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DBA’s Cruise Diary: San Juan, Puerto Rico

Waking up with Room Service at the door with fresh Danish and coffee is something that never gets old, and while HAL offers what is truly one of the best room service menus on the high seas (especially for breakfast with various egg dishes, omelets and healthier options like eggbeaters, sometimes just a couple fruit and cheese danish with coffee is a perfect way to hit the spot. That was the game plan this morning. As San Juan is a call from 1:00-8:00pm we just lounged around the room enjoying the scenery and the calming seas and watched a movie on TV.

Upon arrival it was time to catch the free green trolley that goes throughout the city and got off at stop #8. This is the closest stop to the restaurant I also raved about when I was on Eurodam, El Jibarito. One of the best known restaurants in Old San Juan, we were reaffirmed of how good our selection was when a member of the tourism board for San Juan was getting his lunch for carry out and couldn’t help but gush about the restaurant to all seated which included our group of 8.

Like last time, I got the chicken stew which came with a salad, potatoes and carrots and a side of plantain mofongo with garlic sauce and hot sauce. Other choices included beef ribs, carne asada and a special they had called the Christmas Plate which features very traditional holiday offerings which resulted in massive plates of food brought to the table. This place is absolutely delicious and in my two trips to San Juan I am batting 1000% for visiting this place. That tradition will continue for as long as they stay in business!

After some shopping on Calle de Cristo we made our way back to the ship.

As it was getting a bit more humid we stopped by the Lido to get a quick ice cream cone and then made our way back to the room.

Dinner was in the Manhattan Dining Room and the majority of the table either got the sweet and sour shrimp or a sliced strip loin with garlic butter, Yorkshire pudding and other sides. Then, after looking through the shops and the vast selection of inaugural season merchandise we made our way to the Showroom at Sea for comedian/ventriloquist Ken Groves and his little redneck friend George. Overall a pretty good show (high praise from me since I’m usually annoyed by ventriloquists) and some great remarks and jokes regarding the ship, especially the spelling of “Nieuw.”

A late-night cocktail and it was a night. In the morning, our first ever stop at St. Maarten.

DBA, our favorite HAL employee and blogger, is on board Nieuw Amsterdam and will be blogging from the ship during his cruise. To check out his blog, visit www.dutchbyassociation.com. Enjoy the posts!

2 Comments
  • Elvin & Judy Rainer

    We have now sailed several times with you and always anticipate our next cruise. For instance the Fall Foliage Canada New England Cruise in October. We have always had wonderful experiences whether traveling by ourselves or with family..

    Thank you Holland America for never overlooking the slightest detail to make our trips always enjoyable.

  • Suzanne

    Oh just seeing all those cabana club loungers, makes me happy..great shots btw..I’ll have to try your suggestion when I return to San Juan…

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