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Thread: Trip Report - May 16 - May 26 at the Divi AI

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    Trip Report - May 16 - May 26 at the Divi AI

    Way behind on getting this done! I have to say I was in panic mode with all the requirements before arriving on the island but as everyone has said, once you get into doing the ED card, testing, insurance, etc. it was pretty easy. Flight down on Jet Blue from Boston was a full plane. Flight went well and arrived early. We got to customs and it was about 1/2 full. Just as we got to the line, they opened a new window so we were through customs and in the luggage area in no time. It was about 30 minutes from landing until we were in the cab. It was so strange to see all the empty cruise ships in port. Our cab driver told us they go out once in awhile to keep things running and we did see one go out and come back. Arrived at the Divi and our room was ready at 12:15 pm!! Great room right on the edge of the beach - ten steps from our door to the beach. We changed into our bathing suits and were on the beach in no time. Our days were basically the same - breakfast, beach, lunch, cocktails, beach, sunset, dinner, more cocktails, bed. We did go over to the casino a few times. I'm not a big gambler so I lose $20 and want to leave! I did break even this year on my two times betting! The Divi had nightly entertainment which consisted of someone playing the guitar and singing. That was fine by me as this was our 9th trip so we've seen most of the shows before. Covid protocols were being followed. All the staff were masked up and guests were about 1/2 and 1/2. They did require masks to go to the dining rooms until your food came. They were also doing contact tracing. Temperatures were taken everytime you entered the Divi lobby. The bar had a sign up that masks must be worn but not many people followed that rule except for the bartenders. The employees were thrilled to see all the guests. They thanked us over and over for coming. I would say it was about 80% capacity while we were there. A tram driver told us that they were booked 100% for the second week in June. We went to the hospital to get our covid test to come back to the USA. We were going to walk over as it is right across the street, but it was mid-afternoon and hot so we decided to take a cab. There wasn't one available at the Divi so a tram driver told us to hop in and he'd take us over to the casino to get one. Yet again, no cab. He ended up taking us to the Costa Linda where we finally found a cab. Over and above in my opinion! The cab driver was just as nice and had taken many people over to the hospital so he knew the drill. Easy peasy! We drove up, they checked our Aruba Health App to make sure it was working and had the info we needed. They did the test - long q-tip - but it didn't hurt. We were done in about 5 minutes and the nice cab driver took us back to the Divi. The nurse told us it would be 20-24 hours for results. My boyfriend was kind of freaking about this as he was sure he was going to test positive as he had to be back at work. There was NO reason to feel that way as we hadn't left the resort the whole time except a quick couple of trips to the casino where we had our temp taken and everyone was masked up. I wiped the machines down before we used them. He's retiring June 11th and had lots to do before that date. I woke up during the night and checked my phone and the results were there - 9 hours later. We were both negative and I printed out the results. Leaving day arrived too soon. We left the Divi 3 hours before our flights. Jet Blue was crowded as there was a plane to NY leaving about 30 minutes before ours. Once we left check-in and went through the two customs areas, we were at our gate in no time. We had to wait about two hours for our flight but I'd rather do that than be running! Flight to Boston was full also. We were flying the night of the blood full moon so the pilot pointed it out to us just before we got to Boston. He also warned us of a bumping landing as a thunderstorm had just arrived in Boston. He wasn't wrong! We did arrive about 20 minutes early in Boston but had to wait awhile for our luggage. Also, warning to people going to Boston. Uber and Lyft do not have enough people driving for them just yet. We called for an Uber just as our luggage arrived and it came back no small or mid-size cars available - what??? We ended up with a SUV that looked like the FBI had just arrived. Very fancy and twice as much as our ride in. We were home in no time though.

    A couple of points - if you are on the fence about going to Aruba because of all the testing, insurance, etc - don't be. As I said I was nervous about the whole thing and did mess up one on part of it, but Aruba support was very helpful and fixed my error in no time and my green check marks came through. Testing to come home was super easy. We felt very safe while we were on the island. We missed sitting around the bar at night as we've met so many nice people doing that in past years, but we were still able to met a few people. One actually lives about a mile from us and another the next town over. I wouldn't hesitate to go again right now if I could!

    Any questions - let me know!

    Andrea - sorry we were unable to meet you guys at Moomba. We were at Logan at 4:00 am for our flight and faded early the first night. I didn't have my password to the forum with me to send you a message and hopefully meet up before you left! Looked for you at the casino! Maybe next time??
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    Glad all went smoothly and you enjoyed your stay at the Divi. They seem to be taking COVID protocols seriously which, of course, is comforting.

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    Sounds like a wonderful trip, thanks for sharing. Congrats to your boyfriend on his upcoming retirement.

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    When I saw your reply it reminded me of something I forgot - the turtles! You had mentioned the turtle nests a few weeks ago. There was two at the Divi, one right outside our room in Vista 1 and on just beyond the Sandpiper Bar. I soooo wanted them to hatch while we were there! I asked them every day if they could please come out that evening but no luck. One night we were sitting in the bar area and some parents were totally ignoring their little boy who was in the nest. I went flying down and told them as nicely as I could that he was basically killing turtles. They did not seem moved by my speech but they did make him get out. I kept my eye on him the rest of the time. I walked down towards Eagle Beach a couple of morning and saw 13 nests between the Divi and Eagle Beach but alas, no turtles for me this year......


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    Glad all went smoothly and you enjoyed your stay at the Divi. They seem to be taking COVID protocols seriously which, of course, is comforting.
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    I so want to see a turtle hatching. Each time we stayed at the Divi, there would be turtle fences up but we were never fortunate enough to witness a hatching. It’s disturbing that parents think everyone else should keep an eye on their kids. Sad the parents didn’t understand the importance of protecting the nests! I always loved the Divi but one of the reasons for us changing resorts were the number of kids with parents who didn’t watch them.

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    Great trip.... thanks for sharing!
    A little nonsense now and then is relished by the best of men!
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    Nice trip...Nice to retire too..
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    Nice Aruba story!!
    thank you for sharing.
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    There really weren't too many little ones there when we were but there were a number of college kids. A few days in about 28 college age kids showed up and set up right beside us. Oh noooo! They turned out to be the nicest kids. They immediately went and got pizzas and beer and we're in and out of the water. Just before we got ready to go back and shower, they started to disburse. They picked up every plate, cup, and paper from where they were sitting. They were never too loud or annoying. I went over to them and told them how I appreciated what they had done and they responded with "of course we'd pick up!" I asked them why they were all at the Divi and they said they just graduated from Villanova and it was a graduation trip. I saw them quite a few times and they were always being respectful of others around them. Their parents and college should be proud of them. There were also the other 20 somethings that spent the whole week taking selfies of themselves and were loud and annoying! How many pictures do you need!!

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    I so want to see a turtle hatching. Each time we stayed at the Divi, there would be turtle fences up but we were never fortunate enough to witness a hatching. It’s disturbing that parents think everyone else should keep an eye on their kids. Sad the parents didn’t understand the importance of protecting the nests! I always loved the Divi but one of the reasons for us changing resorts were the number of kids with parents who didn’t watch them.
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    Great Report. Thank You for Sharing !!!




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