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    Radisson... July 1-10

    Once on the beach it felt like we were there the day before! Can't understand how the time drags between our annual trips.... but it does. Just got back last night and it seems like an eternity since we were there.... dunno what that's all about either!

    This was our 8th stay at the Radisson and our time there was perfect as it always is. We go to Aruba to reconnect, rejuvenate, relax and refresh! It's better than prescription drugs. We choose Aruba for the perfect beaches, great dining options and the casinos (me not DW here)!

    We left Boston on a 7:30 non-stop on JetBlue with a scheduled arrival for a few minutes after noon and the flight was smooth and without event! We landed a couple of minutes before noon and were able to make it thru the airport pretty quickly. DW and I found, a few years ago, that the best seating for us is adjoining aisle seats. I can't sit still and need to get up a lot and she doesn't want to climb over me if I'm dozing if she needs to get up! When I was checking flight status the night before there were a number of upgraded seating positions available. I upgraded us to 'Even More Space' seats for $80 each. Great move..... we each had the entire row to ourselves with plenty of stretch out room! We were able to check in thru security pre-screened (almost no line here) and allowed early boarding!

    We took a taxi to the Radisson and were able to check right in at about 1:15 and got to the room by 1:30. When I booked last winter I upgraded this year to a deluxe ocean view room and requested the Bonaire or Curacao tower. We were on the 6th floor toward the beach in room 3621 of the Curacao tower. Great view, but even a garden view at the Radisson has a nice view! To us it was worth the additional expense this year.... but probably back to a garden view next year.

    What's next....? Swimsuits.... Gilligan's for Aruba Aribas and a quick lunch. Then to the beach. We were in the turquois waters by 2:45.... it was like getting a bonus day because we were able get a few hours in on the beach on our travel day! Toward 5:30 I went up to happy hour and got a couple more Aruba Aribas for us to enjoy on the beach before getting ready for dinner at 8. The Radisson 'Biba Aruba' event had begun with the steel drums, food and crafts before we left the beach.... but we really had to continue to dinner out. Our first night tradition after traveling all day has become Texas de Brazil. It's fun place to go with super service, a salad bar that we both love and some pretty good meats. I had the foresight to join the e-club with my work email address for a $25 coupon which helped with the expense.

    Some of you may think boring...... but our days are all the same! We get up around 7:30 for coffee on the balcony and then head to Laguna for a great breakfast buffet and then on the beach by about 9. Getting to the beach that early allows extra time for a little nap before lunch as well as after lunch! Lunch is Bugaloe Beach Bar, Gilligan's or Salt and Pepper..... Not sure who has the coldest Brights..... but I'll keep researching it! We wrap up our day at the beach between 5-6 and dinner is generally around 8. There are a few beach walks during the day and a couple of naps on the beach. We normally would rent a Hobie to do a sail a couple of days.... but passed on that this year. More days than not the wind was beyond what I was comfortable sailing in. On a couple of days this year, the wind was kicking up a lot of sand which actually made part of the day uncomfortable with the sand and noise of the additional wind. We did treat DW to a couple of massages as we usually do when at the Radisson.

    While DW got ready for dinner (I guess natural beauty needs some help and that takes time) I would go down to the casino and try to win some dinner money. Didn't win dinner money more often than I did win dinner money.... but we'd hook up in the lobby and head out to dinner anyway.

    Sitting at Gilligan's one day for lunch I saw that the international signpost on the beach had been vandalized. That really pissed me off since it was such a stupid and senseless thing to do. Countless pictures had been taken over the years with that as a backdrop and a number of the signs with the destination and miles had been ripped off. I did see a grounds man with one of the signs and I think a full recovery is planned.

    Palapa assignment begins at 4 each day for the next day, but I never had a problem getting one as late as 5:45 when turning in towels. They actually set out chairs at 3 for people that want to wait in line for the assignment.... not for me since that takes away beach time! You can also rent a palapa for 15-20 or 35 anytime during the day for the next day. I upgraded to a front row for Tue and took care of it Sun morning for 35 and did the same for Wed paying Tue morning. Nice upgrade, but we really are quite comfortable with back row and middle rows too! Did I say how wonderful the beach was? The beach was wonderful!

    I'm starting to ramble..... so more tomorrow on the casinos, shopping and restaurants..... (Yes, Rumpire..... I did get a Royal!... thanks for the wishes)!
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    thank you for sharing your story CP!

    boy, time does fly..............i am still shaking my head in amazement that you are home already

    I look forward to hearing of your "royal"

    when we were in aruba in May, we felt that the winds were a bit gustier than normal.

    that international signpost is a very familar backdrop (photo spot) and it is tragic and disgusting that someone would vandalize it.

    thanks!
    Quote Originally Posted by cpjones View Post
    Once on the beach it felt like we were there the day before! Can't understand how the time drags between our annual trips.... but it does. Just got back last night and it seems like an eternity since we were there.... dunno what that's all about either!

    This was our 8th stay at the Radisson and our time there was perfect as it always is. We go to Aruba to reconnect, rejuvenate, relax and refresh! It's better than prescription drugs. We choose Aruba for the perfect beaches, great dining options and the casinos (me not DW here)!

    We left Boston on a 7:30 non-stop on JetBlue with a scheduled arrival for a few minutes after noon and the flight was smooth and without event! We landed a couple of minutes before noon and were able to make it thru the airport pretty quickly. DW and I found, a few years ago, that the best seating for us is adjoining aisle seats. I can't sit still and need to get up a lot and she doesn't want to climb over me if I'm dozing if she needs to get up! When I was checking flight status the night before there were a number of upgraded seating positions available. I upgraded us to 'Even More Space' seats for $80 each. Great move..... we each had the entire row to ourselves with plenty of stretch out room! We were able to check in thru security pre-screened (almost no line here) and allowed early boarding!

    We took a taxi to the Radisson and were able to check right in at about 1:15 and got to the room by 1:30. When I booked last winter I upgraded this year to a deluxe ocean view room and requested the Bonaire or Curacao tower. We were on the 6th floor toward the beach in room 3621 of the Curacao tower. Great view, but even a garden view at the Radisson has a nice view! To us it was worth the additional expense this year.... but probably back to a garden view next year.

    What's next....? Swimsuits.... Gilligan's for Aruba Aribas and a quick lunch. Then to the beach. We were in the turquois waters by 2:45.... it was like getting a bonus day because we were able get a few hours in on the beach on our travel day! Toward 5:30 I went up to happy hour and got a couple more Aruba Aribas for us to enjoy on the beach before getting ready for dinner at 8. The Radisson 'Biba Aruba' event had begun with the steel drums, food and crafts before we left the beach.... but we really had to continue to dinner out. Our first night tradition after traveling all day has become Texas de Brazil. It's fun place to go with super service, a salad bar that we both love and some pretty good meats. I had the foresight to join the e-club with my work email address for a $25 coupon which helped with the expense.

    Some of you may think boring...... but our days are all the same! We get up around 7:30 for coffee on the balcony and then head to Laguna for a great breakfast buffet and then on the beach by about 9. Getting to the beach that early allows extra time for a little nap before lunch as well as after lunch! Lunch is Bugaloe Beach Bar, Gilligan's or Salt and Pepper..... Not sure who has the coldest Brights..... but I'll keep researching it! We wrap up our day at the beach between 5-6 and dinner is generally around 8. There are a few beach walks during the day and a couple of naps on the beach. We normally would rent a Hobie to do a sail a couple of days.... but passed on that this year. More days than not the wind was beyond what I was comfortable sailing in. On a couple of days this year, the wind was kicking up a lot of sand which actually made part of the day uncomfortable with the sand and noise of the additional wind. We did treat DW to a couple of massages as we usually do when at the Radisson.

    While DW got ready for dinner (I guess natural beauty needs some help and that takes time) I would go down to the casino and try to win some dinner money. Didn't win dinner money more often than I did win dinner money.... but we'd hook up in the lobby and head out to dinner anyway.

    Sitting at Gilligan's one day for lunch I saw that the international signpost on the beach had been vandalized. That really pissed me off since it was such a stupid and senseless thing to do. Countless pictures had been taken over the years with that as a backdrop and a number of the signs with the destination and miles had been ripped off. I did see a grounds man with one of the signs and I think a full recovery is planned.

    Palapa assignment begins at 4 each day for the next day, but I never had a problem getting one as late as 5:45 when turning in towels. They actually set out chairs at 3 for people that want to wait in line for the assignment.... not for me since that takes away beach time! You can also rent a palapa for 15-20 or 35 anytime during the day for the next day. I upgraded to a front row for Tue and took care of it Sun morning for 35 and did the same for Wed paying Tue morning. Nice upgrade, but we really are quite comfortable with back row and middle rows too! Did I say how wonderful the beach was? The beach was wonderful!

    I'm starting to ramble..... so more tomorrow on the casinos, shopping and restaurants..... (Yes, Rumpire..... I did get a Royal!... thanks for the wishes)!

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    Loved reading your post. Sounds like a relaxing trip. Rob and I do the same thing with aisle seats. Sorry you trip went by toooooo fast.

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    Ahhh, sounds like the perfect vacation. We're looking forward to having a few days at the Radison on our November trip. I'm hoping some extra room seats are open when we go but there weren't any when I booked. So not too hopeful. Looking forward to hearing more!

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    I don't think you're rambling.. nice post.

    on the beach on travel day is always a bonus.. good for you..

    getting on the beach by 9 each day, what's wrong with that? not boring in my book..

    the sign at gilligans, bet someone lost few dollars in casino and drunk!!

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    Thanks for posting CP, I wish you could ramble till we leave in August. Awesome luck with the royal, tell us about it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ricky59 View Post
    ....the sign at gilligans, bet someone lost few dollars in casino and drunk!!
    I think you got that right.... the night before there were 3 police officers in the casino speaking with the casino manager. I had never seen that before. Either that or a case of explosive testosterone directed at the sign.

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    CP great report. We were there at the same time wish we could have met up. Look forward to hearing more.

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    Time for more rambling.....

    We're very fortunate to have a son that takes us to and from the airport very dependably each year.... so we don't have to worry about ground transportation at this end. We are exceptionally lucky to have a woman that stays at the house and loves to take care of the pugs and the cat. I don't think we pay her enough but she thinks we pay her too much.... nice middle of the road here. She actually prefers to sleep on an air mattress with the dogs in the great room to using one of the bedrooms upstairs. Get this.... she also goes to the market and buys (with her money) staples like fruit, OJ, milk and bread so we have fresh stuff when we get home. Thank you Donna! We do not have to worry about anything on the home front when we're on vacation!

    About the shopping..... Just some minor souvenirs. DW got a Bugaloe t-shirt and I loved it so much with the Aruba flag colors and the Bright sticker on the arm that I got one a couple of days later. This is the second Aruba T-shirt I bought since we've been going to Aruba and it goes well with the only Aruba hat I ever bought. Yes, I do have other Aruba hats.... but they were from the Casino at the Radisson years ago and were free (as free as anything can be in a casino)! Did get a t-shirt for my grandson and a couple of love Aruba coffee cups for DW and my favorite girl at work. DW bought a very pretty Aruba beach bag to bring our beach bag total to about 10! Years ago we did some jewelry stuff downtown, but that's no longer important to us!

    When we started booking with Player's Choice for the Radisson we'd get a bunch of coupons: 200 match play for the casino, a couple of Larimar Spa coupons for 25 each,150-200 resort credit and a Sunset Grille coupon from Player's Choice for free dessert. It's now down to just the 150 resort credit and the dessert coupon.... but that's OK... we still love the Radisson. We did make use of some coupons when we could at a couple of restaurant for glasses of wine, a dessert or a discount. That did help with some of the dinner expenses.

    We enjoyed the fireworks on Palm Beach in front of the Hyatt. A really well done show that lasted about 10 minutes. We were on the pier and the barge was about 100 yards away. Nice show!

    And on to the casinos! We stopped in the Rui casino one night.... surprised to see a snack vending machine near the entrance.. I guess we gamblers need chips too! We didn't play and thought it quite congested for such a new casino. We visited the Occidental Casino one night and the Hyatt another. DW rarely goes into a casino and has no interest in playing anything! So it was quite a feat to get here to join me. I, on the other hand, usually walk DW back to the room around 10-10:30 and then play at the Radisson Casino until 1:30 -2!

    My games are video poker and blackjack... I seldom play anything else. Most nights I didn't do well at the tables but had a few great nights at video poker. The "Player's Club' at the Radisson rates play with cash or merchandise back based on play. I was collecting 30-50 dollars per day when I inserted my card in the redemption thingy each day and usually donated that to a video poker machine.

    My second night in the Radisson Casino I was fortunate to get 4 deuces (1000) at video poker after a bad evening at blackjack. The third night.... using my redeemed Player's Club coupon for 50..... I hit a royal flush (4000) on the same machine. The odds of getting a royal run somewhere toward 40,000 to 1! This is the second year in a row I hit a Royal at the Radisson and the 3rd time in 4 years..... I think with the odds against me doing that.... my luck has run out on this game!....... Later in the week I got 4 deuces again at the poker machine next to my winning machine! Not done yet! ....let's go back a few days!

    On Sat night after dinner my wife and I sat at the bar at the Hyatt to see the group that plays on the stage above the bar..... and I was gonna teach her to play video poker.... well, she had no interest! I plugged away anyway! Darned if we didn't hit 4 deuces here too! I did give her half of the win on this..... after all she rarely goes into the casinos and was just keeping me happy! At blackjack I did a few days a little up and a lotta days a little down. All in all.... we paid cash for every meal from the third night on... paid cash for all of our room charges.... and took money home to put in the bank, hopefully toward next year's trip!

    Time for the dinner rundown.....We tried a bunch of 'new to us' restaurants this year with last minute reservations or walk in for all but Pinchos and Mme J's..

    Texas de Brazil was our first night and we just plain like the place. A bit pricy.... but by the time you get a good steak and a salad somewhere really nice.... it's similar money.

    Our second night is always Mme J's. We're long time fans and have never had a bad meal. DW has never had anything here but Almond Grouper and I had the Skirt Steak..... of couse the Bang Bang Shrimp we shared and the coconut cake I didn't share.... made for way too much food!

    Amuse Bistro (new) was good, although they have minimized the appetizer/full dinner choices on the menu. Good food and service.

    Smokey Joe's seemed to fit for the 4th of July with ribs and jerk chicken. This is a great place for an inexpensive dinner. With drinks the total came to 64 with a 10 dollar tip.... the least expensive dinner of the week for us.

    Our sunset dinner was at Pinchos (new)...... know for fresh seafood. DW, who loves fish threw me a curve and ordered a filet! It was wonderful! I had a pork tenderloin... a bit dry, but great taste. Loved the atmosphere and service ..... and the ocean ate DW's napkin!

    Sun we tried Papillion (new) across from the Radisson. Grouper for DW and rack of lamb for me..... don't be fooled it's only 3/4 of a rack of lamb....6 ribs... not 8.... so I did feel cheated! Food was good and the service was good... and they really try with the atmosphere.... but the setting with the flea market type tables in view and the plastic cups from other stores blowing around in the wind it misses the mark!

    Mon was Matthews (new) and what a nice place. Not busy, but great service, food and atmosphere. DW the romantic loved it with the waves on the beach and all. I had a superb filet and don't even remember what she had. Nice place and they'll see us again! I do have a suspicion that they use a very good quality potato product and not fresh potatoes for mashed potatoes..... not 100% sure but do suspect. I liked 'em whichever they were!

    Tue brought us to Scala. Good food atmosphere and super service. It was nice sitting at the rail looking at all the people going by. We liked Scala better than when we first tried it 4 years ago. I had the Spicy Shrimp and DW had a big salad. I would go here again.

    Wed brought us to the Sunset Grille for our traditional 'last supper'..... They have a great 4 course dinner for 2 for 89 which is a great value for here. However, with a 22 oz bone in ribeye available..... I was in with that and it was a great piece of meat that was cooked to perfection! DW has some of the best baked stuffed shrimp either of us has ever tasted! This dinner was pricey...... but well worth every penny for the food, experience, service and atmosphere! The Radisson grounds are beautiful at night and especially here by the waterfall.

    And on to home...... uneventful flight. Long wait thru US Customs and Immigration... but all else moved kind of quickly for check in! I'm trying to forget the horrible 'airport dogs' we ate! I did upgrade to 'Even More Space for 80 for each of us so we shared 3 seats in row 3 and enjoyed a couple of movies and space. Checking out at Logan was really easy.... the bags hit the carousel within 15 minutes of landing and within 2 more minutes.... both of our bags hit the belt side by side!

    My countdown for next trip....... yup... right around 352 or so.....

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    .... and back to work today..... not wearing socks yet.... but no more flip flops....

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