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Old March 1st, 2003, 03:55 PM
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Default Flight times out of San Juan

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.
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Old March 1st, 2003, 07:37 PM
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Default Re: Flight times out of San Juan

When we disembarked off the Sea Princess last week, passengers were told to inform the crew if their flight times leaving San Juan were earlier than noon. If so, they would disembark first.
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Old March 5th, 2003, 10:54 PM
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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.
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Old March 6th, 2003, 08:13 PM
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Default Re: Flight times out of San Juan

Connie,

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.

Norm.
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Connie,
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.

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Thank you all for your imput. Happy cruising.
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