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Long trip report - Breezes, downtown & seaquarium 6/17-6/23

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Long trip report - Breezes, downtown & seaquarium 6/17-6/23

Hi all,

As promised I wanted to post a report here before I posted a Breezes specific review on the hotel portion as others' reviews here were so helpful to me.

Airport - We live in FL so we took a Supershuttle to Miami from our house in Hollywood, FL. It was odd for us flying in the evening and arriving at night - a first for us. So, above and beyond our shuttle arriving on time and having little to NO a/c (sucked for me as I did spray tan that morning and was drippy - ugh! by the time we arrived I had stained my pants in the crotch - lol doubtful that anyone beyond me would know!) but things happen and that's how I view it. Once we got settled by our gate, the flight was delayed but only by approx 30 minutes if you don't include boarding time. All went off without a hitch and we arrived in Curacao, got to the Breezes desk and were given our packages. Another flight was coming in so we waited for that in the area that others have referred to as a hangar, but to us no big deal. All luggage was loaded, bus was boarded and off we went. Unique to take photos at night but a few turned out okay on the ride to the hotel.

Breezes - We were the almost last on the bus, so about the third couple in line at Breezes for check in (already received bracelets at airport). While it had been a long day and I think a better check in system could be used (we previously have been Royal Service or Royal Club which whisks you up to another check in area so have been spoiled in the past :) lol) it was okay and bf went straight to the bar and got us beers while we waited. Got our room in the Royal Tower, which I had requested from Valerie in advance and upon arrival was pleasantly surprised to find a nice big room with multiple balconies overlooking the ocean on two sides and disco/mambo beach as well. We had been provided with two bottles of wine, sodas and waters for our fridge that I had also requested via e-mail. The room was great, no complaints at all.

Night - We had arrived late so the food at the Buffet at approx 11:30 was better than expected and we had a bite to eat, some drinks and headed off to the disco after a short walk around the property. We had a blast in the disco, met a few honeymooners and groups of folks on holiday. We pretty much closed the place down - lol - again never arrived at night before, and there you have it.

Next day - We awoke (with a bit of mal de mer ...lol) but went for breakfast, the usual offerings and had no problems with service or even serving ourselves a soda or oj if we wanted. We got geared up for the pool and had a fab day, the bar staff was great and met the infamous Norma (Baby Love), she rocked as did all the other bartenders we met. Lunch was good by the pool bar and I will go into all this more on my Breezes review. We spent most of the day there, by the pool. I did the salsa dancing and felt I did pretty good, the staff was great! BF went and snorkeled immediately thus I have no pics of this - can you tell I'm still upset? lol

Thurs night - I felt this important to point out as far as Thursdays' at Breezes are concerned because we had made our restaurant reservations with Valerie via e-mail prior to our trip (something I didn't know was an option till she asked me.. there you have it folks!) but this night has all the ala carte restaurants out by the pool area with selections from EACH restaurant that you can eat. Very cool and the music was great. We watched the breakdancing competition and Circus show - it was great - very good pictures and alot of fun! We used our casino dollars and won, then lost - but all okay. Just a form of entertainment for me. Off to the disco again after a refresh in the room.

Friday - Stayed up late at the darn disco again so I spent my morning at the pool as bf was hung over and snoring - lol. Got him later and we played by the pool, watched the games and eventually had a great dinner at Munasan - met new people and some that we had met the night before in the disco! The pool games were once again a great entertainment and must say the icecream cones were excellent.

Saturday - downtown - We got up had breakfast, got the bus across the street and headed downtown. We got all the photos we wanted and enjoyed the vendors - never pushy like other places we've been. We had Amstel Brights two for $5 which I loved, they were my fave in Aruba. I bought some liquor at the supermarket there on our way back and spent so much less thanks to the advice on here. I had some cash left so I got some neat stuff from the vendors as well - very pleased. We walked back over the floating bridge, I even got some boiled peanuts - neat for me cause I love them, being from the south and all! Caught the bus back and had a nap before heading to the pool again. Had dinner at Pastafari - was great, nice antipasta bar to serve yourself. The bread was great, both of us had lasagna, pretty normal sized portion so we didn't feel crazy full. Went to the disco again, had a fab time with all the folks we met.

Sun - Woke up late and ate, then snorkeled...........can I just say I should've been snorkeling for EACH and EVERY day we were there???? It was so amazing, I took so many great pictures!!! My bf is a diver and really doesn't care for snorkeling and he really loved it......that says alot. Will post as many pics as I can on the breezes site and attempt to put a link here as well. We laid low this night and bought a $15 card from the gift shop where he used the internet to start uploading photos to facebook - lol. We attended the limbo and fire show, very neat, get your seats early and by the ocean side where chairs are set up on the beach for best photo capability.

Mon - Got up early, had breakfast and headed off to the Seaquarium for our Animal Encounter. I took us out of the resort and went the wrong way walking - ha ha! We asked some locals and caught the bus as opposed to completely tiring ourselves out walking back the distance we came in the wrong direction plus the additional that needed to be covered the opposite way. Not so sure I would've found the entrance to said aquarium if not for the driver of the bus, not alot of signs and really didn't find some folks to be helpful when asking, no biggie. I guess the girl from Tropical Tours did call about our Encoutner ($99 each) but never reserved it??? Go figure, but they said we could go at 1:00 pm as opposed to 11:00 am as we'd planned on. The aquarium does not take anything but cash for food and drinks, so that put quite the pickle in our plans because we had three hours to kill now and little cash. We watched the dolphin show and the sea lion show, both were very good. The boat portion for underwater viewing was cool, especially since that was basically where our dive was gonna take place too. Sharks, large turtles, big fish......all very cool. I don't know if the basic aquarium would be worth it to me, but combined with either the dolphin encounter and/or the animal encoutner, it was great. I had some issues getting down, being my first dive and all. Got stung by fire coral and pretty much was sickly feeling after that so I just snorkeled with the tank. BF stayed down as he's an experienced diver, but being that it was a controlled area only about 10 ft. I was able to see all that he saw, just not as much interaction. I was able to feed the fish and sharks - very cool! We did not buy the CD they offer for $45 as we had two underwater cameras with us and primarily the photos were of the additional guy in our trip who did not have a camera. I got my burns treated with some vinegar and benadryl, caught a bus and headed back for some late lunch at the hotel. I had prickly burned knees until the next morning, not even the blankets touching it was working - but I survived! We ate at the Starlight Grill that night, very good ribs and beef tenderloin. Nice little ceasar salad set up to serve yourself. I also ordered the swordfish and chicken soup - very good. We listened to the band play and have to say that all the music we heard this week was excellent. There is also wait staff service by the pool in the evenings to cut down on all the traffic to the pool bar.

Tues - We had an early flight so had to get up early to catch the 6:00 am shuttle. Upon checkout we requested the box snack pack they have for the plane. Also had no issues with any additional charges to our room, which was a welcome relief from other posts I've seen here. No problems getting the sandwiches and cookies through customs, not the sodas that we had brought from the room though. Got back to Mia where is was raining, left paradise for rain storms - lol.

Overall - We had a great time and all the staff were so cool. I spoke to everyone and they all said hello back, even going out of their way to ask if we were being well attended to. We loved Norma (Baby love) and Andy at the bars, but primarily I don't have a bad word for anyone. I certainly suggest e-mailing Valerie prior to arrival for room requests, fridge requests along with beverages. She supplied us with the sodas, water and beer, which was replenished daily in the fridge. We got champagne on our anniversary and a bottle of rum that I had requested on our last day - all free of charge. Just do your research and ask, albiet others I heard complaining but we got all we wanted and with a smile to boot. As said, I booked most of our dinner reservations prior to arrival with her as well. They could've used some more tv channels, wifi in the room and perhaps room service because after the buffet shut down at 3:00 pm, you only had the two snack bars which primarily served the same fare like nuggets, cheese burgers, french fries, nachos, etc.

The disco was way fun, although there was a big group there from Trinidad so we hung with them most nights and that certainly made it more fun. I enjoyed the casino, won and lost but no biggie - used the casino dollars that came with the welcome package. The bar inside is not affiliated with the hotel so you can either charge drinks to your room or pay cash. I took my bubba keg, already filled wtih two drinks from the main pool bar and that kept me saturated without having to purchase more alcohol until I lost the rest of my money - lol. We did take alot of small bills for tipping, I handled it casually via a shake of the hand for the folks who were taking care of us, especially when we asked for two drinks each to fill our insulated cups. I took my floatie for the pool, but quickly realized that the reason I didn't use it in Aruba was the same reason it wasn't so viable to use here due to the trade winds. Ladies, wind - long hair and lip gloss, not always the best combos - but as you can see in my pics if I can attach the link, I used a visor most days and evenings to assist with hair lip. :) We certainly used bug repellant most evenings on our legs and had not problems. I had brought a travel candle for the room in fear of a musty smell which is common in the islands but had no need for it at all. We enjoyed sitting on our balcony listening to the music from Mambo Beach and just chilling out before going to the disco later in the evening. As others have said, the water is great, even straight out of the tap. Most of the bars had an ice water container to help yourself to and the carousel bar had self-serve fountain drinks as well. For those that want the quiet, certainly the Flamingo and/or Pelican buildings are appropriate. I am glad we stayed with the Royal Tower because I really liked being around the action and no music kept us up at night. We were on the complete opposite end from said Flamingo/Pelican sections and used the stairs although there was an elevator available.

Not sure if I covered too much and/or too little but I will be posting a more specific Breezes review on there, but please feel free to e-mail me here and/or at christieruss@earthlink.net if you have any questions on things I didn't cover. Bon Bini!

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1. Re: Long trip report - Breezes, downtown & seaquarium 6/17-6/23

The link to your pictures does not work.

Glad you enjoyed your trip and Breezes. Sorry, to hear the difficulties with the Animal Encounter, but glad you liked it anyway.

Did you see any of the Island or the beaches?

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2. Re: Long trip report - Breezes, downtown & seaquarium 6/17-6/23

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I think I got the link correct this time. We didn't rent a car so didn't get out to any beaches besides the one at our hotel. We really enjoyed everything, I'm already thinkin of where I want to go next - lol!

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3. Re: Long trip report - Breezes, downtown & seaquarium 6/17-6/23

Enjoyed your pictures. So many looked familar to the ones I took :) I've been working on a scrap-booking page to our on-line photo album and haven't gotten any of our trips since 2007 posted, but I'm about finished and will post the pages soon.

Too bad, you didn't get to the rest of the Island and the other beaches. It was very nice.

Our next trip is Sandals Dunns River in Ocho Rios, Jamaica for our 10th wedding anniversary in July, 2010. We difinately wanted AI this time and DH picked Jamaica. He loved Negril, so wanted to try Ocho Rios. We hired the photographer at Sandals to take pictures for our anniversary. I still have a return trip to Cozumel and Aruba on our list as well as trips to Antigua and Barbados with day trips to Grenada and the Grenadines. Would like to do an Alaska cruise also. So many places to see, so much money to spend. :)

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4. Re: Long trip report - Breezes, downtown & seaquarium 6/17-6/23

Nice pics, and a very enjoyable trip report. Thanks for sharing your experience with us........

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5. Re: Long trip report - Breezes, downtown & seaquarium 6/17-6/23

Thatks so much for the report! I now feel so much better about going to Breezes. The number of negative reviews had me scared before.

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6. Re: Long trip report - Breezes, downtown & seaquarium 6/17-6/23

Oh no, I just got an e-mail Valerie is out the week we're going. Will that be a problem for us? She seems to be the mosthelpful person there.

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7. Re: Long trip report - Breezes, downtown & seaquarium 6/17-6/23

I e-mailed the lady she provided in the out of office upon my return and she responded immediately.

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8. Re: Long trip report - Breezes, downtown & seaquarium 6/17-6/23

It will never cease to amaze me the differences in opinion on the same place, same time we stayed, etc. Guess I'm just happy I had a great time as opposed to the complaints I have read from the same week we were there. Christie

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9. Re: Long trip report - Breezes, downtown & seaquarium 6/17-6/23

How do you email Valerie to make advanced dinner reservations?

Also, we are going in a month or two.Did you notice and sewage smells and if so, what are the best room areas to be away from that?

Thanks.

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10. Re: Long trip report - Breezes, downtown & seaquarium 6/17-6/23

Hi,

We are planning to go to breezes next month. You mentioned that you can make dinner reservations in advance. How do you do that? Is there an email address for Valerie?

Also, I keep reading about sewage smells. What part of the resort has those smells?

thanks.