On the final day of our cruise we will be disembarking in San Juan. The ship arrives at 7:00 am but our flight is not until 2:30 so there is not a great deal of time to spend in San Juan before having to be at the airport. Most people seem to want to know how early they can get off the ship. My question is can you sleep in the last day and check out at noon if you have a later flight?. In other words, is there a specific check-out time like there is at a hotel? I know they want the old passengers off to get the new ones on but I'd rather not lug a taxi-full of luggage around for several hours if we are escorted from the ship by 10:00. Also, are breakfast and lunch served on the last day or is the Windjammer closed to facilitate disembarking?
They will be serving breakfast, but an early one, yes, they need you off the ship as soon as customs clears. Sometime during the cruise, they will give you information on post excursions to do in San Juan. WE've done that, and it sure beats sitting at the airport for hours, the excursion will drop you off at the airport, so its something to check into. They lunch they will be getting ready for, is for the new cruisers that may start to board around noon, so you'll most likely get off around 9:00 or 10:00.
You will be asked to vacate your cabin around 7:30 to 8:00. You can take your carry-on and go up to the dining room (I don't remember if the Windjammer is open) to eat breakfast and then hang out somewhere in a public space until your color is called, or if you want to hang around till the very end.
They have to get the ship ready for the next week's cruise.
There is a restaurant over in Old San Juan (http://www.barrachina.com/)that will hold your luggage for you if you want to do a self-guided tour up to El Morro and OSJ, and I think the Wyndham will store your luggage, too.
This could be an option.
I believe you cannot check into the airport more than 3 hours ahead of your flight, so you do need to find something to do.
Have a great cruise!
Mariner of the Seas 3/30/08
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Thanks everyone. I thought that would be the case (after all, at the start of the cruise we are chomping at the bit to get on). We are touring Old San Juan before we leave, so maybe a visit to the Bacardi factory would eat up the hours before going to the airport. I especially appreciate the tip about storing the luggage. Happy cruising everyone.