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  1. The rate is $50.00 per hour, which is the standard rate, set by the government. Bully gives 3 and 4 hour tours. He goes to most of the sites that people want to see, but you can ask him for a particular site that you are interested in. He was born and raised in Aruba, and is a wonderful man. If you'd like to book with him, contact him asap because he books up quickly.
  2. I don't have any recent information on Madi's tours. I don't know anyone who's used her in a while. If you do decide to book with her, I strongly suggest that you do not take your parents to the natural pool. The ride is very bumpy and jarring, and not recommended for anyone with back or neck issues. . It is not for the faint of heart. We've toured Aruba many times with Bully. He has a nice van and can take up to 5 people. I highly recommend him. His email is bullytaxi79@hotmail.com. His reply will come under the name Amador Lacle. Be sure to check your spam because a lot of emails from Aruba go there.
  3. Kim, I'm glad to hear that you got some good news, although you still have a long ways to go. I broke my ankle right before Christmas two years ago. I had a plate and a ton of pins put in. I had to start PT just a few weeks after surgery because my heel was getting stiff. I didn't have any of your complications, but I wanted to let you know that I had numbness and tingling in that foot for months. It finally went away on it's own. Thanks so much for keeping us updated. Please let us know how things go with the workers comp situation. I'm still praying for you. Dianne
  4. We love Tuscan, and have dined there on several ships. We especially love their steaks. I just had their lasagna for the first time a few weeks ago on Summit, and it was delicious. My favorite dish on Tuscan is the carbonara. We try to dine there several times, each cruise.
  5. I've posted this to your replies before. I vacation in Aruba every year. We are beach people. We get to the beach before breakfast and often stay on the beach until sunset. Just about everyone at our resort does the same. If you wear sunscreen and sit most of the day in the shade, there is no reason to assume that everyone will only want to spend just a couple hours at the beach. For many people, the beach is their destination for the day.
  6. All taxis in Aruba can only take 5 people. It doesn't matter how large their vehicle is. It is the law. As mentioned, make sure that you are dry because they won't take you if anyone has wet clothes on.
  7. We had lobster on the last evening chic night on Summit, just a few weeks ago.
  8. Wow, Kim. I check this board every day for updates from you, hoping to see that things are finally improving. I'm at a loss for words. Just know that I'm praying for you, along with many of your CC friends, and I'll definitely be praying for you tomorrow. Hopefully, this will rid you of all of the infection, and you can continue to heal. Dianne
  9. There are lots of good jewelers in Aruba. My favorite is Gold Palace. They have their own in house workshop, and can get things sized and ready for you while you are in port. The owner, K.P., has designed several pieces for me over the years. I had them appraised at home, and they appraised for more than I paid. When you walk out of the port, turn right, and his store will be one of the first ones that you come to, on the right. They don't advertise in any of the ship brochures. He has a lot of regular customers, who return to him year after year. Other good stores are Kay's ( not affiliated with the ones in the U.S.), Gandlemans, and Royal. They all sell the usual stones, nothing in particular stands out in Aruba. I have purchased Tanzanite, Sapphires, and Larimar there.
  10. You might want to look at snorkeling with Black Pearl/ Blue Melody in Aruba. They only go out late in the afternoon, so I don't know if that works in your schedule. That is our favorite snorkel tour in Aruba. It is small, with very few, if any, kids. Your husband could relax on their nice loungers while we you snorkel. In Bonaire, we like Spice Beach Club. You can snorkel right there and again, he can relax on the beach.
  11. There are several Chinese markets in the port area. The Chinese own most of the grocery stores in Aruba. None of them are on the main drag, and not easy to find. There is also a small convenience store at the Renaissance Marketplace, which is next to the marina. It also has lots of restaurants, Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, ice cream, and a few shops.
  12. Definitely not my biggest problem. I wish that it was. I'm just trying to give a fair assessment of the cruise. If you read the report, you'll see where I said that it was the only thing that we had an issue with. I even mentioned that we would bring a magnet to use as a handle next time. I mentioned that so others would have a heads up, in case they wanted to bring something that would work for them. We found a " work around " for all of the other concerns that folks had mentioned on this board.
  13. Your son would probably love Trikes Aruba. They will take you around a shorter tour of the island than the all day jeep tours. There's room for 3 people on them. You can see their size on their website. They are a blast. Aruba Bob is supposed to be awesome, but we've never done it because the current is strong in that area. If you are looking for a boat snorkel tour, check out Jolly Pirates. Your son would probably love it. Both of these tours are just a few hours. You could go to the beach in the afternoon. The beaches are crowded all winter. That is peak season, but you can probably find a vendor with chairs and umbrellas to rent.
  14. We have some magnetic clips that we use for open bags of chips, etc. We plan to take one of those and put it on the door of the safe next time. It should make a good door handle. My husband suggested that we leave it on there for the next guests, but I imagine that it would get thrown away when the cabin attendant cleans the room. Hopefully, you'll get one that opens easier than our's did.
  15. We were on Summit last week. We had a flight for 3:15. We had planned on doing a ship excursion on the last day to the outlet mall. It was not something that we really wanted to do, just a way to kill time. They said that it was cancelled because there wasn't enough interest. There was an earlier flight that we could take at 11:30 from EWR. The excursions person told us that we could get a private escort off of the ship, and that they would have a private car waiting for us. The price was $150.00 but we had that much left in onboard credit that we were going to spend on the other excursion anyway. Long story short, I changed my flight online, used the private escort, and was at the airport before 9:00. We didn't start walking off of the ship until 8:15. It couldn't have gone any better. We probably could have made it to the airport not long after that if we had done the walk off on our own and had waited for a taxi. If you are interested in the private escort, see Jason today at the excursions desk.
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