Puerto Rico
San Juan

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  • Day1

    Off to Puerto Rico

    January 5, 2019 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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    Anne Johnson

    I think you’re amazing!

    Meaghan Walsh

    Or insane!

  • Day2

    In Old San Juan

    April 14, 2019 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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    Jill Hill

    Girls-friends one has known forever are a treasure (I refuse to saddle them with “old!”). Enjoy your time together.

    John Lopatka

    WHAT!? I thought you were supposed to call last Thursday or Friday. And now this! I haven't heard yet about your Christmas trip to Italy. Have a blast, though. Looks terrific.

  • Day13

    Cruise changeover

    January 17, 2019 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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    Anne Johnson

    Not a great start :(

  • Day14

    Broken down ship

    January 18, 2019 in Puerto Rico ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    We didn't make it out of Puerto Rico. They are now flying in experts from America to fix the problem.

    So we get to stay in San Juan another day and a day is cut from Aruba as we were to spend two days there.

    Wish we had broken down in Barbados or Antigua.

    So after a sleep in I use the free wifi they gave consecutive cruisers to do the feedback survey to go through 1000 emails. With the little time I had left I managed to do some banking. Its been so difficult to get strong enough wifi to upload this blog and do any banking. Needless to say the survey didn't get done.

    Next I decide to go a shore as I am going mad couped up on this ship with its crap TV. If they had movies I would have been quite happy but I am not paying over $20 to watch a movie.

    Decide to go to the biggest shopping mall so that keeps me occupied for the rest of the day. Spying a Macdonalds I go in to get a chocolate milkshake which I am craving. But they don't do milkshakes!
    I cannot begin to explain my devastation on hearing this.

    Next I hit Walgreens for Pringles and Cadbury chocolate. Eat Cadbury's in one hit.

    Had to be back on ship by 6pm then more announcements that they are still working on the issue.

    I start to think about what I will do if the cruise is cancelled.

    Then I walk aimlessly around the ship.

    Eat ice cream.
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    Anne Johnson

    Good grief ... I can only say I do know a little about similar things . Our ship hit a wharf and we were looking at rusty cranes for 2 days in shipyards while they fixed the hole in the ship.. they did run quickly thought up day trips though . We missed one port. I feel your pain .

  • Day3

    Enjoying Old San Juan

    April 15, 2019 in Puerto Rico ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    We woke up this morning with no idea of what we were going to do. Breakfast first, in a great outdoor cafe. Then a couple of hours circling the governmental capital. Beautiful capitol building, statues of every U.S president who has visited. So far Trump’s statue has not been erected, but we think he should be represented with a roll of paper towels in his hand.

    We hopped in a cab and went to the closed Puerto Rican Museum of Art. But it has lovely gardens, and we got to see the weekly iguana hunt. The guards told us that the have between 30 and 80 babies per year and eat everything in sight. Saw a Botero statue and sat on benches in the shade gabbing away.

    Tonight we have a fancy dinner in a restaurant called Marmalade, and then tomorrow we head home. Old San Juan is a great place for a short break. Lots of walking, beautiful views, and great food.
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  • Day15

    Sea day cruise two

    January 19, 2019 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!
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  • Day66

    San Juan, Puerto Rico

    March 10, 2018 in Puerto Rico ⋅ ⛅ 81 °F

    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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    Mark Zimmerman

    I wanna humnus with yall too!!!!

    Cheryl Hassan

    Four of you on this bike in transito to WV will be worth a story or two!

    Cheryl Hassan

    Gracias a todos por sus notas Durante este viaje grande! safe travels back home!

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  • Day1

    Willkommen auf der Celebrity Summit

    October 27, 2018 in Puerto Rico ⋅ 🌙 28 °C

    Frisch gelandet geht es zunächst durch die Passkontrolle, danach ans Gepäckband und durch den Zoll. Und schon beginnt der Urlaub. Hinter dem Zoll werden wir nämlich bereits von Celebrity Mitarbeitern erwartet und müssen nur noch unseren Namen sagen und den Voucher abgeben. Unsere Koffer bekommen ihre Luggage Tags und werden verladen. Wir werden zu einem Bus geführt und von einem Guide begrüßt, der uns auf der 15-minütigen Fahrt zum Cruise Terminal einen kurzen Überblick über Puerto Rico gibt. Da unser Flieger wohl mit die letzten Gäste bringt, geht das Einchecken flott voran und schon befinden wir uns auf den letzten Metern zum Schiff. Wo uns gleich die obligatorische Seenotrettungsübung erwartet. So stehen wir also noch ein ganzes Weilchen in schwülheißer Luft herum und lassen den Drill über uns ergehen, bevor wir uns auf die Suche nach unserer Kabine machen.

    Da unsere Koffer noch in der Auslieferung sind, erkunden wir zunächst die Kabine und machen uns dann auf zum obligatorischen Schiffsrundgang. Die Celebrity Summit Ist ein älteres Schiff, das 2016 renoviert wurde. Beides merkt man dem Schiff auf den ersten Blick auch an. Die Bauweise zeigt ganz deutlich das Alter des Schiffes, aber man sieht genauso deutlich, dass kontinuierlich gearbeitet und erneuert wird. Auf den ersten Blick gefällt uns das Schiff gut. Mal sehen, was die Woche so bringt.

    Nach unserem Rundgang packen wir die mittlerweile eingetroffenen Koffer aus, ziehen uns um. Und gehen ins Blu zum Abendessen. Nach dem Abendessen verziehen wir uns auf die Kabine, der Tag war lang. Das Ablegen beobachten wir von unserem Balkon aus und danach ruft der Bettzipfel.
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