Port Buzz: Falmouth, Jamaica

Port Buzz: Falmouth, Jamaica What is there to know about Falmouth, Jamaica for cruise visitors? To answer the question, let’s watch what Royal Caribbean has to say about their port operations in Falmouth. The cruise line has developed a rather impressive port of call located on the north coast of Jamaica. Falmouth, Jamaica, in the …

Carnival Cruise Line to Develop New Port in Bahamas

New Cruise Port on Grand Bahama Island Coming Soon   A new cruise port facility to be funded and operated by Carnival Cruise Line on Grand Bahama Island will be under construction soon. Cruise news reports are buzzing as the mass market cruise company announced plans to expand port operations in the Bahamas. Carnival Cruise Line …

Cruise Cuba

Are you ready to explore Cuba? Cruise Cuba – what is it like? What are some of the ways to explore this emerging tourist destination? There are so many wonderful things to discover for cruise travelers heading to Cuba. Here are a few examples: Experience the island that is only 90-miles away from Florida’s southern …

Cruise Cuba on Fathom

Fathom Cuba – sail on May 1, 2016 The Cuban travel experience you have  been waiting for is about to set sail on its inaugural departure May 1, 2016. Fathom, a new concept of small cruising with a focus on voluncruising is connecting communities through cruise travel with purpose. Although I will not be among the …

MSC Divina San Juan Puerto Rico Cruise Review

Port Buzz: San Juan, Puerto Rico via MSC Cruises

Welcome to Puerto Rico. This is our second port of call during a 7-day Caribbean cruise.

MSC Divina with a view of Old San Juan and the fortress.
MSC Divina with a view of Old San Juan and the fortress.

San Juan is a very easy port to explore on one’s own, so Brian and I walked to the Castillo San Cristobal. We got off the ship around 10:00 am but before we did, I had a cappuccino at Cafe Italia and Brian got to have a photo with the captain.
Brain and the MSC Divina officers.
Brian with Captain Francesco Veniero and friends

Photo tour from our exploration today

We loved having the ship to ourselves to capture some of the faces of the crew that are normally very busy. Brian took most of the photos below (not bad for a nine-year-old).

Greetings from the coffee bar.
Greetings from the coffee bar.

Shore excursion team standing by to help on MSC Divina
Shore excursion team standing by to help on MSC Divina

Juice bar anyone?
I love getting fresh squeezed vegetable concoctions from the juice bar. For less than

MSC Divina
MSC Divina juice bar in the spa

$5.00 cruise passengers can get a big gulp of health in a glass.

Castillo San Cristobal

Make the trek up to The Castillo de San Cristóbal, which is a Spanish fort in San Juan, Puerto Rico.  Cruise passengers can walk aroung the fortifications that were built by Spain to protect against land based attacks. Kids are free and adults can pay $5.00 US for a pass to this San Juan National Historic Site.

Castillo de San Cristóbal
Castillo de San Cristóbal


Lunch in Le Muse

Once we arrived back to the ship, I had lunch in the MSC Yacht Club restaurant called Le Muse. The food was divine (for a lack of a better word). The restaurant is part of the MSC Yacht Club experience for those staying in that category of stateroom. As I learned earlier, MSC Cruises likes to pair experiences with passengers (at an extra cost). More about the food experience later.

MSC Divina food
Samosa appetizer in MSC Yacht Club restaurant Le Muse

Tonight it is back to the Black Crab restaurant. Brian and I managed to get our dining changed to the early seating and we absolutely love our waiters and the head waiter. The Assistant Maitre d’Hotel hooked me up last night with the most amazing pasta: served hot with just the right amount of fresh parm…

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Photo Moment: Jamaica Cruising

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