Historians still contend over which European adventurer first spied the largest island in the former Netherlands Antilles. Some historians claim the honor for Alonzo de Ojeda; other historians champion Amerigo Vespucci. Little does it matter; today's travelers are content to bask beneath sunny skies cooled by the trade winds. Lying some 40 miles off Venezuela, Curaçao boasts a landscape that is dramatic, stark, and volcanic. In contrast, Willemstad, the capital, seems a cozy Dutch haven with its neat row houses. And while those gabled and tiled roofs illustrate the island's heritage, the bright, pastel houses speak pure Caribbean. Islanders themselves reflect this same colorful contrast: over 50 different nationalities have come to call Curaçao their home.
This charming capital city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Boasting a rich and diverse history and culture, its traditional Dutch architecture has been infused with the color and spirit of the Caribbean.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site and the most important of the island's eight forts, it is now home to the Governor's Palace, a 1769 Dutch Reformed Church, and a cannonball forever embedded in the southwest wall.
Queen Emma Pontoon Bridge
Constructed in 1888, and nicknamed the "Swinging Old Lady," this bridge swings open to allow ships to access the bay. Recently restored, it connects the Punda and Otrobanda districts.
Curaçao's parks are unforgettable, from the diverse flora and fauna of Christoffel National Park, to the caverns and majestic sea cliffs of Boka Tabla.
Once a hiding place for escaped slaves, these historic caves formed out of limestone cliffs are still evolving. Tour the underground caverns and view massive stalactites and ancient cave drawings.
Experience a unique opportunity to get up-close and personal with these fascinating birds. A safari truck takes you through the corrals where you can touch and feed these feathered friends.
Descend into the tranquil Caribbean waters of Caracas Bay where the nearly 50-year-old Sunken Tugboat, a popular underwater treasure, and a variety of unusual crustaceans and colorful fish await.
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Sea Aquarium Beach Break
5 hours | Curacao | CUR-280
Fun in the sun awaits on this relaxing excursion to one of Curaçao's premier beaches. Refreshing waters, sugar sand, and a variety of amenities await you; plus, you're right next door to the Sea Aquarium if you'd like to visit this fantastic venue independently (entrance fee required). Board your air-conditioned transportation bus for a scenic drive to Sea Aquarium beach, where a refreshing fruit punch is served upon arrival and a complimentary lounge chair is waiting on the sand. Beachside vendors have a variety of water toys that you can rent. You'll find a number of restaurants and shops along the sand line. The famed Sea Aquarium is next door. This complex houses dramatic ocean displays, a variety of marine life, animal shows, touch tanks, and a glass-bottom boat in the lagoon surrounded by the ocean's fascinating inhabitants. You can visit the attraction independently before your transportation departs for the ship.
Explore colorful Willemstad on a narrated 2.5-hour island tour that includes visits to several local highlights. Board a motorcoach at the pier and set out on a scenic drive through the Otrobanda section of Willemstad. Glimpse St. Anna Bay, pass the 19th-century Rif Fort and the Queen Emma floating pontoon bridge, and cross over Queen Juliana Bridge for magical views of the capital's candy-colored buildings. Pause at Chobolobo Estate, where the island's famed Blue Curacao liqueur is produced, and tour the distillery. You will have an opportunity to sample the liqueur and purchase a souvenir bottle to take home. Continue your drive through the eastern part of the island and visit an aloe vera farm where you'll learn about healthy aloe products. Your final stop is Chichi's Workshop, where handmade sculptures are brightly painted by the local women. Conclude with a short drive through Punda, the oldest area of Willemstad, before returning to the ship.
All aboard! The trolley train is taking off for a delightful tour of colorful Willemstad, one of the six UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Caribbean. Begin in the district of Scharloo, once a residential community of charming homes built in the 1800s. Marvel at the Bolo di Bruit, known as the "wedding cake house" and the city's most photographed building. Continue to the Pietermaai Cathedral, the largest and most impressive on the island, and pass the floating market, where Venezuelan merchants sell fish and vegetables directly from their boats. In the distance, get a glimpse of the Mikve Israel Emmanuel Synagogue, the oldest synagogue in continuous use in the Western Hemisphere. Your final tour stop is Fort Amsterdam, strategically built in 1635 to guard the vital entrance to the harbor from enemy ships. You have the option to stay in town at the completion of the tour for independent sightseeing.
On the Sunset Harbor Tour there is something for every taste and every age: culturally valuable information, unique views, open bar, a delicious cheese platter and a variation of snacks. Upstairs you will enjoy the Cultural Tour rich in information about the historic area of Willemstad's inner city and its natural harbor, a UNESCO World Heritage Protected Site. Downstairs you will enjoy the Happy Hour Live Music Tour where you can unwind and enjoy amazing views of Curacao's natural harbor, the historic inner city of Punda and Otrobanda as well as the two world renowned bridges: the Queen Emma Floating Pontoon Bridge or Swinging Old Lady and the Majestic and imposing Queen Juliana Bridge.
Curacao's island splendor takes on a new and personal meaning when you explore its history and natural gifts. One of the stops is at the Chobolobo Estate, where the island's famed Blue Curacao liqueur is produced, and tour the distillery. You will have an opportunity to sample the liqueur and purchase a souvenir bottle to take home. Continue your drive through the eastern part of the island and visit an aloe Vera farm, learning about healthy aloe products. A group of local artists, artisans, craftsmen and historians have joined forces to form the Nos Kos (Our Thing) initiative. Their artwork is sold at a pop-up market in Leyba Park. Admire the work and feel free to purchase a memento if you wish. Conclude with a drive through the city center of Willemstad on a panoramic sightseeing tour. Glimpse St. Anna Bay, pass the 19th-century Rif Fort and the Queen Emma floating pontoon bridge, and cross over Queen Juliana Bridge for magical views of the capital's candy-colored buildings. Return to port after this tasty and scenic day.
Explore the wonders of Curaçao on a narrated walking tour that takes you from the underground depths of Hato Caves to the lively downtown center for a guided city stroll. Board your transportation for a short drive to the impressive Hato Caves. Join a knowledgeable guide for a walking tour through the dramatic, underground limestone grotto. Then, continue with a scenic drive back to Willemstad for a walking tour through the colorful downtown area. Peruse the unique floating marketplace, so called because products are sold directly from boats. Next, view Fort Amsterdam, a World Heritage Site, strategically built in 1635 to guard the entrance to the harbor. End your tour by crossing the Queen Emma Bridge, which is supported by 16 pontoons. At the end of your tour, you may stay in town for independent sightseeing.
The tour passes through Otrabanda the residential area of the capital Willemstad, where you are able to see the St Anna bay which is the bay that divides the capital into 2 parts. Passing along the Riffort, the Floating pontoon bridge and going over the Queen Juliana Bridge to our first stop at Fort Nassau. At Fort Nassau guests will make a short walk on top of the roof to experience a 360 degree breathtaking view of Willemstad and surroundings. After our stop at the Fort Nassau we will be driving through Scharloo with its beautiful and colorful old Jewish Mansion to Mambo Boulevard. At the boulevard guests will receive a welcome drink at Bikinis Sport Bar Terrace, to enjoy a multi-cultural Folkloric show dance performed by our local dancers. Next will be a short ride through the area of Salina back to the ship.
Explore the colorful sights of Willemstad on a narrated four-hour island tour that sets off from port to Otrabanda, showcasing many of Curacao's World Heritage monuments. Glimpse St. Anna Bay, which divides the capital into two sections, pass the 19th-century Rif Fort and the Queen Emma floating pontoon bridge, and cross over Queen Juliana Bridge for magical views of the capital's candy-colored buildings. Pause for a tour at Chobolobo Estate, where the island's Blue Curacao Liqueur is produced, then head to the eastern part of the island along the rocky shores of Spanish Waters and the cliffs of Caracas Bay. Arrive at Mambo Beach and enjoy two hours of fun at this sandy beach with amenities, restaurants and proximity to the boulevard's exclusive shops. Wear your swimsuit and bring a towel! Return on a pleasant ride back to port.
Celebrate the island's spectacular natural beauty on a guided tour through Curaçao's dramatic, volcanic west coast. The first stop is at an old labor house and museum where the local guide will explain in an entertaining and unforgettable way about living on the island in the past. The second stop is Boka Tabla, one of the area's national parks, where the sea has carved a natural arch out of the volcanic coastline and the surf crashes on the wild rock formations. Continue to West Point for scenic views over the Caribbean Sea at Playa Forti. Continue to Knip Beach, considered the most beautiful on the island. On your return drive, you might be lucky enough to spot pink flamingos along the salt lakes of Jan Kok. At the conclusion of your tour, a scenic drive brings you back through Willemstad to the port.
A comprehensive tour of Curaçao takes you from the colorful sights of Willemstad to the dramatic countryside landscape and includes a number of popular attractions. Begin at the Curaçao Museum in Otrobanda. Founded in 1946 and housed in a colonial-style building dating back to the 1800s, the museum showcases contemporary and traditional art from both local and international artists. Then, drive through the island's north side for a unique glimpse at the stark landscape, flamingos and traditional villages. Arrive at Hato Caves for a walking tour of the dramatic underground grottos. Marvel at the imposing stalactites and stalagmites and the underground waterfalls. Cross the Queen Juliana Bridge, one of the highest bridges in the Caribbean, for panoramic views, then visit Chobolobo, the Dutch colonial mansion where the famous Curaçao liqueur is distilled. Tour the grounds, sample the liqueur, and purchase bottles. Upon return, you may remain in town for independent sightseeing.
Fun in the Sun! An approximately 35 minutes scenic drive leads off this adventure, giving you ample time to see the sights of Curacao. Wear your swimsuit under your clothes and bring water shoes if you have them so that upon arrival at the beach you are ready to hit the sand and inviting waters. The bus will cruise along the western side of the island, and your knowledgeable guide will impart the island's history and lore as you take in the historic plantation houses, salt flats studded with flamingos, stretches of beautiful natural landscapes and a smattering of landmarks. Your destination is an unspoiled west-side beach where you can relax on the white sand, swim and partake of the easy-access snorkeling right from the beach over a colorful coral reef marveling at the under-the-sea marine life. After time spent beachcombing and photographing the pretty surroundings, hop back aboard the bus for the short ride back to port.
Experience the wonders of Curaçao by land and sea on an excursion that features a semi-submarine and a guided tour of several of Curaçao's highlights. Drive through the Otrobanda district to the Seaworld Explorer. This state-of-the-art semi-submarine remains above sea level all the time but accommodates passengers in a viewing hull five feet below the water's surface. Huge glass windows provide breathtaking views of the many varieties of coral and brightly colored fish. Back on land, cross the Queen Juliana Bridge, the highest bridge in the Caribbean at 185 feet above sea level, for panoramic views of the city and harbor. Your tour continues with a stop at Chobolobo, the Dutch colonial mansion where the famous Curaçao liqueur is distilled. Take a guided tour and sample the liqueur, distilled in 100-year-old barrels. Upon return to port, you may remain in town for independent sightseeing.
Experience a unique opportunity to get up close to the ostrich, the world's largest living species of bird. A safari jeep takes you through the farm of more than 600 ostriches, where you can feed and touch these giant birds. If you're lucky, you might even witness the hatching of a baby ostrich! Next, travel to Chichi's, a gallery of crafts and collectibles. See iconic sculptures in full-figured forms painted in bright colors by the local women. Every sculpture is a unique and wonderful cultural souvenir of Curaçao. Afterwards, head into the city center and see its many brightly painted buildings. Drive through the Scharlooweg, a residential area built centuries ago. Today, these magnificent restored mansions comprise a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From here, you'll transfer to the ship.
It's not hard to take it easy in Curacao. Picture-perfect landscapes, azure water that changes hue with every sea breeze, and an Old World UNESCO Site surrounded by pastel-colored colonial architecture are just a few reasons why this laid-back gem is a pleasure to explore. Enjoy it all with this combo tour that begins with a sightseeing tour through Willemstad. Dating back to 1634, the city's historic heart is lined with pretty Dutch buildings that give this Caribbean island an Old World feel. A drive out of the city takes you to the Caves of Hato for a guided walk past the beautiful stalagmites and stalactites. Back in the sunshine, you can kick off your shoes and kick back with free time at the beach. Relax on a chaise lounge, hang at the beach bar or swim in the amazingly blue water before returning to the ship.
Celebrate Curacao's night life with a cocktail tour of some of the best happy hour spots on the island. Led by a friendly and informative host, the tour visits a trio of local legends where you can soak up Curacao's laid-back attitude, enjoy good music and mingle elbow to elbow with the locals. As you go from place to place, your evening host will keep you entertained sharing some fun facts about Curacao and the island way of life. From the pier, you'll travel by bus and on foot to three unique bars. At each stop, you'll be served one signature local drink including in total two cocktails and one local beer or wine. Along the way, you'll stop for photos at the iconic Dushi & Curacao sign and back on the bus, you'll be treated to two local drinks. At the evening's conclusion, you'll return to the ship.
Your three-and-a-half hour excursion begins as you board your air-conditioned transportation and travel to Jan Sofat, one of Curaçao's most upscale neighborhoods. Here, you'll transfer to the Miss Ann boat and cruise to Caracas Bay, home to the Sunken Tugboat. After a safety briefing with your experienced guide, you'll put on the provided snorkel gear and descend into the calm waters. Resting in just 17 feet of water the tugboat is completely covered in coral and surrounded by tropical fish. After about an hour-and-a-half, you'll surface and climb back aboard the Miss Ann. Sit back and relax with a glass of punch as your vessel takes a scenic route along Curaçao's Gold Coast. At the end of your cruise, you'll return to Jan Sofat and your waiting transportation, which will return you back to the pier.
Spend a full day discovering Curacao. Board your transportation and drive to the Hato Caves. Enter the limestone grottos and marvel at the imposing stalactites and stalagmites, which produce unusual shadows. Then, drive to Willemstad and begin a walking tour of Willemstad's colorful downtown area. Visit the lively outdoor floating market, view Fort Amsterdam, and walk across the Queen Emma floating bridge. Pause for lunch on the ship, then reboard your transportation for a narrated drive to the west coast countryside. First, visit the Old Labor House and museum, where your local guide will explain in an entertaining and unforgettable way about living on the island in the past. Stop at Boka Tabla, one of the island's national parks, then continue to West Point for views of the Caribbean Sea at Playa Forti. Next, explore Knip Beach, one of the most beautiful on the island. On your return, you might spot a flamingo along the salt lake of Jan Kok. Return to port.
Ultimate Island, Beach & Turtle Snorkel with Lunch
6 hours | Curacao | CUR-825
It may be hard to believe that this lovely Dutch Caribbean Island, which measures a mere four miles across, could tuck so many surprises into such a small space. Discover some of these amazing and best hidden spots of the west side of the island during this all-day adventure. Your scenic drive stops at a nature reserve for a light hike and a chance to take in the incredible views of wild waves crashing into the natural coves. Next, you'll visit the island's famous West Point beach and Lagun, an authentic fisherman's village. Stroll the beach or join the guide for a swim in the bay (keep your eyes open for wild sea turtles!). Back on dry land, you'll continue on to Knip, one of Curacao's most beautiful beaches for a picnic lunch. On the return trip to the ship, you'll stop at the salt flats, home to pink flamingos.
Play, splash and get a kiss from a resident dolphin at the Curaçao Dolphin Academy. Your Dolphin Encounter offers a uniquely designed program that allows guests to interact with these naturally playful creatures from a waist-high submerged platform in a relaxed and interactive environment. No swimming is required. This three hour day begins when you arrive at the Curaçao Sea Aquarium, a marine animal park and educational venue where guests can deepen their appreciation of these frolicking mammals of the sea. Meet a professional trainer and learn more about the behaviors of the more than 20 bottlenose dolphins in residence, renowned for their intelligence, playfulness and outgoing personality. Watch the dolphins perform tricks and eagerly splash and jump around for you. Then, wade into the warm water of the Caribbean Sea yourself and gently pet and even get a kiss of the dolphin. A professional photographer is on hand to capture the moment. Bid good-bye to your new friends at the end of this splashing-good time! After your program you'll have time to visit the Sea Aquarium park where you can watch a Sea Lion Training demonstration, a Dolphin training Demonstration, watch a shark or Flamingo feeding or join the Aquarium tour.
The wilds of Curaçao beckon, and this off-road buggy tour does not disappoint. Travel caravan style on a guided tour with photo stops to three of the island's most popular attractions. With the wind in your hair, traverse the island's northeast shore to the blowhole at Watamula. Located at the edge of the sea, this geologic wonder creates quite a show! Then, it's off to the Indian Caves. Carved deep within the cliffs are a string of caverns where a formation of ancient rock can be seen. Then, conclude the day with a stop the local ostrich farm! Here, you will have an ostrich presentation, a refreshment and a chance to use the restrooms. At the end of this scenic and fun filled tour, return to port.
Swim with dolphins in this unforgettable adventure that puts you face to face with these lovable mammals of the sea. Your destination is the Curaçao Dolphin Academy, located at the expansive Curaçao Sea Aquarium marine animal park. Upon arrival, store your belongings and camera in a locker and participate in a safety briefing. Meet your dolphin trainer and learn how to interact with these friendly bottlenose dolphins. Spend time getting to know them and discover the joy of swimming and interacting with these graceful creatures. A professional photographer is available to capture that classic memento. As you swim the dolphins will join and allow gentle petting and interaction. You will also give them some hand signals to which the will sing, spin, wave and much more…At the end of the program you'll also have the opportunity to watch the dolphins below the surface! Say good-bye to your "flippered" friends, purchase photos of your experience and return to port with wonderful memories of the day.