At the heart of Ponce Centro is the Plaza de las Delicias, with trees, benches, and the famous lion fountain. Several interesting buildings are on this square or the adjacent streets, making the area perfect for a leisurely morning or afternoon stroll.
Spend the day relaxing on a pristine beach and in stunningly clear waters. Your tour begins with a boat ride to Guayama's estuary of Jobos, which locals refer to as Manatees Bay. After a short sail you'll arrive at the glorious Caribe Cay where you can spend the day enjoying the swimming or kayaking in the startling turquoise waters or simply relaxing. Your captain will take you on a 30 minute nature tour where he will explain some of the features of the Cay and give you some background on the flora and fauna that can be found here. After this leisurely walk you can spend the rest of the day lounging on the beach or frolicking in the water. Refreshments and a light lunch are provided during your tour. Keep your eyes open, you might just see one of the Manatees the bay is famous for.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of activity. This tour includes a 30 minute walk around the island and guests may encounter uneven ground, please wear flat comfortable shoes for walking. Wear a bathing suit under a cover-up and suitable water shoes and bring sun protection and a towel from the ship.
The city of Ponce prides itself as the home of one of the region's finest art museums, featuring major works by great European masters such as Rubens, Van Dyck, Gainsborough and others. The Ponce Art Museum is also the home of Sir Frederic Leighton's Flaming June. The museum is housed in an architecturally visionary building comprised of hexagonal rooms, and designed by Edward Durrell Stone. After this thoroughly enjoyable visit you will head to the city's center that has been lovingly restored to its original turn of the century splendor and features a spacious tree-lined plaza, which encompasses the Cathedral and fanciful red and black Parque de Bombas (firehouse), which was imported from a world's fair. Horse drawn carriages are usually found at the square as well.
Please note: This tour requires a minimal amount of walking and is suitable for those with limited mobility.
Begin your tour with panoramic view of the Caribbean coast from El Vigia Hill, towering several hundred feet over the city of Ponce at the point where the central Cordillera starts to rise - it was from here that early residents scanned the horizon for pirates. Immediately below this look-out point is Serrallés Castle, the baronial estate of Puerto Rico's most powerful rum producing families, who produce Don Q Rum. Continue to the "castle" itself where you can view this magnificent example of Spanish Revival architecture, popular in the 1920's. Some of the furnishings that date back to medieval Spain while others are more modern early 20th century pieces.
Continue your tour to the city's center, which has been lovingly restored to its original turn of the century splendor. The town features a spacious tree-lined plaza, which encompasses the Cathedral and fanciful red and black Parque de Bombas (firehouse), which was imported from a world's fair. Horse drawn carriages are usually found at the square as well. You will then have free time where you can independently explore this charming town or enjoy lunch at one of the restaurants located near the plaza.
Following your free time, you will go directly to Hacienda Buena Vista, located in the rolling hills (coffee country) between Utuado and Ponce. The Hacienda is a coffee plantation built in the 19th century by Salvador de Vives, who was also mayor of Ponce. Superbly restored by the island Conservation Trust, your tour is conducted by the Trust's interpreter/guides and you will see a two-story estate house, mills, in operation to this day.
Please note: This tour requires minimal activity. This tour is suitable for those with limited mobility.
This excursion involves the perfect combination of relaxation, culture and cuisine.
Your tour begins with a transfer to the Thermal Water Pools of Coamo. These popular pools contain hot sulfurous waters and it is the only of its kind in Puerto Rico. Legends say that these springs are the Fountain of Youth that Juan Ponce de Leon was searching for. According to the same legend, the Indians told him that the source lay well west for which he sailed to foreign lands accidentally discovering Florida. It is said that for more than three centuries these pools have been used for its healing powers.
After you have enjoyed the relaxing springs you will travel to the town of Ponce, to Chef's Creations Restaurant. When you arrive at this locally popular restaurant you will be greeted with a glass of Sangria. Afterwards the chef will guide you as you learn to make one of Puerto Rico's most famous dishes, Mofongo! After your cooking class you will be able to enjoy the fruits of your labor and as you enjoy your Mofongo with salad and finishing off with dessert.
Additional time will be given at the main plaza of Ponce, Plaza Las Delicias, before returning to the ship.
Please note: This tour involves a minimal amount of activity and is suitable for guests with limited mobility. It is not recommend for guests who utilise a wheelchair. Bring a bathing suit, adequate sun protection, water shoes and a towel with you to participate in the water activities. Due to the nature of the menu, guests will be invited to prepare some of the dishes; however, portions of the meal may have been prepped in advance.
Spend the day exploring the Southern shores of Puerto Rico, at the Copamarina Beach Resort. This luxury resort defines relaxation in all its 20 acres of tropical splendor. Enjoy a half-mile beach with an array of non-motorized water sports, relax at one of their two oceanfront swimming pools, and when it's time for lunch enjoy a Caribbean inspired meal, and their signature drink "Sparkling Copa Sangria". As one of their exclusive guest, you are invited to explore Gilligan's Island, a remarkable experience just a 10 min. boat ride from the Copamarina Beach Resort pier.
Please note: This tour requires a minimal amount of activity and is suitable for those with limited mobility. Wear a bathing suit under a cover-up and suitable water shoes and bring sun protection and a towel from the ship.