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  1. No, and where I work is not even close in proximity or industry. The only re-post on these four posts was for the walking directions of the cruise terminal, not Hilton La Romana, which I'm assuming you are referring to since I don't think you would advertise a cruise terminal. As I mentioned in each re-post, the original YouTube link didn't work for the cruise terminal walking directions. I wish you could delete or edit a post, but since that's not an option, I figured the re-post was the way to go, and it would make more sense to explain why I was re-posting the video directions, rather than have people wonder why there were two postings of the same thing or click on a link that didn't work. And, I have appreciated other peoples videos giving me helpful information and details, and I try to help others in the same way. 🙂 Have a great day!
  2. The YouTube link in the above post (post #3) of the walking directions in the La Romana cruise terminal from the ship to the taxis does not always work, so if interested, please use the below video. Sorry for any confusion.
  3. The YouTube link in the above post (post #2) of the walking directions in the La Romana cruise terminal from the ship to the taxis does not always work, so if interested, please use the below video. Sorry for any confusion.
  4. The YouTube link in the above post (post #1) of the walking directions in the La Romana cruise terminal from the ship to the taxis does not always work, so if interested, please use the below video. Sorry for any confusion.
  5. The YouTube link in the above post (post #2) of the walking directions in the La Romana cruise terminal from the ship to the taxis does not always work, so if interested, please use the below video. Sorry for any confusion.
  6. I have not been to Amber Cove, but believe it is owned by Carnival and has a beach right there. Others who have been there can speak more of it. But I have been to La Romana and aside from a few shops in the cruise terminal there is nothing around so you will definitely want to do something here if you want to see the area. I have been to La Romana twice on cruises and both times have gone to Hilton La Romana, an all-inclusive resort that you can get a day pass for. They have pools, a swim up bar, beach...just your typical resort. You can snorkle off your beach (we bring our own gear), and while the fish are not that great, there are a lot of starfish. Below are two videos...the first is walking directions from the ship to just outside the cruise terminal where you can get a taxi to Hilton La Romana (or a bus for an excursion if you choose to go that route), and the second video is of Hilton La Romana. It's almost 5 minutes, but it shows some of the pools, the beach, the food, etc. Please note that the video is from last October when the family area was closed for renovations, so I know there is more to see now, and saw something on their Twitter page that looked like it had water slides, etc. If this type of thing makes or breaks the decision to go there, double check with them first because some areas are only open to the extended stay guests.
  7. Below is a video of walking directions from the cruise ship, through the cruise terminal, to where buses for excursions and taxis are located. For those interested, I highly recommend getting a Cruise Day Pass to Hilton La Romana All-Inclusive Resort, which will require you to take a taxi. At the bottom of this post is a video on Hilton La Romana.
  8. Follow up to my above post about Hilton La Romana All-Inclusive Resort Cruise Day Pass... According to a post from Hilton La Romana's Twitter account this past week, they have a huge new pool that has several waterslides. It looked like a lot of fun, but if interested in this, be sure to double check that it is included in the day pass. It would be an added bonus for me, but I would still go to Hilton La Romana if that was only for extended stay guests. Also, immediately below is a video of walking directions from the cruise ship, through the cruise terminal, and just outside of the cruise terminal to where the taxis are located. It is about a 25 minute taxi ride to Hilton La Romana.
  9. Follow up to my above post... I saw something this past week on Hilton La Romana's Twitter account that looked like the old pool I mentioned they had in 2013 with a bunch of activities, had several huge water slides and looked like a lot of fun. I would guess this would be open to cruise day pass guests, but double check with them when booking in case that's for extended stay guests only. Below is a video of walking directions from the cruise ship to just outside the cruise terminal where the taxis are located to take you to Hilton La Romana.
  10. Aruba - Last October we took a tour of the island with a taxi guide, Iris, who told us we couldn't just go to the beach. We had to see the island. She was great! At the end of the island tour she dropped us off at the Hilton, which is on Palm Beach. The Hilton grounds were beautiful walking to the beach (see below video), but we thought the umbrella and chair rentals were extremely expensive, so we took a taxi to Amsterdam Manor at Eagle Beach, where we had gone in 2013. At the bottom of this post are some pictures from Amsterdam Manor/Eagle Beach. The umbrella and chair rentals at Amsterdam Manor were very reasonable and included WiFi. I can't remember the exact cost, but I'm thinking it was $20-$30 for two chairs and an unbrella. They also have food and drinks for additional charge, and restrooms within close walking distance.. Something to note: taxi's do not allow you to be wet or have sand on you, so be aware of this and consider the bus, which drops you off and picks you up near Amsterdam Manor. In 2013 we took the bus to Eagle Beach/Amsterdam Manor and walked back (about 4-5 miles) and last October we took the bus back from Eagle Beach/Amsterdam Manor. Below the Hilton video is a video on how to get to the bus station from the cruise terminal.
  11. Everyone's preferences and ideas of fun are a little different, but I have been to La Romana twice on cruises and wish all of the cruise itineraries stopped in La Romana so that I could go to Hilton La Romana on every cruise. We were last there in October 2019 and it was under new management from the fist time we were there in 2013, but we loved it just as much as the first time. It is normally an all-inclusive family resort, which I think it is now, although when we were there it was under renovations and considered adults-only at the time. You mentioned you are an active family and I think you will find activities to do there, but I enjoy it for the relaxation. Couple of notes about Hilton La Romana: it's about a 25 minute taxi drive and you can get a taxi just outside of the cruise terminal. There are plenty of people to direct you to the taxi's and they will try to fill the taxi before leaving. I don't remember what we paid per person for the taxi, but Hilton La Romana had said it was $35 one way, although I think we may have paid $10-15 round trip per person because there were eight of us in the taxi. The cost last October was $65 per adult and the message I had also had ages 2-12 were 50% discount, but these prices could have changed by now. Both times I booked the reservation on Facebook. You may be able to contact them via their website, but the person directing us into a specific taxi told another couple that was asking us about Hilton La Romana that they didn't need a reservation and to get in the taxi. They did and there wasn't any issues, but I would prefer to have those reservations and did show mine once we got there. The snorkeling from the beach is not very good in terms of the fish you see, however, there are a lot of starfish. I have never seen starfish while snorkeling except for this place and there are a lot of starfish The beach is nice and so is the pool. But, I'm guessing the pool in the below video is not for kids since it has a swim up bar. The grounds are beautiful. Their is a huge selection of food. I don't know the time of year you are going but when we went in September 2013 and October 2019 there are hardly any people there, but co-workers went there on a cruise in March 2014 said it was packed Below is a 4.5+ minute video of the resort. I recommend watching all of it because it shows the beach area, the swimming area we were allowed to go in and the restaurant where we could eat. Please keep in mind that the video is from when it was adults-only because of the renovations to the family area. But, I would recommend contacting Hilton La Romana for details about additional swimming areas and other family activities. When I was there the first time in 2013, under the different management company, there was a huge pool that had basketball hoops in one area, among other activities, but I don't know if that's what they have now.
  12. I have not had a spa interior stateroom before, but I have had interiors at midship and forward from the first deck to 11th deck and balconies all at mid-ship and two or three decks below lido deck. If my choice is to cruise and have an interior or not cruise at all, or simply to save money, definitely go for the interior. And, while it is a personal preference, we prefer the balcony and its hard for some people to go back to an interior once they have tried a balcony. We love balconies and spend a lot of time enjoying the view and relaxing from the balcony. We even enjoy bring breakfast, lunch and snacks on the balcony. As previously mentioned, our balconies have always been at midship. They say its a smoother sailing then the forward or aft, but for me its more about the convenience to all activities. We also prefer the deck one or two decks below the lido deck (which differs from ship to ship), again, just for convenience of everything, but also because you are able to see more the higher your cabin. The first two below videos are of our our balcony stateroom 8296 with the second showing more of the balcony as we leave Belize. The last two videos are for family fun activities...going down the water slides on Carnival Breeze. Enjoy.
  13. You never know what you are going to see while waiting for your ship to sail. We were fortunate enough to see this manatee swimming down the Main Channel in Miami before a cruise in October 2019.
  14. The Carnival Horizon is a beautiful ship. It was fun to sit in the atrium on watch the Dreamscape LED sculpture constantly change. Enjoy some of the still photos from the sculpture.
  15. Here is a link to a video of walking directions to the bus stop. We did a tour with a taxi/tour guide initially, as she talked us into it, rather than going straight to the beach. She dropped us off at Hilton/Palm Beach (which was beautiful), but we decided to move on. As the first poster mentioned if you took the bus to Palm Beach it would stop at another hotel on Palm Beach. After leaving Hilton, we went to Amsterdam Manor on Eagle Beach. We took the bus back, which is right there at Amsterdam Manor. The chairs and palapas are not free, but were much more reasonable than at the Hilton. One thing that's nice about the buses is that you don't have to worry about being wet or having sand on you. These are issues if you plan to go in a taxi, and why the buses are such great options.
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