Sunday, January 8, 2012

Adventure of the Seas Christmas Cruise - Arriving in San Juan

I recently returned from an AMAZING family Christmas vacation on the Adventure of the Seas, cruising the Southern Caribbean. We departed from San Juan and visited St. Thomas, St. Maarten, Antigua, Dominica, Barbados, and St. Lucia.

The past two years we've cruised over Christmas, we had rather cold weather departing from Florida, extending to our first few sea and port days. It's funny because we once lived in Florida, and my parents posed Rachel and I for our Christmas card pictures wearing Christmas sweaters and shorts because it was so HOT.  I remember going swimming on Christmas day!  Perhaps I should blame it on Global Warming, but this year we decided that we were sick of risking cold weather and chose the Adventure of the Seas departing from San Juan, Puerto Rico.

We left our house early on Saturday, December 17 and drove to the Atlanta airport. After hearing so many connection horror stories on our cruise, I am thankful that we live so close to a transportation hub. I also have a greater appreciation for Hartsfield-International in Atlanta after departing from San Juan's airport, but that's a story for another day!

We boarded our plane on time, but we waited FOREVER to leave the gate. Our flight was delayed an hour because we were waiting on.... catering!!!! Apparently it was a necessity because the food had to last them to and from San Juan.

Once in San Juan, we hired a porter to help us with our bags, which was great because he escorted us straight to the front of the long taxi line - totally worth it.

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We spent the night at the Marriott Stellaris. We had stayed here once before our cruise on the Serenade of the Seas a year and a half prior.

They had since renovated the lobby. It was a wonderful improvement:

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We had a room on the 12th floor. Loved our view!

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Here is the Marriott Stellaris pool area.  The upper pool is a shallow splash area, and the lower pool has a slide and a swim-up pool bar.

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We were a little exhausted from travel....

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I feel like you can't stay here without seeing a wedding on the beach! There was one every night on our last vacation here.

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We went out for dinner at a place recommended by our bellhop. It was a short walk from our hotel.

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After dinner, we went to a nearby pharmacy to stock up on a few forgotten items. And reading material...

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NEXT: Day 1 - Embarkation