Aruba is nothing short of an incredible port city! Located in the Southern Caribbean, it’s one of the most popular tropical ports of call among many cruise lines, as the weather tends to be very beautiful all year long. In addition to the typical beaches and shopping, Aruba just has an overall incredible atmosphere. Whether you’re looking for fun, laid-back activities (such as casinos, theme parks, golf courses, etc.) or something that can broaden your perspectives of the world (museums, ancient ruins, churches, etc.), you’re bound to have the time of your life when spending time here.
A great time to visit Aruba is between April and August, when its weather is its most ideal.
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The following cruise destinations can be visited on a cruise from Aruba. Select a destination to view the upcoming cruises that are available:
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These cruise lines fit (quality and, usually, price-wise) somewhere in between Premium and Luxury cruise lines.
A country club casual atmosphere can be expected on these lines, as can be elegant accommodations and gourmet cuisine. These cruise lines are a great option for adults looking for a upscale, yet laid back, vacation.
Unique itineraries are often available on these cruise lines, as their small-to-mid-sized ships can visit ports of call that large ones can't get to.
The pricing on Azamara Club Cruises includes select beverages and pre-paid gratuities, while the pricing of Viking Ocean Cruises includes shore excursions and select beverages.
These cruise lines offer a truly unique vacation experience, with a wide range of possible amenities and itineraries. Some are expedition cruise lines, others have sailing yachts or are coastal ships.
On these types of cruise lines, there's usually a focus on a specific destination or theme. Itineraries are usually very destination intensive, aided by the fact that they're able to reach many ports of call that larger ships can't.
Expedition cruise lines are a great fit for adventure-seeking travelers, featuring exciting destinations like the Galapagos Islands, Antarctica, and the Norwegian coast. During the cruise, there will usually be plenty of interesting lectures given by experts on the destination being visited. Often, shore excursions are included in the cost of the cruise. In fact, some of these cruise lines have all-inclusive pricing. There's a definite focus on the ship's surrounding scenery, as well as opportunities to view wildlife in their natural habitat. Small, but comfortable, ships are commonplace here, with anywhere from basic to very luxurious public spaces, cuisine, and accommodations (depending on the cruise line and ship).
Sailing Yachts, sail-assisted motor ships, offer a really unique vacation experience. Accommodations and cuisine on these intimate vessels can be anywhere from good to fantastic, depending on the cruise line. Destinations offered by these cruise lines may include the Caribbean, Europe, Panama Canal, Tahiti, and Costa Rica.
These are just a few of the more popular tourist attractions in Aruba, along with a brief description:
Being a tropical island, it’s no wonder that Aruba is home to many beautiful beaches! If you’re looking to have some fun in the sun before or after your cruise, you’re in the right place. Eagle Beach is Aruba’s most popular waterfront, where you can try your hand at fun watersports such as parasailing, water skiing, snorkeling, kayaking, and more. Another popular public beach is Baby Beach, featuring a shallow lagoon that’s perfect for small children (as indicated by its name). Among some of Aruba’s other fabulous beaches are Palm Island, Arashi Beach, Boca Catalina Beach, Mangel Halto, Malmok Beach, and Druif Beach. The majority of Aruba’s beaches have crystal-clear turquoise water, which also makes them very good locations for snorkeling!
♦ Downtown Aruba
Downtown Aruba is a wonderful area to visit before or after your cruise, as this area features many restaurants and shops. If you’re planning to spend an afternoon at the beach, you might consider spending your morning downtown and grabbing lunch before heading off the shores. The Bon Bini Festival takes place here every Tuesday, featuring costumed dancers, handicrafts for sale, and local food and drinks (a great way to gain a deeper understanding of Aruba’s culture). Plus, many of Aruba’s most desirable attractions are located within close proximity of its downtown area, making it easy to plan your day. As far as restaurants go, you can find just about any type of cuisine that suits your mood, many with outdoor seating!
♦ Animal Attractions
Animal-lovers will love Aruba, as the island features many exciting animal attractions! For example, you can pet and feed the adorable donkeys at Donkey Sanctuary Aruba. Alternatively, the Butterfly Farm is usually a smash hit with travelers of all ages. If you arrive early enough, you can even watch butterflies break out of their cocoons and take their first flights! At Philip’s Animal Garden, you can visit exotic rescues such as alpacas, Bengal cats, snakes, pigs, birds, and more. Another unique animal attraction is Aruba is the Aruba Ostrich Farm, home to some of the largest birds in the world!
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