat. Your general information on Golf courses and other points of interest were fine, but after your last post it is clear you are trying to drum up business for yourself. Please do not do so again.


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