CN Review Nov 20-Dec 4, 2010 (8th trip)
Jet Blue -loved the extra leg room and would definitely fly with them again.
Tim Air -was slow leaving Montego Bay so I would say we only saved about 30 minutes overall. Had to wait 15 minutes for the Tim Air representative to show up to take us to their terminal and then had to wait at the gate for the plane. Plane was very small with two couples, the pilot and lots of luggage. I thought it was a bit scary. On the return flight the plane was bigger with 3 couples so it was not quite as scary.
It was our 8th visit and our first ever 2-week vacation. Asked for building 1 and if possible for room 1109 which we had on our previous visit in April. We were told if we wanted 1109 we would have to wait but could be put in another room in that building immediately. We waited approximately 20 minutes and were in the room we wanted.
Canít complain about that!
Beautiful as usual. Plenty of chairs and floats no matter what time you arrived. What I donít love is the Jet Skiís zooming back and forth. They smell and are annoying too!
Water was calm and clear until our last day and then the waves were like the Atlantic Ocean and the wind was like Aruba.
There are some new employees but still lots of long timers too. Itís nice to see some of the trainees on our last visit are now regular employees. As always this is where Couples shines and is one of the main reasons we continue to return. It is difficult to list all of the ones that made an impression because they are all so great. One standout is Comecia in the Cassava during breakfast and lunch. This girl never stops moving and has the rest of the staff happily moving along with her. When she is there your coffee cup and water glass is never empty. You do not wait for anything you need. She is amazing!
Pre-registered online for the candle/oil but received T Shirts again. Didnít bother trying to exchange for the correct items. Gave one shirt away and tie dyed the other one. We did receive our $100 check at the end of our visit. I think this is all changing in 2011 anyway.
Guests at CN
We always enjoy meeting new and old friends. One thing I would like to mention is that some of the guests are really rude to the staff. I always feel so bad when I hear people barking orders. A simple please and thank you with a smile goes a long way. The employees at CN go above and beyond and should be treated accordingly. Some are more outgoing than others but all are polite, pleasant and helpful.
Trading Places Program (CSA)
Liked: Long Bay (bigger than Bloody Bay), more restaurant options (including a sit-down lunch), sweet potato chips and being able to walk off the resort to other restaurants and bars (without hailing a cab)
Didnít Like: that it is very spread out and much bigger than CN and was difficult to get chairs due to chair saving.
Sunset Bar Shuttle
Went to Push Cart Restaurant on the cliffs. Loved seeing the sunset from there and enjoying the food and drinks. Wish they would change where it goes every so often so we can see other places on the cliff.
Changes at CN
Floorboards replaced and stained at the beach bar/Heliconia Restaurant and the cement floor by the grill painted. This took place during our visit. The first few days we were there the bar was closed. After that it was open but a lot of hammering and sawing going on. One night the grill was closed. Unlucky for us but it has to be done sometime.
New Cappuccino/Espresso Machine with fresh coffee beans. Must be made by an employee. No longer self serve.
New Hummus Platter with grilled pita and veggies
New Veggie Patty in addition to the chicken & beef
Popcorn Machine is back in the game room. No popcorn on our last visit.
Boogie Boards (I think this is new) to ride the waves when there are waves
New Surf Board that you stand on and paddle
Heliconia is no longer Italian. Big disappointment as this was our favorite restaurant!!
Pizza is gone
Beans and guacamole for the nachos are gone (sour cream and salsa still available)
New Beach Musician ďDonnavanĒ came every day and is giving the ďold guysĒ a run for their money.
We had a wonderful 2-week vacation with the best weather we have ever had. It rained for 15 minutes on our last night. The rest of the time was sunny and hot hot hot! With the terrible economy in the US and the prices rising at Couples we donít know when we will return but we hope to some day.