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  1. Had a great quiet place to eat at the buffet. Go outside on the left side (just under the water slides. The walls are high enough it's not windy and there is a seating area to eat. Never crowded and enjoyed being outside while eating food from the buffet.
  2. The closer you are to Times Square the more expensive the hotel is. I've stayed in Manhattan many times and these hotels are nice: Hilton Garden Inn - West 35th Street Hampton Inn - West 35th Street (both of these are within walking distance of Penn Station and near many subway stations and Macys) Homewood Suites Midtown Manhattan Times Square South (about 2 blocks North from Penn Station) (has a mini kitchen) Salisbury Hotel is on 57th Street. I remember it was a nice hotel, Hilton Garden Inn- Financial Center (it's the southern most point in Manhattan, across from the Staten Island ferry). Near several different subway lines, but away from alot of the touristy sites. It's generally inexpensive compared to other hotels though. Most hotels in the financial district are cheaper on the weekend. Marriott Marquis and Crowne Plaza both in Times Square are nice. Since they are so centrally located they can be pricey. **Wherever you stay, request a high floor - otherwise it's really noisy.
  3. I've gone to Aruba many many times by myself and have always felt safe. Friendly people everywhere.
  4. ABC Tours let you ride in the jeep or drive it. When we took it earlier this month, 3 of our jeeps had drivers from the company, but one group drove themselves. We were amazed at his skills going over all the offroading, hills, rocks, etc.. Personally I'm not impressed with the Natural Pool, I think it's alot of work and not worth swimming in it. https://abc-aruba.com/
  5. The sunset is beautiful from Palm Beach, and I'm thinking the way the island is and where the port is, you should get a beautiful sunset from the ship too. I've only stayed at hotels in Aruba, never taken a cruise. I have taken the sunset cruise tours and they are nice and relaxing and pretty views, but just as gorgeous views from the land.
  6. Thanks, yes I think we will have to go through the cruise. We usually try and avoid cruise excursions because you get it cheaper with private excursions and they are usually less crowded too. Thanks for all your replies.
  7. We are sailing on the Norwegian Escape on October 14. We are looking to do a sunset cruise the evening of 18 October. I can't find any availability on the recommended sunset cruises direct with their website? Has anyone who has sailed on Norwegian Escape been able to book a sunset cruise directly with the vendor instead of through the cruise line? If so, which one do you recommend?
  8. I recommend this company, a good jeep tour. They have 1/2 day tours too. I know they pick up at the hotels, but I'm sure they can tell you if they pick up at the port. If I were you I would book ahead of time. Non cruise company excursions are normally less expensive, less crowded and you get more for your money. https://abc-aruba.com/ I also have taken a sunset cruise with this company and snorkeling.. http://www.redsailaruba.com/en/activities/index.html
  9. I guess it depends what you like. If you want a day on the beach or a tour. I've gone on this tour, it's fun and interesting. Laying on the beautiful beaches all day is great too. I normally stay in Aruba and the town of Oranjestad is my least favorite place on Aruba. Aruba is beautiful, beaches are amazing, food is amazing. If you are looking for good restaurants, in the Palm Beach area, Smokey Joe's Ribs is really good. https://abc-aruba.com/ I've also done sunset cruises and snorkeling with this group. http://www.redsailaruba.com/en/index.html
  10. We were in 1204. We had noise from the suite next door (I think there was a connecting door to the suite next door). We barely heard noise from the entertainment above. They ended by 10pm so was never an issue. That deck with the mini suites was great, quiet area of the deck, didn't have people walking through.
  11. Yes they are less crowded, at least the one in front of the Hilton. It seems the beach excursion crowds have left and there are plenty of palapas and chairs. Pretty empty.
  12. I recommend The Flying Fishbone. They have tables/chairs on the beach, the food is amazing. https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g1158886-d1209546-Reviews-The_Flying_Fishbone-Savaneta_Aruba.html
  13. Thanks so much for such a great review and photos. We are going in October and can't wait. Enjoyed reading all your posts and seeing your photos.
  14. Thank you so much for the recommendation and link to the thread on Trip Advisor. We have contacted one of the drivers recommended and have reserved a private taxi tour. Can't wait.
  15. Does anyone have any recommendations for tours of Bermuda? The ones I've found online all require a minimum amount of people or the price is really expensive. Nothing to extreme, I saw one but you had to be really in shape, etc.. We are going on a cruise in October. We want to avoid the cruise sponsored excursions.
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