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San Juan, Puerto Rico-port

Puerto Rico's first inhabitants were the Taino Indians, who encountered Columbus in 1493. The Spanish quickly settled, defending their territory against the Dutch and British. This is evident by the imposing fortresses of Old San Juan, namely the El Morro Castle, dominating the old section of this capital city. In 1897, Spain declared Puerto Rico an autonomous state. Spain later ceded Puerto Rico to the U.S. and residents were granted American citizenship in 1917.

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Below is a list of those shore excursions previously offered in this port. For information on which shore excursions will be offered on a particular cruise, please reference the specific itinerary of that cruise.

Free Excursions

Regent Choice Excursions

  • Light Activity /Walking Light Activity /Walking
  • Seated Tour Seated Tour
  • Moderate Activity/Walking Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Most Active or Strenuous Most Active or Strenuous
  • Minimal Activity Required Minimal Activity Required
  • Regent Choice Regent Choice
  • Gourmet Explorer Gourmet Explorer
  • Meal Meal
  • Evening Tour Evening Tour
  • Bacardi Rum Connoisseur
    Moderate Activity/Walking
  • El Yunque Rainforest With Long Hike
    Most Active or Strenuous
  • Rainforest Nature Walk
    Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Rainforest Nature Walk
    Moderate Activity/Walking
  • San Juan & Bacardi Rum Distillery
    Moderate Activity/Walking
  • San Juan City & Art Museum
    Moderate Activity/Walking

Bacardi Rum Connoisseur

Moderate Activity/Walking

Duration: 3 hours

Tour Code: SJU-002

Your tour carries you out to the south side of San Juan Harbor, where you will enter the beautifully manicured grounds of the Bacardí Rum Distillery, the world's largest distiller of natural spirits. Upon arrival you will board an open-air tram with a bilingual guide who will take you to their brand new Visitor's Building. The first stop will be at an interior patio, after passing through a large room containing a fountain and three large prints with historical representations, you will enter the theater and view a short film covering the Bacardí Family history as well as that of the Bacardí Corporation. This film lasts approximately 12 minutes.

You will then enter a replica of an old distillery that houses an excellent display; here your guide will provide commentary and answer questions. The next gallery is an office with "original" documentation, family portraits, and a collection of rum bottles among other items. Your next stop will be for a short video, which describes the actual process of making rum. And you will have the opportunity to smell that final product; you will enjoy the aroma of the different types of rum that are bottled at Bacardí.

Your tour will continue to the Bacardí cocktail lounge, which resembles a 1920's bar in Cuba (the era of the prohibition). A bartender will explain and show you how to prepare the first three cocktails ever made with Bacardí: "Cuba Libre", "Daiquiri" and "Mojito Cubano", and you'll learn what inspired Bacardí in the preparation of these three cocktails as well as how they got their names.

Following the bar display Bacardí brings you back to the present and displays some of their greatest commercial ads in a disco-like room filled with lights and music. Here you will have the opportunity to send video e-mails to your friends. Then you will be invited to pass to the Bacardi University. In the classroom a Rum Seminar will be offered by a master in rum. Each setting will have 3-4 glasses with different varieties of Bacardi spirits. For the next 45 minutes the conference speaker will lead the group in tasting and understanding each of the products being tasted. Usually a light rum, dark rum, a flavored rum and an aged rum are presented. The process, aging, body, flavor, recipes and anecdotes are presented in a professional yet entertaining conference.

Finally you will proceed to the open-air pavilion, where you will be treated to complimentary rum drinks. Adjacent to the pavilion is the Rum N' Things gift shop where one can purchase Bacardí Rum as well as many other Bacardí products.

Please Note: The minimum age to participate in this tour is 21 years old.