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  1. I’ve done it twice. There is very little actual hiking necessary. It is more of a bus ride that takes you directly to 4-5 places (a welcome center/mini-museum, a waterfall, a lookout tower, and a few other stops). You can be as active as you want during the stops, but will not need to anything strenuous. The ground may be uneven and you may have to walk 50-100 feet from the bus to the actual point of interest, but nothing beyond that. And you can always stay on the bus or in the bus area at any of the stops.
  2. Where are you leaving from? If you are leaving from a warm or mild weather location, I’d not worry too much. If you’re leaving from a place with potential winter weather issues, perhaps keep an eye on the forecasts. As you draw closer, some airlines will help you re-book an earlier flight if it looks like there’s potential for flight delaying/cancelling weather. 11:00-11:30 is a great time to arrive. San Juan is a great port and Freedom is an awesome ship. I’ve sailed out of there three times. You didn’t say how quickly you’re flying out on the back end of the cruise, but hopefully
  3. I don't blame you for never wanting to trust Royal Caribbean with a future trip, but you deserve to get what you were already put so much planning, anticipation and financial investment into. I don't know how social media savvy you are (perhaps here is where the teen kids can help) but you can often get a strong response by airing your grievances publicly on sites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. I'm sure people who are part of this community would help amplify any of those posts with likes, shares, retweets, etc. This is an injustice and it seems Royal is not stepping up. Somet
  4. I have gone out of San Juan twice (once on Adventure and once on Jewel). Both times, embarkation was delayed at least an hour due to, according to them, Customs and Border Patrol not having cleared the ship. I don't assume that is typical but two out of two times makes me wonder if it isn't unusual. They even had printed copies of a letter from Royal Caribbean explaining the nature of the delay. The first time they made us wait in a long line outside the terminal. It was very hot, but Royal was nice enough to come around with carts of water and lemonade. The second time I was already
  5. I was on Allure in March, and we got our Seapass cards at check in.
  6. I did the post-cruise El Yunque Rainforest tour when I was in the exact same circumstance (late flight). It was perfect because it provided me with bag storage as well as airport transport as part of the package. That was a value right there, plus I still got a half-day experiencing the amazing rain forest. Royal Caribbean will usually offer 3-4 post cruise excursions, all of which generally include an airport dropoff option. The one Jerel mentioned is a tour of Old San Juan and is great as well. I believe the el Yunque is the longest of the excursions, but still gets you to the SJU airpo
  7. While I know many on these boards rave about the Radiance class ships (sorry Matt, don't banish me), I found Adventure of the Seas to be superior to Jewel of the Seas in nearly every way. Both of these ships offer amazing itineraries. There is just so much more to do on Adventure and I found the service to be much better (amongst the best in the fleet, by many accounts). I did the Adventure of the Seas with Aruba, Curacao, St. Maarten and St. Thomas. On Jewel I did Barbados, Antigua, St. Lucia, St. Maarten, and St. Croix. Special note: If you are considering balconies, nearly all balcon
  8. I am booked on a seven-day Western sailing on Allure in March that visits Labadee (thanks for the PERFECTLY timed podcast, Matt), Falmouth, and Cozumel. After doing a really port-intensive cruise last year on Jewel (5 ports in 6 days), I know I am going to want to make the most out of these three stops. The problem is, on previous cruise stops in Jamaica I have had incidents that cause me to really dislike this port. My first trip there involved me having the film (I know that dates the incident) stolen out of my camera then returned to me if I gave them a "tip" for "finding it". The sec
  9. I agree with this assessment that there is not much of anything to do in this area. Location-wise, it doesn't hold a candle to the Old San Juan location. However, it is only a short cab ride away from that area (you can see the other Sheraton from the hotel), so shouldn't dissuade you terribly. If you are looking to relax and lounge on property, the pool area is MUCH nicer than the Old San Juan property (I've done both). "Convention Center Sheraton" has a giant pool deck with tons of chairs, infinity pool, hot tubs, restaurant/bar. Old San Juan, has a very small rooftop pool, with almo
  10. I stayed at that same hotel last year for a Jewel of the Seas cruise. I could see Adventure of the Seas so clearly on the pool deck the day before and it seemed really tempting to walk. It is farther than it looks (especially with luggage). You'd have to walk several blocks towards the marina, then nearly the entire distance of the runway on that little airport to get to the Royal Caribbean terminal. Probably close to a mile of total walking. Save your energy for the stairs on the ship and take a cab...
  11. I have been lucky enough to sail on Royal Caribbean six times now and definitely consider myself Loyal to Royal! Does anyone know of any way to purchase Royal Caribbean merchandise off ship? On my third cruise I began purchasing those square shot glasses with the pewter logo for each ship I'd been on. It is a great and reasonably priced memento and I display them proudly, looking forward to the next ship I'll get to go on. The problem is those first two trips I neglected to buy them on. Is there any way that anyone knows of (outside eBay and the like which I search constantly) to fill i
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