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    Planning First Aruba Trip

    My name is Lori, from Brooklyn NY. I am 41 and my husband is 33 and we will be celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary next May. I am doing the preliminary scouting and really appreciate everyone's post on these boards. We are looking to visit from May 31-June 7, 2013. We have friends that swear by the Westin. They also advised us to do an all-inclusive, but I am hesitant. My husband is a big vacation drinker (beer), I'm more of a few drinks throughout the day and wine with dinner type of gal. I would really like to stay at either the Marriott or Hyatt, but am watching prices. MCM Tours (which I found by reading this site) does not have packages listed for 2013 yet. Costco has decent prices, but I don't want to pull the trigger too quick in case something better appears. How far in advance do most people book? We have been cruise people and I have always booked a year out.

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    Welcome to the forum.

    Book your airfare when you feel the prices are reasonable and something you can live with.

    Booking a package for next June can wait until after the 1st of the year.

    All inclusive vs. non all inclusive is a very personal decision. It works for some and others despise it. If your dh drinks beer, another option is to book a resort where you would have an in room fridge, purchase your own beer and tote it to the beach or pool in a soft sided cooler.

    The Hyatt does not offer an all inclusive package, and the Marriott offers all inclusive at times during low season.

    You did not mention the Radisson, but they have just introduced an all inclusive package. MCM for the low season, has it priced similar to the Riu. Comparing apples to apples, I would choose the Radisson over the Riu.

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    We generally book with Player's Choice/MCM in Jan or Feb for the first week in July. After our first year booking with them we started to get a mailer early in the year.

    Why don't you call Guy or Ursala and get on the mail list for offers!!! ??
    914-377-8300

    At this point you are just gathering info... that's good. The more info you have the better your decisions will be when you do committ!

    Welcome to the forum

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    We use Players Choice all the time. You will not get a better price. We stay at the Radisson just a great resort. Guy is a great person to talk to. We just returned after our 6the trip and have no complaints about the Radisson.

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    staying at the marriott as a big vacation drinker can get expensive quick, why not stay at all inclusive and spend the extra money on dinners off the resort, instead of drinks at the beach.

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    Something for a beer drinker to keep in mind, check with your travel agent or hotel directly to make sure the type of beer you like is included. Some only include certain brands or drafts only with an upcharge on certain beers. We learned that lesson the hard way when we did all-inclusive at Holiday Inn. The only included beer is Balashi draft and we didn't care for it.
    Not sure when, but we will be back

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    Thanks for everyone's responses. We have now added the Radisson in to our choices. Their AI package looks like it might fit, even if we do some dinners off property. Does anyone know what kind of beers they have there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by loriny View Post
    Thanks for everyone's responses. We have now added the Radisson in to our choices. Their AI package looks like it might fit, even if we do some dinners off property. Does anyone know what kind of beers they have there?
    You would need to know the specifics of the all inclusive package, but http://www.gilligansaruba.com/drinks.html

    Balashi Aruba’s Beer, Budweiser, Bud Light, Michelob Ultra, Coors Light, Miller Lite, Heineken, Amstel Bright, Amstel Light, Guinness, Red Stripe and Polar



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    We have never done AI in Aruba but everytime we take the shuttle bus to our hotel they stop at the Divi and I always say we got to stay here. It looks wonderful and I believe its all inclusive. Welcome to the forum

    http://www.diviaruba.com/

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    Bill, food at the Radisson vs. food at the Tamarijn/Divi is comparing apples to oranges, but the price will tell you that. Food quality at the resort has declined steadily since we began staying there in '07.

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