I remember reading how bad the San Juan Airport was arriving and leaving on a Sunday. We're thinking of taking the whole family down next year on the Adventure of the Seas, but we'll be arriving a day early to stay for a pre-night stay.
Does anyone know if arriving on a Saturday is as bad as on a Sunday; and does anyone have any tips on surviving this airport? From all the posts I've read, it's pretty bad. You would think they would do something to improve the conditions, with all of the cruise ship business they have there now.
Is there an RCCL rep there to help you out? I was wondering if it was hard to get to your hotel from the airport as far as transfers are concerned, etc.
Also, our TA said that the Marriott Court Yard was the cheapest place to stay for a pre-night, about $98 each. It's a family of seven so the hotel was the only place I was trying to save a little money. If it's really bad, we'll spend more for a more expensive hotel. Anyone stayed at the Court Yard Marriott San Juan?
We stayed at the Courtyard Isle Verde which has a beach right outside the hotel), swim up bar, casino, (2) restaurants. Not sure what the price difference is. Also, the Courtyard Isle Verde isn't near anything so you will need to take a taxi if you want to tour San Juan. Taxi to port terminal is about 20 minutes.
arriving into the airport is not the problem..departing from is the problem..you are very wise to come in a day before, that way if there is a problem with your luggage you have a recovery day
It's not that there is something "so wrong" with San Juan Airport, or any cruise airport for that matter, the problem is airports were not built in mind to support the expanding cruise ship industry and it takes 10-15 years to plan and build a new airport and lots of airports were built back in the time when land was cheap and they don't have a whole lot of room to expand..thus, as the cruiselines build bigger ships or add more ships to popular cruise departure cities (new orleans is a classic example) coupled with post 911 security proceedures and the influx of low cost carriers (the southwest effect) and it is a formula for cruise dead lock...do you think the airport authority of Fort Lauderdale had any clue 10 years ago that their airport was going to be cruise ship central for florida ?
If you really want to avoid headaches on your departure, see if you can get a pre/post cruise rate at your hotel and come home monday which will make going thru the San Juan airport a lot less stressful