Puerto Rico Cruises
Puerto Rico Cruises – How do I find the best deal?
Cruise travel aggregator CruiseCompete.com is an increasingly popular choice for people looking to compare prices and find deals on cruises around the world. Cruises to Puerto Rico are no exception for the site, with a wide variety of dates and ports available for those who want to travel from other locations to Puerto Rico. Of course, you can also find plenty of options leaving from Puerto Rico as well. Travelers also find sites like CruiseDirect.com and Travelocity.com to be useful tools for finding the best Puerto Rico cruise deals.
Timing is also important to saving money on your Puerto Rico cruise. You save the most money typically by either booking far in advance or taking advantage of last-minute deals. Cruise operators prefer to have their cruises booked out as far in advance as possible and reward travelers who do this. And to fill those few remaining cabins, operators are willing to cut prices significantly. Many of the previously mentioned websites also provide information for last-minute cruise deals to Puerto Rico.
Puerto Rico Cruises – A few more tips
Here are more things to consider when planning your cruise to Puerto Rico:
• With many American travelers flocking to the Caribbean to escape winter, cruise packages are likely to be most expensive between December and April. Prices tend to drop in the heat of the Northern Hemisphere's summer. However, some cruise operators have recently said there may be winter cruise deals to be had.
• If you're a U.S. citizen, you won't need your passport for travel to Puerto Rico. You'll in most cases not require a passport for closed-loop cruises that start and end in Puerto Rico. Cruises may stop in foreign ports, however, in which case you'll need your passport. If in doubt, consult the operator of your Puerto Rico cruise line.
• Even if you plan to hike up to the tallest peak of Puerto Rico (Cerro de Punta, 4,389 feet), the average annual temperature doesn't get much below 70°F. You'll probably be fine without warm clothing on your trip. The exception may be air-conditioned climates on the plane or ship.
• Hurricane season is officially from June 1 to November 30 in the Caribbean. While cruise ships are fairly safe during a hurricane, be mindful of the weather forecast before you plan your Puerto Rico cruise.
• Most cruise operators make San Juan their port of entry/exit in Puerto Rico.
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