BOARDING San Juan PR
My wife and I arrived to the port around 11:30 am, first there is no parking near the port so if you arrive early it will be easy to find one but if you come by taxi there should be no problem at all. As soon as you arrive to the port go straight to the terminal, you should not have any problem to enter without any lines 10 minutes at most. After you check in you should wait maybe until 12:30 pm. so they start calling you for boarding. Yes there is a duty free liquor store near the terminal, free samples also, where you can buy almost any rum you want. After that just put it in our carry on and go through security no questions ask. The cabins will not be ready until 2:00 pm. so go straight to the buffet as soon as you enter you will have many selections to choose from. NICE BUFFET!!!
Why do you want to get in early?
First day of the cruise so you should enjoy every minute of it, you can go down and visit old San Juan if you have the time and also at 3:00 pm the matrie will be at the first floor of the Galaxy restaurant if you need to change your table, like myself, is better to do it as soon as you can. I had no trouble changing mine since they were not already assigned to other passengers, so get early in order to make the necessary arrangement for your dinner table.
We found the ship in good condition and they work on it everyday in order to do so, but as you should expect it is a 1996 ship so there are some problems. We had a balcony cabin on the Verandah Deck. It was a great clean cabin, no odors, and has more bathroom space than any other cabin I had ever been, specially the shower. Ok there are no problems with air conditioning on your cabin I was on the 8 floor and it was a nice cold temperature all the trip. I can not say the same for the palladium theater the second floor had no air conditioning at all. If you are going to the shows go to the first level, if you are in the second floor please get seats at down part of it so you are near the first floor you can get their air conditioning this way, this is a first one for me, on my last trip at the carnival destiny (2005), the air conditioning on the second floor was as cold as ice but for some reason it was not the case this time. The stores on board have good prices and they also will have a few raffles during the trip we never win anything but are a good opportunity if you are lucky and they are free of charge. The last day of the cruise the will have nice prices or specials so if you are interested in something expensive wait for that day. But remember there are some days that they will choose to make for example “diamonds day” so is up to you because that day will be a good day to buy also.
The food in the Universe Dining room was excellent. Variety was always good something for everyone. The food on the Lido deck was a good option if you don’t want to get all dress up also. There are a few nice options almost all the days of your cruise like: burgers, sandwiches, fries, Chinese food and the pizza on the back deck. We did the buffet almost everyday and WOW anything you want is there no complains at all.
Breakfast on the Lido deck would be my only complaint. First they have only one omelet station per line and they make you wait even if you don’t order one. I never order an omelet but since the people in front of me order it I had to wait before getting what I want and a few persons even order more than one, so the line was always way too long. I believe carnival should have a special line out of the buffet only for the people that wants omelet because is not fair for me or my fellow passengers to wait for something that we don’t want. The “scrambled eggs” were not excellent but they were not bad, my wife did not like them but there are other options at the buffet like fruits, pancakes, bacon, etc. There is also the option of continental breakfast via room service. Just place your order the night before and it arrives at your requested time in the morning.
The entertainment was Great We went to each one of them. Al Romero was great you will enjoy a great comedy with him. As for the shows the have made some changes, in one of the shows they even mix Spanish and English songs in order to satisfy all their audience. There is also the normal couch show and the dancing Vegas style you will not get bored with them. The magician is worth the try and there is another comedian I don’t remember his name but he was ok not great. There is also the casino they have an option so you can use your sail and sign card DON’T USE IT!!! Tourist trap is better to use money so you can control how much you spend. As for the night life well is a fun ship!!! you should have Latin nights, all night parties, conga lines etc.
Just a note:
If you are a past guest like myself remember to go to the past guest party FREE DRINKS!!! You will see a video of Carnival from their first ship to the new ones but I really enjoy it and at the end they have a raffle so maybe you are luck who knows.
Generally this is a great Cruise I really enjoy it, the price is excellent for five islands, the ship is a nice FUN ship for the price and well I will be returning to it next year if I am lucky…
As for the cruise itinerary I will later post one at the Caribbean port chat…