2 minute video of the Chicago skyline as I flew out of Chicago.
It's time for my winter break. I left Indianapolis very early this morning and flew to San Juan, Puerto Rico. Had to sit on the plane in Chicago for over an hour and a half waiting for luggage to be screened that was coming in from Canada. Other than that flights were uneventful. Below is the Condado Plaza Hotel here in San Juan where I am staying.
Didn't have time to do much today as there was only about two hours of daylight left after I got checked into the hotel. I did have time for a walk around the area before it got dark where I took the pictures below.
Tomorrow (Saturday) I leave on a 7 day cruise of the Southern Caribbean. We stop in St. Thomas, St. Kitts, Grenada, Bonaire and Aruba before returning to San Juan the following Saturday. Below is the view from my balcony at sunset this evening.
The ship doesn't leave here until 11:00pm tomorrow night so I will have all day here in San Juan before we leave. Below is my hotel room.
Weather is nice here, temps in the 80s.
11 minute video of San Juan, Puerto Rico.
9 minute video of my sail away from San Juan, Puerto Rico on the Crown Princes.
I spent the morning at the hotel and then was transferred to the Crown Princess around noon.
I have a standard balcony stateroom on deck 12. I am all the way to the back of the ship. Below is a lousy picture of my cabin.
After getting settled I set out on my own to explore San Juan. I walked over to el Morro passing through Plaza del Quinto Centenario. You can see children cooling off in the plaza's fountain below.
Across the street was Castillo San Filipe del Morro. The lawn was filled with people flying kites in the strong trade winds.
Lying on the northwestern-most point of the islet of Old San Juan, Castillo San Felipe del Morro is named in honor of King Philip II of Spain.
The citadel was erected in 1539. In 1983 it was declared a World Heritage Site by the United Nations.
I walked around inside the citadel which was designed to guard the entrance to the San Juan Bay, and defend the Spanish colonial port city of San Juan from seaborne enemies.
There are nice ocean views from inside el Morro.
Below is a nice view of San Juan from inside Castillo San Filipe del Morro.
Below is the Atlantic Ocean from Castillo San Filipe del Morro.
I walked through Cementerio Santa María Magdalena de Pazzi.
This ornate 1863 cemetery overlooking the ocean is the burial spot of many famous Puerto Ricans.
I continued my walk along the narrow streets of the city.
Next I visited Fort San Cristóbal.
Another nice view of San Juan from this fort.
From here I walked back to the ship and we sailed away at 11:00PM.
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