One of the things we love about cruising is an early morning, out on your balcony watching the coastline as you approach port. On this day, we would drop anchor in the bay and tender into port on the ships lifeboats. I snapped this shot just after we had settled in to position and the tender boats began making there way to shore.
The sunlight danced on the water as the morning mist slowly burned off in the distance. Our view was spectacular! New Zealand would not disappoint. Have you ever been to New Zealand? Do you know what port of call this was?
Have you ever been to San Juan? It’s has always been one of my favourite stops when cruising. The sail into Old San Juan is one of the most scenic and historic you will ever see in the Caribbean. As you slowly make your way into Port, you travel along the thick and fortified structure of these walls of the old city, hundreds of years old, while off in the distant you catch a glimpse of a landscape that has the old world meeting up with the new world.
At first, when I snapped the picture above it was more about capturing the old city walls but off in the distant was a tour boat replicating an old world sail boat. I imagined what it must have been like for the sailors of the day heading into this Spanish port, on a very similar ship, seeing those walls and what the city had to offer beyond them. Were they friendly, were they a threat, maybe even a pirate or two.
San Juan is an easy stop for a Cruiseship passenger. You can walk just about anywhere in the old town. If you’re looking to shop, there are shops of all stripes and styles. If you’re looking for some history, nightlife or to simply explore Old San Juan is a city that offers it all and it has to be on your list. However, be prepared for some hot and steamy weather. Make sure you stop for some refreshment along the way at the many patios and pubs of the day.
I’ll take you deeper into Old San Juan in some later blogs. Until then I will leave you with some words of Jimmy Buffett when he penned ” Yes, I am a pirate, two hundred years to late! The cannons don’t thunder, there’s nothing to plunder I’m an over forty victim of fate, arriving to late….. arriving to late….
Stay tuned for some adventures coming your way next week as we head off into the Caribbean on the Celebrity Cruiseship Equinox. I’ll do my best to give you some live on the spot reports.