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Sgroi135
07-05-2009, 04:52 AM
Well this starts it!! 3:51 am getting ready to go to airport!!! See ya all later
I will update during the week!

Liz - Aruba Lover
07-05-2009, 05:40 AM
Have a great time - enjoy your vacation.

qlaval
07-05-2009, 01:28 PM
Ditto
Have a GREAT vacation!

DANNYO
07-05-2009, 02:43 PM
Enjoyyour vacation it goes by so fast.

WhiteSideOut
07-05-2009, 03:10 PM
Wish I was you:(

Thomas
07-05-2009, 04:13 PM
Enjoy i will there in a few days:cool:


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sunworshipperII
07-05-2009, 04:27 PM
Have a great time.. can't wait for the trip report

Sgroi135
07-06-2009, 08:16 AM
Well Yesterday. Damn Jet Blue was delayed an hour because the damn coffee machine was not working!!!

We got to Aruba,
Bully and his brother were waiting for use at the terminal.
We walked outside and it DOWNPOURED! Got soaked. Bully said it rained for like 2 days which is not normal.

We went out to eat at Texas De Brazil, then hit Baskin Robbins for some icecream.

Since we are traveling with 4 young kids we retired early to the room since they were up since like 4am.

I hit the casino for a bit, was very slow at first but then got fairly busy.

Just got up. View from our partial ocean view is very nice, since we only payed for a Garden View.

Staff here at the Radisson is great so far. Concierge made a few phone calls for us.

They brought us a fridge, took the snacks out of the room, so the little hands dont touch them.

Room is very nice for what we expected. Bathroom is large, beds are comfy, AC works WONDERFUL!!!

We reserved our palapa when we got here yesterday. Got a decent one.

Well enough typing we are going to get ready to hit the BEACH!!!

beckybnott
07-06-2009, 08:55 AM
Okay,

The weather here at home stinks so far this summer.. Rain everyday for about two weeks. One day of sun on Sunday and now were gonna get somemore rain.. Oh, how I wish i were in Aruba.. Even the horses are depressed from all of the rain.. That's bad!!!

Becky

lancer
07-06-2009, 09:52 AM
Sgroi135 I need weather updates. Here in Massachusetts we had three days of sun(ltoday and last two) since middle of may. We leave Friday for our first Aruba vacation. First vacation in five years. I will cry if the weather is not good.
Also was thinkling of taking the gang to Texas De Brazil. How was it? What was the Cost and was the food good? My kids range from 17- 23. and my boys can eat. Thanks and enjoy your vacation.

sunworshipperII
07-06-2009, 10:26 AM
Hey lancer where abouts in Mass. I am from wilmington. Wish I were going Friday

lancer
07-06-2009, 10:55 AM
We live in Medford. We are staying at La Cabana. I keep checking the 10 day forecast and it looks ok to gloomy. I hope we have good weather. We used to be in Wilmington alot at the hockey rink.

Arubalisa
07-06-2009, 11:03 AM
I keep checking the 10 day forecast and it looks ok to gloomy. I hope we have good weather.
http://www.accuweather.com/world-forecast-15day.asp?partner=accuweather&traveler=0&locCode=C AC|AW|AA---|ORANJESTAD&metric=0 (http://www.accuweather.com/world-forecast-15day.asp?partner=accuweather&traveler=0&locCode=CAC|AW|AA---|ORANJESTAD&metric=0) You should hopefully like this forecast.

lancer
07-06-2009, 11:13 AM
I like your weather report, so that's the one i'm sticking with. Thank you.

Arubalisa
07-06-2009, 12:19 PM
I like your weather report, so that's the one i'm sticking with. Thank you.
;) :) There is a tropical wave north of the island this a.m. which has the forecast for today calling for "slight chance of a local shower during the morning."

The local http://www.weather.an/ (http://www.weather.an/) Meteorological service of the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba only offers up to a three day forecast...


"Aruba, Bonaire,
CuraƧao



Monday
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Tuesday
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Wednesday
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It does look like a bright sunny day today!

serene56
07-06-2009, 12:49 PM
Also was thinkling of taking the gang to Texas De Brazil. How was it? What was the Cost and was the food good? My kids range from 17- 23. and my boys can eat. Thanks and enjoy your vacation.

We ate at Texas De Brazil last September. We went around 6:30. Had a coupon for a buy 1 get 1 free meal. Costs including 3 sodas (total) and one dessert was 89.00
Dinner without drink was 49.00

Gonna try Amazonia this time.

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We are staying at the Radisson- di you remember the # of palapa you got yesterday? I think I want to try more towards the middle this time-- maybe be around Gilligans

Sgroi135
07-06-2009, 06:12 PM
Sgroi135 I need weather updates. Here in Massachusetts we had three days of sun(ltoday and last two) since middle of may. We leave Friday for our first Aruba vacation. First vacation in five years. I will cry if the weather is not good.
Also was thinkling of taking the gang to Texas De Brazil. How was it? What was the Cost and was the food good? My kids range from 17- 23. and my boys can eat. Thanks and enjoy your vacation.


Weather today was BEAUTIFUL. got a little cloudy for a bit. But no problems.
I liked texas de brazil, lucky for me kids under 12 don't pay, and I had a coupon for a free meal since i registered with their website and it was my anniversary not too long ago.

Price is 44.99 per person i think. Gets a little pricey, but there is a lot to eat and it is very very good.

Sgroi135
07-06-2009, 06:13 PM
We ate at Texas De Brazil last September. We went around 6:30. Had a coupon for a buy 1 get 1 free meal. Costs including 3 sodas (total) and one dessert was 89.00
Dinner without drink was 49.00

Gonna try Amazonia this time.

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We are staying at the Radisson- di you remember the # of palapa you got yesterday? I think I want to try more towards the middle this time-- maybe be around Gilligans

We are at palapa 34 and 36 i think for today, and tomorrow!

arubamark
07-06-2009, 09:15 PM
Have a great trip buddy!

Sgroi135
07-07-2009, 08:39 AM
Hey all...

We went to the Buccaneer Last night. I have to say I was quite unhappy with both the food and the service. I know that we are not at a 5 star place but...


We got there are like 6:30, we were sat in the left room, we made table number 3 in that room. It was me, my wife, and 2 kids.

Some of the things are very small which I could deal with but when you look at the entire meal, just adds up...

First we sat and we were offered drinks, we told them that we were just going to have water, (which is very good). The waiter filled my wife's and my glass, but gave my kids none, the waiter then disappeared and I had to find them to get the kids some water.

Then we ordered, we had 2 appetizers, I had the seafood platter, wife had the buliobase (spelling), kids had the fish sticks.

The waiter brought the appetizers and just basically dropped them on the table and walked away, did not give any plates to eat on. I had to locate him again for plates.

The appetizers were ok, but might just have been the flavors that I was not totally crazy about.

This is where I get annoyed,
They bring my kids their fish....
Then we wait, and wait, and wait, and wait.
Probably 10-12 minutes go buy and we still don't have the adults food. Now the kids are basically done with dinner (a 3 and 6 year old). The waiter said "your food will be out shortly". So now we have to try to eat our food and keep the kids occupied. Luckily the fish tanks help out with that.

The adults food came, and have to say I was not really impressed at all.
Every bit of "shellfish" was overcooked (like really really chewy). The grouper was the fish of the day, and was cooked very well.

For the $90 check and taxi round trip from the Radisson, was not a good meal......

Well we are going to hit the beach NOW!!!!

Give you guys an update later on!

moneytalks
07-07-2009, 08:45 PM
Lancer:

Another Massachusetts resident here who feels your pain. We're off to Aruba for our annual visit next week. Usually the weather is fine with maybe a brief two minute shower in the afternoon. You'll love Aruba!

Kenny Maine
07-08-2009, 11:55 AM
I am sooo jealous. We have been have lousy weather. Wish I was on my way to Aruba!

Andrea J.
07-08-2009, 02:38 PM
this is so unlike buccaneer

i am disappointed for you.

i would drop them an email while you are still on island and express your displeasure and please tell them exactly what your concerns were.
andrea



Hey all...

We went to the Buccaneer Last night. I have to say I was quite unhappy with both the food and the service. I know that we are not at a 5 star place but...


We got there are like 6:30, we were sat in the left room, we made table number 3 in that room. It was me, my wife, and 2 kids.

Some of the things are very small which I could deal with but when you look at the entire meal, just adds up...

First we sat and we were offered drinks, we told them that we were just going to have water, (which is very good). The waiter filled my wife's and my glass, but gave my kids none, the waiter then disappeared and I had to find them to get the kids some water.

Then we ordered, we had 2 appetizers, I had the seafood platter, wife had the buliobase (spelling), kids had the fish sticks.

The waiter brought the appetizers and just basically dropped them on the table and walked away, did not give any plates to eat on. I had to locate him again for plates.

The appetizers were ok, but might just have been the flavors that I was not totally crazy about.

This is where I get annoyed,
They bring my kids their fish....
Then we wait, and wait, and wait, and wait.
Probably 10-12 minutes go buy and we still don't have the adults food. Now the kids are basically done with dinner (a 3 and 6 year old). The waiter said "your food will be out shortly". So now we have to try to eat our food and keep the kids occupied. Luckily the fish tanks help out with that.

The adults food came, and have to say I was not really impressed at all.
Every bit of "shellfish" was overcooked (like really really chewy). The grouper was the fish of the day, and was cooked very well.

For the $90 check and taxi round trip from the Radisson, was not a good meal......

Well we are going to hit the beach NOW!!!!

Give you guys an update later on!

arubamark
07-08-2009, 09:08 PM
Yeah I agree with Andrea. Are you still there or did you return already.

Sgroi135
07-08-2009, 09:45 PM
Yeah I agree with Andrea. Are you still there or did you return already.


We are still here.....

Sgroi135
07-08-2009, 09:50 PM
Last night we went to El Gaucho. I have to say that it was the BEST food that we have eaten so far. One of my kids had ribs, and the other had the filet.

My wife had the filet and said that it was awesome!

I went for the Porthouse at $48. But i have to say that it was AWESOME. Was a huge piece.

We had lunch at Salt and Pepper across from the Radisson. It was good, no complaints, and reasonably priced.

Today, we hit the beach, then we played BINGO at the pool. We won the 3rd game where we got a free pool cabana, a tshirt, and a couple frozen drinks. WOOHOO.

Then me and my wife ate at Passions. We are traveling with another family and they took our kids.

We had a great time, the ambiance is wonderful, and the food was pretty good. The service was very good. I would definitely go back!.

Then we came back to the hotel, and kids were not back yet. So I took the good luck charm, my wife, to the casino and hit the craps table. Well she is definitely good luck. We played for about 20 mins an we won $400..... Now lets hope that I don't give it all back!

That is it for now. Update you all tomorrow, and I will try to get a few pics up!

arubamark
07-08-2009, 10:52 PM
We are still here.....

You could call the restaurant and ask for Angela, she's an owner and member of this forum. Maybe she would do something for you. She's a sweetheart and I am sure she would want to know your experience.

KATH2ME
07-09-2009, 10:45 PM
Sgroi135,

I hope the weather has gotten nicer for you, have a great time, ( isn't Bully the best ? ) Have a bulashi for me and watch out for those Lizards. Aren't the birds in the lobby area great, especially the one that whistles. Just remember your on vacation, have a great time. Try the Casa Tua across the street, I'm sure the kids will love it.

bucknut
07-10-2009, 11:36 AM
Sgroi,

Does the Radisson still let you reserve a palapa the day before (after 4pm) during the the summer?

Sgroi135
07-10-2009, 06:07 PM
Sgroi,

Does the Radisson still let you reserve a palapa the day before (after 4pm) during the the summer?


Yep... The line starts at about 3:30.....

It was slow here early this week. There were empty palapas The past 2 days filled up. Where there are none left if you dont reserve!

serene56
07-12-2009, 10:15 AM
With your partial ocean view what building did you have and room number>?

Sgroi135
07-12-2009, 01:32 PM
Well we are now home :(. Came back to where we had a huge downdraft storm (almost a tornado). Trees down all over the place. Luckily only a few little branches here, but others are not so good, one tree literally split a house in half!!

I have to say that we had a great week in Aruba. I have posted already about most of the trip so I will start where I left off after the Buccaneer. I did contact them and Angela replied and apologized that we didn't have a good experience. She said that her main chef was on vacation as was most of her regular wait staff.

She is going to send me a voucher for a free dinner when we go back....

Me and my wife went to Passions. I had to say that it was a great experience, and it was not really expensive. My friends that we traveled with watched my daughters so we could have a nice quiet dinner. I had the surf and turn and my wife had shrimp. The food was great. The wait staff there was awesome, they just basically picked up my camera and started to take pics (with permission of course).

The next night we watched our friends kids, and we went to Casa Tua for Pizza across from the Radisson. The pizza was ok, but its hard to compare to pizzza in my home area, where it is very good. The kids had a great time. Then we walked down the street to the mall, and just caught the water show which was played to Disney music so the kids loved it!

I played in the Casino nightly so I got comps from the Casino for Benihana, where we went Friday night.

My family of 4 eating all adult portions (even the kids), only cost me $40 :) so it was a nice treat. The habachi was great, but no different than what I would have gotten at home. But it was a lot of fun for the kids.

Then came Saturday......... we went to the pool for a couple hours and then had to get ready to go to the airport, which was an experience for us, I never traveled and had to drop luggage, then security, then pickup luggage, then drop luggage, then security, and so forth. But was not that bad.


The Radisson was a great choice I think. The hotel was great. We stayed in the Aruba tower, room 1404. It was a decent room, we had booked a garden view and they upgraded us to a partial ocean view. I do not need a 5 star hotel, so I dont have any complaints about the room. The room was clean and cleaned every day.

My only complaint about the room is that we were basically above the bar, and having 2 young children, we were in the room fairly early, and it was quite loud. But it was not that big of a deal. But being on the even side if the Aruba tower, you don't get the sun blaring into the room in the morning. So if you are a late sleeper then an even room might be better since the sunrise is on the other side.

The breakfast at Laguna was good, that is where we went daily. Kids under 12 eat free at breakfast. Total bill was $42.00 each morning.

We ate lunch at Gilligan's where my wife and I had the lunch special for $8.95 which came with Iced Tea. So lunch cost us basically the same as breakfast since the kids had to pay.

We reserved a Palapa daily. I got on line at about 3:30, where I chatted with a man daily who also waited on line. We got great palapas each day, I reserved one for my and one for the family we were with. One of them was usually on the first line. The hotel also have coolers of ice water right on the beach which was great we just brought a few bottles and filled them up.

On Wednesday we played Bingo at the pool, a buck a game. We won the second game, and the prize was: a free t-shirt, 2 frozen drinks (the kids got them), and a Pool Cabana (which you HAVE to pay for normally, you cant just use them even if they are not being used). We reserved on for the next day. It was really nice, they set up our towels and gave us a cooler filled with ice and bottles of water.

My daughters also got their hair braided on Thursday.

The first few days we were there it was not very crowded. Towards the end of the week, people started to fill in but still was not too bad. If anyone knows the Jersey Shore. Even when all the Palapas were occupied it was nothing like Seaside on a light day.

We used Bully to get from the airport to the hotel the first night. I forgot to call him to reserve him for the ride back. Next time, I will probably just give him my schedule to drive me around. He was great! Since we had 2 families he had his brother with him to pick us up. Both had nice vans and no problem fitting everything into them.

Well that is all that I can think of right now!

Me and my wife are already thinking about next year. I saw some deals to go and look at time shares where the cost of the trip was very cheap. I have to kick it around.

The other thing that we were thinking, was doing an all inclusive next year. While the food is good on the island, we really didn't go off the resort all that much. And the food was good at the hotel. We visited Jamaica last year and the all-inclusive aspect was great for the kids.

So if anyone has any recommendations for an all inclusive, let me know!!!!

And anyone have any input about the Marriot Beach Club Timeshare????

Arubalisa
07-12-2009, 01:47 PM
On Wednesday we played Bingo at the pool, a buck a game.Having stayed at the Radisson four times, we absolutely love it, but when they start charging for bingo :doh:, imo, that is REALLY a bit much! :rolleyes: :(

So if anyone has any recommendations for an all inclusive, let me know!!!!Stay at the Tamarijn, kids 17 and under are free, AND they don't charge for bingo. 2 cards per person. Prizes are usually t-shirts and/or wine. :)

http://www.aruba.com/forum/tags/tamarijn%20review.html (http://www.aruba.com/forum/tags/tamarijn%20review.html)
We returned from our third stay and are already looking forward to the fourth trip with maybe :confused: one tucked in between. :confused:

I hope to have a review up within the next day or two of our stay which ended on the 29th. As I told my 96 yo grandmother (who has also stayed there as well) this a.m., everything from my past reviews on the Tam is pretty much the same.

It is only a 3 star resort and the bathrooms need updating, but the food is decent, and nothing beats waking up, rolling out of bed and right out onto the beach. Oh, and when travel with 1- 4 kids 17 and under, the savings are significant.;) :D Maybe enough to stay a few extra days. ;)

KATH2ME
07-12-2009, 06:09 PM
Sgroi135,

Nice report, I'm glad you had a good time, the Radisson is very nice, stayed there last year. Going in Dec will be staying at the Marriott Ocean Club, will give you a update. We also went to Buccaneer last year, we had very nice service and food was well worth the price in comparision, plan on going again this year, Sorry to hear you weren't so lucky, want to be in the room with the Turtles this time. Will have to look into Passions, I know Arubalisa loves it also, will see if i can get the menu and look, because my 18 year is such a picky eater. Anyway, we went for the 1st time last year, and we weren't home long before we started to plan another trip, You'll get back. Lisa highly recommends the Tam and when you look especially with the small ones, this seems like it would be perfect for you

Arubalisa
07-12-2009, 07:00 PM
Will have to look into Passions, I know Arubalisa loves it also, will see if i can get the menu and look, because my 18 year is such a picky eater.
http://www.passions-restaurant-aruba.com/menu.php (http://www.passions-restaurant-aruba.com/menu.php)
Shrimp, chicken, beef...hopefully your dd could do one of those.

xobxdoc
07-12-2009, 07:02 PM
Went to Texas De Brazil a few nights ago with 2 adults and 3 kids. I had a coupon for 50% off all meals. 2 of the kids were considered adults. With no alcohol or dessert the bill was $154.00 USD. The food was awesome though. Don't eat the salad, it just fills you up and there is a lot of good meat.

Sgroi135
07-12-2009, 08:37 PM
Went to Texas De Brazil a few nights ago with 2 adults and 3 kids. I had a coupon for 50% off all meals. 2 of the kids were considered adults. With no alcohol or dessert the bill was $154.00 USD. The food was awesome though. Don't eat the salad, it just fills you up and there is a lot of good meat.


Nice coupon there. Luckily both my kids were free. So I only paid for one meal!

Sgroi135
07-12-2009, 09:52 PM
I just uploaded some pictures for whoever "wants" to see them. There are a bunch about 53 of them. But a tiny portion of the over 1200 pictures I actually took. Many of them are just duplicates, cause when I take one, I take 2 or 3.... These are just some basic ones, that include our room, Aruba Tower 1404 (including the bathroom), and the view from our balcony.

Enjoy!!

http://s195.photobucket.com/albums/z220/sgroi135/Aruba%202009/?albumview=slideshow
(http://s195.photobucket.com/albums/z220/sgroi135/Aruba%202009/)

KATH2ME
07-12-2009, 11:15 PM
great pics, that dinner at Passions really looked good
thanks for sharing

Sgroi135
07-12-2009, 11:28 PM
great pics, that dinner at Passions really looked good
thanks for sharing

:o
You recognized the food from Passions... I had to say that it was very good!

lindon
07-14-2009, 11:12 AM
Thanks for the trip report and pics. I am glad you and your family had a good time. Looking at the pics, now I really can't wait to go. This will be our ninth trip to Aruba at the Radisson. We just love it!

taxidriver
07-16-2009, 05:29 PM
Nice pictures.....................

Sgroi135
07-16-2009, 07:04 PM
Nice pictures.....................


Thanks Bully!!

Shnyda
07-16-2009, 08:13 PM
Last night we went to El Gaucho. I have to say that it was the BEST food that we have eaten so far. One of my kids had ribs, and the other had the filet.

My wife had the filet and said that it was awesome!

I went for the Porthouse at $48. But i have to say that it was AWESOME. Was a huge piece.

We had lunch at Salt and Pepper across from the Radisson. It was good, no complaints, and reasonably priced.



We had a dinner at El Gaucho and 2 of the 4 of us that went were very dissapointed. I received an uncooked sausage and the meat wasn't a great quality. I always here great things about the place - I will have to try again. They did have good Sangria though!

As for Salt N Pepper - great little place, especially for lunch. My father-in-law introduced us to the place and were surprised at how much we liked it. They had a nice tapas menu that we sampled off of.

Shnyda
07-16-2009, 08:15 PM
Oh yeah Sgroi - your pics of the food at Passions has convinced me to try that place out!

Sgroi135
07-16-2009, 08:16 PM
I had a bad night at Bucanner and you at ElGaucho. I think we both just had a bad one. Elgaucho was awesome... I didn't get any of the tapas at Salt n Pepper but they looked really good!

Sgroi135
07-17-2009, 10:31 AM
Oh yeah Sgroi - your pics of the food at Passions has convinced me to try that place out!


Glad to hear it!. I was very happy!!!