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Currently at Harborside.

Discussion in 'Vistana Signature Experiences (formerly Starwood)' started by emeryjre, Feb 7, 2018.

  1. Sea Six

    Sea Six TUG Member

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    If you want to spend time in the Caribbean, try the Westin Lagunamar in Cancun. Lagunamar might be easier to find vacancies than other places like St John. Plus, you will be on your way home to CA if you go west. Nassau is not in the Caribbean Sea.
     
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    if you book with Staroptions, do you have to pay the $50/ day resort fee?
     
  3. buzglyd

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    We are flying to Ft Lauderdale first and then taking Bahamas Air to Nassau two days later. We like it there and didn’t want to take a red eye to Nassau.
     
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    No resort fee, but be prepared that they will put a $100/day hold on your credit card when you check in.
     
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    So if you rent from an owner, you would be considered an owner with a guest cert. and would not have the internet resort fee and the Atlantis bands are included, correct?
     
  7. SandyPGravel

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    Correct. (Although I have never done this.)
     
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    so no internet fee either for staroption bookings?
     
  9. SandyPGravel

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    :eek::confused:o_O:doh:Oh no, no internet. Last I checked it was $25/day. I didn't even bother checking this time. Lots of restaurants have free wi-fi if you just need to check your email or FB. Senor Frogs, Margaritaville, Dunkin Donuts. Guess I should have said no mandatory resort fee.
     
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    Last time I was there the internet quality was terrible. I complained and got a refund. They said they would fix it, but nothing was ever done. My advice is don't sign up for a long term commitment - try it for a day or two and see if you really want to pay for it.
     
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    May I suggest flying back to Ft Lauderdale or Miami and then renting a car and going down to the Keys??? Key West is a blast and there are timeshares there, depending on the season you are traveling..........
     
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    Also, there is no discount for the longer term packages. As such, even if you know you want it for the full duration, it still makes sense to sign up daily since you may not be using it at the moment when each 24-hour period expires. This results in a short period each day when you aren’t signed up, and in my experience reduces the number of packages needed by 1 or 2 days.
     
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    We're at Harborside now. The cost of internet is ridiculous.

    Our AT&T mobile plan has an International Day pass for $10/day per device... and it uses your regular data plan (ours is unlimited). So we're using my tablet as a Hotspot to get internet access for less than 1/2 of what's charged by the resort. My tablet Hotspot allows up to 10 devices to connect. There are 5 adults with us and everyone agreed to pitch in...so just $2/day per person. Much more reasonable!

    Sent from my TB-X704A using Tapatalk
     
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    Plus you're probably getting faster speeds. When I was on the resort's internet, I could't even stream a video without constant buffering delays. It was only good for e-mail and social media.
     
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    For basic internet, we go over to Anthony's Grill in the Paradise Island Shopping Plaza (across the street from Marina Village) during Happy Hour from 4-6PM. We enjoy their $9 calamari, shrimp, and wings, 1/2 price beer and cocktails, and their free wifi to check up on all the news from home - and TUG!
     
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