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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


16 Nights Panama Canal Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Volendam
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: San Diego, CA
Duration: 16 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Willemstad, Curacao Island; Aruba Island; Enter Panama Canal Cristobal; Exit Panama Canal Balboa; Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica; Corinto, Nicaragua; Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala; Huatulco, Mexico; Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; San Diego, California
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
December 18, 2018 $1,799 $1,949 $5,042 N/A Volendam December 18, 2018
14 Nights Southern Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Caribbean Princess
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 14 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, USA; St. John's, Antigua; Saint Kitts Island; Martinique, Faroe Islands; Bridgetown, Barbados; Trinidad, Trinidad/Tobago; Curacao, Antilles; Aruba Island; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
December 19, 2018 $1,348 $1,598 $2,098 $3,638 Caribbean Princess December 19, 2018
January 26, 2019 $1,098 $1,378 $1,998 $2,598 Caribbean Princess January 26, 2019
12 Nights Southern Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Serenade of the Seas
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 12 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Cruising; St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, USA; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; St. John's, Antigua; Cruising; Aruba Island; Willemstad, Curacao Island; Kralendijk, Island of Bonaire; Cruising; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
December 21, 2018 N/A N/A $4,242 $5,427 Serenade of the Seas December 21, 2018
9 Nights Southern Caribbean Cruise From Miami, FL
Ship: Navigator of the Seas
Departure: Miami, FL
Arrival: Miami, FL
Duration: 9 Nights
Ports: Miami, Florida; Cruising; Labadee Private Resort, Haiti; Cruising; Aruba Island; Willemstad, Curacao Island; Kralendijk, Island of Bonaire; Cruising; Miami, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
December 21, 2018 $1,644 $1,829 $2,142 N/A Navigator of the Seas December 21, 2018
March 1, 2019 $1,074 $1,455 $1,950 $4,330 Navigator of the Seas March 1, 2019
March 29, 2019 $969 $1,249 $1,996 $2,290 Navigator of the Seas March 29, 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
December 22, 2018 N/A $1,259 N/A $2,536 Carnival Conquest December 22, 2018
January 5, 2019 $809 $909 $1,344 N/A Carnival Conquest January 5, 2019
February 2, 2019 $779 $1,039 N/A N/A Carnival Conquest February 2, 2019
March 30, 2019 $809 $1,009 $1,409 $1,969 Carnival Conquest March 30, 2019
April 27, 2019 $894 $1,069 N/A $2,024 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
December 23, 2018 $1,178 $1,607 $2,035 N/A Freedom of the Seas December 23, 2018
January 13, 2019 $786 $976 $1,657 $2,632 Freedom of the Seas January 13, 2019
February 3, 2019 $857 $1,207 $1,997 $5,492 Freedom of the Seas February 3, 2019
February 24, 2019 $1,110 $1,328 $2,070 $2,795 Freedom of the Seas February 24, 2019
March 17, 2019 $732 $892 $2,594 $2,967 Freedom of the Seas March 17, 2019
April 7, 2019 $818 $879 $1,228 $1,999 Freedom of the Seas April 7, 2019
April 28, 2019 $674 $755 $1,163 $2,084 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
December 29, 2018 $1,424 $1,734 $2,189 N/A Carnival Horizon December 29, 2018
January 12, 2019 $1,019 $1,184 $1,424 $2,414 Carnival Horizon January 12, 2019
February 9, 2019 $1,009 $1,219 $1,579 $2,639 Carnival Horizon February 9, 2019
March 9, 2019 $1,099 $1,249 $1,559 $3,014 Carnival Horizon March 9, 2019
April 6, 2019 $919 $1,099 $1,389 $2,217 Carnival Horizon April 6, 2019
May 4, 2019 $1,014 $1,224 $1,519 $2,639 Carnival Horizon May 4, 2019
May 18, 2019 $1,069 N/A $1,554 $2,694 Carnival Horizon May 18, 2019
June 1, 2019 N/A N/A $2,078 $2,859 Carnival Horizon June 1, 2019
June 15, 2019 $1,234 $1,650 $2,609 $3,224 Carnival Horizon June 15, 2019
June 29, 2019 $1,249 $1,484 $1,944 $3,109 Carnival Horizon June 29, 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; Kralendijk, Island of Bonaire; Cruising; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; San Juan, Puerto Rico
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
December 30, 2018 $2,167 $2,453 $2,620 $3,963 Freedom of the Seas December 30, 2018
January 20, 2019 $1,024 $1,596 $2,581 $3,552 Freedom of the Seas January 20, 2019
February 10, 2019 $1,304 $1,639 $2,505 $4,536 Freedom of the Seas February 10, 2019
April 14, 2019 $870 $1,093 $1,347 $2,390 Freedom of the Seas April 14, 2019
18 Nights Panama Canal Cruise From New York, NY
Ship: Norwegian Gem
Departure: New York, NY
Arrival: Los Angeles, CA
Duration: 18 Nights
Ports: New York, NY; Willemstad, Curacao Island; Aruba Island; Santa Marta; Cartagena; Puntarenas; Corinto; Puerto Quetzal; Manzanillo; Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; Los Angeles, California
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
January 2, 2019 $849 $1,149 $1,899 $2,199 Norwegian Gem January 2, 2019
80 Nights South American Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Prinsendam
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 80 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Santa Marta, Colombia; San Blas Islands, Panama; Fuerte Amador, Panama; Exit Panama Canal Balboa; Enter Panama Canal Cristobal; Fuerte Amador, Panama; Manta, Ecuador; Salaverry (Trujillo), Peru; Lima (Callao), Peru; Mantarini, Peru; Iquique, Chile; Antofagasta, Chile; San Antonio (Santiago), Chile; Isla Robinson Crusoe, Chile; Castro, Isla Chiloe, Chile; Puerto Chacabuco, Chile; Punta Arenas, Chile; Ushuaia, Argentina; Antarctic Experience; Grytviken, South Georgia; Pt. Stanley, Falkland Islands; Puerto Madryn, Argentina; Punta Del Este, Uruguay; Montevideo, Uruguay; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Santos, Brazil; Ilhabela (Sao Sabastiao),Brazil; Rio De Janeiro, Brazil; Ilheus, Brazil; Recife, Brazil; Fortaleza, Brazil; Belem, Brazil; Santarem, Brazil; Boca Da Valeria, Brazil; Manaus, Brazil; Parintins, Brazil; Alter Do Chao, Brazil; Devil's Island, French Guiana; Bridgetown, Barbados; Port Elizabeth, Saint Vincent And T; Willemstad, Curacao Island; Aruba Island; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
January 4, 2019 $15,999 $16,999 $26,399 $35,499 Prinsendam January 4, 2019

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