I have left from San Juan 3 times and never had a problem because of half the people speaking spanish. (Either on the ship or in port) The worst part about San Juan is leaving. Since San Juan is so far away and the cruise ships dont leave before 10pm the problem is getting an early flight home. (The arriving flights wont normally go back before 2-3pm in the afternoon). Southern cruises are my favorite & San Juan has never been a problem. I'll go again in a heartbeat. Have a great cruise.