Ponce - Puerto Rico
The city of Ponce, fondly referred to by natives as the Pearl of the South, has a completely different personality than the capital, San Juan. Founded in 1692, it was the intellectual centre of the island-home to many poets, painters and politicians who flocked there to participate in the cultural ferment. It is the island's second-largest city. Ponce's distinctive architecture is a disarming blend of neoclassical, Art Deco and Creole; it dates from the mid-1800's to the 1930's, when the city prospered from the sugarcane, rum and shipping industries. Today, its lively art galleries, museums and theatres attract visitors. Puerto Rico's first inhabitants were the Taino Indians, who encountered Columbus in 1493. The Spanish quickly settled on the island, defending their territory against the Dutch and British. In 1897, Spain declared Puerto Rico an autonomous state, but after the Spanish-American War, Spain ceded Puerto Rico to the U.S. and residents were granted American citizenship in 1917. The following 7 cruises call at Ponce. Discover more by clicking the cruise name or ship or click the Enquire button if you want to check availability and pricing.