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Old 03-05-2006, 02:08 PM
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I will be cruising on the Golden Princess from March 18-25. My flight out of San Juan on the 25th does not leave until 5 PM. I have book "day rooms" at nearby hotels in the past with larger groups, but was wondering this time if people had any suggestions. THe day rooms are hard to come by. Are there any hotels which would let us store our luggage for the day and use their facilities (ie lounge by the pool, use the casino, eat lunch at the restaurant)? Thanks for any suggestions.
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Old 03-07-2006, 12:38 PM
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Did not cruise, but spent a long weekend in San Juan about a month ago. We stayed in Condado nearby, so know nothing about the hotels there.

Old San Juan (where the cruise ships dock) is quaint, lots of shops and narrow streets to stroll down. Hotels are all old and in former churches and museums and such. Amazing amount of Designer fashion shops all over San Juan - even in Condado among century old hurricane ruins! Small flea market area in the center of town. Lots of museums, churches, art to see.

There are two old forts on either side of town that are cool to see. But beware - they try to sell you a dual ticket to both forts for like $5 - cheap. OK we went for it. When you finish the inland fort San Cristóbal they tell you to walk around the corner and up the hill, follow the walkway to the other one - which is MILES away! When it finally comes into view, you see that it is another MILE out a grassy knoll, then you play mountain goat up stairways inside. Luckily there is a movie in the a/c first or we would have DIED! Someone, do this thing with a pedometer. I'd love to know how many miles we actually trudged. Well worth seeing, but man! They tell you there is nowhere to park at the 2nd one, but there is some on the streets much closer than walking all the way - in very humid weather. Suggest you do just the one with the grassy knoll - El Morro.

Anyhoo, the Bicardi distillery is supposed to be a great tour. We intend to do that one when we do a cruise that stops there. We were beat every afternoon and I actually lost weight on a vacation rather than gained!
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Old 03-11-2006, 12:46 PM
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We are on your cruise and fortunately are staying in San Juan until Sunday. What we did last year with a similar dilemna is take cruise shuttle to airport, check in all our baggage, and rented a car. $28 for the day, did on our own site seeing and had a great time.
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Old 03-13-2006, 04:20 PM
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I am just home from the Golden.
In the past I have gone to the Old San Juan Hotel & Casino.
They have a nice pool area & changing room, not to mention the casino.

Hope you enjoy your cruise.

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