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Is Bacardi factory in PR worth it?

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We have been to PR before but never the Bacardi factory, is it worth the $52 pp with the ship or should we try and find another group to go with.  Not to adventurous a group of 4 so we wouldn't do it on our own to save $.  Any other suggestions for things to do around the port, have been to the fort, rainforest and toured the city.

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3 hours ago, felton183 said:

We have been to PR before but never the Bacardi factory, is it worth the $52 pp with the ship or should we try and find another group to go with.  Not to adventurous a group of 4 so we wouldn't do it on our own to save $.  Any other suggestions for things to do around the port, have been to the fort, rainforest and toured the city.

 

Not worth it......... take your $52.00 and have a great lunch on the roof at Milano...

 

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I can't recall off the top of our head what we paid for the tour, but it also included a tour of San Juan by bus. Here's what I said about it in my review of the cruise: "We made it out to the Bacardi factory at 10:40 and we had 2 hours before meeting up with the bus for the trip to the airport. Our guide gave us our souvenir cups and tickets for free drinks and pagers that would let us know when it was time to board the tram for our tour. We received a small rum punch at the welcome center and after a short wait our pagers went off. The tour took about 45 minutes or so and concluded in the gift shop. While shopping we were given a sample of rum that had been aged 8 years. We bought a few things and then went back to the welcome center. We turned in our drink ticket to get our cup filled with one of three classic cocktails. We were going to go into the restaurant to grab lunch but while we were sitting in the Pavilion a waitress brought us a menu so we just stayed put. We each had a flat bread chicken pesto that was very nice."

 

We did enjoy the tour.

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21 hours ago, felton183 said:

We have been to PR before but never the Bacardi factory, is it worth the $52 pp with the ship or should we try and find another group to go with.  Not to adventurous a group of 4 so we wouldn't do it on our own to save $.  Any other suggestions for things to do around the port, have been to the fort, rainforest and toured the city.

 

Hi Felton

 

You don't need to be very adventurous to get there on your own. It's just a short ferry ride across the harbor, then a very short taxi ride from there. There are always taxis waiting. 

 

With the entry to the facility at $15 and $0.50 for the ferry you can see for 4, you would be saving much more than $, more like $$$. 

 

If you are interested just look on their website. I did a tour there a few years back and enjoyed myself. I would hesitate to say that it  would be "worth" $52 each. 

 

have a great cruise

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Please see post #8 in this thread.  This was so easy to do on one's own that it would be a shame to pay for cruise line tours.

 

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If the cruise excursion is offering something more than that basic tour, like a full tasting (like a wine tasting) then maybe if that interests you. For just the basic tour. We just did it. The ferry dock is right next to the cruise dock and $1 round trip. There were taxi vans waiting that loaded everyone up - It was one price for 1-4 people or $3 pp for 4 or more each way. So, if less than 4 of you just chat up someone on the ferry and walk out there together.

 

Tour is $15 nd includes one drink. They give you a pager to wait for your tram. The tram ride is very short you can see most of it from the bar.ticket area. They took you to the visitors center and told you about the history and the process and had some displays to look at. They explained the different rums but no tasting or samples. Then, of course, ends in a gift shop.

They also have a $50 seated tasting and a mixology class. 

 

We enjoyed the $15 tour but you didn't see the working distillery inside, just replicas. We would have like the opportunity to have some samples but it was only on the $50 tour.

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Posted (edited)

I went to PR for a week while in college. Visited the Bacardi factory, thought it was a waste of time and money.

Edited by globetrotter212

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We loved it! We also did the mixologie class!! Was super fun! And very easy to get to on your own! I highly recommend it!!

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The tour itself is not that interesting. Just some pictures and some old equipment. You do not see rum being made or bottled. If you have a two to three hours and take the ferry, $15 for the tour and a few bucks for transportation is reasonable. Use the tour as filler and not the main reason for your visit.

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