Day 6: San Juan / Puerto Rico
We arrived in San Juan bright and early and were off the ship before 8am. The port was right next to Old San Juan so we spent the entire day exploring the old city. This part of the island was very important from a military / defence standpoint. Large stone walls lined the shorelines with forts at strategic points. The streets were narrow and the buildings colourful. There was a very large cat population there that was a constant battle to keep controlled. Apparently the Europeans were trying to solve a rat problem.
The old forts were beautiful and full of history. They were huge and had interesting exhibits showing both the expansion of them as well as the technological advances in parts of them like the cannons. We were surprised at how few people were visited them as well. Had quite a few pictures where we were the only ones in it.
From there we made our way through the city looking in a number of gift shops, Amy getting a fresh fruit smoothie. We found a whole in the wall place for lunch where Amy had a seafood spanish rice (so much seafood) and Daryl had chicken pot pie-ish thing. Some unsuccessful shopping later and we were back on the boat.
Another trip to the spa to relax / freshen up. We went downstairs and checked out the walls of photos taken by the staff photographers throughout the cruise thus far. We got super lucky and one of ours was on a special wall that if you saw it you got it for free. Score! Due to the late/large lunch we had some time to kill until dinner and hit the bar. We had a martini tasting with some very interesting flavors. Daryl’s favorite was chipotle while Amy really liked the pomegranate. For dinner Daryl couldn’t decide so ended up getting three appetizers and two deserts. Why not when you have so much flexibility. We also brought one of our own bottles of wine to enjoy for the last few nights. Between the sun and all the walking we did during the day we were both beat and had an early night.