C U R A Ç A O
TOP SHORE EXCURSIONS
FUN TREKS : CURAÇAO
Here are just a few of the many tours you can experience during your visit. See your onboard shore excursions specialist to book today.
Adventurous and intriguing encounters
SEAWORLD EXPLORER SEMI SUB
The Seaworld Explorer takes passengers five feet below the surface of the water, but the ocean floor’s steep drop of several hundred feet is visible offshore through large glass windows. The windows also offer an upclose view of colorful fish and coral, and participants can watch a diver feed hungry schools of fish.
BEACH FUN BY BOAT
A scenic boat ride alongside Curaçao’s coastline offers views of the island’s notable monuments and beautiful beaches. During the three-hour trip, participants can relax with a complimentary beverage, take a refreshing swim or stroll along the beach. Guests are dropped off at the Sea Aquarium beach, which has a restaurant and bar.
CURAÇAO SIGHTSEEING & SEA AQUARIUM
This overview of Curaçao begins at the Spanish Waters Lagoon for panoramic views over Table Mountain and continues to Chobolobo, the colonial mansion where tasty liqueurs, including the famous Blue Curaçao Liqueur, are distilled. The Sea Aquarium showcases marine life from the surrounding waters and includes a dolphin show. Participants must be at least twenty-one years old to sample alcoholic beverages.
Dolphin trainers brief guests before the interactions with the friendly dolphins begin. Participants may touch, hug and kiss a dolphin on a submerged platform, and they will learn about
the dolphin’s anatomy and social behavior. All ages may participate, but guests under eight years old must be accompanied in the water by a participating adult.
SEA & SEE CURAÇAO This excursion that combines a trip on the Seaworld Explorer semisubmarine with a tour of the city’s highlights. The state-of-the-art vessel takes passengers five feet below the surface to view marine life through large glass windows. The tour includes a trip across the famous Queen Juliana Bridge and a visit to Chobolobo, where Curaçao Liqueur is distilled in 100-year-old barrels. Tasters must be twentyone to sample alcoholic beverages.
PHOTOS BY: (SEAWORLD EXPLORER) DE PALM TOURS; (CURAÇAO’S COASTLINE) KJERSTI JOERGENSEN/SHUTTERSTOCK.COM; (BLUE CURAÇAO DRINK) HAVESEEN/ SHUTTERSTOCK.COM; (WOMAN PLAYING WITH DOLPHIN) GELPI/SHUTTERSTOCK.COM; (TROPICAL FISH) LYKOVATA/SHUTTERSTOCK.COM.
Willemstad is a history museum within itself. One look at the capital’s classic waterfront reveals why this natural harbor and scenic city center are on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The brilliant Caribbean hues emanating from Dutch architecture along Santa Ana Bay — rows of gabled-roofed townhouses gleaming with red tiles — make this one of the most photographed Caribbean waterfronts. Just getting from the Punda district to Otrobanda is a treat: over Santa Ana Bay on the swinging 19th-century Queen Emma Bridge. Crossing into Otrobanda, you’ll find winding and narrow streets with gabled, Dutch-style houses that delight sightseers and locals alike. Many visitors orient themselves with a trolley train tour from historic Fort Amsterdam, where a British cannonball remains embedded in the 1769 Dutch Reform Church. Popular destinations include the renowned Kurá Hulanda museum of African history, which courageously highlights the past slave trade, and the Mikvé Israel-Emanuel Synagogue — the Western Hemisphere’s oldest, dating from 1651 — with its unique floor of beach sand. Amid the kaleidoscope of colors in Otrobanda’s Floating Market is a vast selection of fresh tropical fruits and vegetables, unloaded from Venezuelan schooners. More-lasting mementos are available in the Punda shopping district, along Heerenstraat and Breedestraat, where bargains range from cameras to high-end jewelry. The famed Curaçao liqueur or a wheel of Edam or Gouda cheese is a wise choice. —R. V.
How to get to town Willemstad’s shopping area, called Punda, is about a 15-minute walk from the pier. Some visitors prefer to take one of the taxis that are available at the pier.
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