Puerto Rico
San Juan

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  • Day1

    Off to Puerto Rico

    January 5 in Puerto Rico ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Up most of the night packing so finished at 2am and had to get up at 4am for our 8am flight. The US airports can take alot of time to check in and get through TSA so I like to allow enough time. Also with car rental dropoff you often have to get shuttles.

    Bought the plastic bags that need a vacuum to seal them so that squashed all our winter clothes and our puffas. Normally I bring the ones that you hand roll but I knew I would need the big guns for this trip!

    Getting to the aiport was stressful as our sat nav doesn't give clear directions and fails to direct you to entries. Added to that the main road to the aiport was closed for construction and our sat nav couldn't redirect. Luckily I had looked at the route and vaguely knew what direction to head so did that until the sat nav came good again.

    It was pure luck that I found the entry to the carpark return when I turned around when a car beeped at me! Thank you beeping car! And thank goodness I had allowed enough time.

    Miami airport is huge as you would expect with a shuttle train to some of the gates. For some reason we are flying business class which is nice. Only a short 2 1/2 hour flight to San Juan.

    Our luggage is crazy but I have worked out how to carry/wheel 2 large suitcases, 1 large duffel bag, 1 small duffel, a heavy handbag, a carry on bags and a backpack! This was worked out quickly when I discovered there were no carts at San Juan airport and expensive porters for a distance of a few minutes was the deal!

    So taxi to the ship then standing in line in the sun to drop the bags off then thankfully we could get a wheelchair for mum then straight to our cabin.

    We are so tired we collapse on our beds only to wake when its time for the mandatory drill.

    Then back to bed! We are so tired. We don't even open our bags or have dinner. We barely look at San Juan port - photos are from when we returned to start the next cruise. They don't encourage me to get off the ship and explore.
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  • Day2

    In Old San Juan

    April 14 in Puerto Rico ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Four of us who started together at Illiois years and years ago have since separated and are now teaching in Pennsylvania, Arizona, and Nevada. I am the only one still at Illinois. We are now in year 13 of an annual trip, and this year our choice was San Juan. We are in a hotel right on the water, spread across a number of colonial houses with nooks and crannies, lots of little outdoor patios, called The Gallery Inn. There’s a rooftop patio looking straight out over th watr, it is glorious.

    These trips are not for touring and museums, mainly for just walking and talking and eating. We got here yesterday afternoon and had our first meal of mofongos. We were all pretty exhausted because two had been on the red-eyes and the other two had left home on 5 am flights. In bed by 11, up at 8 and then the day was just as we envisioned — started with a good coffee, then a saunter through Old San Juan, lunch in a great little empanada place. After that we went to the forts, pretty amazing. We just walked and talked and ate, just as we had planned.

    Many of the old colonial houses have been restored since the hurricaine, so the old part looks amazing. We are so lucky to be able to do this, here’s hoping for many more.
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  • Day13

    Cruise changeover

    January 17 in Puerto Rico ⋅ 🌧 23 °C

    Tedious day today after a tedious night of packing. The same cabin wasn't available for the next cruise. Had to be out of the room by 8am. Then at 9.30 immigration came on board to check those who were doing consecutive cruises.

    Then had to hang around until the rooms were ready at about 2.30pm. The consecutive cruisers as they call us were invited to an 'exclusive' lunch which was total shite. Had to send back an inedible pasta and ended up having bread and butter for lunch. Menu was crap.

    By this time weirdly we were exhausted so had a nap until the compulsory drill.

    Then potatoes beans and rice for dinner followed by tv. Exciting.

    New room a long way from the food. When you cruise the food is at the back and the entertainment at the front - well at least on Celebrity. So I prefer the back of the ship.

    Also previously we were on level 11 as part of a few staterooms and now we are on level 9 with an obstructed view which wasn't disclosed by Celebrity when we booked. Its not a real obstruction by ship standards but its annoying. I guess it will provide shade.

    Next was an announcement that they are fixing the ship's navigation system so we will be delayed in leaving San Juan by an hour. That was two hours ago.

    My guess is if they can't fix it in two hours then they need more expertise.

    We didn't bother to leave the ship as San Juan does not look enticing.
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  • Day15

    Sea day cruise two

    January 19 in Puerto Rico ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    So we cruised out of San Juan at about 10pm.
    Lots of cheering and clapping from the passengers as we cruised out.
    We stood on our balcony and did the same.
    It was nice seeing the lights of San Juan and the fortress as we cruised out.

    Spent most of the day in bed going back and forth getting food. Why am I so tired. Need a port day!Read more

  • Day66

    San Juan, Puerto Rico

    March 10, 2018 in Puerto Rico ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    I write this with a bit of melancholy because it is the last port on this incredible adventure around South America. I feel fortunate that we have a home we love going back to, but the 60+ days we have spent on this trip have become a very special home-away-from-home. Nancy and Jim have been great traveling compadres and I’m sure that I have been working my “core” with all the laughing. We have all developed close relationships with many of the staff, some of whom we met when they were working on the Silver Whisper when we did the World Cruise 3 years ago.
    But, after visiting San Juan 3 years ago, we were looking forward to our visit here. Old San Juan is a lovely, colorful town with beautiful blue pavers on the narrow streets and alleyways. The terrible tragedy this island suffered 6 months ago when Hurricane Maria struck has not broken the spirit here. We saw many indications of the damage that was was inflicted here. I know a good portion of the island is still without electricity, but the locals are working hard to regain their tourism business.
    Jeff and I stopped into a little restaurant called “Istanbul” when we were here 3 years ago. Their Turkish food was outstanding and I have craved it ever since. I thought it was a stretch to think it survived time and the hurricane, but there was our tiny restaurant! Jim and Nancy were curious since I had been talking about it for so long. It did not disappoint. Fabulous hummus with fresh-baked pita,
    Imam Bayildi, Greek salad, Kofte, and their signature dish, Ottoman casserole. Paired with sangria, it was an unbeatable meal. We fell on our lunch so fast, we forgot to even take a photo to share! A great top-off to our wonderful trip.
    Two days at sea lay ahead of us, which will include packing, working on some projects we brought along, reading and getting ready to live real life again.
    Signing off for this journey!
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  • Day35

    Despacito "Puerto Rico"

    April 19, 2018 in Puerto Rico ⋅ 🌧 26 °C

    Old Town San Juan, Puerto Rico

    Wir dachten Puerto Rico 🇵🇷 wäre ein unscheinbarerer Zwischenstopp auf dem Weg von der Karibik nach Mexiko, doch erwies sich als echte Latino Perle. Das kubanisch/mexikanische Flair und die spanische Amtssprache lassen (fast) vergessen, dass wir uns in einem U.S. Staat befinden. Fast. Bis zu dem Moment, wenn die (amerikanischen) Touri Ströme von den dicken Kreuzfahrtschiffen im Hafen von San Juan die Insel stürmen.
    Eine geschichtsträchtige Altstadt begrüsst mit wunderschönen, doch in die Jahre gekommenen Bauten - neben der Landesflagge etwas Weiteres, das an Kuba erinnert. Leguane sonnen sich hier und dort auf den Stadtmauern. 🐉

    Am 2. Tag herrscht auf der ganzen Insel Stromausfall. Wo sich sonst bei lateinamerikanischer Musik alles Leben auf den Strassen abspielt, herrscht auf einmal Totenstille. Bis auf das Summen einiger Notstromgeneratoren. Wir gehen auf Nahrungssuche; nur wenige Restaurants können noch auf „Sparflamme“ kochen. Auf einmal wird einem wieder bewusst, wie wenig man ein so selbstverständliches Gut wie Strom zu schätzen weiss. Nachts gehts das Licht auf einmal wieder an und sorgt für Freudensprünge im Bett. 😀
    Die wohl sehr häufig auftretenden landesweiten Stromausfälle sind noch immer den Auswirkungen des Hurrikans Maria (Sept. 2017) zuzuschreiben. So viele Monate später gibt es noch immer Versorgungsausfälle; 20% der Insel sind wohl 8 Monate später noch immer ohne Strom. Ein Taxifahrer berichtete uns von seinen ganz persönlichen Geschichten, wie er sich mit der Familie im Keller versteckte. 12 Stunden lang mussten sie das Wüten des Wirbelsturms ertragen, das wie ein dauerhaft vorbeifahrender Zug in den Ohren hing.
    Apropos Wind: Seb hat hier noch einen genialen Kite Spot auskosten können, mit sauberer Welle am Korallenriff vor Punta Las Marias.

    Fazit: eine schöne, sehenswerte latino Überraschung nach all den Pirates of the Caribbean Eindrücken und dem nun folgenden Maya Kulturprogramm.
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  • Day8

    Nuestra Senora de la Providencia

    November 3, 2018 in Puerto Rico ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    Ein letztes Mal für diesen Urlaub laufen wir nochmal los, um uns die katholische Kirche im Zentrum Old San Juans anzusehen. Von dort aus geht es nochmal quer durch die Gassen zurück zum Treffpunkt. Schön langsam wird es dann doch Zeit für die Rückreise.

  • Day8

    Zurück in San Juan - Puerto Rico

    November 3, 2018 in Puerto Rico ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Heute heißt es das Schiff verlassen und den Heimweg antreten. Aber noch nicht ganz. Unser Flieger geht erst um 16:40 Uhr, so dass uns noch genug Zeit bleibt, einen Teil von San Juan zu erkunden.

    Zu diesem Zweck haben wir einen Ausflug gebucht: Besichtigung von Old San Juan auf eigene Faust. So können wir unbeschwert von unserem Gepäck durch die Stadt stromern und werden hingebracht und wieder abgeholt. Unser Gepäck wartet dann bereits am Flughafen auf uns.Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

San Juan, سان خوان, San Xuan, Горад Сан-Хуан, Сан Хуан, সান হুৱান, Σαν Χουάν, San-Juano, San Juan de Puerto Rico, سان خوآن, San Xoán, סן חואן, Սան Խուան, SJU, サンフアン, სან-ხუანი, 산후안, San Chuanas, Sanhuana, सान हुआन, Сан-Хуан, ਸਾਨ ਹੁਆਨ, சான் வான், ซานฮวน, San Huan, 圣胡安

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