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Windstar Cruises returns to San Juan in Puerto Rico

Windstar Cruises has made its return to San Juan in Puerto Rico, following the aftermath of a series of hurricanes that hit the Caribbean region in September. The small-ship cruise line's first ship set sail to the Caribbean island last month to highlight that the country is once again open for business. The company's president also joined staff and passengers on the first sailing.

Windstar Cruises returns to San Juan in Puerto Rico

Windstar Cruises has returned to the island of Puerto Rico, following the series of hurricanes that caused extensive damage to the Caribbean region in September. The small-ship cruise line sent its first ship off at the end of November with the company’s President John Delaney onboard.

The cruise line launched its sailing to San Juan, the capital, to show that the island is very much open for business despite suffering extensive damage to its homes, businesses and landscapes. Many parts of the island still have no running water or electricity.

Mr Delaney, explained: 

“Although areas of the Caribbean are still rebuilding after the recent hurricanes, so much of the Caribbean is open and welcoming visitors to their wondrous islands.

“Travelers should not be concerned about beginning or ending a cruise in San Juan, where the cruise terminal has been operational for weeks, along with the airport.”

The cruise line’s smaller vessels enable passengers to enjoy sailing to smaller island and ports, where they can enjoy access to a variety of less-crowded destinations. This brings much-needed revenue and tourism to the economy of smaller islands.

Delaney, added: 

“Windstar can offer experiences and destinations others logistically can’t. We also do things many travellers think are long gone, like our open bridge policy, private beach barbecue experiences, and a water sports platform to jump right into the blue waters the Apollo astronauts swooned over from space."

San Juan is vibrant city with a collection of luxury beachfront hotels, a shopping centre, boutiques, restaurants and historic building and attractions. Old San Juan boasts narrow streets that lead to museums and old theatres, and verdant parks that overlook the soaring mountains or the bustling harbour. Examples of the area’s 16th-century Spanish colonial architecture includes El Morro, El Catedral de San Juan Bautista and La Fortaleza.

Puerto Rico sits between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, an is one of the Caribbean’s leading tourist destinations. The island has stunning natural landscapes including cascading waterfalls, emerald-sloped mountains, pristine white sandy beaches, and the thriving El Yunque tropical rainforest. Popular tourist attractions on the island include the Caparra Ruins Historical Museum and Park, the Casa Alegria Museum, the Museo Castillo Serralles, Montoso Gardens, Jobos Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, and the pristine Flamenco Beach.

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