I was wondering what is the high season on a Caribbean cruise departing from San Juan. I am taking one in first week of May and wanted to know if I should expect a big crowd, especially since I've seen not so good reviews regarding the crowds from this port.
May is considered off season for cruisers. The high demand crusing times are in the winter, and during school breaks/vacations.
Demand also drops off during hurricane season August-October.
Some of the complaints about San Juan seem to come when the cruise line offers last-minute deals to the locals if the ship isn't sailing at full capacity. Haven't had any personal experience with that situation, so i don't know if it is true or just a gripe. We really like sailing out of San Juan
May is a terrific time to cruise and is my favorite month to go. All the spring breaks and school vacations are over, school's not out for the summer yet, it's not hurricane season, and it's getting nice back home, so I don't have to carry heavy winter clothing on my trip. I also love leaving from San Juan and have done that several times. I hope that you are going down a day ahead to do the sights there also. Another benefit is that the hotel rates which are pretty high in season, go down after the first of May so that helps, too. If you can also stay one night post-cruise, that is good too.....the airport is pretty crowded on Sundays when all the ships unload. Not to worry....you picked the best time to go..Happy sails...