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About Aruba

Talcum-soft beaches, world class shopping, glitzy casinos, stunning sea views and tracts of desert landscape scattered with giant boulders and exotic cacti are all yours to enjoy when you visit popular Aruba, jewel of the 'deep' Caribbean.

And you will find most of these attractions without straying far from the capital and cruise port, Oranjestad, a waterfront city endowed with a cosmopolitan population - of Portuguese, Spanish, Venezuelan, Indian, Pakistani and African as well as Dutch origin.

This cultural mix makes Oranjestad heaven for adventurous foodies and a great place to `shop the world' as you can pick up Delft china, Dutch cheese, Danish silverware and Madeiran embroidery at low prices.

For local colour, visit Schooner Harbour, which is crammed with brightly painted boats and craft stalls, and Willemstad, famed for its 16th century Dutch houses.

And water babies will love Eagle Beach, Palm Beach and Baby Beach, all a short distance from the port.

 

Shore excursions in Aruba

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Aruba Highlights

Activity medium

Duration: 3½ hours

Take in the scenic delights of this unusual island and see the unique features of Aruba.

Enjoy a scenic drive along Eagle Beach, past the resort hotels to the oldest lighthouse on the island – the California Lighthouse. From here you can admire great views of the island. See the Alto Vista Chapel, where Spanish missionaries are said to have converted the island’s Indians into Christians in 1560.

The route then takes you along the north coast to the Baby Natural Bridge, situated next to the former Natural Bridge, which was Aruba’s premier attraction until its collapse in 2005. This spot demonstrates the powerful forces of the sea, which over the years has carved through coral and limestone.

Your return journey takes you to the Casibari Rock formation, a group of large diorite and granite boulders. Head to the south coast to see the world’s largest water desalination plant before returning to Oranjestad.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by bus and on foot and involves walking over rough and uneven ground. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended. Passengers are advised not to climb on Casibari Rock or the Baby Natural Bridge. The road to the Natural Bridge ruins can be very bumpy. All toilet facilities carry a fee of 1 dollar.

Aruba Sights and Beach

Activity medium

Duration: 4½ hours

Take in the scenic delights of Aruba combined with some time to relax on the beach.

Embark on a scenic drive, passing the resort hotels to Aruba’s oldest lighthouse - the California Lighthouse. From here you can admire great views of the island.

The route then takes you along the north coast to the Baby Natural Bridge, situated next to the former Natural Bridge, which was Aruba’s premier attraction until its collapse in 2005. This spot demonstrates the powerful forces of the sea, which over the years has carved through coral and limestone. Your journey then takes you to the Casibari Rock formation, where the landscape is shaped by a group of large diorite and granite boulders.

To round off your tour, enjoy a visit to one of Aruba’s popular beaches. Here you’ll have around 1½ hours to spend at leisure, before the return drive to Oranjestad.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by bus and on foot. All toilet facilities carry a fee of 1 dollar. This tour involves walking over rough and uneven ground. Flat, comfortable shoes are advised. Passengers are advised not to climb on Casibari Rock or the Baby Natural Bridge. The road to the Natural Bridge can be bumpy. Beach chairs and umbrellas are not included however these can be hired for around 40.00 USD (for 2 beach chairs and 1 umbrella), subject to availability. Please wear swimwear, a towel and sunscreen. There may be independent suppliers on the beach that offer watersports, these are provided by parties unconnected to P&O Cruises. The beach is public and may become busy.

Butterflies and Island Sights

Activity medium

Duration: 3 hours

Visit Aruba’s Butterfly Farm combined with the some of the island’s sights and scenery.

A short drive from the port will take you to Aruba’s Butterfly Farm, one of the island’s top ecological attractions. As you step into the tropical greenhouse garden look out for the many colourful butterfly varieties. You’ll also learn the interesting facts about the species and its life cycle.

Afterwards, your journey will take you to the Ayo Rock Formations, once considered a sacred site by the island’s original inhabitants. Enjoy a walk around the 2 towering boulders, unusual in design.

Your drive will continue along the north coast and on to the Baby Natural Bridge situated next to the former Natural Bridge, which was Aruba’s premier attraction until its collapse in 2005. See how the powerful forces of the sea have over the years carved through coral and limestone. Take time to view this unique spot before the return drive to Oranjestad.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by bus and on foot. This tour involves walking over rough and uneven ground. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended. The Ayo Rock has a small passage way and uneven steps with no hand rail, so extra care should be taken. Passengers are advised not to climb on Ayo Rock or the Baby Natural Bridge. The road to the Natural Bridge ruins can be very bumpy. There is a charge of 50 cents to 1 dollar for use of toilet facilities at the Natural Baby Bridge.

Catamaran Sail and Snorkel

Activity highRefreshments included

Duration: 3½ hours

A wonderful way to experience the beauty of Aruba’s coastline, this is the perfect combination of sailing and snorkelling, visiting 2 beautiful sites.

Relax aboard your sleek catamaran as you sail to your first snorkel site, the Boca Catalina reef. This shallow reef, around 15 feet deep and located in a secluded white sandy bay, is home to a variety of tropical fish and is great for both novice and experienced snorkelers.

Your next stop is the famous Antilla shipwreck, a remnant of World War II. Laying on her side in 60 feet of water and partially exposed, the Antilla is one of the Caribbean’s largest shipwrecks. Corals and tube sponges have colonised the wreck, which attracts many different species of colourful fish.

After snorkelling, enjoy a relaxing sail back to your ship with unlimited rum punch, juices, and sodas, whilst enjoying the scenic view of Aruba’s West coast line.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by catamaran. All snorkel equipment is included. Participants must be competent swimmers. Children under 8 may not participate. Passengers are reminded to wear swimwear, take a towel and sunscreen. Please refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages prior to swimming.

De Palm Island

Activity mediumMeal included

Duration: 6 hours

The perfect place to visit to enjoy some sun, sea and sand.

After a short bus and ferry ride, you’ll arrive at De Palm Island. Here, you’ll receive a brief orientation of the facilities.

The time on the island is yours to do as you please. Enjoy a refreshing swim, take a leisurely stroll or simply relax on the beach. For those who want to discover Aruba’s marine life and corals, immerse yourself in the clear waters and enjoy some snorkelling. At De Palm Island you’ll also find several small water slides and a number of other fun activities to enjoy.

During your stay, a local style buffet lunch and an open bar will be on offer.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by bus and ferry. The water-park at De Palm Island will be closed for maintenance from November 28th 2018 – December 16th 2018. Areas of De Palm Island are man-made. Passengers must be competent swimmers. Please refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages prior to any water activities. Children should be over 8 years to participate in water activities. There may be some on site activities that incur an additional cost, these are payable locally. Snorkel equipment is included. Water shoes are advised. Passengers are reminded to take swimwear, a towel and sunscreen with them.

 

A selection of cruises to Aruba

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