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Puerto Rico flag in San Juan Bautista Plaza in the Capital District of Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico (Spanish for "rich port") is officially named the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, which is an unincorporated territory of the United States, located in the northeastern Caribbean. Puerto Ricans became U.S. citizens in 1917, and the United States Congress legislates many aspects of Puerto Rican life. However, the islanders may not vote in U.S. presidential elections. Since 1947, Puerto Ricans have been able to elect their own governor.

 

The official languages of Puerto Rico are Spanish and English, with Spanish being the primary language. The island's current political status, including the possibility of statehood or independence, is widely debated in Puerto Rico.

 

The terms boricua and borincano derive from Borikén and Borinquen respectively, and are commonly used to identify someone of Puerto Rican heritage.

 

The island is also popularly known in Spanish as la isla del encanto, meaning "the island of enchantment". Columbus named the island San Juan Bautista, in honor of Saint John the Baptist. Eventually, traders and other maritime visitors came to refer to the entire island as "Puerto Rico", and "San Juan" became the name of the main trading/shipping port.

 

For more on Puerto Rico visit:

www2.pr.gov/

 

Carnival Splendor Cruise Ship is the sole ship of the Splendor class, a smaller, modified version of the Concordia-class cruise ship, operated by Costa. She entered service on July 2nd 2008.

 

3006 PASSENGER CAPACITY

 

1150 ONBOARD CREW

 

8 Days Eastern Caribbean Cruise from New York, NY

08/29/2013 thru 09/06/2013

 

 

Ports of call:

San Juan, Puerto Rico

 

St. Thomas USVI United States Virgin Islands

 

Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands, UK United Kingdom, British Overseas Territory

 

For more on Carnival Cruise line visit:

www.carnival.com

 

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Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

09/01/2013

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Taken on September 1, 2013