I am considering taking a NCL cruise to San Juan, Puerto Rico, as a family reunion. There will be one set of grandparents, two sets of moms and dads, a seven month old, and a nine month old. We really want to go to the San Juan National Historical Site, which we know is not an excursion. I am wondering if anyone has been there any has any idea how far the National site is from the cruise port. Would it be possible to walk there? If not, do you have any ideas of how we could get there with babies? Thanks so much for your opinions and help!
I truly is a lovely city to walk around in, but like Trip said, the sidewalks are cobblestone and narrow, with lots of car traffic...It can be done, some well planning is the key. They also have a trolley that goes around town, may-be fine out what the actual schedule is and where it goes.
oh please...don't take your babies..use the childcare on the ship and let the wives enjoy themselfs too! Yes you can walk to the sites; theres two or the green trolly bus is free and you can jump on or off at selected stops...no tipping! Once at the fort there are lots of steps and hills...this is why you should leave the wee ones as you'll be tired. Plus the sidewalks are very narrow and in some places single lane and the traffic is nuts. San Juan is just beautiful so enjoy.
Well, Old San Juan and El Morro is a very nice walk -- IF you are healthy and fit and used to walking and unencumbered. For your group, it would be a night mare, rough streets and sidewalks and many hills.
I sincerely recommend that you get a local guide with a minivan for your group. We have had good success with Tours by Locals San Juan Tours with local private guides.
They can design a tour just for you, the fort only or more comprehensive. You will be so much better off. Be sure to let them know you need two child seats.
I suppose you have made a firm decision to do this with the two infants. Honestly, I don't recommend it. Taking infants on a cruise ship is a huge hassle and is really going to cut your fun. They will NOT be eligible for the children's program. In some instances it is possible to arrange baby sitting but it can be very difficult. Frankly on board and ashore you are going to spend more time taking care of the children than enjoying your vacation. But -- if you have decided to do it, then you need to plan to make it as easy as possible. In many ports this means an independent guide and van.