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    Quote Originally Posted by jpsphr View Post
    As to Casino's - I find the Srystal Palace in the Marriott Renaissance to most closely resemble a Las Vegas Casino in appearance.
    What would you say the dress code is for the Crystal Palace?

    At Alhambra we saw everything from locals wearing day to day apparel to tourists having stopped by after dinner.


    Not that I need to defend our esteemed moderator, but I do believe, after many years on this board, that she was indeed trying to be both realistic and helpful.
    Thank you jpsphr, again I will say that I was indeed trying to be realistic and again apologize for whatever was perceived as being sarcastic.

    I truly do try my best to use "Smilies" wherever and whenever possible.

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    We like the casino at the Hyatt. But I agree with previous posts, one of the things we love about Aruba is that we can be casual everywhere we go. That being said, if you want a special night out all dressed up - go for it. It's your vacation. You will probably not see very many others all decked out, but there may be a few here and there.
    Not sure when, but we will be back

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    Lisa,
    Dress in the Crystal Palace appears to be like everywhere else - resort casual. I think it looks more Las Vegas like with the chandeliers and high ceilings than, for example the Stellaris.

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    the crystal palace, you can wear anything from shorts to whatever. the days of dressing up for the casinos i think went by the wayside, even vegas. we were at the casino in monte carlo, got all dressed up (visions of james bond days, lol) and stood out like sore thumbs, lol. whatever you bring, with the exception of a bathing suit, will be fine. and if you want to get dressed up, by all means do so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ieatbugs View Post
    I simply asked for a recommendation for a single nighttime activity.


    However, I am surprised at the tone of your comment from a forum moderator. "I am sorry for being honest in what we have found in our past 21 trips to the island over the past 17 years." This kind of sarcastic reply is not necessary.

    Please... Please..... Please do not read sarcasim into Arubalisa's reply. You're just getting her honest opinion based on numerous visits over a lot of time.

    Aruba is a very casual destination and that's one of the reasons we chose Aruba.... and that works best for us!

    To fulfill your desire for a 'swanky' evening.... consider dressing for dinner at a restaurant like Windows or Sunset Grille and then visit one of the nicer casinos like the Hyatt. Maybe a nightcap at the lobby bar at the Hyatt where there is generally nice entertainment.

    Enjoy your trip!

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    if there was perceived sarcasm, i can guarantee to the original poster that was not arubalisa's intent. i saw no sarcasm.

    i encourage all to take a second look at the rules for our forum (left side menu) and review.

    here is one of the paragraphs about the use of smilies/emoticons and the word sarcasm is mentioned.
    Use smiley faces, emoticons or other indicators of intent liberally. One of the major flaws of Internet communication is the lack of vocal inflections and visual indications of emotion, intent, sarcasm, etc. Be clear what you mean. Many problems occur because someone does not pick up on the sarcasm or otherwise get the joke.
    if lisa had been being sarcastic she'd have used the smilie.

    lisa, more than most, uses the smilies liberally to show her "tone".
    there was no tone of sarcasm in any of her replies.

    her replies were very appropriate and per usual she tried to elaborate and give her thoughts and ideas.


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    this will be our third trip. Lisa is right, there's no "dressy dressy" places but fashion is fashion. If you want to get dressed up, by all means do so. No one there will think you're crazy. I know a woman who loved her wedding dress so much, it was lace, she wore it to dinner on her honeymoon. she said i don't care what people thought, I loved my dress.

    so although there are no places like the Plaza or the Waldorf (though who knows when the Ritz is done), you still can get dressed up. Just make your table at dinner "swanky". but Lisa is right, Aruba is resort casual. that doesn't mean you can't wear heels, tons of women do, me included.

    ENJOY yourself. I can't wait to go back.............

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    I think Lisa was very diplomatic in her response to your question. She was just trying to be honest with you with no ill intent. I don't see how you could misconstrue her response to be sarcastic. I again want to thank everybody on here who has helped me plan my second Aruba trip this year...you guys have made a huge difference in my planning for this trip!!!!
    Last edited by ArubaRookie; 08-06-2012 at 11:29 PM.

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    The only place I've ever been on the island that was dressy was Le Dome restaurant which has closed. Last month I visited many casinos and saw nothing dressier than a sundress. Honestly many people were in bathing suits with tank tops over.
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ

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    Last month at night at the Alhambra, many of the men were wearing shorts and t-shirts.

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