Go Back   CruiseMates Cruise Community and Forums > Cruise Lines (Mainstream) > Royal Caribbean International
Register Forgot Password?

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old January 4th, 2009, 04:07 PM
Junior Member
Beginner
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 1
Default Aruba and Curaco

I wil be going on a Southern Carribean cruise next month (RCCL) and need ideas for what to do on these islands.
Thanks
Marilyn
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
  #2 (permalink)  
Old January 4th, 2009, 08:38 PM
Trip's Avatar
Moderator
Admiral
 
Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: Boston
Posts: 19,815
Send a message via ICQ to Trip
Default

It's been a while since I have been to these two islands, but, I loved Aruba, and thought Curacao, was very interesting.

Aruba is easy to get around. Check out the ships excursions first, to see what they have for excursions. You could take a jeep tour around the island, visit Charlies Bar....a local spot, which has been on tv travel shows. The natural bridge which for years was the fabulous picture spot of the area, sadly fell into the ocean.... Visit the hotel area, where they have great shopping and casinos. Downtown has great shopping too. And the restaurant El gaucho, is known for their fabulous steaks..

In Curacao, you dock near the floating bridge, with a bit of a walk to the pastel shopping area. I felt this was not anywhere up to shopping on Aruba, maybe things have changed..we just did a walking tour. Walked but the Caribbeans oldest synagogue, did some rum tastings and went back to the ship....

Check out both islands tourism websites to see waht all they these beautiful places have to offer the visitor.
__________________


Trip, with her book & tea!
Chat Hostess & Board Moderator


Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old January 5th, 2009, 10:14 AM
Junior Member
Beginner
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: NW Ohio
Posts: 3
Default

My husband and I absolutely loved Curacao. The island was clean, the shopping was unharrassed and we felt very secure and safe walking around the port town. The many pastel colors of the buildings was just so nice to look at and take pictures.

Aruba was also nice. We took a tour that traveled most of the island. It passed the hotel area, to a small church in the middle of nowhere, the Holland windmill and to the lighthouse. It was a very arid island. We also did a little shopping here, but was not as fun as Curacao was.
Reply With Quote
  #4 (permalink)  
Old January 6th, 2009, 12:32 AM
subtropic's Avatar
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Eastern Long Island
Posts: 1,109
Default

Been to both many times. Curacao has been a shopping mecca for years and not much for beaches. I think the old Queen Emma bridge is still used to cross the river by foot (it swings open to let ships pass through). Playa Porto Mari is probably the best beach on the island. In Aruba, yes the natural bridge is gone, but there is Palm Beach and Baby Beach and they do a good catamaran sunset cruise. Last time there was some rumbles because of the Natalie Holloway incident, but that has seemed to fade for now. Be advised both island's beaches adhere to "Euro sunning" (topless).
__________________
Freedom Of The Seas -07
Radiance Of The Seas-07
Golden Princess-06
Adventure Of The Seas-05
Navigator Of The Seas-04
Carnival Paradise-04
Carnival Pride-03
Sea Princess-02
Soverign Of The Seas-02
Carnival Imagination-01
Carnival Destiny-00
Carnival Fascination-97
Big Red Boat-93
Nordic Prince-82
Reply With Quote
  #5 (permalink)  
Old January 6th, 2009, 08:22 AM
Member
Passenger
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: WESTERN MASS
Posts: 35
Default

We went on this cruise last year the first week of March.We went on a Harley-Davidson tour of the island.We booked this through the cruise line and found it was relatively expensive.During the tour we went to the local Harley dealer and found that you could rent a bike for less than half the cruise line's price.If you have a motorcycle license it would be worth renting a bike
Reply With Quote
  #6 (permalink)  
Old January 6th, 2009, 08:48 AM
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: So Cal
Posts: 2,931
Default how far from the ship

We will be on a city tour first thru the ship next week but we also want to get our son a Harley shirt from Aruba. Is the HD place close by? Thanks for any info.
__________________
CU@C,
Teresa and Larry


#36-Carnival Splendor 9/16/12
7 night Mexican Riviera
Retirement Celebration

#37-Allure of the Seas 11/11/12
7 night Eastern Caribbean

#38-Celebrity Solstice 4/8/13
17 night Tahiti -- Sydney-Honolulu
40th Anniversary Celebration

270 days at see; soon to be 302
Reply With Quote
  #7 (permalink)  
Old January 6th, 2009, 08:52 AM
Trip's Avatar
Moderator
Admiral
 
Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: Boston
Posts: 19,815
Send a message via ICQ to Trip
Default

Dupes, have you ever checked into the Harley Davidson cruises, where you bring your own bike onboard? I have friends who did this, and they toured the islands on their own bikes..they loved it.
__________________


Trip, with her book & tea!
Chat Hostess & Board Moderator


Reply With Quote
  #8 (permalink)  
Old January 8th, 2009, 08:29 AM
Member
Passenger
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 35
Default

The Harley Davidson store is within walking distance of the ship in Aruba. We visit there everytime we are in Aruba. If you exit the ship and walk out to the main street, take a left and it is down approximately 2 blocks on the right side of the street. You can't miss it.

For those of you who have been to Aruba before and might be looking to do something different, this year we took a taxi to an all inclusive hotel and spent the day there. The cost was $70. but it included all you could eat, breakfast, lunch and dinner and all the non motorized water sports and all drinks, alcoholic and not. The hotel was right on the beach and had a nice swim up bar. I believe it was the Occidental.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Tags
curaco, excursions, expensive, port

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Aruba CJL Royal Caribbean International 2 August 2nd, 2005 07:58 PM
aruba Harley guy Royal Caribbean International 2 July 22nd, 2005 08:13 AM
Aruba getfuzzyfan Caribbean & Panama Canal 3 March 20th, 2005 11:15 AM
Aruba...what to do? ydoodle Caribbean & Panama Canal 8 February 14th, 2005 03:51 AM
Aruba Helene Shore Excursions 3 February 20th, 2003 09:28 PM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


 

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 07:18 PM.
design by: Themes by Design

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.1