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Old February 26th, 2004, 12:53 PM
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I am considering arriving in San Juan at 2:15 am the day that we get on the ship. I plan to book a hotel in NYC so that I can leave my car there and then I don't plan on getting a hotel in San Juan. I figure that I can hang out in the airport for a couple of hours then get to the pier about 10ish to be one of the first on board. Am I crazy? Doing this will save me a great deal of money. Thanks for any input.
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Old February 26th, 2004, 01:08 PM
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I would make the 10ish more like 11ish just so you don't get in the middle of the last part of the folks leaving the previous cruise, but yeah, why not if there is big money involved in the savings. Sleep awhile in a chair, have breakfast, buy a postcard. why not.
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Old February 26th, 2004, 01:43 PM
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I don't recomended, first of all, it will be the middle of the night, and you will be tired. but if you don't mind sitting in an uncomfortable chair at the airport in san juan, for about 5 or 6 hours. go for it!
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Old February 26th, 2004, 01:44 PM
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thanks for your reply papabill. I'm glad to hear that someone else thinks that it's not such a crazy idea. I should have added that I will be traveling with a 2 almost 3 year old, but she can sleep comfortably in her stroller. I'm just wondering how I'll manage my luggage which I will work very hard to keep to a minimum. Thanks.
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Old February 26th, 2004, 02:31 PM
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keep in my, that if you are traveling with checked luggage, once you get off the airplane, you will need to go to baggage claim, the baggage claim area in sanjuan is not as big, or comfortable as other airports (just some advise, since I work for the airlines) so It might be difficult to "get comfortable" there, and you won't be able to get past security again and settle into one the chairs by the gate. so you might want to consider, once you get off the airplane, hanging out by the gates, and later, claiming your luggage, or traveling with only a carryon.
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Old February 27th, 2004, 09:13 AM
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you are talking more in the time frame of 7-8 hrs before you can board the ship . I would definatley think about getting a day room at a local hotel. Do you really want to hang around the airport with a toddler for 7-8 hours???
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Old February 27th, 2004, 10:23 AM
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I wouldn't try this in a million years - not alone, and certainly NOT alone with a toddler.
I speak as an American of P. R. heritage who has been at this airport many times, a couple of times with my toddler daughter. Do you speak Spanish? You may find it difficult to communicate should you need to if you don't. Those 7 hours or so will seem more like 27 hours - we're talking about the dead of night. Even the slightest chance that you and your child might be targets for unsavory characters (who operate during just those hours you will be there) is not worth the price of saving a few dollars.

I highly recommend either rescheduling your flight to arrive at a more decent hour, or make other arrangements to go elsewhere until it is time to board your ship.
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Old February 27th, 2004, 10:23 AM
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I have done stuff like that more then once while traveling this world. I would play it by ear when you get there and when you find a comfortable place take a nap.
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Old February 27th, 2004, 10:34 AM
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Thanks everyone for your replies. I have reconsidered and I am going to fly into PR a day earlier and get a hotel. Thanks.
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Old February 27th, 2004, 11:34 AM
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Kah,What cruise line are you going on?
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i think thats a good move on your part Kahliasmom
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Old February 28th, 2004, 07:39 PM
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Dan P,

I am going on Royal Caribbean.
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Old February 29th, 2004, 08:30 AM
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There is a hotel at the airport and you can walk to it even with luggage. Not a 5 star hotel, but room was clean and inexpensive (less than $100.00.) It worked for me!
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Old February 29th, 2004, 10:24 AM
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There is a Wyndom hotel right across the street from where the ship is docked.there is also a casino in there ,Maybe you could try to find a nice couch in their lobby.Like I said RCCL has the dock across the street.
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Old February 29th, 2004, 01:09 PM
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Actually, I don't know about all of RCI's ships, but the Serenade doesn't dock at that pier anymore. They dock at the Pan American Pier which is not close to anything but the heliport/airport and a Sizzler's nearby. It's closer to Condado than Old San Juan, but thanks so much for the suggestion, that would have been a good idea if RCI still docked there. I am taking a flight that gets me into San Juan on Friday and trying to get a hotel through priceline. If priceline doesn't work out, I have a reservation at a hotel in Condado.
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kahliasmom, We just got home from PR and stayed at the Regency. It was a very good hotel for the price. $150 night with a balcony. You are able to use all the ammenities at the Condado but we did'nt need to do that, the pool was just fine where we were. I heard from other passengers that they stayed at the Best Western and it was horrible. So beware. I wouldn't send you to a lousy place.

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Old March 3rd, 2004, 11:39 PM
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Thanks for the tip Nicki. I have made a reservation at the Comfort Inn in the Condado area. I stayed there in January and I actually reserved the room I had then. I was happy with it. I am easy to please though as I grew up camping in our RV or sleeping in my tent. The Comfort Inn offers complimentary continental breakfast, which is nice. Welcome back.
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