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  1. Yes, El Gaucho is not as good as it used to be. We vacation in Aruba every year, for several weeks. We haven't been to El Gaucho in years as we feel that there are better restaurants. However, a lot of people love it.
  2. Unfortunately the natural Bridge collapsed a few years ago, but there is another that the locals refer to as baby bridge. Oops, just realized that you were talking about El Gaucho, not the natural bridge. Sorry...
  3. Hi Purplsmurf. I haven't chatted with you in quite a while. You are correct about the current curfew and requirements. We were there for several weeks last June. They lifted the mask requirement while we were there, along with some of the other restrictions. I'm sure that you know that they had to put the restrictions back in place when delta hit the island and numbers went back up. Since they just recently lifted the restrictions again, it looks like the cruise lines didn't get the memo. Fortunately, numbers are trending down in Aruba again, so hopefully, they are almost through this surge.
  4. Our cruise was fabulous. I can't believe that it's been a year ago, this month. The Summit was beautiful, after all of the renovations and the staff was amazing as always. I can't wait to cruise again.
  5. Actually, many areas on Eagle Beach often have drop offs that aren't noticeable from the shoreline. They are the types that happen once you are in the water, and come up unexpectedly. I'm in Aruba 2 - 3 weeks every year, and this happens quite often. The sand levels fluctuate with the tides. I think that you will probably experience less drop off along Palm Beach, where the tide is consistently much calmer. Here's hoping that we will all make it to Aruba next year. After being covid free for many weeks, they opened their borders to tourists in July. Even with lots of restrictions, they now have 245 covid cases.
  6. Baby Beach is in the town of San Nicholas, which is about 35 - 45 minutes by taxi from the cruise port.
  7. There is a spot on Eagle Beach that has bathrooms and a snack bar. Just tell the taxi or bus driver to let you off at Chalet Suisse Restaurant. The beach is right across the street. You can rent chairs and umbrellas there.
  8. Hatteras51


    That's interesting. We travel to Aruba by air and have to show our passport to enter. I've only cruised to Aruba once.Thanks for the info.
  9. Hatteras51


    Aruba requires a passport.
  10. I know someone that did this tour and she really enjoyed it.
  11. Has anyone tried to post this report on Celebrity's facebook page? I find all of this very disturbing, and I'm having a hard time wrapping my head around the fact that Celebrity isn't openly addressing this. If so, I imagine that they are opening themselves up to a lot of lawsuits, along with losing a lot of loyal cruisers.
  12. That's what I think, also. There are several vendors right there.
  13. Pelican Pier is near Marriott Surf Club
  14. They definitely got lucky. I vacation in Aruba every year and believe me, this is not how it usually works. The vendors in that area rent chairs and umbrellas. Either no one noticed them come in, or thought that they were hotel guests. They usually watch people like hawks.
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