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Presbyterian church - Old Town San Juan

We were up good and early Sunday morning.  I had read on a website that the First Presbyterian Church in San Juan had an English service at 9:00 a.m.  Being it was Palm Sunday, we both wanted to go.  We packed our Sunday best and took a taxi downtown around 8:30.  A bit of advice, San Juan is not awake at 8:30 on a Sunday morning.  We found the church locked up pretty tight.  So, we walked around the beautiful downtown area, along the walls near the shore, and through a pretty little park.  Closer to 9:00, we found one church worker at the church.  Shortly afterward, the minister came and told us that they no longer have the English service, but he can translate for English speaking guests when necessary at their 10:30 service.

Presbyterian church - Old Town San Juan
  They apologized and invited us in for their pre-service fellowship.  We stuck around for coffee and cake.  Unfortunately, we didn't have time to stay for the service without making prior arrangements to check out of the hotel by noon.  We enjoyed our morning of fellowship and a tour of the church.  We then went back to the hotel.

Even though the ship didn't sail until around 8:00 p.m., we headed for the ship.  We were all SO EXCITED to get on that we simply couldn't take it anymore.  We got a taxi that could lug all 4 of us with luggage to the pier (again, not much more than around $7pp).  Checking in was a BREEZE.  We didn't stand in a single line.  I didn't even get to use my "priority check-in" for being a platnium member because there was no line in the regular line.

Presbyterian church - Old Town San Juan
  The ONLY time we waited was right outside the ship because of a group getting pictures done.  I was impressed by how quickly were were on the ship.  Our room was open and ready for us when we checked right at 2:00.  We headed for the Windjammer for lunch and enjoyed exploring on our own a bit.  The ship was extremely nice.  This is the largest class of RCI ship I've ever been on (and probably will ever go on - no mega-monsters for me... no no).  I have to admit, the 2 best shows I've ever seen on a ship have been the ice shows and I do love the Promenade.

I was a bit nervous about being on a big ship.  My last cruise on a ship this big was CROWDED and had some extremely rude people / kids on it.  We waited in long lines for most everything on that cruise and had to deal with teenagers having food fights in the formal dining room, and just general rudeness.

That's my boat.
  The staff on that former cruise seemed at their wits end at dealing with the people, and it just wasn't the best experience overall.  (I still loved it, I ALWAYS love a cruise, but it was a little more stressful that others).  I assumed, ESPECIALLY being spring break, we'd have a similar experience.  Not the case AT ALL!  While there were many people on board, I really don't remember waiting for anything except occasionally the dining room to open for our early seating.  Even then, no more than 10 minutes of waiting.  I'm sure I'll say this a few times in this blog, but the staff of this ship was, by far, superior all the way around to others we've been on.  By the 2nd day, our wait staff and room steward were calling us by name, and we had successfully (thanks to Mom and Jack) found a favorite bartender.
Our cabin

Dinners were, as usual, very good.  I don't have a single complaint about the food on an RCI cruise.  I know many people say the food quality has gone down quite a bit.  I guess I would compare the meals to something extremely good I would find in a nicer restaurant in Columbus, OH.  I throughly enjoyed absolutely everything I ate from the breakfast buffet to the formal meals in the evening.  I did, however, notice a serious cutback in the little "extras" here and there.  The ice cream machine ran out a few times and had limited hours.  There also wasn't the roaming food trays with those awesome little tart dessert things at the functions.  There also weren't nearly as many roaming bartenders around the pool.  However, the food service and quality seemed quite good to me.

I'm including pictures from our at-sea day on Monday (3/29) as well on this page.  As you can see, very impressive ship.

PhinsAndGills says:
Stigen - it's not really. If you keep a close eye on times of the year, you can quite quite inexpensively. For us, it's cheaper and more exciting than a land-based vacation. the bulk of the expense anymore is airfare to get to a port. Ohio is a bit landlocked (Lake Erie doesn't count.)
Posted on: May 28, 2011
Stigen says:
I"d love to go on a caribbean cruise ! must be expensive though ?
Posted on: Aug 12, 2010
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