San Juan Airport - Luggage?

Welcome to Cruise Critic! If you'd like to participate on our forums by joining in the conversation, please Register Now! Be sure to visit our FAMOUS Roll Call forums, where you can meet other cruisers sailing with you and share a tour or shore excursion and SAVE MONEY!

** Please post your recommendations ONLY in response to request...do not start a new thread. Thanks!
Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts
BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
All times are GMT -4.
The time now is 08:24 AM.
#1
574 Posts
Joined Mar 2005
DH has heard (don't know where) that the San Juan airport is the worst for losing luggage. He now wants to do only carry-on (which, for a seven day cruise with a one night pre-cruise stay is a PITA). We have a non-stop AA flight from Boston to San Juan and are flying in the day before our cruise. I think it would be pretty hard to lose our luggage on a non-stop flight, and, even if a bag was misplaced, we don't cruise until the following day so there would be time to get it to us. Has anyone had any problems getting their luggage when flying into San Juan?
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Darcy


RCL Adventure of the Seas, October 2017
Norwegian Escape, August 2017
Carnival Freedom, October 2016
Carnival Legend, January 2013
Celebrity Century, January 2009
Carnival Destiny, October 2007
Carnival Destiny, September 2006
RCL Monarch of the Seas, March 2006
Carnival Inspiration, August 2005
Carnival Miracle, April 2005
Carnival Inspiration, April 2004
RLC Sovereign of the Seas, April 2003
#2
San Juan
302 Posts
Joined Mar 2006
Your DH , heard wrong, San Juan is not the worst if anything it is the best and if you are on a non-stop flight , that`s even better.
During the high season there are 4 homeport ships for a about 10,000 people getting off and 10,000 getting on. San Juan hardly hears about lost baggage
#3
574 Posts
Joined Mar 2005
Thanks Victor! I really didn't want to have to pack for carry-on. I thought he might have heard wrong as in all the years of reading boards (this and others) I've never seen a complaint about lost luggage in San Juan!
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Darcy


RCL Adventure of the Seas, October 2017
Norwegian Escape, August 2017
Carnival Freedom, October 2016
Carnival Legend, January 2013
Celebrity Century, January 2009
Carnival Destiny, October 2007
Carnival Destiny, September 2006
RCL Monarch of the Seas, March 2006
Carnival Inspiration, August 2005
Carnival Miracle, April 2005
Carnival Inspiration, April 2004
RLC Sovereign of the Seas, April 2003
#4
Little Rock, Arkansas
37,374 Posts
Joined Mar 2005
It's not lost luggage that is San Juan's problem. It is just a crowded, busy airport, known for really long lines. Especially since you are coming in a day pre-cruise and on a non-stop, I would not worry about lost luggage.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Wrona

3/02 Sovereign of the Seas Bahamas, 5/03 Voyager of the Seas Western Caribbean, 1/05 Voyager of the Seas Eastern Caribbean, 12/05 Rhapsody of the Seas Western Caribbean, 2/06 Brilliance of the Seas Partial Panama Canal(Live posts or photos), 3/06 Serenade of the Seas Southern Caribbean (Review or photos), 3/06 Monarch of the Seas Mexico, 2/07 Jewel of the Seas Eastern Caribbean (Mustard of the Seas 1) (View photos), 1/08 Maui Trip (View photos), 5/08 Rhapsody of the Seas Alaska (trip report, photos, Compasses/Menus/Other Info, review, review with pictures), 5/09 Serenade of the Seas Alaska (View Photos), 11/09 Radiance of the Seas Mexico (View Photos), Jewel of the Seas WB TA 09/10 (Review, View Photos), 8/11 Peru & Machu Picchu (View Photos), 8/12 Colombia (View Photos), 10/12 Jewel of the Seas Canada/New England (View Photos), 2012 Christmas Markets Salzburg/Munich (View Photos), 4/13 Jewel of the Seas Cozumel (View Photos), 8/13 Ghana (View Photos-Part 1 & Part 2), 11/13 Oasis of the Seas Eastern Caribbean (Review, View Photos), 1/14 Adventure of the Seas Southern Caribbean (View Photos), 9/14 Jewel of the Seas Southern Caribbean (View Photos), 11/14 Celebrity Summit Southern Caribbean (View Photos), 5/15 Jaco Beach, Costa Rica (View Photos), 6/15 AmaSerena Danube River (View Photos), 7/15 Majesty of the Seas Bahamas (View Photos), 8/15 Navigator of the Seas Western Caribbean, 1/16 Celebrity Summit Southern Caribbean, 11/16 Celebrity Silhouette WB TA, 1/17 Celebrity Infinity South America
#5
Tampa, FL
48 Posts
Joined May 2006
Originally posted by Darcy03231
DH has heard (don't know where) that the San Juan airport is the worst for losing luggage. He now wants to do only carry-on (which, for a seven day cruise with a one night pre-cruise stay is a PITA). We have a non-stop AA flight from Boston to San Juan and are flying in the day before our cruise. I think it would be pretty hard to lose our luggage on a non-stop flight, and, even if a bag was misplaced, we don't cruise until the following day so there would be time to get it to us. Has anyone had any problems getting their luggage when flying into San Juan?
Hi Darcy03231, I have flown to SJU twice from BOS on the direct flight(AA) and had no problems with luggage. The airport is very busy and taxi lines are long.
#6
Davenport, FL
968 Posts
Joined Jul 2003
We have flown in and out of San Juan and have not lost luggage. We always book direct flights. The taxi lines are not that bad as the trick there is to get a porter who will assist you in securing a taxi quickly. (You still have to go to the window to get your voucher and fare) We found that the airport on a saturday is not that busy. We usually fly Continental.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Smooth Sailing

LIL





SAILED:
Carnival Sensation-Nov 2015; Carnival Liberty Feb 2015; RCCL-Freedom of the Seas - May 2014; RCCL-Freedom of the Seas -- May 2013; RCCL- Explorer of the Seas -- Feb 2010; RCCL-Majesty of the Seas -- Sept 2009; RCCL-Freedom of the Seas -- Feb 2009; RCCL-Majesty of the Seas -- Sept 2008; RCCL-Mariner of the Seas -- Feb 2008; RCCL-Serenade of the Seas -- Feb 2007; RCCL-Majesty of the Seas -- Sept 2006; RCCL-Serenade of the Seas -- Feb 2006; RCCL-Splendour of the Seas -- Feb 2005; RCCL-Mariner of the Seas -- Feb 2004; NCL-SS Norway -- Feb 2003; RCCL-Sovereign of the Seas -- June 2002
#7
29 Posts
Joined Jul 2006
You will have no problem with your luggage coming on a direct flight from Boston. I take that route all the time and never have happened!! and now with security measures with carry-on, it will be a nightmare carrying everything w/you on the plane.
#8
Corpus Christi Texas
9,535 Posts
Joined Apr 2005
Actually - if it makes on your plane from your hometown you will be just fine......... they check baggage tickets before you are let out of the San Juan airport..... no one leaves with the wrong luggage !!!! So hang on to your baggage claim tickets.

I travel alot so I went one step further and bought a three piece set that is tan background with green palm trees on it..... no one else has my luggage !!!!! Makes it real easy to spot too.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
NEXT UP: 9/3/16 SILHOUETTE Amsterdam to Rome - 12 nights

So far: 11 cruises - 5 Royal Caribbean, 4 Celebrity, 1 Princess & 1 Holland America

Life is short ..forgive quickly, kiss slowly, love truly, laugh uncontrollably... and never regret anything that made you smile