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Old August 6th, 2007, 08:30 PM
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Default Ships arriving in San Juan PR in the PM

I'm going on a back to back on Mariner in Jan 08. I noticed that most

ships that stop in San Juan do so in the afternoon. Any idea's why this

is done. This elimmanates tours for most of the earlybirds on the ships.

Has anyone got any ideas?

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I really dislike this practice of arriving at 5pm in PR.

I would be doing sightseeing and spending $$$ in PR if I were there during the day.

On the November cruise it is unlikely we will be going ashore at all in PR.
The glowing water thing looks like alot of kayak work and there is a casino on the ship, tho it wont be open while in port I know, but why go the casino in PR when there is one on the ship.

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On my last cruise stop in SJ, we arrived in the AM, but left at 2:00....very short port of call....I've always wondered about that.
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I heard that area in PR is on of the deepest part of the sea around the world. The Bermuda triangle is right around there and there is a magnetic force that affect ships and airplanes. There has been cases of crafts disapearing in the that area...

Maybe that is why they choose those departure and arrival times?

or maybe is because of the chupacabra sightings that has been reported lately around there...

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I always thought it was just a matter of scheduling...resulting in the ship being at the next appointed port of call at the scheduled time, does that make any sense??

Anyhow, we sailed on the Victory to San Juan a few years ago and the ship experienced some hydraulic problems?? We were scheduled to arrive at 5:00 p.m. and depart at midnight but we heard that whatever problem there was had to be repaired the next day, therefore, we were in port the entire day while they worked on the ship's problem. It was wonderful being there all day, we had plenty of time to visit the fort, shop, walk around, etc. But, our scheduled stop in St. Maarten was cancelled which was disappointing.

Hopefully someone will know exactly why the ship does not dock in San Juan until 5:00 p.m.
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I heard that area in PR is on of the deepest part of the sea around the world. The Bermuda triangle is right around there and there is a magnetic force that affect ships and airplanes. There has been cases of crafts disapearing in the that area...

Maybe that is why they choose those departure and arrival times?

or maybe is because of the chupacabra sightings that has been reported lately around there...

I will ask Barney my pet chupacabra if I can keep him off the goats for a minute.
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Our first stop in San Juan was 5pm which is when both forts close up. However, we enjoyed walking the port area, okay for first-time visit. I think the most amazing view of any port, was when we sailed into San Juan Harbour with the sun beginning to set and reflecting a golden glow off of the fort walls. In 05, on Celeb Millenium, we docked at 10 a.m. and had lots of time to tour and sight see. In 06, we were sailing out of SJ and made a point of having a couple days pre-cruise to enjoy the country.
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What the heck is a chucacabra? I hate not getting a joke!
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What the heck is a chucacabra? I hate not getting a joke!
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Several years ago many goats (in Spanish: cabras) were mysteriously dying in Puerto Rico. They all had the same bite mark, which could not be linked to any animal in this area. Also, whatever killed them sucked up the blood (in Spanish: chupar). So the locals blamed the deaths on the "chupacabras" which can be translated as the "goat sucker". Many artists drew pictures based on their perception of this creature. After this other animals also appeared with the same bite marks, but the favorite victims were the goats. Every now and then the chupacabras is mentioned, but we never knew what it was. Hope this helps.
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Wierd. And, I love wierd stuff, especially when it turns a tad humorous.
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Hi Marty:

BTW, we have reports of them here in south Texas and there was a famous one found south of here. 8)

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No offence to Texas, but I think I'll stick to my Florida alligators!
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Marty:

No offense taken, BTW, got some nice gators over at our STP nuke plant for you to see. No hunting or fishing in the nuke cooling pond, so these guys grow Texas-size. From the time they are babies the alligators are around people and have absolutely no fear of them. The juvies are quite friendly and even like to get under cars near the canals around the nuke.

No biggie. Was at a San Antonio Scuba Divers meeting this past weeks and some of the gang dive with "fluffy" a cute little tyke up in Boerne Lake.

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