Trip log, day one. Embarkation day in San Juan.
7-Night Southern Caribbean Cruise on Disney Magic – Itinerary A from San Juan, Puerto Rico
October 11, 2014
Today, our Southern Caribbean adventure really begins. Rain cut into our afternoon sightseeing plans yesterday, as we planned to walk around Old San Juan and eat a local restaurant. However, we ended up ducking into Señor Frogs which was just next to the Sheraton Old San Juan as it started to storm (and boy did it storm!). There was a break in the rain, so we walked over to the fort that we didn’t get to see last time – San Cristobal.
The rain dissipated, but the sun was setting so we decided to pick up some last minute items at CVS and Marshalls. That’s right, if you are in San Juan on the Fantasy and forgot something at home, you can restock at CVS. There is some truth to the rumor that I needed a haircut and went to Marshalls for hair clippers last night.
Back to this morning; we had a light breakfast at the hotel and checked out the wonderful views of the harbor from the rooftop pool. Seeing the Disney Magic in port was a great way to start the day!
Around 10:40am, we began our journey to the port. The taxi ride was no more than a 10 minute ride from the Sheraton in Old San Juan to the Pan American Pier.
The arrival experience was one of the best we have experienced with essentially no waiting in line for security, check in and a stop at Youth Activities for our daughter to get her 2014 Oceaneer Band.
We still had some time till boarding began which gave us some time to look over the Day 1 – Personal Navigator. Unlike at Port Canaveral, guests enter the atrium via deck 4 at the San Juan terminal.
As we were announced near the D-Lounge, we enjoyed an arial view of Reap, the Disney Magic’s pumpkin tree.
Our first order of business was lunch with José at Carioca’s. We much prefer to eat at Carioca’s or Parrot Cay when sailing the classic ships on embarkation day. You do not need to search for a table as you will be seated by a host and will be treated to a full sit down serving experience with buffet-style eating. Additionally, there is more room for your carry-on luggage.
After a relaxing lunch, we decided to check the beverage seminar schedule for the cruise. Here is a great tip – the Personal Navigators tell you which seminars are offered on the sailing, but at the bar where you sign up for them is a printed out schedule. No champagne tasting – one day we will get to do this.
It would not be a Sanders’ cruise without heading to the gift shops on embarkation day to do some window shopping. We must wait until tomorrow to pick up some of the Halloween on the High Seas merchandise, as we are in San Juan late today and as a result the shops will not be open until tomorrow.
We hung out at the tables near the Walt Disney Theatre as we still had some time before our stateroom was available. At about 1:30 PM, we made our way to the stateroom. We were greated by our stateroom host and noticed a revised Castaway Club tote bag. This new design should hold up much better with canvas straps and not fall apart like the previous rope and grommet design.
Our luggage began arriving and we started to unpack only to discover that between the hotel and the port one of our sunscreens had leaked in the suitcase. Although we had the sunscreen in a zip lock bag, whatever happened created a tear in the bag. Good news is that the laundry room is just down the hall and all machines were available. The clothes were washed and dried before the 4:30 PM muster drill!
Our final suitcase (which held all of our evening attire) arrived just in time to get ready for dinner at Lumiere’s.
After a lovely dinner, Isabelle went to the Oceaneer Club while we decided to head back into the terminal to check out the duty free store. However, it was closed. Keep this in mind – although all aboard time is 9:30 PM, the store closes much earlier. Pick up those last second provisions while you can.
Captain John announced earlier that we would be on our way at 10:30 PM. Sunday we will be spending the day at sea on our way to our first port of call, Antigua.
Complete Trip Log Index
First Leg – 7-night Southern Caribbean Cruise
- Day 1 – San Juan
- Day 2 – At Sea
- Day 3 – Grenada
- Day 4 – Barbados
- Day 5 – St. Lucia
- Day 6 – Antigua
- Day 7 – St. Kitts
Second Leg – 3-Night San Juan to Port Canaveral Cruise