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    Quote Originally Posted by DiviDiviFan View Post
    I read often of rain on departure days for guests, myself included. I swear Aruba is raining tears for everyone leaving which is always a sad day Loved your reports never boring, especially part about being blinded by the older gent's swimsuit selection
    ROFL!

    What a temptation not to take a picture! LOL

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    Safe travels home, Brady Bear! Hope, all your pooches are alright!

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    Ok sitting on the plane and waiting for other passengers
    They are just getting into the customs too
    But Swa...is waiting for them cause no more flights for 4 days
    One group just got on and ask if we be nice to let them sit together...get here earlier .
    How rude

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    Would you believe 13 passengers were late boarding
    Last one's boarded 40 minutes late..shame on them
    Kudos to swa for waiting .. nice flight too

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    Quote Originally Posted by brady bear View Post
    Would you believe 13 passengers were late boarding
    Last one's boarded 40 minutes late..shame on them
    Kudos to swa for waiting .. nice flight too
    Sometimes I wonder if those were last-minute passengers and the airlines could make some extra profit.
    And their excuse is that "some passengers are late" or "there is a technical problem with the aircraft".
    There seems to be way too many delays, IMO.

    Edit to add: Oh, I thought that was a connection flight. If it happened at Aruba airport, those passengers were probably late, maybe on their own fault, maybe because the airport was extremely busy. I agree, that it was very nice of SWA to wait for them.
    Last edited by CK1; 07-06-2016 at 10:14 PM.

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    It is nice that SWA waited for the late passengers, however, if i had a small amount of time for next connection I would probably be stressing. Never will understand why people do not give themselves enough time on departure day. Not assuming this was the case sounds like airport was crazy busy today but more reason to get there early. Maybe airplanes are like cruise ships and can make up time once they take off?

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    I would have left them if I was in charge....get there early, ...like you did. Some people are entitled, or think they are. My thought is you should always follow the rules like everyone else. I am a rule follower, lol. The exception is on connections and the airlines know this and often announce it.

    Quote Originally Posted by brady bear View Post
    Would you believe 13 passengers were late boarding
    Last one's boarded 40 minutes late..shame on them
    Kudos to swa for waiting .. nice flight too
    Last edited by Aruba4ever; 07-06-2016 at 11:29 PM.

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    Yes, like many we were there 3 1/2 hrs early.. spent money for snacks, lunch and fluids.. we pre boarded early (husband has some medical issues but we still pay for early board) got on the plane at 1:20 for a 2:00 pm flight..3 different families were late.. I mean late. One group of 6 wanted people to give their seats up so they can all seat together.. well it didn't happen and they have the nerve to save how rude. Well I did reply how rude is it for ya all to make all of us wait.
    Last group of 4 finally showed up,
    Yes it was nice of the captain to wait, I really don't think I would of. I have seen few people left behind on a cruise and with kids in tow.
    Now that said it still was a great vacation..

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    Now for those who are heading to the Tropicana I will give you my views of the place..
    was met by bell person and greeted by a timeshare person. Did tell the timeshare person we weren't interested and was never bothered again
    Checked in was easy.. just fyi they do ask for a $200.00 cash/credit card deposit for damage, lost towels and pool charges. not bad.
    Got to our room was taken the long way, but we were on the fifth floor at the very end corner of the building.
    Room was very already very large and the a/c was on and nice and cool.
    When you first walked into the room you do notice it was dated and needed a face lift.
    The fridge we had was an older model with ice cube trays..lol but bigger enough to put plenty of food in it. Cold and freezer was also cold.
    In the kitchen you would find dishes and silverware for 6..along with glasses, cook ware, storage containers, blender, tea kettle and etc . Plenty of storage for food and other stuff. Older dishwasher so if you plan on using it bring along some tablets to do dishes.. it does supply dish soap. Dish cloth and towel
    Glass table with 4 chairs and clean. Sofa (pull out bed too) was dated and chair. But nothing I couldn't handle. 32" Flat TV in living room too.
    free hbo and not a whole lot of channels. New York news and CNN only news.
    First bedroom has two twin beds.. TV was one of those old tube TV but who watches a whole lot of tv while in paradise.
    Second bedroom king bed.. beds are older but did have bed bug covers on all beds..
    TV like in the first bedroom old kind... In master bedroom the sun hits it early and wish the curtains blocked more of it..
    Both bathrooms were dated with huge jet tubs (controllers outside the room) and showers combo... shower pressure not like that rain shower at home but I can not complain.. hot water and they did supplied each bath room with shampoo and bath gel.. I did tried both and it reminded me of the kind you get on a cruise ship...
    Balcony was facing the pool and can see Superstore.. (front door is where you can see the ocean view)..
    Outside was clean and always seeing somebody was cleaning and keeping up the property. They always had security walking around the property..
    If you want a nice seat with the nice covers.. you need to get out by 9:30 and place you bag and your own towels...
    There is two pools one with a slide and one with water fall.. two hot tubs and a kiddie pool..
    No life guard and we saw a little girl almost fall in the pool if it wasn't for my son who stopped her. The parents were at the bar.
    He did give them a positive coaching about not watching kids by the pool and drowning is the #2 for kids deaths.
    They looked at him if he was crazy..
    Towels are one per day per person and if you lose them it is $25.00 per towel deducted from your $200.00 and I do understand this cause there are some out there that have nothing but cruise and hotel towels at their homes..
    When you get your towels reserve your grill if you plan on using...
    The washer/dryer is in the middle section of each floor.. $2.00 to wash and $2.00 to dry.. you need to get tokens in the lobby,, 28 minutes to wash and 45 to dry..
    Okay for Super food prices aren't too bad but somethings are high... Milk was $5.00 for half gallon... I like almond breeze and it was $7.00.. you can bring the kind that don't need to be refridge until open.
    If you bring your own paper products, cereal and some staples I would advise to do that..
    The meats at the store wasn't too bad. We had filet steaks on kabobs made daily and was about $20. for 5 of them. They also had chicken kind too for less money... both were really good. Tried the homemade hamburgers.. .yucky.. Bring your own frozen ground beef if you can.. lol
    The bread and bakery was to die for. OMG better than Publix... you can smell them baking ...
    One dressing you must buy is Jumbo Naturel... only $1.71 and it was good. I used it to marinated meats, dipping bread and etc. even bought 5 bottles home
    They can't keep it on the shelves..
    Snacks weren't too bad. Had some really good cookies and candies I brought home for coworkers vs t shirt..
    The deli is all pre package daily and vacuumed sealed too. Cheese was so yummy too.. okay enough about food.. got to say I manage to lose 2lbs but Lou found one of them. lol
    Now the beach.. walking distance but there is one section (forgot where) had a sewage smell. Want to say it was by another resort...
    When you get to the beach.. there is a guy with the tan shirt. He will give you your chairs. We always tipped him well and bought us the lounge chairs and reg sitting chairs.. and they know where you are from because each resort has plastic wrist bands.. ( didn't like it )
    If you want to do any water sports get it from Eagle Beach; they will give you a ride on the speed boat over to Palm Beach.. you must try the water tube.. loads of fun for anyone..
    Bus runs every 15 minutes for $2.50 per person each way.. but you can buy an unlimited pass for $10.00 and it will take you to baby beach, the light house and etc.
    Now that my vacation is over I can honestly say for what I pay to stay at the Tropicana I can not complain.... really isn't a bad place. Dated yes, clean and tropical, close to the beach, food store, bus stops and some nice casino's.
    Would I stay there again . Yes.
    I did not get to see the newer rooms; but did see the furniture and decor they were putting in from a storage area while on my daily walk..
    Yes, I walked about 10 miles a day... sometime a couple of times a day...
    Want to thank everyone for letting me take ya all on this journey and hope that some day we all can meet up there...
    Cathi

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    Awesome Cathi!
    Thanks for sharing not only a day by day blog, but a nice finish review.

    I espcially enjoyed all about the TROP.
    As you know I have a reservation there for a 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo style unit.
    It supposedly includes a washer and dryer....did yours?
    For what we all paid for the TROP all i expect is clean.
    And...what the heck are "bed bug covers?"
    thanks!

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