We just completed the Victory Southern Carribean Cruise on Oct 3rd. Hard to believe that we have been home nearly a week and already ready to go again. We arrived in San Juan late on Sat evening. I had booked( bid) a pre and post cruise stay thru Hotwire and got the same hotel for both stays.
We arrived at the Cruise port around 11:30 am on Sunday morning. It was pure chaos, people leaving and people arriving and it was hard to tell who was who. Everyone was smiling and laughing. There were cars, buses and taxi's everywhere. Embarkation was a breeze, completed in just a few min and no lines. We were allowed to board at 12:30, but only to go to the Lido deck for lunch. Our rooms were not ready until 2pm. After depositing our carry ons in the room it was off to explore old San Juan. There is a Fort within walking distance that is interesting, but it is all uphill. Before returning to the ship we stopped at the CVS pharmacy just down from Senor Frogs about a block, across from the cruise port. We purchased 12 pks of coke and water. A 12 pk of coke was $3, ( carnival was charging $3.99 for a six pk) and water was $2.50, ( carnival was charging $5.99 for a 6 pk.). Also pick up sun screen if you need, it will be cheaper there than anywhere else.
Debarkation went smoothly, probably the smoothest of all my excursions. I have always believed that cruises were what you yourself made of them. This one rates at the top of my expectation list. We had totally awesome room steward and Waitstaff. I was greeted daily by name and wished a good day or good evening. Just relax and enjoy You will have an AWESOME TIME.