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  1. Thx! We will be there on a port stop from 5p to 12am next January from MSC Seaside, so we were just going to go somewhere for dinner as we really can't do much else (we've been to the forts many times, bio tour, no beach, no food tour available...etc...). Ship excursions are the same walking tours to areas that we have been to before. We aren't interested in the flamenco shows. It's a shame but we really like doing active things and being on our own to explore without a time table or guide. However, we do have a lot planned at the other ports so it may be nice just to have a night out without the planning.
  2. Are Europeans accustomed to being shoved or shoving older people to get in line? Do they not respect their elders? I dont know many cultures that would excuse that kind of rudeness. I think most Europeans and Americans would not like line cutters and shoving guests. My dad was from Ireland and he never would have done that to a 70 yr old.
  3. Thx! Seems like that's like most ship gyms so husband and I will have to time it right. Btw, this was a really good review. I dislike cheerleader reviews and nitpick every blessed thing down to rust everywhere reviews. You answered a lot of questions as this will be my 1st time on msc.
  4. Thx for review. We are unfortunately not in yacht club since its sold out on our cruise next January. I am gathering up information with all of these reviews and appreciate yours and others honesty about msc. Did you have a chance to go to the gym and if so, was the equipment up to date?
  5. That's awful! I had the flu on my transatlantic on the jewel last fall and it was not fun. Good thing about it was it occurred during the 4-5 sea days so I didn't miss any islands. Theres always a next time...
  6. Back in 2016, we spent 3 days pre cruise in culebra. We flew a jumper plane over. This was one of the most beautiful islands. Great beaches, restaurants,... I just loved it. I highly recommend doing this pre cruise. On our way back we flew in a jumper to ceiba then rented a car and drove to el yungue, then dropped the car off and went to our cruise. One of my favorite trips...
  7. My husband and I had a 415 flight last November and when we got off our ship around 830, we went to the Marriott which sells day passes. I've been to both places and the Marriott hands down is much better. You have the beach and the pool. There is a shower. They provide towels. AND they store your luggage. We had our backpacks that we put our change of clothes in and stayed until 130, then took a cab to the airport. The san Juan is a restaurant on a beach. Yes it's nice, the food is good, but it's not as nice as the Marriott. What sold me was the shower and the towels.
  8. I could not view my reservation. My husband couldn't link his. After 11 days an msc rep deleted our accounts and had us reapply. She worked with me back and forth via email. After 5-6 weeks, I can finally access my booking thanks to an extremely diligent csr. So there is hope. The site is great once you can get it to work with your information
  9. My husband and I are returning here with the hotel day pass for $35 in April. I really liked it here. I remember the pizza being decent and this is high praise from one from outside Philadelphia. There was a small convenience store near there where I remember us stocking up on soda for the kids (we used the day rooms refrigerator and some munchies). Pool was beautiful. Good massage on beach.
  10. I know I wouldn't pay for a chair in the sun all day. I always find something on the deck above the pool areas in the front or back. Occasionally I do like to sit near the pool and my only gripe is not people who abandon their stuff but people who take up a row of maybe 5 chairs in the shade and 5 chairs in the sun. This is ruder than someone who just may be in the bathroom or pool
  11. We have the same issue. Arrive at 5pm and leave at 1230am from msc seaside next January. I've seen the forts, rode bikes, el yungue... I sent out emails to the bio bay companies with no response. Bacardi plant will be closed. Other than bars and restaurants, there really isn't much to do activity wise exploring the city. I looked at some night food tours and they start at 5.
  12. I'm blind as a bat and still use my contacts with snorkeling. I probably wouldn't see once I took the mask off which is why I probably never invested in the prescription goggles. I usually do shore snorkeling but have done the boats where it can be tricky seeing the ladder for me. Never had water in my eyes but then again I am used to not opening under water unless I have goggles or a mask.
  13. We took a cab from airport to Walmart, then a cab from Walmart to pier.
  14. I have been researching this also as we will be there in January 2020. So far no company has returned a response. It looks like the pickups are at 5-530? I usually hate ship excursions but if MSC offers this, I may take them up on it. Otherwise, I am wandering around the bars of San Juan
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