After checking airfare and flight schedules, we decided to fly into San Juan the day before our cruise departs and to stay over another night on the back end.
Plannig well ahead allowed us to get good rates at two great hotels.
The night of our arrival, we will be enjoying the amenities at the San Juan Marriott Resort and Stellaris Casino. Located on Condado Beach, the Stellaris offers direct access to the beach, a beautiful pool with swim-up bar and a water slide, not to mention beautiful, comfortable rooms and suites.
Our plan is to taxi over to the resort from the airport and spend the afternoon lounging by the pool or on the beach. The idea is to put us in full vacation mode before boarding the Carnival Victory for a sail around the Caribbean.
The following day, we will taxi to the port; check in to the ship and head out to Old San Juan for some sightseeing.
On the return portion of our cruise, we have booked rooms at the Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel and Casino. Situated in the convention center district, the Sheraton Puerto Rico is one of San Juan’s newest hotels. It is just five minutes from Old San Juan and ten minutes from the airport – which is great since we have a super early flight out the following morning!
We booked our reservation at the Sheraton through Hotwire and got a good rate. Problem was, Hotwire could not guarantee a particular room type. Not a problem for Sheraton; I sent an email requesting double/double’s and they were happy to accommodate. Thank you Sheraton.
Both of our hotels received four diamonds – a good indication we are going to enjoy our extended stay in San Juan.
Check back the first week of May for my post cruise report!