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Aruba Island (scroll down for cruise itineraries)

 
Introduction

The very word Aruba conjures up visions of paradise in people's minds. And it's no wonder, since this fascinating island in the southernmost part of the Caribbean has long attracted visitors to its sparkling white sand beaches. One of the most popular cruise stops in the region, Aruba dazzles with its historical architecture, secluded seaside resort villages and the friendliness of the native inhabitants. Renowned nightlife, spectacular shopping and, most of all, the feeling that you are truly in a timeless world of unlimited pleasure opportunities makes Aruba an amazing place for those who want the very best in tropical entertainment.

Where the Ship Docks

Cruise vessels arrive in the capital city of Oranjestad and anchor at a modern port facility directly in front of the central business district. The terminal is complete with information centers, souvenir shops and interactive kiosks, and there is a well-defined taxi area outside the facility. Many of the historical downtown buildings, restaurants and bars are located on the main avenues running from the waterfront to the center of the town.

What to See and Do

Most people come here for the beaches and the fine weather, and there is no denying that Aruba exceeds expectations on both fronts. The climate is very mild, with ever so slight temperature variations throughout the year. The island receives less than 20 inches of annual rainfall, far less than many of the other well-known islands in the Caribbean, therefore enjoying the sun and surf is virtually guaranteed. The famous Eagle Beach is the longest stretch of white sand on the entire island and is a favorite of both locals and visitors. Only a 10 minute taxi ride from the cruise terminal, it can be crowded, but the gentle surf and multitude of nearby shops makes it a must stop while visiting the island. Families with kids will love the Butterfly Farm located nearby. Palm Beach is another popular getaway for an afternoon, featuring snorkeling and scuba lessons, a wide variety of snack shops and also a number of resort casinos. The Royal Plaza and Seaport Village Mall, directly adjacent to the cruise docks, offer the best mix of souvenir and jewelry shopping in the city of Oranjestad. Along the downtown waterfront, visitors will marvel at the Dutch Colonial architecture, and for those wanting a bit of the out-of-town adventure, check out the famous California lighthouse, located on the extreme northwest cape and offering some of the best dune surfing on the island.

Eating/Drinking

On L.G. Smith Boulevard visitors flock to the Pinchos Grill and Bar, one of the most popular late night eateries in Oranjestad. While at Palm Beach, many visitors will enjoy lunch at the Pelican Grill, located on an extended pier and serving up delicious seafood platters. At the Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort (at 252 J.E. Irausquin Blvd.) is the highly recommended Passions on the Beach restaurant, which is noted for its beautifully decorated seating, grilled fish and never-ending samplers.

Getting Around

If coming ashore from the cruise ship, walking is the preferred method for exploring the downtown. Taxis are affordable and can take visitors to all the popular beaches and casinos. Public bus service connects Oranjestad to all the other communities on the island and is a great way to see the outlying terrain. Rental cars can be reserved before the cruise and there are pickup services right at the cruise terminal.

Miscellaneous But Important

Dutch is considered the native language of Aruba, but most of the locals speak English fluently. The currency unit is the Aruban florin, and there are plenty of banks and ATMs for exchanging and withdrawing. Most of the larger hotels have Internet cafes and easy long distance calling operations. The Royal Plaza Mall has the largest Internet cafe on the island, just a few blocks from the cruise terminal.

 
The famous Eagle Beach with its long stretches of beautiful white sand.

The famous Eagle Beach with its long stretches of beautiful white sand.


Oranjestad is the capital and the biggest community of the Aruba.

Oranjestad is the capital and the biggest community of the Aruba.


The California lighthouse - an eye-catching scene a bit outside of Oranjestad.

The California lighthouse - an eye-catching scene a bit outside of Oranjestad.


The Royal Plaza is a favorite place for shopping and dining.

The Royal Plaza is a favorite place for shopping and dining.

 

Cruises to Aruba Island


15 Nights Panama Canal Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Pacific Princess
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Los Angeles, CA
Duration: 15 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Aruba Island; Panama Canal, Panama; Puerto Quepos, Costa Rica; Huatulco, Mexico; Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; Los Angeles, California
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
April 27, 2019 $1,163 $1,163 $1,366 $3,659 Pacific Princess April 27, 2019
8 Nights Southern Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Carnival Conquest
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 8 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Princess Cays, the Bahamas; Grand Turk Island; Curacao; Aruba Island; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
April 27, 2019 N/A $1,169 N/A N/A Carnival Conquest April 27, 2019
7 Nights Southern Caribbean Cruise From San Juan, PR
Ship: Freedom of the Seas
Departure: San Juan, PR
Arrival: San Juan, PR
Duration: 7 Nights
Ports: San Juan, Puerto Rico; Cruising; Willemstad, Curacao Island; Aruba Island; Cruising; Saint Kitts Island; St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, USA; San Juan, Puerto Rico
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
April 28, 2019 $978 $1,077 $1,306 $2,821 Freedom of the Seas April 28, 2019
8 Nights Southern Caribbean Cruise From Miami, FL
Ship: Carnival Horizon
Departure: Miami, FL
Arrival: Miami, FL
Duration: 8 Nights
Ports: Miami, Florida; Grand Turk Island; La Romana (Casa de Campo); Curacao; Aruba Island; Miami, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
May 4, 2019 $1,119 N/A $1,772 $2,360 Carnival Horizon May 4, 2019
May 18, 2019 N/A $1,476 $1,739 $2,714 Carnival Horizon May 18, 2019
June 1, 2019 $1,249 $1,494 $2,754 $2,824 Carnival Horizon June 1, 2019
June 15, 2019 $1,409 N/A $2,444 $2,749 Carnival Horizon June 15, 2019
June 29, 2019 $1,399 N/A $2,004 $2,904 Carnival Horizon June 29, 2019
July 13, 2019 N/A $1,574 $2,044 $2,851 Carnival Horizon July 13, 2019
July 27, 2019 N/A N/A $1,994 $2,699 Carnival Horizon July 27, 2019
August 10, 2019 $1,259 N/A $1,879 $3,394 Carnival Horizon August 10, 2019
August 24, 2019 N/A $1,259 $2,554 N/A Carnival Horizon August 24, 2019
September 7, 2019 $909 $1,128 $1,864 $2,014 Carnival Horizon September 7, 2019
7 Nights Southern Caribbean Cruise From San Juan, PR
Ship: Freedom of the Seas
Departure: San Juan, PR
Arrival: San Juan, PR
Duration: 7 Nights
Ports: San Juan, Puerto Rico; Cruising; Aruba Island; Willemstad, Curacao Island; Kralendijk, Island of Bonaire; Cruising; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; San Juan, Puerto Rico
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
May 5, 2019 $1,176 $1,556 N/A N/A Freedom of the Seas May 5, 2019
May 19, 2019 $1,150 $1,465 N/A $3,476 Freedom of the Seas May 19, 2019
June 2, 2019 $1,116 $1,236 $1,290 $2,427 Freedom of the Seas June 2, 2019
June 16, 2019 $1,323 $1,411 $1,545 $3,711 Freedom of the Seas June 16, 2019
June 30, 2019 $1,236 $1,446 $1,583 N/A Freedom of the Seas June 30, 2019
July 14, 2019 $1,131 $1,268 $1,418 $1,959 Freedom of the Seas July 14, 2019
July 28, 2019 $833 $1,287 $1,259 $2,019 Freedom of the Seas July 28, 2019
August 11, 2019 $839 $1,127 $1,139 $1,810 Freedom of the Seas August 11, 2019
August 25, 2019 $733 $1,016 $1,018 $1,517 Freedom of the Seas August 25, 2019
September 8, 2019 $777 $823 $864 $1,697 Freedom of the Seas September 8, 2019
15 Nights Panama Canal Cruise From Los Angeles, CA
Ship: Pacific Princess
Departure: Los Angeles, CA
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 15 Nights
Ports: Los Angeles, California; Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; Huatulco, Mexico; Puerto Quepos, Costa Rica; Panama Canal, Panama; Aruba Island; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
May 12, 2019 $1,468 $1,468 $2,046 $3,294 Pacific Princess May 12, 2019
8 Nights Southern Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Carnival Magic
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 8 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Grand Turk Island; Aruba Island; Curacao; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
May 25, 2019 N/A N/A N/A $2,404 Carnival Magic May 25, 2019
June 22, 2019 $1,249 $1,479 $1,719 $2,439 Carnival Magic June 22, 2019
July 20, 2019 $1,239 $1,524 $1,839 N/A Carnival Magic July 20, 2019
August 17, 2019 $959 $1,199 $1,339 N/A Carnival Magic August 17, 2019
September 14, 2019 $799 $999 $1,149 $1,799 Carnival Magic September 14, 2019
October 12, 2019 $899 N/A N/A N/A Carnival Magic October 12, 2019
23 Nights Panama Canal Cruise From Vancouver, Canada
Ship: Volendam
Departure: Vancouver, Canada
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 23 Nights
Ports: Vancouver, BC, Canada; Victoria, BC, Canada; Astoria, Oregon; San Francisco, California; San Diego, California; Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; Puerto Chiapas, Mexico; Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala; Corinto, Nicaragua; Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica; Enter Panama Canal Balboa; Exit Panama Canal Cristobal; Aruba Island; Willemstad, Curacao Island; Kralendijk, Island of Bonaire; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
September 25, 2019 $2,899 $2,899 $5,599 $8,799 Volendam September 25, 2019
21 Nights Panama Canal Cruise From Vancouver, Canada
Ship: Nieuw Amsterdam
Departure: Vancouver, Canada
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 21 Nights
Ports: Vancouver, BC, Canada; San Francisco, California; San Diego, California; Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; Huatulco, Mexico; Puerto Chiapas, Mexico; Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala; Corinto, Nicaragua; Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica; Exit Panama Canal Cristobal; Enter Panama Canal Balboa; Aruba Island; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
September 28, 2019 $2,549 $2,749 $3,549 $5,549 Nieuw Amsterdam September 28, 2019
17 Nights Panama Canal Cruise From San Diego, CA
Ship: Volendam
Departure: San Diego, CA
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 17 Nights
Ports: San Diego, California; Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; Puerto Chiapas, Mexico; Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala; Corinto, Nicaragua; Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica; Exit Panama Canal Cristobal; Enter Panama Canal Balboa; Aruba Island; Willemstad, Curacao Island; Kralendijk, Island of Bonaire; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
October 1, 2019 $2,599 $2,599 $5,299 $7,999 Volendam October 1, 2019

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