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    How did 1st time Aruba travelers decide on Aruba?

    Sometimes i wonder how many 1st timers go to Aruba because of someone like us giving them lots of details, or them seeing/hearing ads online or on tv/radio, or by suggestion of a travel agent, or by a brief cruise port of call visit?

    My experience was way back in late 1970s or 1980........We were on a charter scuba tour out of JFK to Bonaire and Aruba was our first overnight and last overnight.
    I was "hooked". However, my next few visits were by way of cruise ship.

    How about you?
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    For us, it was suggested by a travel agent. Also planning a fall wedding we were looking for a honeymoon outside of the hurricane belt, so thanks Google!
    Not sure when, but we will be back

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    ....after lots of research, it was a woman at work who had great experiences.....That's what pushed me in the Aruba direction.

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    Friends and coworkers were going to Aruba and I was so jealous. Tom doesn't like to fly, and refused to fly for over 25 years. The funny thing is he did fly a few times when he was younger and Aruba was one of the places he visited! So when he finally gave in and said he would fly, Aruba was the first place we went. How did I convince him to get on a plane? I didn't; his friends talked him into asking the doctor for something to relax him so he could go to Las Vegas. After that, he definitely owed me!!

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    For us it was a stop on a cruise. Maggie fell in love with Aruba, I fell in like with it. Over several years and many more cruises Aruba became more of a must do port. Finally on one Princess cruise our ship broke down on the way to St. Martin and we never made it to Aruba. Problem is... having skipped Aruba on the previous cruise or two I had promised her we'd be visiting Aruba on that trip. To make up for not being able to keep that promise we booked our first stay on the island and the rest (of the Caribbean) is history.











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    W have another couple whom we had traveled with when our kids were younger. They were coming up on their 20th anniversary and it was about to be our 25 th so we ditched the kids and went with our friends to Aruba- it was the best vacation we ever had! We keep going back but they have been back with us once more. They like Aruba but they like to go,go,go and we are beach bums so they are now trying a cruise next March but we are going back to Aruba next month and next May so t cruise is out for us- not enough vacation time or $$ too it all. Maybe if they like the cruise we will go in 2017 with them.

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    For us we went on our honeymoon my best man handed me some some money he said when you land get a cab don't wait for the bus and enjoy and it's been paradise ever since meet some great friends and taxi drivers ,Bully you are the best will be leaving soon for our yearly trip we started with me and my wife, then sister in law came with us then my 2kids know we are up to 12 adults and 11 kids see everyone in 40 days

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    After a couple cruises elsewhere and a few other island trips I spoke with a girl I was working with around 1998 ish I believe. This young girl was telling me how she honeymooned in Aruba at Divi Divi AI resort. It sounded beautiful and I never forgot it. In November of 2001 we made our first trip to Aruba, it was not at Divi it was what was then called Allegro. We fell in love with the food, people, staff etc. and went back the next year. After many renovations our resort was not going to be ready for our next trip. This is when I remembered the Divi AI conversation and booked there. Now I am even more in love with Aruba and the staff at Divi AI, the friends we met and continue to see each year, beach, weather etc. I sometimes think I should have been a travel agent the way I love to sell people on Aruba. My new job I have 2 of the 3 Financial Advisors thinking about going next year. I envy young people who experience Aruba with their families and continue to go back. I wish I was able to find and travel to Aruba so many years ago, but I am planning on going as much as I can and hope for many, many, many more trips in our future.

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    Way back 30 years ago this past July (1985) I saw a tiny ad in a N.Y. newspaper for a trip to Aruba for that coming weekend. DH couldn't take off for vacation with only a couple of days notice. Friends had work and family obligations.

    It was back and forth with myself deciding if I should go just with my DD. I waited 'till Friday at 6 pm to call the travel company. In a way I was hoping they were closed as I wasn’t sure about travelling with my young daughter by myself. The travel company was still open. It was such a great deal that it was hard to pass up. Since they answered I gave them my credit card and we were booked to go. We were on our way in less than 24 hours later. As we didn’t have a computer in ’85 we didn’t have plane tickets or hotel vouches in hand. We just showed up the next afternoon at the check-in desk at JFK and were off on the 4 pm chartered flight for a week in Aruba.

    The trip cost was $480. That was for the 2 of us - $240. each which included airfare, transfers AND hotel. Can you imagine? We stayed at the Sheraton (now RIU). The reason it was so cheap was that they were doing renovations for the name change to the Aruba Palm Beach Hotel. I don’t remember what renovations they were doing but whatever it was didn’t affect our stay.

    I had a great time and of course got "hooked" on Aruba. We went to a few of the neighboring hotels that had outdoor dinner shows. The Sheraton had a nice evening BBQ with limbo dancing with Vincent (now bartender at A.M.). DD loves Aruba now but back then she was young and rather been home with her friends.

    The name of the travel company was “Moment’s Notice”; appropriately named as I booked my 1st trip to Aruba at a moments notice.

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    My aunt and her family had been visiting Aruba since 2004. I was originally supposed to go on a trip elsewhere in 2010 but that wound up getting cancelled, so my aunt invited me to visit during their visit in August of 2010. That first visit was only for four days, I flew into Aruba on a Sunday night and from the moment the aircraft took off from Curacao I felt this overwhelming sense of relaxation and the feeling that I was going to someplace extraordinary and wonderful. My first view of the island was at night, but it was still a beautiful and spectacular sight. After clearing immigration and customs in the fastest time ever I remember stepping outside into a warm and breezy night before hopping into my relatives rental vehicle. On our way out to CPV in Noord they drove through the High Rise area where I was amazed by the sight of so many locals and visitors that were still out and about on a Sunday night. The vibe that I got from the drive through the area was that it felt more like a Friday night than a Sunday. Needless to say I was hooked within my first hour on the island. I've made four visits since then and look forward to many more.........or moving there on a semi-permanent basis( half of the year).

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