Day CS8, Saturday, December 22, Disembark Celebrit
Trip Start Dec 07, 2012
16Trip End Dec 22, 2012
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We assembled at 8 in the Cosmopolitan Dining Room for the 8:30 tour departure. At 8 we were escorted off the ship, claimed our luggage, and passed through Customs and Immigration. We placed our luggage on a truck and left the port on a minibus about 8:45. The 7 of us from the Summit were joined by 3 others from the Brilliance of the Seas and we took about a 20-minute drive across the city. We disembarked at the grounds of El Moro, the fortress dating from 1539 guarding the narrow entrance to the harbor, along with the small Fort San Juan del la Cruz on the opposite side of the narrow channel
Things were a bit chaotic there. The luggage was in rows at the far end of the airport, once we claimed it there was no real support to get to the USDA inspection, and signage at the airport was very poor with no directions to the various ticket counters.
My flight was through Atlanta, and Delta's pricing for First Class had been quite reasonable. We boarded the first flight about 4, but both legs had delays to mechanical issues, starting with a loose row of seats. My 2 hour layover in Atlanta shrunk to about 30 minutes to cross 5 concourses and board my Baltimore flight. I landed in Baltimore about midnight and was dropped at my door about 1AM.
My final parting shot deals with the strange way things sometimes seem to come together. This is my first cruise with my brother, who spent most of his working life as an Executive for Eastern Airlines. On our tour today we paused outside the home of San Juan's first female mayor. One of the stories our guide told was how she made arrangements with Eastern every year to fly in a planeload of snow at Christmas every year so the children could get a feel for what real snow was like. I could almost imagine Roger helping with that effort. What are the odds that this would be the year I heard that story.