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By Jeannette and Dan Dudek
San Juan Airports
Normally you fly into San Juan and will arrive at the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU), located 3 miles southeast of San Juan.
Baldorioty de Castro Expressway (Road 26) provides good access to the Cruise Ship Terminal; about a 40 minute drive. When you book your cruise, you can select Celebrity’s transportation service to the ship for $15 per person. A taxi will cost as much as $60; however, van service may be available for $22 per couple, plus $1 a bag.
For general aviation, and some limited commercial flights, Fernando Luis Ribas Dominicci Airport (SIG), also commonly known as Isla Grande Airport, may be your arrival airport. Located directly across the street from the Cruise Ship Terminal; you can made the drive in just a few minutes.
The stated boarding time for our cruise was 2 p.m. We arrived at Summit’s terminal facility about 12:30 p.m. to investigate how early you could board the ship; and the earliest you could enter your stateroom. The line to have your larger bags checked moved quickly; the process was expedited due to sufficient and efficient staff overseeing everything, and assisting those needing special attention.
Inside the terminal, the signs and staff quickly got us into the appropriate line to have our documentation checked, our pictures taken and our SeaPasses issued. Without any delays or long lines, we boarded the beautiful Summit by about 1 p.m., a full hour before the published boarding time.
Once on-board, the ship’s common facilities such as the pool, sundeck, library, shops, bars, etc. were available for our use. For those wishing to have something to eat, the Oceanview Café on Deck 10 was open and serving numerous food items; many guests visited the popular ice cream bar.
Starting around 2:00 p.m., the announcements were made regarding which staterooms were available for guests; by 2:30 p.m., all rooms had been cleaned and sanitized from the prior cruise. By the time most guests reached their stateroom, their checked luggage had already been delivered; virtually all had their luggage within half-an-hour of occupying their room.
Read More of Jeannette and Dan Dudek’s Celebrity Summit Review:
Overview | Pre-Cruise Documentation | San Juan Airports & Embarkation | Sunset Balcony Staterooms | Dining Options | Normandie Specialty Restaurant | Qsine Specialty Restaurant | Excursions | Production Shows | Bridge & Engine Room Operation | Senior Officer Interviews | General Info | Disembarkation in San Juan |
If You Go:
Jeannette and Dan Dudek travel extensively domestically and internationally; visited over 30 countries; and have been to most U.S. states and Canadian provinces. Jeannette’s career has included teaching elementary school classes; as well as English classes for middle school students; she also as has been a business manager and accountant for several firms. Jeannette’s passion is gourmet cooking and hosting special gatherings for friends and family.
Dan spent his career as an international consultant; assisting large firms implement computerized project and portfolio management systems. Besides international travel, Jeannette and Dan enjoy traveling North America in their RV, as well as handgun competitions, sailing, hunting, hiking, biking and other outdoor sports.