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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


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
November 1, 2020 $1,143 $1,504 $1,811 $2,764 Freedom of the Seas November 1, 2020
November 15, 2020 $1,397 $1,735 $2,261 $3,603 Freedom of the Seas November 15, 2020
November 29, 2020 $1,224 $1,578 $1,953 $2,636 Freedom of the Seas November 29, 2020
December 13, 2020 $1,142 $1,637 $2,073 $3,228 Freedom of the Seas December 13, 2020
April 4, 2021 $580 $834 $1,016 N/A Freedom of the Seas April 4, 2021
April 18, 2021 $636 $862 $1,002 $1,726 Freedom of the Seas April 18, 2021
10 Nights Caribbean Cruise From Orlando, FL
Ship: Norwegian Sun
Departure: Orlando, FL
Arrival: Orlando, FL
Duration: 10 Nights
Ports: Port Canaveral (Orlando), Florida; Aruba Island; Willemstad, Curacao Island; Kralendijk; Puerto Plata; Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas; Port Canaveral (Orlando), Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
November 1, 2020 $1,249 $1,399 $2,069 $4,789 Norwegian Sun November 1, 2020
14 Nights Southern Caribbean Cruise From Baltimore, MD
Ship: Carnival Pride
Departure: Baltimore, MD
Arrival: Baltimore, MD
Duration: 14 Nights
Ports: Baltimore, Maryland; Grand Turk Island; Aruba Island; Curacao; Bridgetown, Barbados; Saint Lucia Island; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Baltimore, Maryland
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
November 1, 2020 $1,509 $1,619 $1,939 $3,049 Carnival Pride November 1, 2020
14 Nights Panama Canal Cruise From Galveston, TX
Ship: Carnival Freedom
Departure: Galveston, TX
Arrival: Galveston, TX
Duration: 14 Nights
Ports: Galveston, Texas; Ocho Rios, Jamaica; Aruba Island; Bonaire; Cartagena, Colombia; Limon, Costa Rica; Cozumel Island, Mexico; Galveston, Texas
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
November 1, 2020 $1,349 $1,629 $2,699 $4,046 Carnival Freedom November 1, 2020
11 Nights Southern Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Vision of the Seas
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 11 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Cruising; Puerto Limon; Colon, Panama; Cartagena, Colombia; Aruba Island; Willemstad, Curacao Island; Cruising; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
November 2, 2020 $1,265 $1,678 $3,983 $5,217 Vision of the Seas November 2, 2020
November 23, 2020 $1,237 $1,483 $3,052 $4,879 Vision of the Seas November 23, 2020
January 4, 2021 $1,196 $1,305 $2,410 $3,618 Vision of the Seas January 4, 2021
March 29, 2021 $1,199 $1,353 $2,287 $3,534 Vision of the Seas March 29, 2021
11 Nights Caribbean Cruise From Bayonne, NJ
Ship: Adventure of the Seas
Departure: Bayonne, NJ
Arrival: Galveston, TX
Duration: 11 Nights
Ports: Cape Liberty, Bayonne, New Jersey; Cruising; Labadee Private Resort, Haiti; Cruising; Aruba Island; Willemstad, Curacao Island; Cruising; George Town, Cayman Islands; Cruising; Galveston, Texas
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
November 5, 2020 $904 $1,396 $2,099 $4,322 Adventure of the Seas November 5, 2020
16 Nights Central American Cruise From Los Angeles, CA
Ship: Norwegian Bliss
Departure: Los Angeles, CA
Arrival: Miami, FL
Duration: 16 Nights
Ports: Los Angeles, California; Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; Puerto Quetzal; Puerto Caldera (Puntarenas); Cartagena; Santa Marta; Aruba Island; Miami, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
November 6, 2020 $1,719 $2,229 $2,879 $3,179 Norwegian Bliss November 6, 2020
13 Nights Caribbean Cruise From New York, NY
Ship: Norwegian Breakaway
Departure: New York, NY
Arrival: New Orleans, LA
Duration: 13 Nights
Ports: New York, NY; Puerto Plata; Kralendijk; Willemstad, Curacao Island; Aruba Island; Falmouth, Jamaica; George Town, Cayman Islands; Cozumel Island, Mexico; New Orleans, Louisiana
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
November 9, 2020 $1,299 $1,539 $1,929 $2,269 Norwegian Breakaway November 9, 2020
10 Nights Caribbean Cruise From Orlando, FL
Ship: Norwegian Sun
Departure: Orlando, FL
Arrival: Orlando, FL
Duration: 10 Nights
Ports: Port Canaveral (Orlando), Florida; Puerto Plata; Aruba Island; Kralendijk; Willemstad, Curacao Island; Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas; Port Canaveral (Orlando), Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
November 11, 2020 $1,199 $1,349 $1,939 $3,349 Norwegian Sun November 11, 2020
8 Nights Southern Caribbean Cruise From Miami, FL
Ship: Carnival Horizon
Departure: Miami, FL
Arrival: Miami, FL
Duration: 8 Nights
Ports: Miami, Florida; Aruba Island; Curacao; La Romana (Casa de Campo); Amber Cove, Dominican Republic; Miami, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
November 14, 2020 $1,019 $1,119 $1,369 $1,913 Carnival Horizon November 14, 2020
November 28, 2020 $959 $1,079 $1,329 $1,827 Carnival Horizon November 28, 2020
February 20, 2021 $869 $1,079 $1,359 $2,723 Carnival Horizon February 20, 2021
March 20, 2021 $899 $1,109 $1,479 $1,987 Carnival Horizon March 20, 2021
May 15, 2021 $939 $1,189 $1,479 $2,619 Carnival Horizon May 15, 2021
June 26, 2021 $1,169 $1,424 $1,809 N/A Carnival Horizon June 26, 2021
July 24, 2021 $1,159 $1,419 $1,779 $2,714 Carnival Horizon July 24, 2021
August 21, 2021 $909 $1,099 $1,379 $2,409 Carnival Horizon August 21, 2021
October 16, 2021 $809 $1,019 $1,239 $2,009 Carnival Horizon October 16, 2021
November 13, 2021 $799 $969 $1,219 $1,921 Carnival Horizon November 13, 2021

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