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    Radisson & Cruise Guests

    My wife and I have stayed at the Radisson every year since 2009. Last year we were surprised when cruise guests and their big umbrellas began lining up along the beach Tuesday morning. It was one day and we got over it. We just returned from this year's trip and we were annoyed to find out that it has now become three days a week. We love the Radisson but might have to stay elsewhere next year. Did we just hit it on a bad week or is this normal now?

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    The issue of public beaches and the vendors trying to make money...

    All depends upon time of year and how many cruise ships are in town. According to http://www.arubaports.com/wp-content...E-Sep-2013.pdf, excluding Freewinds, there are 5 more ships calling the remainder of the month.

    The months progressively get busier as winter approaches.

    We try to avoid the masses by requesting a palapa at the far north end of the Radisson's beach past Gilligans.
    Last edited by Arubalisa; 09-09-2013 at 10:11 PM.

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    Far end of beach is great when ships come in. Actually it is good for us all the time, not very busy.

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    Actually.... the closer my palapa is to Gilligan's.... the better I hear the happy hour bell at 4:00 PM!!!

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    Thanks for the response, we will definitely check that next year before we decide where to stay. I completely understand the issue with the public beach. It would have been nice to see more of a presence by Radisson security on those days.

    I think the way the Radisson palapa reservations are set up makes a lot of sense. If we had known we probably would have taken whatever was available after the line died down and not bothered waiting. This year we had an additional guest with us, our 8 month old daughter so we tried to stay closer to the Bugaloe side to be closer to the room and pool. It seemed like there were more fee based palapas than usual on the northern half of the beach. Maybe I just never noticed before.

    ***There were 5 adults in our group, so someone was always available to make a happy hour run, ok maybe a few runs.

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    I know you can pay to reserve a palapa in advance and price is dependent upon first row or second row. Wasn't aware that it was a certain end of the beach.

    I suppose it could be worse and the Radisson could go back to selling day passes to cruise passengers. They had a ton of complaints about that and rightfully so!

    It seems though that the Radisson cannot control the independent vendors setting people up with umbrellas and chairs on the public sections of beach.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arubalisa View Post
    I know you can pay to reserve a palapa in advance and price is dependent upon first row or second row. Wasn't aware that it was a certain end of the beach.

    I suppose it could be worse and the Radisson could go back to selling day passes to cruise passengers. They had a ton of complaints about that and rightfully so!

    It seems though that the Radisson cannot control the independent vendors setting people up with umbrellas and chairs on the public sections of beach.
    When we visit, we rent a palapa for our stay. We always have one at the back row, so the bathrooms are close, equel distance to the pool and the ocean, the bar being closer then the pool. I always bring the pac-saf and use it at the palapa. There is a ventor renting rafts and stuff on the beach at the Radisson as you look down toward the beach, between the two pools. Annoying, but what can you do. We also had a cruise ship the week we were there, and they were using some of the chairs, I have also seen it get "really ugly" when the passengers were told they could not use the chairs and palapas. DW and DD will be back down in Nov......I'll have wait til next year ....

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    Quote Originally Posted by hvy747 View Post
    When we visit, we rent a palapa for our stay. We always have one at the back row
    Out of curiousity, how much do they charge for a back row palapa?


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    Lisa, Like everything else in Aruba it is negotiable. Somewhere around $15. Around $25 for middle row and $40 for front row.

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