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Sacramento County, California
December 28, 2012
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From journal Mi Stima Aruba!
March 13, 2007
From journal 2 Different Trips to Aruba
Quogue, New York
July 16, 2003
We hadn't planned on going during this vacation, but our name was drawn. We won one free cruise, ok half price, but why not??
This particular cruise is $35 per person and is advertised as: "sails at 5:30pm for two hours along Aruba's scenic coastline to enjoy a breathtaking sunset -- open bar, snacks, and free shuttle service from your hotel".
As we boarded the large catamaran, we left our shoes just inside. There's lots of room -- on the deck, on the bow, under a canopy, at tables, in the sun, in the shade, or at the bar. Everyone seems to find their comfortable "nook" -- families and older gents at tables under the canopy, couples and honeymooners on the bow, singles by the bar, and everyone else wherever.
Lots of folks were on discounted tickets, part of a package, timeshare enticement, or prize won at happy hour. Kids are always half price. The group was happy, eager but quiet. The crew very accommodating, helpful, pleasant, and seemed to enjoy working here.
This is not the usual beer, tequila shots, and orange rum punch cruise -- they had all sorts of beer, liquor, soda, juices, and even frozen drinks were available, and served quickly without the pushing and shoving at the bar. Staff took orders and served.
The sail along the coast is nice. You pass all the hotels along Palm and Eagle beaches and go almost all the way into town -- very scenic. Our sunset was somewhat clouded, but everyone was "clicking away" and looking for the "green flash".
The snacks, how about the snacks?! A crew member walked around with a HUGE shell-shaped bowl -- he needed both arms to cradle it. The first one was filled with skewers of cheese, olives, and cocktail onions -- it never came around again. The second bowl was filled with chicken in peanut sauce on skewers -- delicious, but again, only one skewer. This was our only complaint. Bring a snack with you.
The music was more on the quiet side. Drinks were good and replenished quickly. People seemed to mingle more freely on the way back after the sunset. A few drinks and not much food makes everyone talkative.
If you're looking for a peaceful or romantic evening, this is the cruise to choose. If you're after "crazy fun", choose a party boat with hosts pouring tequila shots and the music blaring, or one of the open-air buses that go bar hopping with a "wicked guide". Everyone -- no matter what age -- had fun on this boat though.
Aruba offers something for everyone and sunsets every night -- enjoy!!
From journal Friendly Aruba