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DANNYO
10-19-2009, 07:54 AM
Sunday night we went to Fishes and More for dinner.A person at the Surf said to give it a try.Food,service and price all were very good.This restaurant doesn't charge a service fee.Would go again.Give it a try.More to come

sunworshipperII
10-19-2009, 09:20 PM
waiting patiently

DANNYO
10-20-2009, 07:33 AM
On Monday I did my first two tank dives with Red Sail,crew was very good and keep us all safe.We did a drift dive first that ended at the Jane Sea and the second dive was a reef dive .Visibility wasn't as good but for someone from Jersey that dives in 3-5 ft vis 25-50 feet is great.Went to Giannis last night and the food and service was top notch.This restaurant for anyone coming to Aruba for the first time IMO is a must.More to come.

danadog56
10-20-2009, 04:28 PM
DannyO...glad to know you are having a good time...Haven't been to Giannis yet, but always go to SoleMare and love it.
Glad diving was great...still deciding if I should take gear or not..do not know if anyone will be able to go with me and do not know if I'm brave enough to go by self ( and with dive master)....
Keep positings coming....am enjoying it and craving more...anticipating my trip to come in 11 days

cindyo
10-20-2009, 05:08 PM
Dannyo...keep em coming, we need all the good news and good feelings to keep us going!!! The O's

Andrea J.
10-20-2009, 05:27 PM
dannyo thanks for posting

i have been hearing much good about giannis lately

too many restaurants. one needs to be be on ilsand for 100 nights and have $5000 just for dining and more for nice wine that will happen soeday when i win the lottery.

DANNYO
10-20-2009, 06:23 PM
DannyO...glad to know you are having a good time...Haven't been to Giannis yet, but always go to SoleMare and love it.
Glad diving was great...still deciding if I should take gear or not..do not know if anyone will be able to go with me and do not know if I'm brave enough to go by self ( and with dive master)....
Keep positings coming....am enjoying it and craving more...anticipating my trip to come in 11 daysWhen you go diving you will never be alone.Just make sure you tell the divemaster this is your first open water dive and they will pat special attention to you.You have to get into the water you will love it,82degrees at 75feet GOT TO LOVE IT.

DANNYO
10-20-2009, 06:28 PM
Dannyo...keep em coming, we need all the good news and good feelings to keep us going!!! The O'sCindy,Rob,and girls we all hope and pray that every thing will get better,,,,,THIS SHOULD MAKE YOU ALL FEEL GOOD.......82 DEGREES AND SUNNY WITH A NICE BREEZE........November is almost here GET BETTER FAST....Aruba is ready for the O's

arubamark
10-20-2009, 09:40 PM
Cindy,Rob,and girls we all hope and pray that every thing will get better,,,,,THIS SHOULD MAKE YOU ALL FEEL GOOD.......82 DEGREES AND SUNNY WITH A NICE BREEZE........November is almost here GET BETTER FAST....Aruba is ready for the O's

Sounds like Rob might need something to jumpstart some of those pain meds. A few Balashi's should do the trick.

DannyO sounds like you are having a great trip, enjoy my friend. Time flies!

DANNYO
10-21-2009, 07:33 AM
Tuesday was just a relaxing day by the pool and Ocean.Wheater was a little hot not having to much of a breeze.Ocean water NICE and Clear.Went for dinner at Yeoman,food was very good .......BUT.......Service was SLOW I mean very SLOW.We sat outside and it was HOT..They just added a roof over there outside dinning area that makes it very HOT.They have inside seating which I would recommend.This restaurant has very good food and I would recommend it only bad thing was the wait for our food and the service was not that great.It could have been an off night for them but i would try again.

DANNYO
10-22-2009, 08:07 AM
Wednesday I did a two tank dive with Red Sail......Oh no not 21 divers on the boat...YES THERE WAS.It was a dive on the Antilla first and not only was there 21 divers at that site but two other boats..so all the groups got mixed up divers were swimming with the wrong buddies what a mess.Of course I was one of them.When I surfaced I was at the wrong boat,so I'm looking around and I see the boat about 100 yards away,I'm like Mark Spitz trying to win a metal now.trying to get back to the boat,They were waiting for me like nothing was wrong.The second dive was much better we did Pendanalas with was a really nice dive NO OTHER BOATS.Oh I forgot to tell you that Red Sail had another boat that same morning with only 6 divers on it .I asked if I could change and they said its there policy not to change.
Went for dinner at Tomato Charlie's,very good pizza and salads.Anyone on a budget should put this on your list three big salads and a large pizza,three drinks.....$60 with out tip.They do not add a service charge in.more to come

Andrea J.
10-22-2009, 08:10 AM
re: that seems like a LOT of divers. how did red sail do in handling that amount of people?


Wednesday I did a two tank dive with Red Sail......Oh no not 21 divers on the boat...YES THERE WAS.It was a dive on the Antilla first and not only was there 21 divers at that site but two other boats..so all the groups got mixed up divers were swimming with the wrong buddies what a mess.Of course I was one of them.When I surfaced I was at the wrong boat,so I'm looking around and I see the boat about 100 yards away,I'm like Mark Spitz trying to win a metal now.trying to get back to the boat,They were waiting for me like nothing was wrong.The second dive was much better we did Pendanalas with was a really nice dive NO OTHER BOATS.Oh I forgot to tell you that Red Sail had another boat that same morning with only 6 divers on it .I asked if I could change and they said its there policy not to change.
Went for dinner at Tomato Charlie's,very good pizza and salads.Anyone on a budget should put this on your list three big salads and a large pizza,three drinks.....$60 with out tip.They do not add a service charge in.more to come

DANNYO
10-22-2009, 06:14 PM
re: that seems like a LOT of divers. how did red sail do in handling that amount of people?It just seemed that they were glad every one made it back to the boat IMO there were to many divers on the divesite itself.There were three dive boats and a snorkel boat.It was not to organized.There was only two dive masters on the boat,

Andrea J.
10-22-2009, 07:03 PM
my friend murray ran into a similar situation, maybe 10 yrs ago.
he was diving with a dive company........i cannot remember the name.
there were a few dive boats and a snorkel boat at the site.
when murray finished his dive, he was bobbing around looking for his boat, climbed onboard ........and realized it was not his boat!
his boat was driving away and he was not on it!

DANNYO
10-22-2009, 07:16 PM
my friend murray ran into a similar situation, maybe 10 yrs ago.
he was diving with a dive company........i cannot remember the name.
there were a few dive boats and a snorkel boat at the site.
when murray finished his dive, he was bobbing around looking for his boat, climbed onboard ........and realized it was not his boat!
his boat was driving away and he was not on it!Thats what I felt like,I went to the the wrong boat,and when I realized it was the wrong boat,felt kind of lost at sea until I saw my boat.I think this is the last year of Red Sail.

Chadd
10-22-2009, 10:42 PM
On Monday I did my first two tank dives with Red Sail,crew was very good and keep us all safe.We did a drift dive first that ended at the Jane Sea and the second dive was a reef dive .Visibility wasn't as good but for someone from Jersey that dives in 3-5 ft vis 25-50 feet is great.Went to Giannis last night and the food and service was top notch.This restaurant for anyone coming to Aruba for the first time IMO is a must.More to come.

Jane sea is a cool site, there were some large barracuda there when I was there over the summer. I think we did Barcadera reef as our second when I did that last year, though I prefer harbor reef. Did you guys get the flying fish escort on the way out and back? Evette, Sara, Anthony or Anime as your divemaster?

Was there a cruise ship in town when you had so many people on the Antilla dive? I don't think I've ever had more than 6-8 on any dive I've done with them. It can be a zoo when you have the snorkelers, divers and the glass bottom boat all tooling around at the same time. There is usually an orange frogfish on one of the masts, it hangs out on the tube sponges.

DANNYO
10-23-2009, 07:41 AM
Thursday was a relaxing day by the pool and ocean.We take a walk every morning to the Phoenix which by the way ia very nice,what a difference a year makes.For dinner last night every one wanted to watch the Yankee-Angel game so we went to Busters Garage.This place is alto of fun,plenty of local people and altot of Yankee fans.Oh well we all know the outcome of the game,so about Busters...Not a big menu but enough appetizers to keep anyone happy.They have very good sandwiches and burgers.They have more TV's than Champions and the service was very good.Would go back again to watch the Yankees in the World Series.

Andrea J.
10-23-2009, 08:11 AM
first thing i have een doing the last few days immediately after waking up is checking out dannyo's trip report from the day b4.

thanks dan for making getting out of bed a little easier.
:D

DANNYO
10-24-2009, 07:43 AM
Friday I did my last dive(maybe not) of the week.I dove the sonesta plane wreck,which is a two plane wreck,One sank the other didn't,Great dive,it was a 10am dive that left on time and we were back by 12 noon.ONLY 4 DIVERS...NICE.than most of the day by the pool and ocean.I haven't mentioned anything about rain....NOT A DROP...went for a light dinner with friends at Tomato Charlie's.good pizza and salads.BACK TO AVIS..........Will tell more later,your going to love this.......
Went back to Avis with the mini van.....IT HAD ROACHES......and they exchanged it for a much nicer minivan...I had to drive back to the airport to return it,not a big deal.ROACHES.....NASTY....On with our vacation

arubadebbi
10-24-2009, 03:30 PM
Dannyo - where is Buster's? love sports pubs and we will be there Nov 14 - Dec 4th hoping to catch a few baseball games and football as well

cindyo
10-24-2009, 04:42 PM
Dannyo - where is Buster's? love sports pubs and we will be there Nov 14 - Dec 4th hoping to catch a few baseball games and football as well

Right behind Gianni's restaurant...same parking lot, just behind it..

Randi
10-24-2009, 08:04 PM
BACK TO AVIS..........Will tell more later,your going to love this.......
Went back to Avis with the mini van.....IT HAD ROACHES......and they exchanged it for a much nicer minivan...I had to drive back to the airport to return it,not a big deal.ROACHES.....NASTY....On with our vacation

OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am getting an Avis van:eek::eek::eek:

qlaval
10-25-2009, 02:23 AM
OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am getting an Avis van:eek::eek::eek:

Why Randi, think about all the free souvenirs you could bring back home.....:D :o:o :doh:

DANNYO
10-25-2009, 06:34 AM
Saturday started off by bringing the roach van back to Avis,as I said earlier they took it back with no problem.For anyone getting a van from Avis DON'T TAKE THE ONE THAT IS DIRTY INSIDE THIS IS THE ROACH VAN you will know what I mean when you look inside ,dirty seats and dirty rugs.Most of the day was just relaxing by the pool and ocean,our friends had to leave to go home so now its just DW and I.For dinner we went to LaVista at the Marriott for a lobster buffet$60pp for all the lobster you could eat.They also have a pasta station,salad bar other fish grouper,mahi mahi and salads.Dessert also comes with it.It was pretty good and i would say to try it if your a big lobster eater.Weather was overcast most of the day.....BUT NO RAIN...NICE...

cindyo
10-25-2009, 07:21 AM
went back to avis with the mini van.....it had roaches......and they exchanged it for a much nicer minivan...i had to drive back to the airport to return it,not a big deal.roaches.....nasty....on with our vacation

how gross is that !!! You poor thing, check all your clothing b4 you come home...great they exchanged. Dannyo, keep the reports coming as i am hanging on them for comfort! Cindy

Randi
10-25-2009, 07:49 AM
Why Randi, think about all the free souvenirs you could bring back home.....:D :o:o :doh:

Thanks Pierre!! I will pass!!;)

DannyO, what colour was the van??

wildewoman
10-25-2009, 09:18 AM
Saturday started off by bringing the roach van back to Avis,as I said earlier they took it back with no problem.For anyone getting a van from Avis DON'T TAKE THE ONE THAT IS DIRTY INSIDE THIS IS THE ROACH VAN you will know what I mean when you look inside ,dirty seats and dirty rugs.Most of the day was just relaxing by the pool and ocean,our friends had to leave to go home so now its just DW and I.For dinner we went to LaVista at the Marriott for a lobster buffet$60pp for all the lobster you could eat.They also have a pasta station,salad bar other fish grouper,mahi mahi and salads.Dessert also comes with it.It was pretty good and i would say to try it if your a big lobster eater.Weather was overcast most of the day.....BUT NO RAIN...NICE...


Hi Dannyo ~

We will be at the Surf Club for a week next October & I LOVE lobster!! Thanks for the great tip!!

Many thanks!!

DANNYO
10-25-2009, 09:29 AM
Thanks Pierre!! I will pass!!;)

DannyO, what colour was the van??It was a Kia mini van,cream type color.This mini van was pretty beaten up allot of dents and scratches.Ithink the plate number isV555S

Randi
10-25-2009, 09:36 AM
It was a Kia mini van,cream type color.This mini van was pretty beaten up allot of dents and scratches.Ithink the plate number isV555S

DannyO your the best!! I will mark this down and make sure I do not take this van. :(

DANNYO
10-26-2009, 07:06 AM
Sunday was a hot windy day by the pool,but much less wind at the ocean.The Surf club seems to get filled up on a Sunday.We took a ride to do a little off road driving which is very hard to do with a mini van,anyway it was fun now I need to find a car wash.Went for dinner at Sole Mare which is always good,than went to our villa to watch the YANKEES win the ACLS.As a long time Yankee fan this won was a little bit special ,new stadium,new and old players,this team has it all.So we will see what happens in the series with Philly,almost like the subway series.The Giants are another story.Oh I forgot to tell you NO RAIN....

CandyC55
10-26-2009, 12:14 PM
Great reports can't wait until March... Where's Tomato Charlies??

Andrea J.
10-26-2009, 01:13 PM
Tomato Charlie is pretty much across the street from the HYATT


Great reports can't wait until March... Where's Tomato Charlies??

DANNYO
10-27-2009, 06:44 AM
Monday was much of the same,walk to Phoenix ,dunkin donut coffee,pool and beach.Took a short ride to Boca Catalina to do a little snorkeling and than back to the pool.Went for dinner at Tony Roma for dinner, our friend that is staying with us had to have TR ribs as he remembered the last time he had them they were good.He was right,ribs,onion,and service were very good.They had the Monday night football game on with other games on also.They do add the service charge to your bill.Any Marriott owners use you VIP card to save an extra 10%.Three people no drinks no desserts one appitizer$90.....:)NO RAIN:)

cindyo
10-27-2009, 10:26 AM
Thanks dannyo...keep em coming ! Yah, we love that Marriott discount card for owners...though, if ya loose it you're cooked...cindy

DANNYO
10-27-2009, 01:42 PM
Thanks dannyo...keep em coming ! Yah, we love that Marriott discount card for owners...though, if ya loose it you're cooked...cindyHiCindy,
Hows Rob doing hope he gets better before your vacation on Aruba.The weather has been great.Aruba is waiting for the Os

cindyo
10-27-2009, 01:49 PM
HiCindy,
Hows Rob doing hope he gets better before your vacation on Aruba.The weather has been great.Aruba is waiting for the Os

SLOW progress...still dr's can't see to the back of the eye..waiting for the haze right now to clear. Ultrasound says retina in tack, though no one can see it yet. Iris is in "suspended" mode as not to damage it and cornea can't see. He did however read the 3rd line of the eye chart, but seeing that was all dependent on the lighting in the examination room. His iris isn't working, so any and all type of lighting changes what he can see...NOT on the road yet !!!!
Me, I am the appt keeper, cab driver, drug dispnser, meal preparer, laundry lady...and we are HOPEFUL that we can get on the plane in 9 days...
THanks for asking dannyo...
Continue to have a great time, love hearing all the repports. Our relatives are there now at the Renn with 2 other families. Next us, then our niece for thanksgiving...

Randi
10-27-2009, 03:34 PM
thanks for the update as we are all hoping for a positive outcome/report!:)

DANNYO
10-28-2009, 07:02 AM
Tuesday was much in the same ,took our walk down to the Phoenix stopped at DD and stopped at the Juggling Fish to but some tee shirts for the grandkids.Stayed by the pool most of the day than took a long walk on the beach.For dinner we had to try Thai food,well I'm sorry to say its not for me.We went to Sawasdee Thai Restaurant and this place is really nice inside(for anyone that has been going to Aruba for years this used to be Twinklebones)We started with spring rolls that were good,than we had HOT and sour soup,which really didn't taste that great.I think it had tofu in it which i think was fried.As a main course we had Chicken Peanut that was pretty good.All the extras fried rice and noodles were good.This is our first Thai restaurant and will probably be our last,we are Chinese food eaters.If you do like this type of food give it a try.Prices are a little high,service was good and they don't charge a service fee.

Kent-ArubaBob
10-29-2009, 04:34 AM
DannyO, Sounds like you have had a great 2 weeks. I know one thing, no matter how long I stay, I am never ready to leave Aruba and come back home. I guess you will just have to plan your next trip. Have a safe trip home. Kent

DANNYO
10-29-2009, 06:19 AM
Wednesday was much in the same took our walk to the Phoenix stopped at DD and went by the pool.There are a lot of people staying at the Surf this week and the pool tag policy seems to be working(I DON'T THINK ITS GOING TO WORK IN HIGH SEASON)It seems that all the tags are on the chairs but there is no one there all day until they start to come off the beach.I get up early so I go down and put our tags on our chairs,than before we go for our walk we bring the towels down,YES THEY HAVE THE TAG POLICE AND THEY ARE CHECKING)The day was very overcast ,but no rain so we went downtown to do some shopping.Main street is like a ghost town.Went for dinner last night at Iguana Joes Catina(don't ask me why I don't like Mexican food:doh:)Anyway we had nachos which were good I guess,than we all had a mixed platter of I don't know what,anyway I think I did like the refried beens.Our friend said he really liked it,I Didn't.Don't ask me if it was Good DON'T KNOW:doh:remember I dont like Mexican food.They dont charge a service fee.

DANNYO
10-30-2009, 05:54 AM
Thursday was just another beautiful day,again no rain and a nice breeze.Stayed by the pool and got our rafts in the ocean and just relaxed.We had to make another trip downtown which again is like a ghost town.Than went for dinner at Blossoms.The food portions are small and a little pricey but are very good,sushi is fresh and the service was excellent.They do add a service charge to your bill,but our service was that good that DW said to give them a little extra.We would go back again .Starting to get things together leaving on Saturday:(YES TWO WEEKS GO BY SO FAST:(

Andrea J.
10-30-2009, 07:45 AM
safe travels dannyo

we are glad that you had a nice getaway

andrea

DANNYO
10-31-2009, 06:31 AM
Friday was a very hot day,not to much of a breeze.We did our morning walk and than off to the pool and beach,NO RAIN FOR TWO WEEKS.Went back to our room to start packing,this is when you start to realize your vacation is now coming to an end,start planning for next year,and thinking about GOING BACK TO WORK:(Went to Champions for dinner.All in all GREAT VACATION,Now for our adventure with Avis......the returning of the good van.V55 KIA ....Will post on flight and Avis tomorrow

Arubalisa
10-31-2009, 12:02 PM
Safe travels Danny.

rob o
10-31-2009, 12:28 PM
Went back to our room to start packing,this is when you start to realize your vacation is now coming to an end,start planning for next year,and thinking about GOING BACK TO WORK:(

You've got the right attitude...start planning for next year and re-set that "trip ticker". It's very therapeutic.

sunworshipperII
10-31-2009, 06:11 PM
Hey cindy how did rob make out today?????

DANNYO
11-01-2009, 08:44 AM
Saturday was our last day on Aruba,we did our morning walk ran into a friend that just got down and than had to go into the Ocean for my last dip.OK now the fun part.Got to the airport about three hours before our flight was to leave.Went to AVIS to return the good van V RED KIA.When I got to the window the woman at the desk said that she would have to check on this rate and swiped my credit card for the amount of $203 and said she would email me a bill for the remaining taxes??????Should i contact my credit card company now or wait until she emails me with the charges,can they add to your bill without the card?Anyone going to pick up a car or van from AVIS should get all the paper work done when you pick up you car or van DON'T WAIT UNTIL YOU ARE LEAVING.Now to start planning for next year.. :)

cindyo
11-01-2009, 10:11 AM
Hey cindy how did rob make out today?????

We're heading out Dec 11th till the 20th. American Airlines pulled thru for us.
We are so thankful that this all worked for us, we need it badly.
Thanks so much for asking !

ChuckiesDad
11-01-2009, 12:18 PM
Anyone going to pick up a car or van from AVIS should get all the paper work done when you pick up you car or van DON'T WAIT UNTIL YOU ARE LEAVING.Now to start planning for next year.. :)
The amount of taxes should have been in your original "Reservation Confirmation".
Someting along the lines of

Base Rate: 10 day(s) 92.00 USD
Taxes & Surcharges: 61.62 USD
Surcharge 57.00 USD ($5.60 per Day. $1.0 per Rental. )
Tax (3.100 %) 4.62 USD
Kilometers: Unlimited
Approximate Total 153.62 USD
Estimated Total 153.62 USD

DANNYO
11-03-2009, 03:40 PM
Now its time for a new countdown,just reset ticker now have to tell DW that this :D is the date for next year.Time to call Marriott ,BETTER ASK FIRST:doh:

rob o
11-03-2009, 07:17 PM
Now its time for a new countdown,just reset ticker now have to tell DW that this :D is the date for next year.Time to call Marriott ,BETTER ASK FIRST:doh:

11 months looks painfully long....but we all know that time flies all too fast!

Arubalisa
11-03-2009, 08:22 PM
11 months looks painfully long....
:( :( :(

Chadd
11-08-2009, 03:10 PM
Wednesday I did a two tank dive with Red Sail......Oh no not 21 divers on the boat...YES THERE WAS.It was a dive on the Antilla first and not only was there 21 divers at that site but two other boats..so all the groups got mixed up divers were swimming with the wrong buddies what a mess.Of course I was one of them.When I surfaced I was at the wrong boat,so I'm looking around and I see the boat about 100 yards away,I'm like Mark Spitz trying to win a metal now.trying to get back to the boat,They were waiting for me like nothing was wrong.The second dive was much better we did Pendanalas with was a really nice dive NO OTHER BOATS.Oh I forgot to tell you that Red Sail had another boat that same morning with only 6 divers on it .I asked if I could change and they said its there policy not to change.
Two of the dives I had this week had 20 people on them. A number of the regularly scheduled dives were canceled and charters for the cruise passengers were run in place of those dives.

We went in two groups of ten with a contingent from Mexico comprising one group and everyone else in the other. Everything went smoothly for us. I was the only one booked on the two tank south coast dive on Friday so it was combined with the Renaissance airplane dive. The dive master and I went to the harbor reef then we picked up everyone else behind the row of little shops downtown for the dive on the airplanes.

DANNYO
11-08-2009, 11:08 PM
20 divers on a boat is too much.There is supposed to be a dive master for every six divers,your saying that there were only two.When I dove with them there were only two also.Next year I'm going with Unique,I would try Jads but they are to far.

DANNYO
11-09-2009, 03:46 PM
Avis,was on my credit card bill this month,and guess what the bill was for only $200.43 this is what I was quoted and this is what I paid.A word to the wise make sure you have all you conformation papers when you check in.Make sure you tell them the rate you were quoted and that is what you are going to pay.When they swipe your card THAT IS WHAT YOU PAY...If you are getting a van don't take the one that is beat up with dirty seats ......in it you will find surprises. Take the red Kia V10 plenty of room and runs great.

Randi
11-09-2009, 04:33 PM
Thanks for the tip!! Only one month from now we will be collecting our van! Can't wait.

Andrea J.
11-09-2009, 05:03 PM
Danno thanks for the message and the posting re: your final and QUOTED price with Avis

I am taking the liberty of posting it in the Getting Around section

andrea