First off, I want to thank everyone on CC for their valuable insight and information in helping me plan this cruise....it's amazing how many of the "tips" I actually used!
Our cruise on the Adventure of the Seas was from January 29 - February 5/2006
As some of you may already know from reading my "live" thread - we had a few issues on departure for San Juan day.....I got a phone call on my cell while awaiting our flight to Miami from Toronto's Pearson airport - I barely heard the phone ring, luckily I did and answered it, because it was American Airlines calling to tell me that our flight from Miami to San Juan later that day had been cancelled! You can imagine the shock I was feeling.....and the panic! Most of you know that I am a "planner" and this cancellation was NOT in the master plan! I was on the phone with the AA rep for a half an hour trying to get the 5 of us on a later flight. The 5 of us are me,, my DH, my DD and both of my parents who are 64 & 71. Luckily, we were confirmed on a later flight to San Juan out of Miami, but it meant a 6 hour layover in the Miami airport.......oh well - at least we were finally on our way to San Juan and the Adventure of the Seas!
We arrived in San Juan at 12:00 midnight on January 26th - the airport was empty....lots of cabs waiting so finding one wasn't an issue. We loaded our luggage (ovepacked again!) and headed for the Courtyard by Marriott Isle Verde Beach Resort - a short 5 minute ride. I knew before we left Canada that this hotel was overbooked......I called them asking to upgrade my room and they told me it wasn't an option as they were oversold for that night. I had called the hotel from the Miami airport during our layover to confirm our late arrival and was told by the reservation person at the front desk that it wasn't a problem. Well.....it WAS a problem! The hotel was totally booked and our confirmed reservations ( made over 6 months ago) were totally useless! You can imagine how I was feeling standing in the middle of the Marriott lobby at 12:30am.......
One major saving grace - I am a Marriott Elite Member, and because of this, the hotel was obligated to book us in at another comparable property, all expenses paid. They gave me a choice of 2 hotels, I chose the Intercontinental because of it's close proximity to the Marriott where we would spend the additional 3 nights.