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    WaltVB in Aruba 2016

    We made it! Our flights down were great, with good service and early arrivals. We had a three hour layover in Miami, and we scheduled our Global Entry interviews there instead of making a 4 hour drive each way from home. We arrived at the interview an hour early, were greeted by Officer Wheeler and taken right in. After a painless 10 minute process of fingerprinting and pictures, and an explanation of the Global Entry and TSA Pre-check benefits we were on our way back to the gate to await our flight to Aruba. We had filled out the ED forms for Aruba online before we left so we flew through immigration and after grabbing our bags were out of the airport in a flash. Royal was waiting for us with a nice Kia Picante and we were on our way. The traffic through downtown was terrible due to some King’s Day activities and was actually detoured around the back side of the Ren, so we stopped at West Deck for an arrival drink before heading on to the Holiday Inn. Check in was a breeze since they have a dedicated line for Priority members. We were upgraded to an ocean view room in the Sea tower and had a reserved palapa all ready for us for the entire stay. The palapa is in the perfect location, just steps from the water, restrooms and bar. Yesterday was our first full day and we went to SuperFoods (it was closed Wednesday for King’s day) and grabbed a few things, then hung out on the beach all day. It was a great start to our vacation. We had dinner at Casa Tua and a few after dinner drinks at MooMba.

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    Walt - I'm STUNNED the government process was painless and quick! You must have been twice as stunned!

    Have a GREAT trip!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by act1966 View Post
    Walt - I'm STUNNED the government process was painless and quick! You must have been twice as stunned!

    Have a GREAT trip!!!
    I had heard horror stories from guys who went through the process at Dulles, being treated almost like criminals. I was afraid it would be horrible. Instead we were greeted very professionally and actually had a pretty good time with the officers that were present. They were friendly and outgoing, took care of business and wished us a great time in Aruba. I would recommend anyone that is going to get Global Entry to go through the Miami office. Great service and attitude.... and yes they work for the government!

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    Have fun on your trip!

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    "great service and attitude" ..... seriously? are you sure you were still in the USA?

    glad that all is well with you and your bride and you 2 can relax and enjoy after the long stretch of stress and sadness.

    enjoy and thanks for sharing.

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    Have a fun trip Walt

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    Sounds like you're already enjoying yourselves! Once it gets closer to my arrival date we'll have to make plans to get together - or at least see you at the bb party on the 16th.
    ~Amy~® - 35th trip to Aruba: New Years Eve 2017/2018 -- Zihuatanejo, MX: March 2018 -- Ireland: June/July 2018 --
    36th trip to Aruba: Sept. 2018





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    Great start to a great vacation! Enjoy!

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    Continue to enjoy your stay... glad you're there safely.

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    Enjoy the beach and bar time. Gonna miss you guys, and Amy and Curt in Sept. I'm sure if I go to the Local Store in Sept. they are going to remember you from now. There's always next year. When NY gets closer I'll be in touch, only 45 minutes to City for a hot toddy.

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