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    Photography, cars, snorkeling
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    Carnival, Norwegian
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  1. Well that leaves the rainforest out. I'd look online for info on any of the companies that do the Fajardo Bio Bay tours. You kayak in the night through mangroves into a lagoon filled with luminescent dinoflagellates. You can dip your hand in the water and watch the water light up with their glow. Call the companies to check if it can fit your time constraints, if that's something that interests you.
  2. 99% of ships visiting San Juan for the day dock at the Old San Juan piers 1-4. Carnival usually uses pier 4 and I have seen the Divina docked at pier 3. This is along the SJ waterfront, across the street from Sr. Frogs and the Old San Juan Sheraton Hotel.
  3. What is your time in port??
  4. The only place to rent jet skis near the docks is from a vendor at the San Juan Marina. You cannot take any motorized watercraft into Condado Lagoon. the ride is on the bay up to the bay entrance if I'm not mistaken. Other than some logical restrictions like not going near any ships or crossing in front of one while moving, you can basically go anywhere in the bay. Further from the docks, there are vendors in the Isla Verde area, which is about 20 minutes away by taxi.
  5. If you were told this about the van/buses you were misled. As long as they are taxi, cars and vans have to go by the set rate within the "tourist zone" between the airport and OSJ/ Convention Center/ Piers. Big buses are usually private or "for hire" transfers and are not regulated the same way, in terms of price. But they are usually seen doing transfers for the cruise lines. For basically anything else, you have to take a taxi of of SJU.
  6. Try Google for "El Yunque waterfalls tour". Most tours take you to the "touristy" La Coca falls which are roadside. Look for tours that mention places like "Puente Roto". There's one guide/company that a lot of people here have used with very good reviews that has what you're looking for. Since I'm local and can recommend specific operators or tours I haven't taken I'll have to let others give better answers.
  7. While I'm not supposed to point to a single company since I'm local, try searching for "electric boat fajardo bio bay". It will take some digging but it should give you an idea as to what to look for. You can also call some of the "kayak-only" companies to see if they can point you in the right direction. Sorry I couldn't help more.
  8. Well I always say to book ahead within a time frame you feel comfortable with but if you want to wing it, you can. The regular "visitor's center" tour runs every 30 minutes at x:15 and x:45. The mixology and rum tasting tour run every hour, on the hour for the rum tasting, at x:30 for the mixology tour. Check to see where your interest is and your time window. Good luck!
  9. I've done it three times and I'd recommend the same thing. I've had great experiences with both tours.
  10. First of all thank you for taking time to do this review. Having done this in m itinerary three times myself I can tell you that every time it just gets better!! So don't hesitate to go for it again and plan according to your activity preferences. I see you prefer Carnival excursions but you can be at ease with private excursions at these islands. I love to snorkel and you were at the right island (sometimes so close to the right place!) to do this. I wouldn't do the turtle swim at Barbados again, at least in the Carlisle Bay area where most of the beach bars are and where most of the catamaran and snorkeling excursions end up going. It just gets too crowded. In St. Thomas the beach right besides Coral World is great for snorkeling, especially near the rocks adjacent to Coral World. In St. Lucia, snorkeling between the Pitons is simply amazing! We have used Spencer Ambrose three times and have nothing but praise for his outfit. His snorkeling specific tour might not be as popular but you can opt for the Beach Break tour and spend the day between the Pitons and snorkel there. In St. Kitts, Carambola is nice and posh by we love the opposite end of the beach where the Shipwreck bar is located. Snorkeling off the beach behind it is also pretty good. We're also creatures of habit and during a cruise and we tend to gravitate towards activities we've already done and enjoy even if we repeat. So I get your vibe. But after 4 crises (one on NCL) on the same region I am bent on mixing it up on our next go-'round.
  11. If you have a full day after your cruise I'll give you an alternative that might interest your 7yo (and you as well) more than the rain forest. You should check with the Bio Bay tour operators to see if they have 2 person kayaks. That might be better for you since an adult would be controlling the kayak and to tell you the truth, I'm not really sure they let kids that young pilot one themselves anyway. The phase of the moon could lead to a bit of a disappointing trek, so you might want to take that into consideration. Another option you might want to consider is a tour of the Las Cabezas de San Juan nature reserve. Check out this site: http://www.puertoricodaytrips.com/las-cabezas-de-san-juan-nature-reserve/ They have a daily English tour but I can't seem to reach the reservations page so you might want to give them a call. You'd have to rent a car since there's no shuttle or organized tour from the hotels to the reserve but driving in PR is fairly easy since road signage, while in Spanish, is designed to be the same as in the States and Google Maps and Waze work great in Puerto Rico. There's an awesome, calm beach just outside the reserve gates so you might want to take the opportunity to spend a few hours pre or post tour there. There's also a small restaurant just across the street as well or stop by the food kiosks at Luquillo.
  12. There's no Oasis-class ship in that picture. The Edge comes into San Juan every other week on Tuesday and that looks like a Vista-class Carnival ship in the middle and a Holland America in the foreground. Carnival docked both ship at pier 4 (to which they hold a lease to) where the Fascination embarks and debarks and Edge was at the western side of pier 3. That was actually the same berth the Edge occupied when Epic had the accident with the east side of the pier. I know because I went that night to see the Epic. The Oasis-class ship dock in San Juan on Thursdays, alternating between Harmony and Allure OTS.
  13. Yes. That's the beach at the end of Tartak street that I mentioned. There's also a private chair vendor but that package sounds like a good deal. The hotel pictured is the San Juan Water and Beach Club, which is quite nice. Do a search for it and see for yourself. A taxi ride would be around $20-$22 for up to 5 of you from the port, each way. With your timeframe, you could leisurely get off the ship at 8am and still have a solid 4 hours to enjoy your beach day there.
  14. Yeah I should know. I'm from Puerto Rico and we got hammered by hurricane Maria while the Fascination was in sunny St. Lucia, for example. While that situation would be a major disruption for sure, I was simply making a point as to things that could happen during the cruise that would affect the ship or its passengers.
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