We are planning our next cruise. Normally we take a late flight out of San Juan. We have an opportunity to get a much cheaper airfare out of San Juan by leaving at noon.
As anyone ever tried to catch a plane that early our of San Juan?
Any advice would be appreciated. This year when we left San Juan it was a breeze, last year it was a nightmare.
Thanks very much!
when we came off the sea princess last January 4th , we took a cab to the airport - $20 for two. Were at the airport by 9:30am. Could have easily made a noon flight. Only problem was our cruise was the end of the New Year's holiday and the airport was so packed you couldn't move. Lines for coach / non-elite fliers were soooo long. You must make certain you let the purser's desk know what time your flight is.
It's best to book a flight after 1:00. As I have noted in a couple other threads, U. S. Immigration officials won't let anybody disembark until they clear the entire ship. As a result, one or two laggard passengers who don't show up for immigration can delay the whole disembarkation process by a couple hours while the staff try to find them -- and what can the staff do about it, since they are leaving the ship anyway?
That said, you might want to consider the option of taking a late flight if you can get a cheaper fare. Princess offers some excellent tours in San Juan, but only for passengers with flights departing after 4:00 PM.
We just had a flight home from San Juan on Sat after cruising on Radiance of the Seas. The earliest flight I could book was at 2:30 and we were at the airport by 9:00. Needless to say a very boring wait. Security was a breeze, only about 10 minutes and I went through a few times just to walk around and have something to do. I could of made a much earlier flight, but there just weren't any. I think you'll be fine with that flight, just give the cruiseline your flight information and you should be off first.
We also took a cab, set rates, plus luggage for under $20.00 and a few dollars tip. The ride to the airport on Sat. only took 15 minutes, very light traffic. Hopefully you will have a smooth ride to the airport and plenty of time to catch your flight.