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I think the likes outweigh the dislikes. Except for the extra time and airfare from the West Coast for me, everything else is wonderful in my opinion. San Juan makes an excellent pre/post-cruise stay, it's a U.S. territory so most U.S. cell phone plans work there without a roaming charge, the itineraries are much better with more and better ports, etc. The only other real negative I can think of is that the ships aren't often the newest or most recently refurbished. But in some cases, that's a plus as when I sailed the Jewel I liked her better before the refurbishment when the removed the Sea View Grill.

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Love San Juan. Had to really price my tickets out - was definitely expensive. I love that you can just walk around and find a ton of restaurants and things to do. The last time I went I just stayed at my hotel (which was lovely) the day before the cruise sat by the pool and drank and went out to dinner.

 

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Likes

  • It's San Juan.  Love this port and embarking there is like getting an extra stop on the cruise.
  • Evening departure, gives more time to explore San Juan and enjoy the lights of the city during sail away.  Relaxed day one.
  • You start deep with the Caribbean so you can visit islands that are harder to reach from the US Mainland without longer cruises
  • Often cruises fares are better (fuel costs are lower on some itineraries since you start deep in the Caribbean)

Dislikes

  • Airfare can be higher than flying to Florida (often offset by lower cruise fares)
  • Fewer flight options coming from Colorado, flight times
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  I wouldn't think about sailing out of any other port than San Juan.  We cruise in January and I live in Michigan, so I can go from frigid weather to sunny, warm weather within 8 hrs!  We usually fly in three days earlier and start off our vacation with a mini vacation at one of the ocean view hotels on the Condado strip and soak up those wonderful rays.  Love the smaller ships and the fares are lower which gives us the opportunity to stay in San Juan longer.

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I absolutely love cruising from San Juan! We spent two nights in Old San Juan pre-cruise and stayed in an Air BnB villa in the heart of it. Everything was easily walkable and the food was all delightful. It was a great way to relax for a couple days before boarding the ship! I'd highly recommend it. 

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23 minutes ago, Tim B. said:

This is a very timely topic since I am porting out of San Juan for the next two cruises. Where are the great hotels to stay at when going out of San Juan?

El Convento and The Sheraton Old San Juan are always two great choices.  Of course, they tend to be pricier choices because they are literally in Old San Juan.  The advantage is you don't have to pay for taxis to enjoy OSJ.

There are lots of beautiful hotels in "new" San Juan, which offer newer facilities, beach access and (sometimes) better prices.  Of course, it means you cannot walk to OSJ and will be dependent on taxis or a rental car.

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16 hours ago, MKSglitz said:

start off our vacation with a mini vacation at one of the ocean view hotels on the Condado strip and soak up those wonderful rays.

We did the same thing and stayed at a Marriott on the Condado Beach area, taxi ride to Old San Juan wasn't bad, great restaurants around the hotel.

Another perk no one mentioned (If it is your style) San Juan has Casino's.

I also agree with everyone else's comments above, love San Juan, will be cruising out of there in October on Freedom to the Southern Caribbean...

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Jumping on the bandwagon... loved san Juan.  We found a little Argentinian steakhouse by our hotel that we still talk about 3 years later.   We loved el moro and just walking around old town.  It felt like a city you didn't need to spend a ton of money in to have a great time and the southern Caribbean is my favorite of the 3 areas.   Jane

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2 hours ago, Tim B. said:

This is a very timely topic since I am porting out of San Juan for the next two cruises. Where are the great hotels to stay at when going out of San Juan?

 

1 hour ago, Matt said:

El Convento and The Sheraton Old San Juan are always two great choices.  Of course, they tend to be pricier choices because they are literally in Old San Juan.  The advantage is you don't have to pay for taxis to enjoy OSJ.

There are lots of beautiful hotels in "new" San Juan, which offer newer facilities, beach access and (sometimes) better prices.  Of course, it means you cannot walk to OSJ and will be dependent on taxis or a rental car.

If you're going in a couple days ahead of time, don't rule out Air BnB. We had a GREAT experience that proved to be cheaper than hotels for our group of six, and put us in the heart of Old SJ. 

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19 minutes ago, KLAconQueso said:

 

If you're going in a couple days ahead of time, don't rule out Air BnB. We had a GREAT experience that proved to be cheaper than hotels for our group of six, and put us in the heart of Old SJ. 

The one you stayed at looked awesome

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5 hours ago, WAAAYTOOO said:

If you qualify for a government rate, the Ritz Carlton has a government rate even over Christmas week !  What a bargain !

Have they opened again?  Awesome.  My favorite hotel in San Juan.  Love the dried fruit by the pool. 

This is where I learned the proper way to set up a lounger.  One towel rolled into a pillow hanging over the back as counter weight, two on the lounger tucked in just so. 

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13 hours ago, tiny260 said:

We did the same thing and stayed at a Marriott on the Condado Beach area, taxi ride to Old San Juan wasn't bad, great restaurants around the hotel.

 

We stayed in this area, too, and really enjoyed it stay and access to grocery stores and more choices in hotels. Plus, it was only about 75 cents for a bus into Old San Juan, although we took a cab back. 

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We love  San Juan,  especially Old San Juan.    Absolutely zero negatives.   The Southern  Caribbean itinerary`s are so much better.  The food is great.  I could go on and on .  We go on the advice of  the locals and go where they go wherever we travel to.  All of the after mentioned  comments are spot on.  

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19 hours ago, Matt said:

The one you stayed at looked awesome

If you (or anyone else) wants info on the one I stayed at, I'd be happy to share the link. 

There is a two night minimum, and being able to climb stairs is a required, but it's a gorgeous villa in a perfect location - and totally inexpensive when compared to hotels in the area for groups. 

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5 minutes ago, fonemanbob said:

We go on the advice of  the locals and go where they go wherever we travel to.

Not to mention, the locals on all of the islands seem to be incredibly kind and proud of their island, and happy to see people there. 

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It's cheaper for us to fly to San Juan then it is to fly to Fort Lauderdale or Miami. We live in Houston.

Plus we get to go to better destinations. Sailing out of Galveston means going to Mexico...been there, done that.

We recently flew into San Juan and sailed on Adventure, it was the easiest embarkation and disembarkation we have ever experienced.

We looking into more cruises out of San Juan....better bargain for us.   Plus we are all for helping this beautiful place get back on their feet.

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On 6/5/2018 at 5:53 PM, twangster said:

Likes

  • It's San Juan.  Love this port and embarking there is like getting an extra stop on the cruise.
  • Evening departure, gives more time to explore San Juan and enjoy the lights of the city during sail away.  Relaxed day one.
  • You start deep with the Caribbean so you can visit islands that are harder to reach from the US Mainland without longer cruises
  • Often cruises fares are better (fuel costs are lower on some itineraries since you start deep in the Caribbean)

Dislikes

  • Airfare can be higher than flying to Florida (often offset by lower cruise fares)
  • Fewer flight options coming from Colorado, flight times

We have just the opposite Twangster, it's cheaper for us to fly to San Juan from Houston than flying to Florida.  Crazy how that works.

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22 hours ago, Suzanne said:

It's cheaper for us to fly to San Juan then it is to fly to Fort Lauderdale or Miami. We live in Houston.

Plus we get to go to better destinations. Sailing out of Galveston means going to Mexico...been there, done that.

We recently flew into San Juan and sailed on Adventure, it was the easiest embarkation and disembarkation we have ever experienced.

We looking into more cruises out of San Juan....better bargain for us.   Plus we are all for helping this beautiful place get back on their feet.

 

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I totally agree with you Suzanne.  I too can fly cheaper to San Juan then to Florida, especially during the winter months when I tend to cruise,   In Michigan, our "snowbirds" (people who migrate to the south to avoid the harsh winters, and there are many) head south and the airlines know that so they adjust fares to take advantage of the exodus.  No savings on airfare here, ever!

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