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Old 12-09-2012, 09:17 PM   #16
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Does anyone have some feedback on excursions that you have taken in San Juan? I know that the Fantasy just started going there, but we have to book ours in a few weeks, so any information would be helpful.
Just got off Fantasy Saturday. San Juan is wonderful. we did the ATV rain forest excursion - it was great fun. the guides were nice and you can tell they have fun and enjoy the excursions. A friend ziplined and said it was great - but did recommend that one be in pretty fit shape, as you kayak and then have to hike a bit to get to the lines.
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Old 12-10-2012, 10:36 AM   #17
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I am also curious about how you book the day passes. My husband called the Marriott Stellaris directly and they said they did not offer a day rate for a room. But I am sure that is different than booking a day pass for just the outside amenties.

I am also curious about how long the taxi ride was to the Marriott Stellaris and how much it cost.

We are also thinking about the Family Beach Day. That one is at the Courtyard. We'd prefer the full service Marriott, mostly because it's closer to the port than the Courtyard is.
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Old 12-10-2012, 10:37 AM   #18
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We'd prefer the full service Marriott, mostly because it's closer to the port than the Courtyard is.
Time is valuable... I'll be watching to see the replies you get.
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Old 12-10-2012, 10:41 AM   #19
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I called the Marriott recently myself because I think we're gonna do part of the day at the pool there and part at one of the forts on our own. I was told it was $35 per person per day. (no room, just for their outside pool/beach area) They said you do not reserve it, you just show up that day and tell them why you're there.
I plan on calling again to confirm when we're closer to our sail date. Not sure if they only allow so many a day, that would be my only concern. Intend to ask next time I call.
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I called the Marriott recently myself because I think we're gonna do part of the day at the pool there and part at one of the forts on our own. I was told it was $35 per person per day. (no room, just for their outside pool/beach area) They said you do not reserve it, you just show up that day and tell them why you're there.
I plan on calling again to confirm when we're closer to our sail date. Not sure if they only allow so many a day, that would be my only concern. Intend to ask next time I call.
Will you please post again once you find out for sure? We are interested in this as well.
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Old 12-10-2012, 11:06 AM   #21
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I called the Marriott recently myself because I think we're gonna do part of the day at the pool there and part at one of the forts on our own. I was told it was $35 per person per day. (no room, just for their outside pool/beach area) They said you do not reserve it, you just show up that day and tell them why you're there.
I plan on calling again to confirm when we're closer to our sail date. Not sure if they only allow so many a day, that would be my only concern. Intend to ask next time I call.
I agree, I would be worried, too, that only a certain amount are allowed each day. Also, if the hotel was close to a sellout night, then would they still allow day passes? That is what makes me want to just get a room there. But that is $279 right now for the night we would need it, which is more than the Family Beach Day would cost us.

But being that much closer to the port, might make it all worth it since we would get a little extra time there.
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Will you please post again once you find out for sure? We are interested in this as well.
I gladly will, it just won't be for a few more months. So hopefully someone has some other experiences with it before then!
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Old 12-10-2012, 04:14 PM   #23
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Does anyone know what pier we are docking at in Old San Juan?
Just there, we were at Pier 3. Great location
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Old 12-10-2012, 04:19 PM   #24
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Has anyone tried the horseback riding? My daughter is interested in this. DCL offers two different excursions so I did not know which one is better.
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Old 12-10-2012, 09:03 PM   #25
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We just stumbled off the Fantasy from last week. We did the single-rider ATV excursion, and it was one of the top five excursions we've ever done. Be advised, though, wear long pants and shoes you don't care much about. The wife just threw hers away. Mine were water shoes, and even after a full day at CC, it took fifteen minutes of scalding water after I got home to clean them. There were times when we were driving through two-plus feet of water and mud.
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We were on the Fantasy last week, as well.

I DO NOT recommend the Old San Juan/New San Juan tour. What a waste of $59 (times 4 people!).

The bus was nice, but all they did was take us to the capitol building and let us walk inside it (about 20-30 vendors inside, it was kind of odd) and then they took us to the fort (which we could have easily walked to or taken the free trolley shuttle there from the ship). The entire rest of the time was spent driving on freeways to the "new" San Juan side of things ... where they pointed out the mall "we have every store you have in the US: Best Buy, Penneys, Sears, you name it ... and every restaurant you have: there's the Domino's, there's the Taco Bell, KFC, Starbucks, etc."

Then he looped back around and pointed out various hotels.

Seriously. That's IT. I think it wasted about 3.5 hours. Not to mention $200+. I was pretty irked when we finally got off. For as informative as the tour was, I should have just stayed on the ship and enjoyed having it to myself.
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We were on the Fantasy last week, as well.

I DO NOT recommend the Old San Juan/New San Juan tour. What a waste of $59 (times 4 people!).

The bus was nice, but all they did was take us to the capitol building and let us walk inside it (about 20-30 vendors inside, it was kind of odd) and then they took us to the fort (which we could have easily walked to or taken the free trolley shuttle there from the ship). The entire rest of the time was spent driving on freeways to the "new" San Juan side of things ... where they pointed out the mall "we have every store you have in the US: Best Buy, Penneys, Sears, you name it ... and every restaurant you have: there's the Domino's, there's the Taco Bell, KFC, Starbucks, etc."

Then he looped back around and pointed out various hotels.

Seriously. That's IT. I think it wasted about 3.5 hours. Not to mention $200+. I was pretty irked when we finally got off. For as informative as the tour was, I should have just stayed on the ship and enjoyed having it to myself.
Thanks for your post. DH and I were considering this but won't now. If we are interested in seeing the fort we will just walk.
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Thanks for your post. DH and I were considering this but won't now. If we are interested in seeing the fort we will just walk.
We walked to the one fort and took our time around there. We then took the trolley to the other fort. After that we had a long lunch in Old San Juan and then strolled the streets we went and saw La Forteleza (Governors mansion) and then walked to Christs old church.

There are people outside the ship who you can hire as a tour guide
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Old 12-11-2012, 10:38 AM   #29
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Any other feedback about the Bacardi Rum Distillery & Old Juan city tour offered by Disney? Our kids 10 & 7 love the show "How it's made" and we thought we'd love the Bacardi Tour (with a few bevvies for mom & dad...) however there have only been 2 posts about this which are completely opposite. Any additional feedback would be great!
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I gladly will, it just won't be for a few more months. So hopefully someone has some other experiences with it before then!
Ok...I might be going before you...March 9th is our cruise date.
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