Carol Hudson, CTA, DS

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Office: 419 214-358
Text: 419-292-4625
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Interests & Specialties

Carol has been with Central Travel for 23 years and has a passion for travel! She holds a Certified Travel Associate designation from The Travel Institute and is committed to professionalism in the industry. She also holds a Destination Specialist designation for Alaska, the Caribbean, Hawaii, Southern Europe and European Culture & Heritage from The Travel Institute. Carol has successfully completed the College of Disney Knowledge and is a Disney Specialist. She enjoys sun and sand and has completed Aruba's ACE program, the Aussie program, and Hawaii Ke Kula.

Carol is also a graduate of The Globus Family of Brands MBA program, specializing in their Monograms Independent Travel product. she has also completed The Globus Tour Expert program and Avalon program. Carol is located at Central Travel's Holland, OH office.

Expert Bio

As you might expect, Carol has traveled extensively visiting Aruba, Hawaii, Italy, Las Vegas, Nassau, Punta Cana and Walt Disney World many times. She thoroughly enjoys the sun and sand in Mexico and has visited Los Cabos, Cancun, and the Riviera Maya numerous times. Her favorites in the Riviera Maya are the Karisma Resorts, specifically the Eldorado Casitas Royal. Carol enjoys cruising and has visited Alaska on the Sun Princess, the Caribbean with Carnival and Royal Caribbean, Hawaii with NCL, and the French and Italian Riviera with Azamara Club Cruises. She has also experienced Oceania Cruises.


RIU ArubaWe celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary at Riu Palace Antilles located on Palm Beach. Our room was located on the 10th floor, partial ocean view room. The room was nice and spacious but the bathroom could use a little updating.

The food was excellent! They have 3 ala carte’s that you don’t have to make reservations for. They open at 6:30pm until 9:00pm. We did get shut out of the Steakhouse. We didn’t arrive early enough; they were booked for the entire evening. We were able to get into the Krystal (European fusion) which was excellent with great service. The buffets were also very good, many choices. They also offer 24 hours room service.

The Riu is in a great location with an excellent beach for walking. We were close to the DePalm pier which has a great bar/restaurant and several cute little shops. There are also shops all along the beach in that area. We made a trip to downtown Oranjestad for more shopping.

The excursion we booked was the DePalm’s Palm Pleasure Sunset Sail. They serve appetizers and have a full open bar. Really great was to see the coast and of course, the sunset. Cost is $79.00 per person. A good time was had by all!

We didn’t go to any of the shows the resort has to offer. There was entertainment all throughout the resort at night. One night at the buffet, there was a pianist/singer. In the lobby area, there are singers and small musical bands. On Sunday nights, they have a “White Party” on the beach.

There are 2 pools, one with a swim up bar. The other is larger and where all of the sport activities are. Both are pretty noisy. If you wanted a more quite place, go to the beach. The beach is very large with lots of Palapas.

WiFi is available throughout the resort.

The weather was excellent and usually is in Aruba! It was mostly sunny every day and no rain even though November is their rainy season. Temperatures were in the high 80’s, low 90’s. It’s a lovely Caribbean destination.

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