Thursday, October 31, 2013

FAA to Allow Airlines to Expand Use of Personal Electronics

The FAA has determined that airlines can safely expand passenger use of Portable Electronic Devices (PEDs) during all phases of flight

"...Passengers will eventually be able to read e-books, play games, and watch videos on their devices during all phases of flight, with very limited exceptions. Electronic items, books and magazines, must be held or put in the seat back pocket during the actual takeoff and landing roll. Cell phones should be in airplane mode or with cellular service disabled – i.e., no signal bars displayed—and cannot be used for voice communications based on FCC regulations that prohibit any airborne calls using cell phones. If your air carrier provides Wi-Fi service during flight, you may use those services. You can also continue to use short-range Bluetooth accessories, like wireless keyboards. ..."

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New cargo port in Barcadera Aruba

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ARUBA October 24th, 2013- With great satisfaction Aruba Ports Authority N.V. announced that they have completed the final phase of the tender process of the ‘Barcadera Multi Cargo Terminal’. Aruba Ports Authority N.V. is ready to start working on the movement of the container port to Barcadera. The construction process will start in early 2014. The total investment to design, build and maintain the multi-cargo sea terminal at Barcadera will be US $62 million.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

YOGASANITY- Weight Loss at Happy Buddha Aruba

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Yogasanity Pre-Christmas weight loss and body sculpt program

14 intense yoga classes to shape your mind and tone your body.

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Traffic on Aruba

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ARUBA- The traffic on our beautiful island is sometimes very congested in some places. There are a lot of people driving from different countries and have all different driving styles. The rules and traffic laws are almost the same all over the world, (just some small difference). Rules like keep on driving on the right side is the same all over the world. Stay in your lane is applicable when you are in a traffic jam.

However on the way to the hotels (the two lane road) almost everyone keeps on driving in the left lane. Officially you are not allowed to pass on the right, in an collision you are wrong, you’re only allowed to pass on the right if the car on the left of you signals to turn left.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Saturday, October 26, 2013

The First All-Electric, Zero-Emissions Bus Launches in the Caribbean

Aruba’s ARUBUS unveils a BYD 12 meter, 60 passenger bus

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October 14, 2013 ORANJESTAD, Aruba--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aruba’s Minister of Transportation Otmar Oduber, Minister of Finance Mike de Meza, and ARUBUS Director Teo Croes unveiled the first long-range, all-electric, ZERO emissions bus in the Caribbean at a ceremony held in conjunction with the GREEN ARUBA Conference and the Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum (CREF). The 12 meter (40 foot) pure-electric bus was manufactured by BYD Company Limited the world’s largest manufacturer of all-electric buses. BYD America’s Vice-President, Micheal Austin and BYD Aruba N.V. Assistant Managing Director Danilo Werleman (pictured on the right) officially handed over bus keys to Aruba dignitaries. Justice Minister Arthur Dowers, Cultural Minister Michelle Hooyboer, Arubus Director Teo Croes, Finance Minister Mike de Meza, Transportation Minister Otmar Oduber, BYD VP Micheal Austin, Cordia Group Asst Director Danilo Werleman, WEB Aruba Managing Director Oslin J. Boekhoudt, Elmar Aruba Director Robert Henriquez and Chairman of CREF Jerry Butler were among the dignitaries present who took a “maiden voyage” of the bus from the Parliament buildings to the Westin Resort where conference attendees received them.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

De Palm Island Lionfish Challenge 2013

De Palm Island, in cooperation with the Aruba Marine Park Foundation, has announced the 2013 Lionfish Challenge will take place on the 3rd of November 2013 at De Palm Island. On the 29th of october there is a meeting for participants to review the rules. Sign up now until the 30th of October at Hadicurari, fisheries center.

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

How Has the Weather Been in Aruba?

October through mid-January has always been the rainy season in Aruba. La Niña in 2010-2012 did bring more rain to the island however things are now back to normal. The Aruba Department of Meteorology had only recorded 6.27 inches of rain January to August this year. Unofficial rainfall up to October 20 is closer to 10 inches, which is only slightly below average.

Keep in mind, that if there is a tropical storm or low in the area there will be higher quantities of rain. Having said that, the rain in Aruba, even during rainy season falls mainly overnight and early morning with an occasional passing shower (those happen all year 'round) during the day.

We have been to Aruba 3 times during rainy season- Christmas & New Years (twice) and once mid-January. 2 out of 3 trips we saw very little rain. One trip over Christmas and New Years we had rain every single day. HOWEVER, the rain on all but 2 of a 13 day vacation was always over and the sun out shining brightly by 10 am. One day was overcast and one day was morning sprinkles off and on. The day of sprinkles the sun was out and skies clear at 3 pm. We toured the island on the overcast day and snorkeled on the sprinkle day. ;)

Monday, October 21, 2013

How Many Seats Are Left On the Plane?

Aruba BoundBooking codes, booking classes or fare classes, the term means the same thing. It specifies the rules for an airline's fare. Booking codes vary by airline and are specific to individual airlines. A rough guide is:

F: first class
J: business class
Y: economy class

Everyone has to live by the rules and we all know that airlines have plenty of rules. How do you find out whether or not the ticket you are purchasing is refundable? How do you know if you have one of the cheapest tickets available on your flight? ... more

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort's New Horizons Bar

Courtesy of the Amsterdam Manor

The new Horizons Bar is replacing the Sunset Upperdeck Bar at the Amsterdam Manor. Overlooking the Amsterdam Manor's swimming pool, with an ocean view, besides their famous mojitos and other adult cocktails, they are now offering hot and cold tapas.

The Horizons Bar is open daily from 4:00 pm to 11:00 pm. Happy hour daily from: 5:00 to 6:00 pm and from 9:00 to 10:00 pm.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Fall Is In Full Swing In Aruba With "Arubapalooza"

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ORANJESTAD, Aruba, Oct. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Summer may be over on the mainland, but the fun is just beginning in Aruba, known as the One happy island. Fall marks the start of "Arubapalooza," the sunny island's seasonal extravaganza encompassing countless cultural, culinary, music and fashion-oriented events and festivals. Known for its perfect weather and powdery white beaches, Aruba is celebrated as one of the most revisited destinations in the Caribbean.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

EPB Hospitality Students Host 3-Course Lunch Two times per week starting October 15, 2013

October 10th, 2013- During their graduation year, the students of the EPB (Educacion Profesional Basico), basic professional training high school, need to practice what they learned, while interacting with each other and clients in real-life restaurant situations. The Aloe Restaurant and its professional commercial kitchen is where these students train and invite the general public to enjoy a three-course lunch for only Afl. 25,00 per person [$13.97 USD], every Tuesday and Wednesday to work towards their diploma. Lunch is served every Tuesday and Wednesday from noon to 2 p.m. starting October 15, 2013 until November 13, 2013 when they go on break for the holidays. The restaurant opens again on January 14, 2014 and closes March 13, 2014 which is at the end of the academic year.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Aruba's Arikok National Park

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Nature & Conservation at Arikok National Park

The protected area of National Park Arikok was officially established in 2000. Arikok National Park is a 34 square kilometers (7907 acres) of natural area, located at the north-eastern part of Aruba which contains examples of most of the island’s flora and fauna against a backdrop of great geological complexity. We are proud to state that approximately 18% of the total land area of Aruba is assigned as a National Park, to protect and preserve the flora, fauna, geology and historical remains present within Arikok National Park.

Price: $10 USD per person. Children under 17 years are free.

Contact the park directly for guided hiking tours.

Downloadable Map of Arikok National Park

Monday, October 14, 2013

New Survey Finds Americans Feel They Need Help With Romance; Marriott Caribbean & Mexico Resorts Responds With “Cupid On Call”

New Program Designed to Help Guests Say “I Love You” ...or Maybe “I’m Sorry”

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October 10, 2013 NEW YORK, NY- According to a new survey of more than 850 Americans conducted by Marriott Caribbean & Mexico Resorts, a majority feel that, when it comes to love, they are more romantic than their partners but could still use a little help to spark passion in their relationship.

The survey also found an overwhelming 92 percent of respondents agreeing that traveling as a couple provides sparks in the relationship, however 51 percent felt they don’t plan amorous getaways often enough. More than 57 percent of respondents also lamented that, when it came to remembering anniversaries and special occasions, their partner was more likely to be the forgetful one.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Setar fundraising event with super proceeds for the Aruba Donkey Sanctuary

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During the past two months telecom provider Setar has done a wonderful job for the Aruban Donkey Sanctuary: through an sms-fundraising event participants could win terrific weekly prizes. The event has generated a whopping AWG. 7.500,-- [$4188.92 USD], which is a very welcome amount, seeing that a new sanctuary is being built at Bringamosa.

The current sanctuary is a tight fit for the large number of donkeys, now already more than 130, so our donkeys has been divided over three locations, among them the private garden of a board member. By means of various fundraising events and donations we hope to be able to get all the donkeys united on one site.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

The Divi & Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusives Earn High Honors From Multiple Travel Industry Organizations

Leading Travel Organizations Continue to Recognize the Sister Properties for Excellence

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ORANJESTAD, ARUBA – (October 10, 2013) – In what is becoming yet another banner year for the properties, the Divi & Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusives have received distinctions of excellence from several top travel organizations including TripAdvisor®, MLT Vacations SM, Apple Vacations®, Travelife and Zoover.

“It is very gratifying to see such prestigious travel sites continuing to give high marks to the Divi & Tamarijn Aruba, particularly considering today’s highly competitive marketplace,” said Alex Nieuwmeyer, Managing Director of the Divi Resorts Aruba and Bonaire. “Whether based on guest reviews submitted by travelers or by audits conducted by the organizations themselves, our efforts to distinguish our resorts as industry leaders continue to bring us success. This is largely due to the devoted efforts of our wonderful staff, who clearly share in Divi’s commitment to excellence.”

Friday, October 11, 2013

Daily Thanksgiving Activities at the Ritz Carlton Aruba

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Thanksgiving Daily Activities

Saturday November 23 – Friday, November 29, 2013
Beach, Sun and Fun Adventures – 9 a.m. - 10 a.m.
Bring the whole family for some beach games under the sun and meet other kids and families.

Windsurfing Clinic – 10 a.m.
Learn how to windsurf with the Instructor from Vela Surf Center.

Gobble Gobble Cookie & Cupcake Décor – 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Decorate a sweets-o-licious cookie and cupcake treat for you and a friend or family member. Reservations are required 24 hours in advance

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

U.S. Department of State & Passport Services During the Federal Government Shutdown

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Passport service remain normal at the time of this writing.

In the event of a lapse in appropriations, the Department of State will continue passport and visa operations as well as provide critical services to U.S. citizens overseas.

Processing time for passport applications remain at four weeks or less for routine service and two weeks door-to-door for expedited service.

Customers planning to travel within two weeks or requiring passports to obtain foreign visas should make an appointment at the nearest passport agency.

Check for updates to the situation.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Delta Introduces Smart Travel Pack Options

Skymiles Members May Purchase A Package of Enhanced Travel Benefits for $199 with Unlimited Use Through January 5 Popular Add-On Conveniences Include Up to Eight Travel Companions

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ATLANTA, Sept. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) will begin offering a new travel option for SkyMiles customers which provides access to some of the airline's most popular enhanced travel extras such as checked bags, priority boarding and seat selection for $199. The new package, called Smart Travel Pack, introduces a practical and affordable way for customers to add a suite of extra services and additional comfort for their upcoming business or personal travel.

Monday, October 7, 2013

How Many Seats Are Left On the Plane?

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People automatically go to a plane's seating chart to judge how many seats are still available in trying to decide when to book a flight. Who can blame them for want to get the best price, yet, not get shut out of buying a seat all together. They see there are only one or two seats still available and panic sets in. Well hold on a second.

From past experience, those seating charts do not always show how many seats are still available. ...more

Saturday, October 5, 2013

First Donkey Calendar 2014 is for Rico Rijk

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As is our tradition on World Animal Day, the first Donkey Calendar 2014 is officially handed over to a local celebrity and fan of the Donkey Sanctuary. This year Rico Rijk, DJ of Radio Cool FM, was chosen for this honor. During a live broadcast he and his charming co-presenter Angela Tiemens received the first calendars.

The full-color calendar of the year 2014 is chockfull of information and gorgeous donkey photographs. Twelve sponsors have taken care of the cost of this calendar, so that the entire proceeds will go towards our foundation.

Walking on water in Aruba

Stand up paddleboards in Aruba and more

Link: Walking on water in Aruba | Easier

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Thanksgiving at the Ritz Carlton Aruba

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Thanksgiving at the Ritz's Solanio Italian Trattoria

$90.00 for adults w/o champagne
$125.00 w. Bloody Mary & Champagne
Kids Ages 6-12 = $45.00
Ages 3-5 = $20.00
Under 3 Free

Cured Fish Station & American Caviar Station

Gravlax and assorted House Smoked Seafood
Salmon, Trout
Chopped Egg white & Egg yolks, Capers, Crème Fraiche and Bagel Chips