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  1. I use the Luxe version. Just get 2 and put them under the mattress pad. They don’t move very much. Two will cover the mattress nicely. https://a.co/d/hHxmipg
  2. I have rented from them twice. Both times I’ve had no issues. I have another scheduled for our upcoming cruise in March.
  3. I haven’t stayed at the Hyatt Centric, but I saw a YouTube video that said they offer rides to the beach through the hotel. They will also provide chairs and an umbrella. I’ve been researching the area because we are staying one night at Riverside in March. I also have a compulsion to plan and to know everything I can about the areas that I travel to. I’ve also stayed beach side in the past. I want to try something new.
  4. I think that emailing special services would be very helpful. Your dining reservations will all contain prior information about your dietary requirements. You do not want to take a chance on cross contamination. In the windjammer and other venues, you will likely need to speak to the staff each time you attend. With any premade reservation, the staff will know ahead of time and will consult with you without you having to ask. I have a DS who is celiac and I have researched this extensively. He hasn’t sailed since he has completely changed his diet, but we have traveled a lot. I find that generally, the earlier the staff is notified, the better the experience will be.
  5. Thank you for the information on gluten free cuisine. My DS (26) has been GF for the last 1.5 years and it can be a real challenge traveling with celiac disease. I’m glad there are options for him. He has yet to cruise since he has changed his diet.
  6. Thanks again! Great info. I couldn’t find any information on this excursion. This helps a lot. We are goin to be on Symphony, but I will check out your review!
  7. I have rented a car in Aruba both on cruises and for land vacations. It is extremely easy. It is difficult to get lost since the island is so small. You can download offline map app called maps.me. I don’t understand how it works, but it does. You don’t need cell service to be able to see where you are and how to get around. You just need to download the appropriate map while you have WiFi. However, I usually buy an eSIM for my international travel which gives me reliable service wherever I go. Parking has never been an issue either. All the major beaches have plenty of public parking. Palm beach we park either in the Jolly Roger parking lot or in the parking lot across from the Hyatt. See map screenshot both areas circled in red. We never have gotten a parking ticket or had any problems whatsoever. In the center of Oranjestad, it is a little more tricky, but you can visit on foot there before you pick up or after you drop off. All of the companies have the same pickup and drop off spot. It is an easy walk from the pier. I have marked it in red. We have used Royal car rental in Aruba when we cruise. They have always worked well for us. For land vacations, we use Wheels2Go. I don’t think that they deliver to the cruise port though. Roads are well marked. There are a lot of roundabouts. Make sure you are familiar with how to navigate them. Drivers are generally courteous and gas is easy to get. i have a jeep rented through Royal for my upcoming cruise in March of ‘24. We are looking forward to a great day in Aruba!
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