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  1. We had a negative experience at their holiday beach hotel location. Got there and the 12 seater we rented wasn't available. We were given 2 cars instead. They seated 11 combined. They told us to just jam an extra person in one.... This also meant a 2nd driver was needed. Fortunately someone else brought their license and hadn't had any alcohol. The staff person seemed grumpy and didn't give clear instructions. Partly because it seemed like she didn't know a lot of English. Very frustrating.
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    There is an Avis at the port but the hours are really short. We arrived early afternoon and it wasn't open so we had to pick up at a nearby hotel (10min walk away). The lady at the Avis hotel location wasn't friendly at all. Picking up took almost an hour and the staff member hardly spoke English which made it hard to discuss things. Further, we booked a 12 seater van only to get there and find out they didn't have any. They gave us 2 vehicles instead for the same price. This meant we had to have someone that wasn't planning on driving drive. And the 2 had 11 seats in total. We had to put 5ppl in a 4 seater. We chose to return the car to the cruise port to avoid walking back at night. The location was difficult to find . It was an annoying experience. I've heard good things about the private company in town. I forget the name.
  3. We did their speedboat tour to Sanoa Island last week. It was amazing. The staff were awesome and the tour was so fun. A highlight of our trip really. We had 4 adults and kids ranging from age 7-17 and everyone loved the day with Seavis. Someone from our facebook group connected to our sailing organized a group rate which made it even better. Trip included a speedboat out to a sandbar to snorkle where the starfish hang out. They served rum cake, drinks and fresh pineapple in the water. Then we sped over to the mangrove trees and the native caves where we were given a history lesson. The day ended with a few hours on Sanoa Island where drinks were all included all day as was a yummy lunch. The beach was beautiful. Lounge chairs were provided.
  4. We did their speedboat tour to Sanoa Island last week. It was amazing. The staff were awesome and the tour was so fun. A highlight of our trip really. We had 4 adults and kids ranging from age 7-17 and everyone loved the day with Seavis. Someone from our facebook group connected to our sailing organized a group rate which made it even better.
  5. We did Jolly Pirates last week and loved it. Our group consisted of 4 adults and 8 kids between ages 7 and 17. Everyone loved the excursion. The crew was amazing and the ship was so fun. We loved the snorkeling, dancing, music, lunch and best of all the pirate rope swing. I recommend this tour to everyone! Then after we hung out at their beach bar having drinks. The tour location is easy to get to by taxi and the taxis in town are super inexpensive. Aruba is beautiful!
  6. We did Jolly Pirates last week and loved it. Our group consisted of 4 adults and 8 kids between ages 7 and 17. Everyone loved the excursion. The crew was amazing and the ship was so fun. We loved the snorkeling, dancing, music, lunch and best of all the pirate rope swing. I recommend this tour to everyone! Then after we hung out at their beach bar having drinks.
  7. Just wanted to give a helpful tidbit of info re: cabin selection. We had a horrible time trying to sleep last week on the Vista as did our children in the cabin next door. These cabins are directly on top of the Ocean Plaza Stage where bands play every night until at least midnight. Then after the band stops the disco/club music starts up the deck under and goes until 2am ish. Our beds were shaking to the bass and we could hear the music very clearly every night in our cabin. Nap time in the day was interrupted too by the activities over the microphone in the Ocean Plaza in the days. Our fault for not researching better. Hope this helps someone.
  8. I'd say bring your own sports water bottles and fill them on the ship to bring everywhere. Bring your own soda on board, it's way cheaper.
  9. We were on the same sailing. Things we liked: - itinerary - guys burgers - mongolian wok - sandwich bar - evening music - mexican restaurant - bbq restaurant - adults only serenity - comedy shows - Matt best CD Things we didn't care for - cabin service only 1x daily - slow dining room service and boring menu - long waits at times at buffet and other places - theater shows were lame - theater has a horrible lay out - hub not working and ship computer system often down so staff had to manually charge everyone - poor communication around delays boarding, delays in ports, etc. - cabin was so loud with music from nearby bar until 2am
  10. This was 100% our experience last week on the Vista. It seemed like they had half the staff trying to do the same amount of work. Cabin service is cut in half. Dining room service slow as heck. Bartenders seemed swamped and very slow. Staff didn't seem very friendly. Etc.
  11. Ship - VISTA Deck - 6 Stateroom # - 6411 AND 6417 Quiet Stateroom? (With comments on problems) – NO. Very, very loud. The cabins are right on top of the Ocean plaza stage so you hear bands until very late (at least midnight). Then after that you hear and feel the bass from the disco until 2am sometimes. In the day you hear the microphone from whatever activities are going on. Was stateroom a connecting stateroom? - NO Any specific problems with this cabin? - only 2 sections to the cupboard so hardly any space for 4 people. Any other comments? Easy access to dining room, ocean plaza, aft pool and lido buffet.
  12. Can I ask what you did at check in? Did you formally put adults together and match up keys? Did they make you add a 2nd cheers package?
  13. I'm hoping this doesn't turn into a debate about kids on their own in cabins. I've cruised a lot and know what I'm comfortable with and our kids are old enough to be on their own next door. I do however need some info.... In order to book a cruise we had to put an adult in each cabin. So I'm in a cabin with my daughter, and hubby is in a cabin with our 3 sons. We however will be sleeping adults together and kids together. I have read people do this all the time, just can't book like this. How do cruise cards work? In the past we've had a connecting door so we didn't switch any cards around. This time we do not. So....what do people do? Switching cards doesn't work for onboard purchases, etc. Will they switch the names when we check in? Also, I don't drink, hubby does. He has cheers, I do not. This works now b/c we're in separate cabins. If we switch to one cabin will they then relook at the cheers booking and force me to buy it?
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