We are sailing on AOS out of San juan. We have 3 day pre cruise at Condado Plaza with transfer included. Is it better to use transfer or take taxi and luggage to ship in hopes of boarding earlier and possibly checking out possibility of getting a pier upgrade?
I think it would be better to take a taxi to the ship. The ship begins boarding around 12 p.m. The transfer bus from the hotel usually leaves later. I always stay at the Condado Plaza when I cruise from San Juan (the oceanview rooms are wonderful) and I take a taxi to the pier. I'm usually on board by 1 p.m. and have a wonderful meal in the Windjammer. Enjoy your cruise!
We stayed at the Condado a couple cruises ago too and loved it. Amenities and rooms were very nice, hotel staff could have been friendlier but restaurant staff were top notch....classy and friendly! We took a taxi to ship and got on board by about 12:30 and enjoyed a relaxing lunch and toured the ship while it was still quiet.