We flew into San Juan two days earlier to get into vacation mode. This was our third cruise out of San Juan. We stayed at the Howard Johnson in Old San Juan. Great location, not such a great hotel as it is old and not what we were expecting. However the staff and the experience was wonderful. Sat at the little bar in the front of the hotel and had a blast with other patrons. They cleaned up Old San Juan and the people are helpful and friendly.
We embarked at the port at 1:30pm and it was jammed! So much confusion and long,long lines....in the heat! You had to hand in your baggage in one line and then go back to the end of another long line! This process took almost 1 hour! Inside the port, things went smoothly and we were on the ship within 20 minutes.
The ship was very clean and the staff was exceptional!!!
We upgraded to a Junior Suite and we were very pleased! Loved the closet ( it was bigger than our first room on RCL).
No complaints. We love every minute!
Didn't have an excursion. Went into a the square, had a drink and back to the ship. No opinion really.
Koko Kunuku beach tour. LOVED IT! Worth the money. We toured the island ( not much to see) and ended up at Palm Island Beach. Very nice but no perks. You really need to rent some noodles for the beach. Drinks were expensive for an island.
Went on the Trafalgar Falls/Snorkeling tour. It was beautiful! The trip up the the falls was very enjoyable and the hike up to the falls was not too difficult. We had many older folks on the tour and it may have taken them a little longer to get up the path, but is was not too difficult. Our snorkeling tour was very enjoyable. Very knowledgeable group. We just entered the water off the shore and went out about 100 feet from shore. I guess for snorkeling people, you may think it is lame. But we were happy. The water was clear and we saw many exotic fish, not normally found in Chicago. Dominica has cleaned up their act. Not as pushy as they have been in the past. If you want to buy liquor, buy it HERE! Right off the pier. Prices are the best here.
Third time in St. Thomas. Still the same but we like it. We stumbled on to Clara's bar! You've got to go there! Buy the salsa and enjoy Clara herself sing Frank Sinatra. We should have paid to get in. We love you Clara and the salsa! Mango is the bomb! If you have never been to St. Thomas, forget the excursions and head into town and look for Raymond. He had a fire truck tour bus. He is the best on the island for a tour. Only $25 per person for a 1 hour tour and he takes you EVERYWHERE! Magen's Bay, Coko Beach, he's got it all. RAYMOND! (He's a fireman)>