Friday, June 20, 2014

San Juan Arrival

Our flight left Montreal at the crack of dawn on Friday June 6th.  This time it was a breeze to get through customs and security and board the plane.  We arrived in San Juan, Puerto Rico just past 2:30pm and grabbed a taxi to our hotel ($24USD...they broke that down as $19 for the location, plus $1 per luggage bag and $2 gas surcharge!!).

Once again, we were booked at the Chateau Cervantes in Old San Juan.  We checked in then went for lunch at Senor Frogs.  We photo bombed a total strangers family photo when the waiter grabbed us and told us to say cheese while he was taking pictures for them WITH THEIR CAMERA!! 

After eating, we hopped on the free trolley and drove around old San Juan and toured the old fort Castillo San Filipe del Morro, and fort Castillo de San Cristobal.  The ocean as a backdrop was breathtaking.  The weather was hot, sunny with very few clouds unlike the rain we had last time!  And I wasn't suffering from any allergic reactions this time either! We walked around, bought a few items and then went back to the hotel for the night. We were quite tired because we arrived at the airport at 3am and caught our flight at 6am from Montreal to Miami, then connected from Miami to Puerto Rico.  That's a lot of travel for little ole me. 

The hotel was lovely, clean, courteous staff and conveniently located near the port (but not the RCI port we caught our ship from).  The room was cold.  The air conditioner was too high and you'd think we'd be smart enough to lower it.... Duh!  We realized that in the morning.  

At a few minutes before 5:00am some guy knocked on our door and said it was our requested wake up call.  Luckily I had my wits about me and didn't just open the door.  There were only women working there but the wake up call was a dude.  We joked to ourselves later that we may have averted a robbery or room invasion but it really is no laughing matter because I'm usually in the habit of just opening the door when someone knocks and wakes me out of my sleep because I'd be totally confused.  Maybe that's what the person was hoping for.  Phew!  

Saturday morning we had the continental breakfast that was included in the price of the hotel then went for another trolley ride and stroll around old San Juan before checking out at noon and grabbing a taxi ($19USD) to the Pan American Port to catch the Jewel of the Seas ship.

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