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Old April 23rd, 2009, 12:29 AM
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Itinerary indicates 6:00 am debarkation at San Juan, PR. What's the estimated time we'll be off the ship? How long will the debarkation process take? Need to figure out so I can book departure flight out of San Juan to Chicago appropriately. Don't want to miss our flight nor do I want to sit around for hours at the airport, just waiting.
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Depends how long it takes to clear customs. They won't begin debarkation at 6:00, maybe around 7:30 or 8:00. Most cruise lines have guidelines for the earliest you should book flights on debarkation days at each port. They also often debark in order of your departure time.
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Better to have to sit and wait at the airport than to miss a flight. When we fly, we allow lots of time and take a book. Things usually go smoothly, but things can happen to delay disembarkation. Depends on customs and immigration....which applies to crew as well as pax.
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The Carnival guideline is do not book before 12 Noon although others may be different. Allow extra time because San Juan airport can be a zoo. Also be aware that you will need to check in at USDA inspection in the airport prior to checking in with your airline. 8)
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I book for a next or two day flight back after the cruise. Then I wait until they force me to get off of the ship and I relax over night before having to fly back.
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I've been to SJU 5 or 6 times. That airport is always busy. The security lines are long.
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