Either drop it or make sure the ship gets there early enough to do/see things. We arrived about 4-5 pm and it was so dark we saw nothing on our city tour and most shops were closed...wished I'd stayed on the ship and just done the spa
I just don't understand why ships come in so late in the day to this port. There's so much to see, but not everything's in San Juan, though.
For people who come to San Juan for the first time, this is very disappointing, and very misleading. The first thing that would come to their mind would be, "there's nothing to do here." But nothing could be farther from the truth. With the vendors knowing when the ships are due in port, they should strive to keep the tourists happy, and keep their stores open until later, after all, one of Puerto Rico's main substenance is tourism.
My suggestion on this matter. DON'T DROP SAN JUAN. JUST CHANGE THE HOUR OF ARRIVAL TO EARLY MORNING, AND DEPARTING IN THE AFTERNOON WHEN EVERYTHING STARTS TO CLOSE DOWN, SAVE FOR THE DISCOS, AND SUCH.
I agree! Drop it if you are going to get there in the afternoon, or keep it and get there during the day.
I remember in the bygone days of the 80's and 90's that the eastern route would get to San Juan in the morning, the same as other ports. They must purposefully be planning on arriving later, for what reason I don't know..
San Juan used to be a late port like Cozumel, sight-see all day then party til midnight!