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About Curacao

The largest island in the Dutch Antilles, Curacao is home to more than 50 nationalities so has a cosmopolitan atmosphere. Its lovely capital and cruise port, Willemstad, is full of 17th, 18th and 19th century Dutch and Spanish Colonial architecture.

The two sides of the city are divided by Santa Anna Bay, a narrow channel flanked by pastel-tinted, gabled houses and spanned by the spectacular swing-aside Queen Emma pontoon bridge.

On one side you will find the 18th century Fort Amsterdam and Breederstraat, gateway to Willemstad's main shopping and restaurant district where you can buy everything from Delft pottery to Italian silk ties, Japanese electrical goods, Indonesian batik clothing, locally-made black coral jewellery and, of course, the sapphire-blue liqueur to which Curacao has given its name.

Also worth a visit is the Floating Market, lined with boats from Colombia, Venezuela and other Caribbean islands selling colourful local produce and handicrafts.

 

Shore excursions in Curacao

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.

Beach by Chiva Bus

Activity mediumFamily

Duration: 3½ hours

Hop aboard your colourful local bus for a trip across the island to one of Curaçao’s beaches.

Travel to the southwestern side of the island on the hand painted open-air chiva beach bus. Enjoy the scenes of the ‘countryside’ of Curaçao, where nature reigns and beaches are unspoiled. Whilst enjoying the scenery, your host provides you with interesting information about Curaçao’s salt flats and flamingos.

The highlight, of course, is a visit to one of the typical beach coves of Curaçao. Here you can relax in the sun and swim in the clear blue waters. Alternatively, don your snorkel equipment for a closer look at the Curaçao marine life. A great opportunity to take in the sunshine and enjoy a Caribbean beach experience.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by beach bus. Passengers are recommended to wear swimwear under clothes, take sunscreen and a towel. Snorkelling equipment and beach chairs are included. Passengers must be able to negotiate the step on to and off the bus.

Curacao Beach Break by Catamaran

Activity lowRefreshments includedFamily

Duration: 4 hours

If it’s just the sun, sea and sand you are after, then why not take this convenient Curaçao beach break.

You’ll take a brief boat ride out to Sea Aquarium mooring pier, enjoying the fresh sea breeze and beautiful coastal scenery along the way. Upon arrival, you’ll be taken to the ‘Wet and Wild’ beach area where can relax on your complimentary beach chair and enjoy a welcome refreshment. Take a swim, enjoy a walk or simply soak up the sun on the golden sands.

There is a bar, restaurant and toilet facilities available for your convenience.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by catamaran. There is a walk of approximately 10-15 minutes from the mooring pier to the ‘Wet and Wild’ beach area. The beach is man-made. Passengers are reminded to wear swimwear, take a towel and sunscreen. US Dollars are accepted for purchases. In the event that ‘Wet and Wild’ Beach area is overcrowded, a different beach may be used. There may be independent suppliers on the beach that offer watersports, these are provided by parties unconnected to P&O Cruises.

Curacao by Night

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 3 hours

Paint the town red (or should that be blue) in Curacao! A night of local drinks and great company.

Explore Curacao by night on a fabulous tour of the best evening hotspots and happy hour venues. You’ll feel like a true-blue islander as you move from one bar to the next. You’ll be given the chance to try a cocktail that uses the island’s eponymous cocktail liqueur, Curacao, famous for its bright blue colour.

During the evening, your host will give you some fun facts about Curacao and the island way of life. You’ll find that each venue has its own signature drinks, local beers and local favourites. It’s all about getting into the island ‘groove’!

At the end of your tour you'll have the option of visiting more venues independently (Time permitting), or returning to the ship with your guide.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. You will receive three complimentary drinks; two cocktails and one local beer. At each stop the first drink will be included; any additional drinks are required to be purchased. USD are accepted in the bars.

Curaçao Creations and L'aldea

Activity mediumFamily

Duration: 3¼ hours

Discover Aloe Vera and the local crafted ‘Chichi’ and visit the island’s latest attraction in L’aldea, a replica themed rainforest.

A pleasant drive passing by Willemstad and through the island countryside will take you to the Aloe Vera Plantation. Here, an interesting and educational tour will show you the many uses of this plant which can be found widespread on the island.

Afterwards you’ll continue to Serena’s Art Factory for a short stop to admire the hand crafted ‘Chichi’, meaning ‘big sister’ in Papiamentu. The figurines are all unique and represent a smart, strong, happy and caring sister that everyone deserves and illustrate a well rounded Caribbean figure.

To round off your tour, you’ll head to L’aldea, the location of ‘Amazonia the Lost Cultures’ a recreation of a Mayan and Inca world with a rainforest, replica temple ruins and pyramids. Within the attraction, you’ll find over 130 species of animal including parrots, snakes, iguanas and monkeys. A leisurely stroll through the attraction will allow you to take a step back in time. Discover how the ancestry of Mesoamerica and the Caribbean affected the customs and language of today.

Relax on the return journey as you take in the last views of Curaçao before arriving back at the pier.

Essential information

This tour will operate by minibus and on foot. This tour involves around 1½ hours of walking over relatively flat ground. Passengers must be accompanied by the guide at all times during the visit to L’aldea. There are 50 steps within the Amazonia Lost Cultures attraction, as well as 2 dimly lit tunnels to negotiate. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended. US dollars are accepted for purchases. Please note that the animals at L’aldea do not all roam freely, they are part of an ongoing conservation programme, but are housed and caged.

Island Tour and Hato Caves

Activity high

Duration: 3½ hours

Combine Curaçao’s countryside with some of the island’s most visited attractions.

Travel into the countryside, passing salt flats and flamingos before arriving at the Hato Caves. This dramatic collection of grottoes is filled with stalactites, stalagmites and crystal-clear pools, centuries in the making.

Afterwards, you’ll head to the Curaçao Museum which was founded in 1946, and combines contemporary art with an exhibition of life in 19th century Curaçao. During your tour, you’ll also enjoy a brief stop at the Chobolobo Liqueur Factory, giving you an ideal opportunity to taste and purchase the locally distilled Curaçao liqueur.

Cross the Queen Juliana Bridge and catch a glimpse of the wonderful view over Willemstad.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The Chobolobo Factory generally closes on Sundays and bank holidays. This visit will be replaced with the Caribbean Handicraft Store, where liqueur tasting will still be offered. There are approximately 50 steps to negotiate when entering the Caves and another 39 steps once inside. The terrain is uneven and gravel in parts and can become slippery. Comfortable, non-slip shoes are essential. The caves can be warm and humid. Passengers are requested not to touch the formations in Hato Caves for environmental reasons. Photography is only permitted in certain areas of the Caves. Participants in the liqueur sampling must be 18 years of age or over. If you wish to remain in Willemstad after your tour, please note that you will be responsible for your own return to the quayside.

 

A selection of cruises to Curacao

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