We chose this cruise because of the six ports in 7 days aspect. Family of four (kids are 13 and 9)
Day one: Embarkation Day
Since the Valor docks in the morning with the previous cruise and leaves that night with a new one, I went down and talked to some people that just got off the boat. I asked about each island and what the process was to get on the plane to get a feel. Although our boarding pass time said "2:30-8:30pm" for the 10pm cruise after talking to people, I decided to board at 11am to grab some lunch then head out to Old San Juan (OSJ) for the day. We gave our bags to a porter (who actually walked to the OSJ Sheraton for them, where we stayed the nght before) and went to board. We were talking to our boarding agent and had our sail & sign cards within 10 minutes. We waited until they let the ship board at 12pm and our cabins were ready (1322 & 1326). Grabbed some lunch on pool deck (burgers, hot dogs, chicken strips, fries, etc....) and headed into OSJ for a bit. The highlight of this port was El Morro Fort for sure....WOW what a sight. We walked it and encountered numerous cats along the fort area (in talking to a random tour guide she said that these cats are fed/sterilized by the government and the city has no rodent problems as a result!) We we bought a bag of cat food and the kids enjoyed the extra cat attention as we walked the city. After the lame muster drill (in English and Spanish) we went up to deck 10 to watch the push away from OSJ. Great sight as fort is lit up at night!