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  1. I always check once a week for decreases. I would be happy to see one, but it always seems to increase. Because American and Delta are more expensive from St. Louis,(not to mention the bag fees) we try to book Southwest. So far our gamble has always paid off. I think $164/pp one way to SJU is a great price. $159 is the cheapest STL to FFL. $5 more? Go figure. I will continue to monitor. It pays to check frequently. I have the time, I understand not everyone does. I saw our hotel rate go down last week and was able to score a refund from Hotels.com. Also got a call from our PVP for a lower cruise rate.
  2. I think there is nothing so unpredictable as airfare. I usually book Southwest as soon as they release their schedule and have never seen a fare decrease. Yesterday I booked St. Louis to San Juan RT for $100 less than last year. Same time frame (Feb-Mar). We try to visit PR every year and are now paying approximately what we paid in 2011. No complaining, I just wish there were more choices (more competition).
  3. I agree with Ashland. Many other choices for hotels in this area and price range. I believe the best thing the Milano has going for it is the roof-top restaurant. Punto De Vista is our go to restaurant in OSJ. We have stayed at Fortaleza Suites a few feet away and Casas Blanca across the street Both are small boutique hotels with great personalized service. Both are rated higher than Hotel Milano. This is an excellent location for touring OSJ.
  4. Last two cruises on the Fascination," Elegant" nights were Tuesday and Thursday. That was sea day and St.Lucia. Now that the itinerary has changed and the sea day is the last day on Saturday it will be interesting to see if the "Elegant" night changes also. When is your cruise and what day is your sea day?
  5. Your hotel is approximately 3 miles from where the protests are taking place. A taxi would not need to pass by the area near the Governor's house to get to the port from Condado. If in September the protests are still taking place, just stay in the area of your hotel and do not venture into OSJ if you are worried about your safety.
  6. I think it is hit or miss and ship (maybe room steward) specific. We specified in 2016 (on the Glory) it was our anniversary. The room was decorated by our steward and we received a cake in the room, a coupon for a free bottle of wine and the spa coupon. In 2017 (on the Breeze) we received a cake in the dining room. In 2018 and 2019 (on the Fascination) we received a cake in the dining room and the room door was decorated.
  7. Thanks alfaeric, I was having trouble placing this restaurant in my mind. After looking at the map, I had an Eureka moment. We will definitely try Ladi's on our next visit and report back on these boards.
  8. Can you please give me the location of Ladi's place. We will be in OSJ for a week next time and are always are looking for new places to try. The Parrot Club was one of our favorites also, we tried the new replacement and were not impressed.
  9. We have stayed at the Double Tree By Hilton, Sheraton OSJ, Plaza De Armas, ElConvento, Fortaleza Suites and the Casa Blanca. Out of all of these the Casa Blanca is our favorite. Centrally located, with very personal service. Check out the reviews on Trip Advisor.
  10. I would do a mock booking on their website and it lists the service charge right before the taxes. On my mock booking it worked out to be approximately 18%. This was for February 2020. 3 nights, including a Friday and Saturday night, which incur a higher rate. No where on the hotel website does it even mention a resort or service fee. I only noticed it on Hotels.Com in the fine print. $50.00 per night per person for my dates would add $300.00 to the bill. That is more than the website mock booking shows.
  11. I agree with all the above. The best Mojitos I have ever had, and if you get there before 5 they are BOGO. I would get there early anyway to avoid a long wait. You can sit inside at the bar or a small table outside on the roof. The appetizers are delicious. Enjoy!!
  12. Yes, using different apps is how I get my low fare alerts. I also use the Matrix-ITA ap. Of course, Southwest does not participate.
  13. I am finding good deals on American out of St.Louis. Cheaper than our flights last year for the same time frame (Feb-March). Around $800 - $900 round trip for two. But, I am hesitant to pull the trigger. These fares are non-refundable, and of course you have baggage fees. I am willing to gamble and wait for Southwest to release their fares the beginning of July. Hopefully it will be worth the wait.
  14. Thanks Port Royal, I will certainly call and explore their tours further. I agree, it's good to talk.
  15. My husband and I have been visiting Barbados since 1996. The first couple of years we did private tours. We kept the guide's number and were able to use him twice, but he has now since retired. After that we have just gone to a beach to spend the day. We would like to do a customized 1/2 day private tour next February. I have been researching on Trip Advisor and other sites but am hesitant to just pick a company with out some recent referrals. Anyone have any experience with a tour company they would recommend?
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