Top Reasons to Cruise out of San Juan

Another January and another Team Cocktail Cruise in the books! This last cruise we sailed on Royal Caribbean’s Adventure of the Seas out of San Juan, Puerto Rico, which is our go to port when sailing in January. A lot of people ask why we don’t go out of Florida for the TC cruise and we do actually have a few reasons for this so I thought I would share our top reasons.


  • Warmer weather. The average January temperature in San Juan is around 83° as opposed to Miami’s average of 76°. Boom…you’re starting your vacation out 7° warmer. That may not be much, but when you’re coming from sub-0 it’s nice to be in the 80’s immediately! Plus San Juan weather is very predictable, so you’ll never have to worry about a cold front going through and starting your cruise in 60
  • Start your cruise in the Caribbean. By starting out in Puerto Rico you’re already in the Caribbean. Plus fly in a day or two early or stay a couple days after the cruise and enjoy Puerto Rico!
  • Southern Caribbean. We love everywhere in the Caribbean, but it’s hard to beat some of the great ports of call of the Southern Caribbean including St. Lucia, Barbados, Aruba, St. Kitts, etc… All of these islands are amazing and offer different things, great beaches, rain forests, rum distilleries, etc…so there is literally something for everyone.
  • Calmer Waters. In the Southern Caribbean most islands are fairly close together, which means the ship doesn’t have to “book it” very often when going from island to island. This means the only reason you’re teetering is because of the 2 extra painkillers you had!
  • More Ports of Call.  With the islands being so close together you will usually get 5 islands with 1 day at sea on a 7-night cruise. The only time you’ll get 4 islands is if your itinerary goes to Aruba…but then you’re not mad about it because you got to go to Aruba! Out of Florida you are typically looking at 3-4 islands max on a 7 night cruise.

Those are a few reasons we port out of San Juan in January. Although there are a lot of positives for sailing out of San Juan there are a few negatives as well.

  • Flights. Since you are starting on an island there is no way for people to just up and drive to the port, which means everyone (not from PR) needs to fly to get there and flights  can sometimes be a little pricey depending on when you buy them.
  • Hotel Prices. If you need to fly in a day early for your cruise you will find that San Juan hotel prices are typically fairly high, but not only that, the tax they add on top is also high.
  • “Slightly Older Ships.” Cruise lines typically put their slightly older ships in San Juan and port their larger, newer ships out of Miami & Ft. Lauderdale. For us it’s all about the itinerary, but if you cruise solely based on going on the newest & biggest ships than it probably isn’t the port for you. Due to the ships not being the newest on the market it typically means the fares out of San Juan are cheaper…so I guess this could go down as a positive as well if budget is a big concern.

For us the pros out weight the cons, so that is why we always choose San Juan as our January port, but no matter where you start a cruise is a great way to see a lot of places in a short amount of time. Let us know, what’s your favorite cruise port?



By Trey
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