Sailing away

San Juan Travel Blog

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Kim
After my last post we were able to get on the boat.  It was a bit of a confusing mess though.  Getting our bags back from the hotel was easy, the cab ride was short, and we got to the boat quickly.  The rain was letting up but we were still worried about it so we decided not to delay getting on the ship.  We got to the dock around 2pm and there was already a long line. 

Disinterested in standing in a long line for hours we started to look around and see if we could figure out how to get through things faster.  We had done all of our prep work including registering our information on-line before the cruise.  So the last remaining challenge was getting our bag checked into the boat.  We found some porters and followed the crowed in giving our bags to them.
The view from the boat in San Juan
  The problem was that these guys, while they had identification, didn´t seem to be part of the established practice.  There was actually a bag line, but these guys were just taking bags from people as they walked up.

It worked...despite our fears we got our bags, however we had to wait until 10pm.  Apparently the bag porters are supposed to sort the bags by deck before the bags are scanned and brought onto the boat.  These porters didn´t do that so the boat staff had to do the sorting on board which delayed things.

The first night on the boat was great.  Our stateroom is wonderful and is located in a great position on the boat.

Kim really wanted to go to the safety briefing and it was just dumb luck that our room steward told us we didn´t need to bring our life jackets with us.  The safety briefing is very similar to the routine we´ve all seen on airplanes but instead of seat belts they show you how to put on your life jacket and make sure you know where your rally point is.  They also check each guest off of their list and search for stragglers.  I usually hide under my bed to avoid this tedious event but Kim really wanted to go.  We made a video to pass the time a bit. 
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Kim
Kim
The view from the boat in San Juan
The view from the boat in San Juan
San Juan
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