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PC GUY 10-06-2013 01:55 PM

San Juan PR Boarding Times?
I am thinking about a cruise out of San Juan in December. I will be flying out of Buffalo NY, and I found a flight at a good price that will arrive in San Juan at 4:50pm.

I know the Valor sails at 10:00pm, but what are the boarding times for San Juan? It seems like Carnival always wants all its passengers on board 2 hours before departure, so will this flight be a problem?

Thank You.

peter l 10-07-2013 04:51 AM

Hey PC Guy. when we cruise out of San Juan we normally fly in 1 or 2 days before to relax and enjoy what the old city has to offer. We live in New England and like Buffalo NY, depending on when in December you are cruising, a snow storm could prove disastrous to the whole cruise vacation.
Either way, I'd give more time to the travel.


Cruise Fanatic 10-07-2013 05:33 AM

PC Guy, You should be fine pending you don't have any delays as Peter mentioned. Homeland security requires the ship to provide them a manifest of all passengers sailing 60 minutes prior to the ships departure. Carnival requires anyone to be checked in 90 minutes prior if you didn't do your registration online.

Jim C. 10-09-2013 05:07 AM

Well to answer your question, boarding starts about noon (sometimes a little earlier) and they let you come and go from the ship as you please until 7PM (i think.. might be 8PM) once you have your S&S card. It is great to be able to check in, drop your luggage off and then go back out and visit San Juan some more. This works great if you are staying in San Juan the day before the cruise. But your 5:40PM flight should be ok. Assuming it takes you an hour or so to collect your luggage (you won't need to go through customs in San Juan) and get a taxi to the ship. You should be on board before 8PM...

If you could get in earlier or the day before it would be better (why risk a flight delay) but if you have to take that flight it should work.

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