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Sailing out of San Juan on the Summit in March. Any Hotels near the pier?
I know that the ship sails from Old Town and we are not really fond of city noise. Any suggestions? I see a Marriott in a section called Miramar on Ponce de Leon Ave. Would that be a reasonable taxi to the pier? Do any hotels provide transfers from the airport and/or pier? Jimbo
Your best option might be to stay at a hotel in the Condado area, which is about midway between the airport and the hotel. This is a resort area with nice beaches, a good selection decent restaurants, casinos, and shops. If you stay in the Condado area, you'll pay roughly half of the normal taxi fare from the airport to the pier on each segment (airport to hotel and hotel to pier).
If you want to visit Old San Juan, there are two options.
>> If you check in before noon, you'll have several hours to go ashore before the ship sails.
>> The ship also offers excellent "transfer tours" on diesmbarkation day through the shore excursion service. These tours begin at the pier and end at the airport. The only requirement is that your flight out of San Juan must be late enough to allow adequate time for the tour, as stated in the tour descriptions.
I should also mention that there are two airports that may appear on your map of San Juan. The airport nearest Old San Juan (in fact, directly across the channel from Celebrity's terminal) does NOT have commercial flights. It's a civil aviation airport, restricted to private planes. The airport with commercial flights is on the other side of the Condado neighborhood.