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Old 06-14-2013, 11:42 AM   #16
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We've been there 3 times and we love it. We haven't gone back to it because of budget, but would stay again in a heartbeat! It is huge, yes, but I've found the walk to be manageable, with the exception of maybe Trinidad North (the Pirate rooms). If you're worried about the distance, you can go preferred and stay very close to Old Port Royale. I stayed at Barbados, and I was in OPR in around 5 minutes. But is a very enjoyable walk because of the great themeing and landscaping.

It does feel like a resort, and is less "busy" than the Values. And you WILL notice the extra space in the room, believe me. In terms of transportation, each "island" section has its own bus stop, and although the bus will loop around to all the stops, you'll find it doesn't take that long.

You'll have a great time!
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Old 06-14-2013, 01:57 PM   #17
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We love CBR. We love the white, sandy beaches with lounging hammocks and friendly ducks. We love the beautiful, bright colors and gorgeous foliage throughout the resort. The rooms are larger with two double sinks and a lot of storage. We have always had good bus service during our numerous stays. An occasional glitch but nothing to traumatic to ruin our trip. We usually request the village Jamaica and it is a short walk across the bridge to the pirate pool and the food court/gift shop.

We are going again this July to CBR. We are counting down the days. Hope you have a great trip!
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Old 06-14-2013, 03:12 PM   #18
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We really liked the laid back feeling of CBR, It is a similar set up to POR. but with the Island feel mon... Our last trip we stayed in Jamaica. It was a nice stroll over Caribbean Cay, great views. We would head to OPR in the morning for coffee and breakfast, and grab the bus from there. Sometimes we would grab the bus from our Village which was a 2 minute walk. At the end of the day we would sometimes get dropped off at OPR for some adult refreshment at the Banana Cabana, or maybe grab some adult beverages to take back at the room. I know there are a lot of complaints about it being to big. But I think that is what is great about it. everyone is spread out. I always felt at ASM, ***, everything was packed into a tight area making if feel that it was always jam packed. Plus you are not going to want to go back to value when you see the room size difference. I could go on and on about the Pro's. You will be pleasantly surprised in your choice. Please report back and let us know how it was. Relax and get excited I think you gonna love CBR!!!!
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Old 06-14-2013, 03:24 PM   #19
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If it is in your budget, upgrade to a preferred room. Otherwise you will probably have a bit of a walk to the food court, and it if you get a refillable mug, it will be a pain to fill it. CBR is very beautiful, but it is a very big resort. I would only stay there again in a preferred room.
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Old 06-14-2013, 05:26 PM   #20
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It is beautiful! All the buildings are 2 stories and spread out around a beautiful lake. to me it really has the feel of a Caribbean resort. You may walk a bit to the main building, but none are far from your car or a bus stop. You can always put in a request for a closer room, but preferred rooms (the closest) cost more. We did a preferred room that was the farthest away preferred and still liked it. We found the bus service very good. It is close to Epcot.


There are two hot tubs near the pool. An awesome place to soak the tired muscles after a long day in the park while the kids swim. The pool is large and there are movies at night.


You will have fun!!
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Old 06-14-2013, 06:49 PM   #21
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We are staying at CBR for the first time this year. We usually stay at POFQ, but wanted to try a different resort this time. I tend to take reviews, especially negative reviews with a grain of salt. You never know the circumstances that prompted that review and I've found most of the time that I don't agree with their assessment. I like to judge for myself. Looking forward to our trip!
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Old 06-14-2013, 08:27 PM   #22
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CBR is my home away from home. This August will be our 5th stay.
We love it there.
Yes, it's a large resort.
Yes, it's tropical.
Yes, food court has a varied selection.
No elevators so requests first floor if you do not want to climb stairs.
No, luggage can not be brought onto the internal shuttle, but the walk to your room from The Custom's House will help you get a feel for the resort.

Have a great time and remember to enjoy the tropical feeling.
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Old 06-14-2013, 10:55 PM   #23
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We love, love, love CBR!! We will be there in July for our 5th stay. I don't understand why it gets a bad rap, but everyone has there own likes and dislikes. The resort is spread out, but that doesn't bother us at all. We have only stayed in Jamaica, and it is a short walk across the bridge and beautiful grounds to the main pool and food court. This resort is our home away from home!!!! Have a great time!!!
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Old 06-15-2013, 10:51 AM   #24
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We've stayed at CBR seven times now. There are usually just me and DW and we travel pretty light, usually just our carry on bags with wheels and a small boarding bag that piggy backs on top of the case.

We usually request building 56 in Aruba for a couple of reasons. First, it is a reasonable walk to/from Custom House for checkin and checkout. If it's raining it's easy to have bell services take you in a van. Secondly, it's very close to the bus stop.

The small downside is it's a fair walk to OPR but we're in good shape, have no health or mobility issues, and have never once found it to be a chore.

Even when full, like it was this past March/April with sports teams, it never seems crowded around the resort. Yes, it was crowded when several teams decided to eat at OPR when we were there, but it wasn't impossible or anything.
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We are staying at CBR for the first time this Aug. You all have made it sound wonderful. I can't wait to be there. Thanks. Where do they have the movies at night? Do they do them poolside like at the All Stars?
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We are staying at CBR for the first time this Aug. You all have made it sound wonderful. I can't wait to be there. Thanks. Where do they have the movies at night? Do they do them poolside like at the All Stars?
Yes, there is a nice big area just outside the main building near the pool and by the outdoor bar. Very nice.

Yes CBR is nice, or wonderful, or as Billy Crystal would say, 'marvelous, simply marvelous!" Have fun.
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Old 06-16-2013, 02:15 PM   #27
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We stayed there, unexpectedly, in May when we were upgraded from All Star Sports upon check in. We were in the Martinique area which was a short walk to the food court. The best part, was our bus stop was, I believe, the first to be picked up in the resort, so we had no trouble getting a seat on the bus. I would definitely stay there again. The only problem I had was my cell phone would not work in the room!
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It's do nice to see everyone on the thread being so positive about CBR!!

We've got 125 days until our trip and can't wait! xx
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Yes, there is a nice big area just outside the main building near the pool and by the outdoor bar. Very nice.

Yes CBR is nice, or wonderful, or as Billy Crystal would say, 'marvelous, simply marvelous!" Have fun.
Thanks. We loved being able to swim and watch a movie at ASMu, so this will be great!
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This will be our first stay at CBR and after all the positive things, I am looking even more forward to staying there.
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