We will be sailing on the Constellation in a few days. While on cruise, we normally book our next years cruise (2009). We have checked the Constellation for 2009 and was surprised to see that she will not be stopping at Aruba. In 2009, she will be going back to Puerto Limon, Costa Rica which was dropped for Cartagena, Colombia through 2008. Anyone know why the Constellation is dropping Aruba in 2009? We always thought of Aruba as a great port of call. What motivates a crusieline to add or delete a Port of Call?
There are a lot of reasons why a cruise line adds or drops a port, but the biggest reasons are passenger response to the ports. If a port is "profitable" to the cruise line in that it costs relatively little in port fees to stop there, and they have plenty of tour options to sell.
Passenger response forms were probably telling CXC that Aruba was not so desirable for passengers. I was just there and found it to be a boring island. Certainly not very scenic and few activities for me.
I am the editor, but I also speculate, ask questions and play devil's advocate. I reserve the right to change my mind.
We found Aruba to be nice and clean. That's about it. If we were on another cruise that stopped there, we would take advantage of port-day prices in the spa. Who knows, they might put it back on their schedule.
Like Paul said it's a boring island, I really don't see what people (esp.americans ) see in aruba, beside a great nightlife. Me being half arubian myself like it less and less everytime I visit my family there. I think it's just a well known island here in the caribbean, so people want to try it out. There are a lot of treasures in the caribbean!!
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We just visited Aruba on the 11 night Connie trip.
I went by myself to the Renaissance hotels private island.
It cost 75$ for the day which included a drink, an entree and a ice cream bar. Funny they served it all at the same time...i.e., ice cream melting as I enjoyed my long island ice tea. odd.. It also included the use of floats and snorkel gear. I must say that I totally enjoyed myself, hubby went deep sea fishing. The water was so calm and secured by rocks so you didnt float off. Iguanas and gorgoues wild flamingos roamed on the beach.
One day, I would like to go back there just to relax. But from what I have heard, other than the beach, there isnt much to do in Aruba.