Ocean vessels have sailed to Puerto Rico since Christopher Columbus discovered the island in 1493. These two ships docked at the San Juan Cruise Port Terminal represent the evolution over hundreds of years. On the right is El Galeón. This is a 2009 replica of the type of tall ships that traveled between Spain and the New World during the 16th and 17th centuries. The 170 foot, wooden galleon has seven sails on three masts. On the left is the Carnival Magic. The 1,845 passenger ship was christened in 2011. San Juan enjoyed a robust cruise industry until it was disrupted by Hurricane Maria in 2017. Fortunately, the city has again become a popular port of call with an estimated 1.7 million passengers arriving each year.