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Andrea J.
01-01-2008, 04:13 PM
I will categorize if you don't mind.
Makes for easier reading, ? maybe.

weather
december weather with lots of rain showers and lots of sun. well, maybe a little untypical as there were some really heavy downpours that lasted more than the usual 5 minutes.

the ocean was 81 degrees
pool temperature at lacabana was 78 degrees

accomodations and Lacabana BRC commentary
Lacabana BRC we had a 1 bedroom unit using our bluegreen points unit 127c and it was more than adequate. our son joined us on dec 24 and he had the living room as his "pad" for a week. he had the patio door key and was able to come and go as he pleased.

many many kind guests and workers at lacabana. it is such a pleasure to see old friends and new friends year after year. now my commentary.......................... where do some of the guests get off thinking that their SHI* does not stink?

example of a few cases:
guest to pool worker "you, clean this table. i have been coming here for 17 years and i have never seen anyone work as slowly as you"

guest to kirk @ the front desk at 1 am "I am not paying you to read the bible while you are working"

guest to samuel @ the pool slide "you are not a real police officer and do not tell me that we cannot make a train of people going down the slide. what is your name? i want to speak with your supervisor

me to an arrogant *itch of a woman "lady, you take the cake! i now know the answer as to why so many people hate americans. you are the poster child for hating americans. thank you"

Casinos
1st of all, Rogers is ill (the genie at Alhambra)
he has been in the hospital for a month or more..........prostrate and diabetes difficulties. Prognosis unknown and he is getting out of the hospital this weekend.

Alhambra, as smokey as ever. Air conditioning could be colder. Drinks plentiful.
Machines were tight. Craps was fun.

Riu, is a great airy well ventilated casino. We had no luck there, but the wine was served in nice wine glasses. AND they had a real christmas tree (balsam) in the casino. can we spell fire hazard?

Marriott, we won a few dollars here. very few. BUT, after all was said and done my husband thinks we were about even on the entire stay. So, staying even is just like winning, imo.

Ling Grocery
put on a terrific fireworks display on Dec 30!
Awesome show, better than any i have seen in USA.

grocery bags.............Ling was giving out reuseable grocery bags and bottles of turning leaf chardonnay! terrific.

we did a grocery order at lings and only spent $145 for basic staples....breakfast and lunch supplies.

Meet and Great
Paul, Kevin and i had the honor and pleasure of meeting
ArubaLisa and her husband Jerry and dear daughter, grandmother, parents, and brother!
We also met Cheryll Caron of the "arubahouse" fame.
We met and had a drink with EBB Eagle beach Boy aka Gary and his wife!

Along the way as the week progressed, different folks said to me "are you the mderator lady?" i denied everything :);)


more to follow...................
andrea

AuntieMame
01-01-2008, 04:48 PM
Great way to write a report. Very readable.

What rudeness you encountered! Hubby and I have encountered rudeness abroad as well - only by Americans. Yet the French say the Germans are worse. (As a German-American, where does that leave me?:()

Questions:

Did you eat at the Captain's table at all ?
Does Ling and Sons also have paper bags ?

Andrea J.
01-01-2008, 05:01 PM
continued.............................

DINING
In no paricular order:
LAVISTA @ Marriott , we ate here only because we had a ton of marriott food and beverage credits from the years playing at marriott casino. we ate there one night for the italian buffet which by the way was fabulous!

then, we went back the next night to the seafood buffet which was even more awesome.

italian consisted of...................everything imaginable. pasta, shrimp, beef, chicken, terrific salad fixins and tiramisu and other fancy desserts.

seafood night consisted of........................omg sushi and more sushi and it was delicious! grilled salmon, grilled grouper, grilled mahi mahi and grilled swordfish.
crab legs, shrimp cocktails etc......
i would not hesitate to go back!

PAM PAM this place is terrific too. all entrees are $9.50 and the visit aruba card also gives the diners the "pam pam cocktail" which is a fruity, rum and vodka killer! 2 thumbs up. We ate there 2x.

BUCCANEER my son's all time favorite is Buccaneer. We had a good dinner there.
Baked shrimp stuffed with crabmeat. We all ate the same entree and their $1 salads are worth $2;).

MADAM JANETTE my husband's all time favorite. We ate here 2x. 1st time we all had grouper and it was deelish. (christmas eve) No room for dessert and the mosquitos were plentiful:( The 2nd time we ate at MJs was on the 30th of Dec. Mosquitos were still plentiful but we were well sprayed with off. That evening we all had lobster ravioli for appetizer and then each had a chicken cesar salad for our entrees.

Service both nights was top notch.
Food excellent.

Activities
We rode horses with LaPonderosa and I rode once with Gold Mine Ranch.
I highly recommend both of these places.
(we did the private tours)

we, played at casinos, we napped, we read.

cindyo
01-01-2008, 05:05 PM
Hey, sounds like you are having a great time !! Enjoy. To put things in perspective, its snowing here, its cold and nasty, and I wish I was there ! Be safe, love the reports, thanks!
have a safe trip home, cindy

LOUISBREITBACH
01-01-2008, 07:11 PM
Great report

I go in November
I only enjoyed 2 meals 1 at El Gaucho & 1 at show at Divi Phoenix
when we went back following week I didn't care for it

Andrea J.
01-01-2008, 09:20 PM
continued........................

more dining

King Ribs
we picked up 3 combo dinners of King ribs. paul and i ate 1 for dinner in our room one evening and we had divided up the other 2 dinners into tupperware containers for lunches/snacks. our darling son arrived on december 24 and scoffed down the king rib leftovers in less than 24 hours.

TULIP
we dined at tulip 2x and both times meals were wonderful and the service was good. per usual i had the chicken sate' and paul had the mixed grill.

all meals excellent
all staff at all restaurants attentive
especially happy with Pam Pam restaurant.



FLIGHTS

we bought our air thru priceline. (never again)

1. our flight on dec 20 from boston to aruba was on Delta with a connection in atlanta. by the time our flight left the gate on dec 20 early a.m., we had missed our connection :doh: as we were running so late.

(plane had to be de-iced a couple of times and then there was a medical emergency onboard, then we had to be de-iced again, then there was no gate staff to back us out of the gate area.)

2. in atlanta after crying and having a melt down, delta put us on a flight to miami as we had missed our connection to aruba.

3. in miami we were then put on AA for their flight into aua. that flight was very late and we did not get in til after 11 pm.

return
1. our flight on dec 31 (United) was ok and on time once we boarded. we were denied our boarding passes and delayed at the counterin aruba for the better part of 75 minutes due to priceline's error in a ticket number. finally all was corrected and we got to dulles and then on to boston.

and united charges $44 for the "privilege" to sit in the wing emergency row!
how ridiculous.
the emergency rows were empty on the flight from aua to washington
no one was willing to pay the up charge!

priceline/name your own price = never again for airtickets.
i'll stick with booking them myself with AA or UsAir.


We had a very enjoyable time.
Again, met lots of nice folks and had a good time.

~Amy~®
01-02-2008, 02:21 PM
This is so very sad to read.....whatever happened to good manners and common sense and treating people graciously and nicely and....and.....just makes me shake my head in disgust and sadness. :(


many many kind guests and workers at lacabana. it is such a pleasure to see old friends and new friends year after year. now my commentary.......................... where do some of the guests get off thinking that their SHI* does not stink?

example of a few cases:
guest to pool worker "you, clean this table. i have been coming here for 17 years and i have never seen anyone work as slowly as you"

guest to kirk @ the front desk at 1 am "I am not paying you to read the bible while you are working"

guest to samuel @ the pool slide "you are not a real police officer and do not tell me that we cannot make a train of people going down the slide. what is your name? i want to speak with your supervisor

me to an arrogant *itch of a woman "lady, you take the cake! i now know the answer as to why so many people hate americans. you are the poster child for hating americans. thank you"

Andrea J.
01-02-2008, 03:53 PM
i agree amy, and these people's bad manners were outrageous.
talk about rude!!!!!

met up with your pal and mine eagle beach boy and he is well and enjoying his 2nd week of 8 at AM.

the staff at AM says hi too.
the renovations look good and that resort is so friendly and comfortable!
no, cranky americans there.

back to work now.....................if i were still in aruba, it would be nap time!



This is so very sad to read.....whatever happened to good manners and common sense and treating people graciously and nicely and....and.....just makes me shake my head in disgust and sadness. :(

~Amy~®
01-02-2008, 04:14 PM
Awwww....I miss everyone at Amsterdam Manor. Haven't booked flights yet for April but booking our flights for Sept. by the end of today since the fares are decent.

Did you see ArubaLisa, too? Oh wait....duh! :doh: I read that you did in your trip report!

Maybe people need to take a "cranky test" before being able to travel to other countries. If you don't pass and are a "cranky traveler" then you're not allowed to leave the U.S. :eek: Of course, I'm kidding.....sort of.....:rolleyes:

AuntieMame
01-02-2008, 06:42 PM
Yet another question. (I'm like the bad penny that keeps turning up)

Where is Pam Pam?

Eagle Beach Boy
01-02-2008, 08:17 PM
Meet and Great
Paul, Kevin and i had the honor and pleasure of meeting
ArubaLisa and her husband Jerry and dear daughter, grandmother, parents, and brother!
We also met Cheryll Caron of the "arubahouse" fame.
We met and had a drink with EBB Eagle beach Boy aka Gary and his wife!

Along the way as the week progressed, different folks said to me "are you the mderator lady?" i denied everything :);)


more to follow...................
andrea

It was sure great to meet you and the group Friday evening. Sure wish we could have stayed and chatted longer.

Andrea J.
01-02-2008, 08:41 PM
you are not a bad penny ;)

directions to Pam Pam
(bear with me)

*from Amsterdam Manor and lacabana and Aruban, go thru the big intersection at the lights (adventure golf and alfredos and sasaki apartments will be on your right.

then

1. go past chengs market
2. go past madame janette's rd
3. go past chef's table
4. continue going straight
5. almost at the end of that road you'll see a small sign on the right that says
"p'erle d'or apartments and pam pam restaurant and bar" turn right there and follow the dirt road for maybe 100 or 200 yds.

pam pam will be on your left.


yum yum =pam pam




Yet another question. (I'm like the bad penny that keeps turning up)

Where is Pam Pam?

kam175
01-03-2008, 12:46 PM
Great Trip Report! Good to hear you enjoyed your trip.

Don't understand why some people are so cranky and rude! Life is way too short to be that way. You miss out on a lot!

We have booked our airfare for May 10 with US Airways from Chicago. We are staying at LBRC on the main floor and we are so excited!!!! This will be our 3rd trip :-))

I remember Frank! He was so nice when we arrived in 2006. Wondering if a young lady still works there at the Consierge desk - Long curly hair - can't remember her name but she was so sweet

tds-ken
01-26-2008, 01:18 PM
Fantastic report! Thank you for sharing! It is a shame that there are so many rude people on this earth.... When the McDonald's was downtown, for example, the cruse ship people would just berate and harass the staff. It would get very ugly. Then you always have the guy who wants something so remote, the staff has no idea and it almost creates fist a cuffs...

Arubalisa
01-26-2008, 02:36 PM
:eek: I cannot belive I missed this wonderful review! Concise and to the point, unlike your's truly. :doh: It was terrific meeting you, Paul and Kevin as well.

It saddens me greatly to hear all of these "ugly American" stories. My grandfather rest his soul, always said, "You get more with sugar than you do with vinegar."

Cple
01-27-2008, 11:58 AM
Thanks for a great trip report. Its amazing how rude some Americans can be. I guess we just take it for granted when we're here in the states, but its amazing how we notice it when were in Aruba.......We hope your wrist is getting better......

dboustead
03-04-2008, 11:00 PM
I am going to be in aruba apr 13-20 staying at lacabana bcr. myself, hubby 17 yodaughter and 11 yodaughter. any suggestions on what we need to do an absolute no miss.
diane

dboustead
03-04-2008, 11:03 PM
It was sure great to meet you and the group Friday evening. Sure wish we could have stayed and chatted longer.
Where in ontario are you from. I am from Fort Frances and am making my first trip to Aruba in april 08 cant wait.
diane

janlel
03-10-2008, 01:42 PM
What a wonderful report, Andrea! And I too am disgusted at some of what you witnessed - what is wrong with people? It's people like that, I swear, that write all of those horrible trip reports on TA.com. Nothing will ever make these people happy, and they believe that because they are paying for a vacation, that someone should be fanning them and wiping their arse to boot! :)

Andrea J.
03-10-2008, 08:00 PM
hahahahahahaha
andrea


What a wonderful report, Andrea! And I too am disgusted at some of what you witnessed - what is wrong with people? It's people like that, I swear, that write all of those horrible trip reports on TA.com. Nothing will ever make these people happy, and they believe that because they are paying for a vacation, that someone should be fanning them and wiping their arse to boot! :)

barry
03-10-2008, 08:34 PM
Glad you had a great trip, I was in Aruba for 3 months in a private residence. Most of the people that we were around were Aruban or Dutch. Let me tell you they treated us like we were part of their family, invites to dinner social events and at Christmas insisted we join them with their families. When we would go into Palm Beach for dinner or just to hang-out we also ran into alot of Americans complaining and unfriendly to alot of the staff at shops and resturants.:(

dboustead
03-26-2008, 11:33 AM
I fly out of minneapolis mid april on AA. I usually fly Northwest Airlines. Please tell me that the flights will be ok. We fly from Minneapolis to Miami with a 6 hr wait, I figure the girls can shops some more before we arive in Aruba. This is our first trip to aruba and we are staying at La Cabana Beach and Racquet Club. I am travellilng with My three sisters, thier spouses & children and My 11&17 year old daughters and husband, but we are all doing our own thing for the most part . if anybody out there has any feedback on la cabana please let me know. I just booked a sunset dinner on the beach at flying fishbone. i hope it is all good..

thanks
diane :):):o:p

dboustead
03-26-2008, 11:33 AM
I fly out of minneapolis mid april on AA. I usually fly Northwest Airlines. Please tell me that the flights will be ok. We fly from Minneapolis to Miami with a 6 hr wait, I figure the girls can shops some more before we arive in Aruba. This is our first trip to aruba and we are staying at La Cabana Beach and Racquet Club. I am travellilng with My three sisters, thier spouses & children and My 11&17 year old daughters and husband, but we are all doing our own thing for the most part . if anybody out there has any feedback on la cabana please let me know. I just booked a sunset dinner on the beach at flying fishbone. i hope it is all good..

thanks
diane :):):o:p