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I am using Viking Air and just received the info that my flight back to ATL is not until 5:06 pm .  Does Viking just dump you at the airport to sit all day??  I am assuming will be required to be off the ship by 9:30 am at the latest. If anyone has had a similar situation, I'd be interested to know what happens.

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We spent 8 hours in the Montreal Airport recently waiting for our flight.  We had booked our own fare, but another couple who had booked through Viking Air were on the same flight. Bring plenty to read!

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30 minutes ago, Australia08 said:

I am using Viking Air and just received the info that my flight back to ATL is not until 5:06 pm .  Does Viking just dump you at the airport to sit all day??  I am assuming will be required to be off the ship by 9:30 am at the latest. If anyone has had a similar situation, I'd be interested to know what happens.

The Sheraton Old San Juan across the street from the docks will hold your luggage for a nominal fee. They can have day rooms for rent if not too busy. Spend the day in Old San Juan.

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I do not know if still available post-hurricane, but on two occasions we stored our luggage at a restaurant in Old San Juan called Barrachini (or something like that - check the CC San Juan boards and the web).  No need to eat there, but it looks nice.  We tipped the young man.  Took a taxi there, but were not docked downtown, where Viking docks I believe.  Easy to kill time with a nice walk, lunch, etc, and cabs readily available down the block.

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We flew out of San Juan in 2018, late afternoon flight like yours. At 9:30, the ship allowed us to clear customs, kept our passports, gave us a day pass and allowed us to return to the ship with our hand luggage. We spent time relaxing in the Explorer’s Lounge, watching the new passengers begin to arrive. Had lunch at the pool grill, and were transferred to the airport about 12:30.

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On our trip last month that ended in San Juan, Viking had reserved a large room for people to hang out at the Sheraton. We were staying over a couple nights and did not use this, however a couple we met and totally enjoyed spending time with on the cruise shared this information with me. She said it was nice to have that rather than hanging at the airport. I don’t have any other details nor do I know if this is now SOP. 

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This is why airport lounges exist.

 

Also, you can check your luggage and then explore San Juan a little more.  No reason to have lunch in the airport when you can have something local and authentic.

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Arrange to pick up a rental car at the Sheraton, drive out to visit the Arecibo Radio Telescope.  Drop rental car at airport.  Make sure to get a car with a trunk or a cargo area cover.

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On 11/10/2019 at 11:54 AM, Lotusgirl22 said:

I do not know if still available post-hurricane, but on two occasions we stored our luggage at a restaurant in Old San Juan called Barrachini (or something like that - check the CC San Juan boards and the web).  No need to eat there, but it looks nice.  We tipped the young man.  Took a taxi there, but were not docked downtown, where Viking docks I believe.  Easy to kill time with a nice walk, lunch, etc, and cabs readily available down the block.

 

Barrachina actually is a great place to have lunch.

We usually order a bunch of appetizers - tapas style - to sample the local fare. Drinks there are also very good. 

After lunch it’s a pleasant walk to the fort or local shops, including high-end stores if you want something special. There’s also a scenic walkway along the water if you want to stretch your legs.

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