Aruba

Bon bini to Aruba, where Dutch traditions mix with island charm. Only 20 miles from tip to tip, the windward coast is rugged and wild, scattered with cacti and divi-divi trees. The leeward coast is a paradise, a bustling port town surrounded by alluring beaches and aquamarine waters. Aruba’s Dutch influences are visible from the harbor, with a waterfront backed by multicolored gingerbread houses with Dutch elements and tropical flair, making for a fantastic photo op from the cruise ship deck.

Aruba

Getting Ashore

Cruise ships dock at the port of Oranjestad, Aruba’s capital and main city.

Fast Fact

Aruba is located in the Southern Caribbean, about 15 miles off the coast of Venezuela.

Port Shopping

Guaranteed stores in Royal Plaza Mall and Renaissance Mall—all within easy walking distance of the ship—offer incredible duty-free deals.

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Palm Beach

Located about 15 minutes from the cruise port, this stretch of sand is one of Antigua’s best beaches, thanks to its fully loaded resort experience.

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California Lighthouse

From its cliffside perch, the landmark offers 360-degree views of the island’s contrasting landscapes.

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Ayo Rock Formations

Clusters of gigantic tonalite boulders are haphazardly strewn about the land in the cunucu countryside.

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Arikok National Park

Twenty-one miles of well-marked hiking trails wind past the most interesting sites in the ecological reserve.

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Aruba Feature
Featured Story

Aruba: Step into Paradise

The cruise industry has a long history with Aruba. In 1957, the island was called on by its first ship, the Tradewind. Its guests were welcomed by Aruba’s signature flavor of local hos...
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Things to do in Aruba
Oranjestad, Aruba

Near the Cruise Pier

It’s about a ten-minute walk from the pier into downtown Oranjestad. Travelers who are craving culture should visit the Historical Museum of Aru...

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Palm Beach, Aruba

Sun, Sand, and Surf

Aruba is perhaps best known for its gorgeous beaches—sun-kissed strips of sand that are the very definition of a tropical paradise. And all of Aruba...

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Aruba landscape

Beyond Aruba’s Beaches

There’s so much more to Aruba than just sun, sand, and surf. The island’s distinct topography and semiarid climate allow for an array of a...

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Blast out of the water, fly over the ocean, and soar in the air. It’s a Jetlev-Flyer water-propelled jetpack, a thrilling way to take in the gorgeous Oranjestad coastline.

Super-charge your vacation with the cruise line’s Active Adventures. Take the wheel of a utility task vehicle—a UTV in the world of action sports—in a guided off-road safari along the rugged Andicuri Trail.


7 Ways to Stay Fit on Vacation

7 Ways to Stay Fit on Vacation

(Without doing things you hate.)

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Palm Beach, Aruba

Top 5 Beaches in the Caribbean

With amazing beaches found on almost every tropical island in the region, it wasn’t easy narrowing this list down to five.

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Souvenirs shopping, Antigua

Shopping in the Ports of Call

Shop with confidence. It’s guaranteed.

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Where
L.G. Smith Boulevard, Royal Plaza Mall, and Renaissance Mall.

What
Dutch products like Delft pottery and imported linens, plus designer jewelry and watches at duty-free prices.

Currency
Officially the Aruban florin but almost every merchant accepts US dollars.


Brands in Aruba

Alex and Ani

Alex and Ani

Bomberg

Bomberg

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Diamonds International

Breitling

Breitling

Bremont

Bremont

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Diamonds International

Bulgari

Bulgari

Bulova

Bulova

Citizen

Citizen

Color Diamonds By Effy

Color Diamonds By Effy

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Effy Jewelry

Crown of Light

Crown of Light

Dancing Diamonds by MDG

Dancing Diamonds by MDG

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Milano Diamond Gallery

DiVersa By Effy

DiVersa By Effy

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Effy Jewelry

Effy Hematian New York

Effy Hematian New York

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Effy Jewelry

Ernst Benz

Ernst Benz

Fendi Timepieces

Fendi Timepieces

Forevermark

Forevermark

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Diamonds International

Frederique Constant

Frederique Constant

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Kay’s Fine Jewelry

Fruitz

Fruitz

Gift Collection

Gift Collection

Gucci

Gucci

Hearts On Fire

Hearts On Fire

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Kay’s Fine Jewelry

Hublot

Hublot

John Hardy

John Hardy

Kabana

Kabana

Korite Ammolite

Korite Ammolite

Le Vian

Le Vian

MarahLago Larimar

MarahLago Larimar

Mark Henry Alexandrite

Mark Henry Alexandrite

Movado

Movado

Philip Stein

Philip Stein

Rado

Rado

Raymond Weil

Raymond Weil

Rebecca

Rebecca

Renaissance

Renaissance

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Milano Diamond Gallery

Roberto Coin

Roberto Coin

Safi Kilima Tanzanite

Safi Kilima Tanzanite

Shinola

Shinola

Tag Heuer

Tag Heuer

Tissot

Tissot

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Little Switzerland

Zenith

Zenith

Did You Know?

Aruba’s signature divi-divi trees are natural compasses, always pointing to the southwest thanks to Aruba’s constant trade winds.