While the city exhibits beautiful examples of both Dutch and Spanish architecture, it is now a Dutch city, taking its name from the Dutch royal house of Orange, and became the capital Aruba in 1979. When not heading for the famed beaches, the first spot most visitors enjoy is Wilhelmina Park, a lovely tropical garden by the waterfront, great for catching the Caribbean breezes. From here, travel on to the Archaeological Museum of Aruba or the Numismatic Museum of Aruba. The first offers an historical perspective; the latter, a fascinating display of coins from over 400 countries. Fort Zoutman (1796) is the oldest example of Dutch architecture on the island. In 1867, Willem III tower was added. Not only an excellent vantage point for photos, the fort also hosts music festivals and craft fairs.

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  • Executive Collection Half Day Car

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 2 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

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  • Scenes of Aruba

    This mostly panoramic tour provides you with an excellent opportunity to take in the scenic delights of this captivating Island and see the unique features of Aruba that set it apart from other destinations.

    Traveling from the pier, you will first enjoy a scenic drive along Eagle Beach, past the popular resort hotels to the oldest lighthouse on the island, the California Lighthouse. After a photo stop here, you will continue on to your second stop, Alto Vista Chapel. This is the site where the Spanish missionaries are said to have converted the island's Indians into Christians in 1560.

    Next, your route takes you along the North coast to Baby Natural Bridge, situated next to the former Natural Bridge, which was Aruba's premier attraction until its collapse in 2005. This spot vividly demonstrates the powerful forces of the sea, which over the years has carved through coral and lime stone, creating amazing formations and arches in the rocks.

    Before returning to the pier, your excursion makes a final stop at the Casibari Rock formation, a group of large diorite and granite boulders found nowhere else in the Caribbean. As you make your way back along the South coast toward Oranjestad, you will also pass the world's largest water desalination plant.

    Please note: This tour involves limited walking, mainly at the guest's discretion. The tour has limited wheelchair availability and wheelchair guests must have a collapsible wheelchair, be able to make their own way on and off the coach and have a companion to assist them. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Lightweight clothing, sunglasses, sun cap, sunscreen and flat comfortable walking shoes are suggested. Some of the venues on this tour charge for use of the restrooms. No filming or photos are allowed at Alto Vista Chapel.

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  • Snuba At Depalm Island

    This tour combines De Palm island Snorkeling Adventure with the thrill and excitement of SNUBA.

    If you want to go beyond snorkeling and experience Aruba’s underwater beauty in the safest and easiest way possible, try SNUBA. With SNUBA you can breathe easily underwater without wearing heavy, restrictive dive gear. SNUBA is safe family fun, and it’s easy to learn.

    No prior diving or snorkeling experience is required and your professionally trained SNUBA guide will personally take you on an underwater tour of the beautiful marine environment.

    After finishing with SNUBA you can use the activities on De palm Island or just relax on your complimentary beach chair or enjoy the lunch buffet.

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  • Atlantis Submarine Adventure

    Experience the marvelous underwater world of Aruba from the comfort of an Atlantis Submarine, the world's largest fleet of hi-tech passenger submarines. If you haven't been to the bottom of the ocean before, this tour is one you won't want to miss!

    Your adventure begins with a ferry transfer from the cruise ship pier to the Atlantis dive site. Upon arrival, you will receive an informational briefing and transfer to your submarine where you will embark on an amazing undersea experience. Being in a submarine and descending to depths of up to 120 feet underwater is without a doubt, an adventure by itself. To add to this unforgettable experience, just imagine the marine life you will see up close and the Aruba dive site is home to wide variety of colorful fish, coral and an assortment of marine creatures.

    Known for its quality and safety, Atlantis Submarines is an eye-opening experience that takes you beyond the classroom as you learn about coral, reef life and submersibles, all while visiting either a mysterious sunken airplane or the retired coaster "Morgenster." During your dive, the friendly Atlantis crew will happily share their love of the ocean with you.

    With a spacious air-conditioned interior, large view ports and comfortable seating, this one-of-a-kind submarine allows you fabulous access to Aruba's incredible sea life.

    When your submarine adventure comes to its end, you will receive a certificate as proof of your participation and then shuttle by ferry back to the cruise ship pier.

    Please note: This tour includes a limited amount of walking. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability as participants must be able to make their own way into and out of the ferry vessel and there is an 11-step steep ladder to negotiate in order to enter and leave the submarine. Light-weight, casual clothing, and flat, comfortable walking shoes with a rubber sole are recommended. To experience color changes at various depths, guests may choose to wear clothes with red or florescent colors. The minimum height requirement to participate in the tour is 36 inches and children must be at least 4 years of age and accompanied by an adult parent or guardian. The ferry vessel and submarine may not be exclusive to our guests.

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  • See & Sea Island Discovery

    A perfect opportunity awaits you to experience not only Aruba's undersea world, but also view some of its most notable onshore landmarks.

    It's a short transfer from the cruise ship pier to Pelican Pier, where you will board the ferry that will bring you to the Seaworld Explorer semi-sub. This unique surface vessel's viewing hull sits five feet below the waterline and large windows provide an incredible opportunity to see under the water without getting wet! The breathtaking views of the colorful marine life and the many different varieties of coral will no doubt leave you in awe. You will also get a look at the "Antilla", a German freighter sunk during World War II and one of the largest shipwrecks in the Caribbean.

    Resurfacing after approximately forty minutes, you'll take the ferry back to dry land and transfer by coach to the California Lighthouse. From this vantage point, you will be afforded some excellent views of Aruba's windward coast. Next, you will travel along Aruba's rugged north coast to the Baby Natural Bridge, which has been carved by the surf into the solid coral and limestone. You can also view the remains of the original Natural Bridge which collapsed in 2005.

    Continuing on, your final stop will be at Casibari, where the landscape is formed by diorite boulders the size of small houses. The adventurous may want to climb the eighty rustic steps to the formation's summit in order to take in some stunning views.

    Heading back to the cruise ship pier, your route will take you past the ruins of a 19th century gold mill at Boca Mahos. Time permitting, a stop will be made in Oranjestad for those who wish to exit the tour and do some exploring on their own. Guests who elect to leave the tour in Oranjestad will be responsible for making their own way back to the ship, at their own expense.

    Please note: This tour includes limited walking, mainly at the guests' discretion during the stops and afterwards in town The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability as participants must be able to make their own way into and out of the ferry vessel and there is an 11-step steep ladder to negotiate in order to enter and leave the submarine. Light-weight, casual clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; and flat, comfortable walking shoes with a rubber sole are recommended. To experience color changes at various depths, guests may choose to wear clothes with red or florescent colors. The minimum height requirement to participate in the tour is 36 inches and children must be at least 4 years of age and accompanied by an adult parent or guardian. The ferry vessel and submarine may not be exclusive to our guests. The order of the sites viewed or visited may vary.

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  • Aruba's Natural Wonders

    Enjoy discovering Aruba's natural side on this tour that showcases three distinctively different attractions that are all a direct result of the wonders of nature.

    Traveling by coach, you will first set-off for the Butterfly Farm, where upon arrival you will step into a tropical garden teeming with butterflies. During your visit, observe the fascinating life cycle of the butterfly as your expert guide explains the butterfly's habits and the miracle of metamorphosis. You will surely be charmed by these beautiful and whimsical creatures as they gracefully fly about.

    Rejoining your coach, you will make your way to the Aruba Aloe Factory, en route passing the island's famous divi-divi trees. Always pointing in a south-westerly direction due to natural trade winds that blow from the north-east, these iconic trees act as a natural compass on the island. Arriving at the factory, you will enjoy a tour of the factory and learn how aloe is grown, processed, and turned into skin-care products.

    Continuing on, you will next head to Aruba's rugged north coast and the Baby Natural Bridge, which has been carved by the surf into the solid coral and limestone. You can also view the remains of the original Natural Bridge which collapsed in 2005. Afterwards, you will travel back to the cruise ship pier. Time permitting, a stop will be made in Oranjestad for those who wish to exit the tour and do some exploring on their own. Those who elect to leave the tour in Oranjestad will be responsible for making their own way back to the ship, at their own expense.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 90-minutes of walking. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Light-weight, casual clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. The order of the sites viewed or visited may vary.

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  • Passport to Paradise - de Palm Island Snorkeling

    Enjoy a spectacular day spent enjoying the tropical paradise of a private island and a wonderful snorkeling experience.

    Your tour commences at the pier where you will first transfer to the Port of Palm pier and board a ferry for the ride across the Spanish Lagoon to De Palm Island. Here, tropical palm trees, mangroves and natural pools surrounded by pristine turquoise seas await you. De Palm Island truly offers it all, spectacular coral formations and a large variety of tropical flora and fauna.

    Upon arrival, you will be greeted and receive your safety briefing and instructions before heading out into the waters for a fascinating view of Aruba's marine habitat. Delight in the variety of tropical fish that make these waters their home, including the friendly Blue Parrot Fish.

    Following your underwater exploration, you will return to the beach where you can avail yourself of a sumptuous Caribbean lunch buffet and enjoy the Island's spectacular state-of-the-art Blue Parrot water park. With over 70 exciting features, including six breathtaking water slides, you will have no trouble getting your adrenaline going. For those who prefer less activity, you can choose to simply relax in one of the lounge chairs and work on your tan.

    When your time at the Island draws to a close, you'll make your way back to the ferry pier for the return journey to Oranjestad.

    Please note: This tour requires a moderate amount of activity and participants should be in good physical condition and be able to swim. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests, guests with mobility concerns, recent back or neck injuries, heart conditions, epilepsy, diabetes, respiratory conditions or pregnant women. Flat, comfortable walking shoes or aqua socks; swim suits (clothing with metal objects is not allowed in the water park), towel, a change of clothing, sun cap, sunglasses, sunscreen and extra cash are suggested. Guests taking part in any water activities do so at their own risk and responsibility and will be required to sign a medical waiver before being allowed to take part in the tour. Minimum age to participate is 8 years old and children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult parent or guardian. Lounge chairs are available at the beach and lockers are available for rent.

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  • Aruba Sailing & Snorkeling

    Take off on a 3-hour snorkel cruise that gives you the chance to marvel at the beauty of Aruba's coastline and the riches of Aruba's underwater world. The magical combination of wind, sun and sailing make this both a fun and relaxing trip, all at the same time.

    Boarding your sailing vessel at the cruise terminal, you well set sail for the west coast of Aruba. Your first stop will be at Boca Cathalina for great reef snorkeling. The depth will be around 15 feet so it's the perfect place to learn or refresh your snorkeling skills. After approximately 45 minutes in the water, you will head to your second stop, Aruba's famous Antilla shipwreck.

    A remnant of World War II, the Antilla was scuttled by its own captain to prevent it from being captured by the Dutch Marines. Today, the Antilla is lying on its side in 60 feet of water, with a small piece sticking out above the surface. Voted as one of the world's top 10 dive and snorkel sites and with its length of approximately 400 feet, the Antilla is the 2nd largest shipwreck in the Caribbean and a favorite site of many.

    Following your time snorkeling and swimming at the Antilla wreck, you will climb back onboard your catamaran and sail back to the cruise terminal, enjoying some thirst-quenching refreshments that include rum punch, soda and juice, all accompanied by the sounds of light-hearted Caribbean music.

    Please note: This tour requires a moderate amount of activity and guests should be in good physical condition and be able to swim. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests, guests with mobility concerns, recent back or neck injuries, heart conditions, epilepsy, diabetes, respiratory conditions or pregnant women. Flat, comfortable walking shoes or aqua sock, swim suit, towel, sun cap, sunglasses and sunscreen are suggested. Guests taking part in any water activities do so at their own risk and responsibility and will be required to sign a waiver before being allowed to take part in the tour. Minimum age to participate is 12 years old and children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult parent or guardian. The order of sites visited may vary and other snorkeling spots may be substituted dependent on prevailing sea conditions.

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  • Aruba Sightseeing & Ostrich Farm

    This tour offers a bit of the traditional scenic highlights of Aruba as well as something unique. From the pier, you will first travel to the oldest lighthouse on the Island, the California Lighthouse which is located on Aruba's windward coast. En route, you will pass by the area of tourist resorts that dot the coastline. After a stop for photos, you will continue on across the island's arid terrain which is the home of cacti, divi-divi trees, iguanas and wild goats.

    Your next stop is the Casibari Rock Formations, a group of large diorite and granite boulders found nowhere else in the Caribbean. From here, you will drive past the Bushiribana Gold Smelter ruins, which are located close to where gold was discovered in 1824. Next it's on to your third stop, an island ostrich farm. Enjoy a guided tour of the farm and get acquainted with these interesting, flightless birds during your visit.

    Before returning to the pier in Oranjestad, you will make a final stop at the beautiful Baby Natural Bridge, situated next to the former Natural Bridge, which was Aruba's premier attraction until its collapse in 2005. This spot vividly demonstrates the powerful forces of the sea, which over the years has carved through coral and lime stone, creating amazing formations and arches in the rocks.

    Please note: This tour involves limited walking, mainly at the guest's discretion. The tour has limited wheelchair availability and wheelchair guests must have a collapsible wheelchair, be able to make their own way on and off the coach and have a companion to assist them. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Lightweight clothing, sunglasses, sun cap, sunscreen, flat, comfortable walking shoes and extra cash for purchases is suggested. Feeding the ostriches is permitted, but please use caution when doing so. It is recommended that jewelry and sunglasses be removed prior to feeding the birds. Some of the venues on this tour charge for use of the restrooms.

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  • Aruba Two-Tank Certified Dive

    Calling all dive enthusiasts! Come explore two amazing dive sites on this tour that is strictly geared for certified divers.

    At the cruise terminal, a Red Sail Sports representative will meet you and assist you with completing all of the necessary liability forms along with reviewing your certification card (your last dive will need to have been within the last 2 years). Following the necessary formalities, you will be guided to your dive boat and set off for your two-tank dive.

    The ride to your first stop, the famous Antilla shipwreck, will take approximately 35-minutes.

    The Antilla is covered with tube sponges and coral formations and you will be able to see many varieties of tropical fish. On this dive, which takes you to a maximum depth of 60 feet, the group will be split up into smaller groups and guided by a dive master or dive instructor. After approximately 40-minutes of bottom time, it's time to re-surface and climb back onboard the boat.

    Enjoy a 20-minute surface interval as you cruise to your second dive site, the shallow wreck Pedernalis. This dive takes you down to a maximum depth of 25 feet for approximately 40- minutes of bottom time. At the Pedernalis you can see sections of cabins and wash basins, as well as a pipe line system that goes with this oil tanker that was torpedoed in 1942 during World War II by a German Submarine.

    At the conclusion of your time at Pedernalis, you will be transported back to the cruise terminal where your incredible Aruban dive experience comes to an end.

    Please note: This tour requires a significant amount of activity and guests should be in good physical condition and be able to swim. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests, guests with mobility concerns, recent back or neck injuries, heart conditions, epilepsy, diabetes, respiratory conditions or pregnant women. Flat, comfortable walking shoes or aqua sock, swim suit, towel, sun cap, sunglasses and sunscreen are suggested. Guests taking part in any water activities do so at their own risk and responsibility and will be required to fill out a confidential medical questionnaire and sign a waiver before being allowed to take part in the tour. A physician's release may be required. Maximum weight allowance is 350 lbs. and the minimum age to participate is 12 years old. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult parent or guardian.

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  • Aruba Discover Scuba Diving

    If you have always wanted to learn to scuba dive, here is the perfect opportunity. Not only will you learn to dive in one day, you will also have the opportunity to discover Aruba's beautiful underwater world, all under the guidance of professional instructors.

    A short transfer from the pier brings you to the dive shop where you will receive your DSD academic session and then enter the pool. During the pool session, your instructor will teach you the basic rules and skills for scuba diving, such as dealing with pressure, breathing on scuba and how to use the different equipment.

    After approximately 1-hour spent learning the essentials of diving, you will board your dive boat and head out to a shallow wreck, the Pedernalis which lies on the west side of the island. After receiving a short briefing and getting your gear set up, you will enter the water with your instructor and begin your dive, which goes up to a depth of 25-feet. Your instructor will accompany you at all times underwater during the approximately 35-minute dive while you marvel at the incredible underwater habitat of Aruba.

    All too soon, it's time to climb back onboard your dive boat and make your way back to the dive shop pier where your transportation awaits to transfer you back to the cruise terminal.

    Please note: This tour requires a significant amount of activity and guests should be in good physical condition and be able to swim. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests, guests with mobility concerns, recent back or neck injuries, heart conditions, epilepsy, diabetes, respiratory conditions or pregnant women. Flat, comfortable walking shoes or aqua sock, swim suit, towel, sun cap, sunglasses and sunscreen are suggested. Guests taking part in any water activities do so at their own risk and responsibility and will be required to fill out a confidential medical questionnaire and sign a waiver before being allowed to take part in the tour. A physician's release may be required. Maximum weight allowance is 350 lbs. and the minimum age to participate is 12 years old. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult parent or guardian.

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  • Sea Trek At de Palm Island

    Walking underwater has never been easier or safer than with Sea trek so grab your swimsuit and get ready for the experience of a lifetime. Imagine exploring the underwater world and having your entire face and head remain completely dry by using a specially designed helmet and air supply system. Everyone from kids to adults can walk underwater to a depth of 25 feet to explore the beautiful underwater world.

    A short transfer from the ship takes you to the Port of Palm pier where you will board a ferry for the ride across Spanish Lagoon to De Palm Island. Upon arrival, you will be greeted and receive a briefing on Sea trek and what to expect. No need to worry, this tour is great for swimmers and non-swimmers alike since no experience is required as you explore the ocean's depths with Sea Trek. Using a helmet that supplies oxygen and is connected via tubing that goes to the surface, you get weighed down a little so you don't float and that's it, within moments you will feel like you're starring in 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. It's so easy you can even wear your sunglasses if you want.

    Once you are outfitted with your gear, you will be led into the water where your fun and exciting walk on the ocean floor begins. Delight in feeding the fish, see the famous Sunken Airplane and even have a seat at the Sea Trek Underwater Café.

    After approximately 20-minutes exploring with your Sea Trek gear, you will return to the beach where you are free to avail yourself of the various amenities found on De Palm Island and the complimentary buffet. Sit back and relax as you soak up the sun on this beautiful beach before it's time to return to the ship in Oranjestad. This terrific and completely enjoyable tour is fun for everyone and will definitely be one of the great memories you'll have of your time in Aruba.

    Please note: This tour requires a moderate amount of activity and participants should be in good physical condition. It is not necessary to know how to swim. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests, guests with mobility concerns, recent back or neck injuries, heart conditions, epilepsy, diabetes, respiratory conditions or pregnant women. Flat, comfortable walking shoes or aqua socks, swim suits (clothing with metal objects is not allowed in the water park), towel, a change of clothing, sun cap, sunglasses, sunscreen and extra cash are suggested. Guests taking part in any water activities do so at their own risk and responsibility and will be required to sign a medical waiver before being allowed to take part in the tour. Minimum age to participate is 8 years of age and children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult parent or guardian. Lounge chairs are available at the beach and lockers are available for rent. For safety reasons, the use of personal underwater cameras is not permitted.

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  • Horseback Riding Adventure

    This fun horseback riding tour allows you to explore Aruba from a very different angle, that being from the back of a horse. Discover the scenic trails and unique flora and fauna of the island at an easygoing pace which is at times, punctuated by moments of excitement.

    From the pier, board your coach and venture through the Dutch-influenced streets of Oranjestad and the beautiful roads of the countryside en route to the ranch. Arriving at the stables, you will be greeted by expert guides who will introduce you to your mount, help you into your Colombian-style saddle and offer brief instruction to ensure your safety and comfort.

    Once everyone is ready to go, your horseback adventure will begin by traveling through a small suburb, where you will view the homes of local residents. The trail then winds over a hill and into the wild north coast of Aruba. The view from atop your horse affords the perfect perspective for observing the island's natural habitat, such as cactus and divi-divi trees. You may even spot native parakeets along the way.

    So far, your exploration has been at a steady walk. But for those who may be itching to go a little faster, your guides and your horse are pleased to oblige. Give your horse a cluck and gentle kick for a thrilling gallop toward your next destination, a beautiful secluded beach. Once you have reached the beach, you are free to dismount and stretch.

    After a short break, it's time to remount your horse and head back to the ranch. From here, you have the option of returning directly to the pier or continuing to Oranjestad, where you may explore the town independently. Those who elect to continue on to Oranjestad will be responsible for finding their own way back to the pier.

    Please note: This tour involves approximately 2 hours of moderate horseback riding and is recommended for guests in good physical condition. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those guests with mobility concerns. Long pants and closed-toe shoes are required. Sunglasses, sun cap, sunscreen and extra cash for purchases are suggested. Children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult parent or guardian. Maximum weight to participate is 200 lbs. Guests may be required to sign a liability waiver before being allowed to take part in the tour. Only cameras are allowed on the ride and other personal items will be stored in lockers at the ranch.

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