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OceanDreaming2 March 19th, 2011 09:58 AM

Oranjestad, Aruba
 
Please post info on the port of Oranjestad, Aruba here.

Uniall March 22nd, 2011 02:07 PM

We've been to Aruba three times now. We're not sun, sea and sand people, so we now just walk off the ship for a cocktail and a few trinkets. :cool:

But, on our first trip we hired a private guide and I told him that I wanted to "search for Natalie Holloway". :eek:

He took us to the location of the night club where she was last seen. It's now closed. The owners opened a new place around the corner with a different name. The Court House has been replaced with a new building and location. But, the police station is still the same. :D

*Luv2Cruz* March 22nd, 2011 02:26 PM

Where's the beach and where's the beef
 
When we were there we did a snorkeling excursion in the morning then went to Palm Beach in the afternoon. Excellent!:D Also; many people on our cruise went to the Argentinean restaurant and raved about it. If you like beef, and never had Argentinean beef, you may wanta try some!;):D

kparker March 25th, 2011 08:38 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Uniall (Post 28448924)
We've been to Aruba three times now. We're not sun, sea and sand people, so we now just walk off the ship for a cocktail and a few trinkets. :cool:

But, on our first trip we hired a private guide and I told him that I wanted to "search for Natalie Holloway". :eek:

He took us to the location of the night club where she was last seen. It's now closed. The owners opened a new place around the corner with a different name. The Court House has been replaced with a new building and location. But, the police station is still the same. :D

Interesting idea John!

kparker March 25th, 2011 08:45 PM

Last time we were in Aruba....We went to Baby Beach and had a very nice time.

Arzeena April 8th, 2011 07:17 PM

Aruba is very beautiful. We had a longer stop in Aruba instead of the 8-5 stop. We strolled around the shopping areas, took a tour around and in the afternoon went to the Westin at Palm Beach. The tour van driver dropped is there and we got a cab back to the port in the evening. Used their beach and facilities.(it is $20 for the whole day, generally) but they did not charge us anything since we were going to be there only for about 3-4 hours). Some friends went to Eagle Beach and Baby Beach. Had dinner at a local restaurant near the port. Can't remember the name:o
Plenty of shops near the port. Expensive, upscale stores, jewelry stores, plus touristy things, all within walking distance of the dock.
We saw the Casibari Rock formations, the California Lighthouse and some vacation homes for the filthy rich, among other things on the tour.
Loved Aruba.
Internet cafe, phone facilities, etc are right in the port area. Rates were reasonable.

big green May 9th, 2011 10:43 PM

been to Aruba three times--Linns grocery store--big grocery store great for buying South American wines cheap for the rest of the cruise---gouda cheese--
waffel cookies etc. IT IS A FIVE DOLLAR TAXI RIDE FROM PIER--GET TAXI ON THE STREET outside the cruise terminal area because it is cheaper.

Big Green

Traveling Library May 9th, 2011 11:16 PM

There is a nice local history museum in the old clock tower building. Well worth a stop.

AlbertaCruisers May 20th, 2011 12:50 PM

Snorkeling
 
Hi Everyone,

If you like snorkeling I highly recommend Boca Catalina. You can take the city bus there and back (I think it was 10A). There are no services at the beach though, just sand and some shade umbrellas. It is a very nice inexpensive day and some of the best snorkeling I have found in the Caribbean. I'm usually too anxious so we take a cab there (I think it was about $23) and the city bus back. We have been there 3 times and have seen eels, turtles, octopus and tons of fish.

If you can get there a bit early it is nice because once the big tour boats start coming and dropping hundreds of people off they start scaring the turtles away!

Sue

joyy7403 June 13th, 2011 01:12 PM

John, I would have said the same thing. I have been against going to Aruba for the very same reason, but I guess it's time to go on. I love Barbados, so I want to go further south and one place is Aruba. I would be happy to be a beach bum there also!

pabi June 15th, 2011 01:50 PM

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Originally Posted by AlbertaCruisers (Post 29170136)
Hi Everyone,

If you like snorkeling I highly recommend Boca Catalina. You can take the city bus there and back (I think it was 10A). There are no services at the beach though, just sand and some shade umbrellas. It is a very nice inexpensive day and some of the best snorkeling I have found in the Caribbean. I'm usually too anxious so we take a cab there (I think it was about $23) and the city bus back. We have been there 3 times and have seen eels, turtles, octopus and tons of fish.

If you can get there a bit early it is nice because once the big tour boats start coming and dropping hundreds of people off they start scaring the turtles away!

Sue

That's great info Sue....we may just do that :) Maybe we can get a few going so we will ride together. I don't mind the city buses....that's part of the sightseeing unless we are in a hurry...which means probably a taxi there and bus back...:rolleyes:

CPT Trips June 16th, 2011 06:14 PM

I thought I posted this yesterday . . . obviously I did not - so here goes.

DW and I really enjoy snorkeling and have participated in and also arranged charters for other CC Roll Calls. We are planning on setting something up - assuming there is interest - for either Aruba, Curacao or Barbados. Aruba has several good sites; Barbados has "swim with the turtles" combined with regular snorkeling; Curacao is new to me, but our port time allows for the possibility of a snorkel/sunset sail combination.

I don't enjoy the crowds typical on the ship's shorexs and so I use smaller (give or take 12-20 pax) sailing catamarans, 1/2 day (3-4 hours) charters. In every trip we have beat the ship's shorex price and had a great experience.

Obviously, it's way too early to know any details. I'm posting this on the specific subthreads and will use those threads to monitor interest. At some point in the future we'll be able to gauge the interest and get more specific.

If this interests you, please respond on the thread (or more than one) of your choice.

oLEEander August 6th, 2011 06:23 AM

For those who have tablets or phones that can use aps TRVL magazine has a free downloadable Aruba issue. A few short articles, a couple of videos, and some great photos. Some points of interest either mentioned or pictured were Palm Island, Baby beach, Eagle beach, Conchi, and Palm beach. Just a heads up for those who might want to take a look.

AlbertaCruisers September 12th, 2011 05:28 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by pabi (Post 29457183)
That's great info Sue....we may just do that :) Maybe we can get a few going so we will ride together. I don't mind the city buses....that's part of the sightseeing unless we are in a hurry...which means probably a taxi there and bus back...:rolleyes:

If you are interested in Boca Catalina, we should plan to taxi over there together. I think I remember that Aruba Taxis limit to 4 people. We try to taxi over and go early so we beat the crowds. The last time we were there we saw turtles and lots of cool fish, but once all the boats start stopping and tons of people splashing around the turtles took off.

The bus back works well from there as you don't have to decide on a pick up time in advance. Whenever you are ready to go you just lay on the beach and watch for the bus to come buy going the wrong way. By the time you get ready and get up to the stop, it has gone to the end of the loop and come back. So it is great.

I'm so excited for Aruba again. We just had the jewelry we bought there last time appraised and confirmed we did get a good deal! Yeah! Now, it is time to convince my husband that on our next trip I need more!

Sue

KNJforFun December 3rd, 2011 11:05 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by AlbertaCruisers (Post 30564649)
If you are interested in Boca Catalina, we should plan to taxi over there together. I think I remember that Aruba Taxis limit to 4 people. We try to taxi over and go early so we beat the crowds. The last time we were there we saw turtles and lots of cool fish, but once all the boats start stopping and tons of people splashing around the turtles took off.

The bus back works well from there as you don't have to decide on a pick up time in advance. Whenever you are ready to go you just lay on the beach and watch for the bus to come buy going the wrong way. By the time you get ready and get up to the stop, it has gone to the end of the loop and come back. So it is great.

I'm so excited for Aruba again. We just had the jewelry we bought there last time appraised and confirmed we did get a good deal! Yeah! Now, it is time to convince my husband that on our next trip I need more!

Sue

Sue is there any specific stones or types of jewerly they have there and was there specific stores....I do like the jewerly lol

Joy

AlbertaCruisers February 9th, 2012 10:34 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by KNJforFun (Post 31523428)
Sue is there any specific stones or types of jewerly they have there and was there specific stores....I do like the jewerly lol

Joy

Sorry for the late reply, I haven't been on cruisecritic much lately. They had lots of stuff. I ended up with a ring and matching pendent that is blue diamonds and real diamonds. We were at Kay's (which isn't related to the Kay's jewelry store in the US, but was one of the Cruise Ship approved stores). There seemed to be lots of colored stones done there, all very pretty!

Arzeena February 9th, 2012 07:12 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by AlbertaCruisers (Post 32352307)
Sorry for the late reply, I haven't been on cruisecritic much lately. They had lots of stuff. I ended up with a ring and matching pendent that is blue diamonds and real diamonds. We were at Kay's (which isn't related to the Kay's jewelry store in the US, but was one of the Cruise Ship approved stores). There seemed to be lots of colored stones done there, all very pretty!

Kay's comes highly recommended from many many cruisers. We met people who sent us there and they gave us excellent service and great discounts on prices. Their price was $200 less than what Diamonds International was giving me with all the VIP discount bs they do! Ask for Tesh. I had researched the item a lot and here and in the caribbean, and I found that Kay's prices were the best. They have a store in St Martin at the port, and that one comes very highly recommended too. Ask for Sam or Debbie at the port store.

aussie cruzer March 3rd, 2012 08:51 PM

We visited Aruba two years ago on Coral Princess

We caught cheap taxi from the port to palm beach for a swim in the pristine waters .

Later we returned too the port and did the Aruba-Helicopter flight of the island 30 mins aprox $110 ,well worth the money.

Video of same tour
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IA4ke9frh4g


Photos of Aruba

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7189/6...7565b8ee_z.jpg
Picture 1357 by AUSSIE-CRUZER, on Flickr

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7201/6...0992fa60_z.jpg
Picture 1387 by AUSSIE-CRUZER, on Flickr

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7063/6...2a015ae9_z.jpg
Picture 1389 by AUSSIE-CRUZER, on Flickr
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7036/6...2ec7cd3c_z.jpg
Picture 1322 by AUSSIE-CRUZER, on Flickr
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7186/6...99b48036_z.jpg
Picture 1314 by AUSSIE-CRUZER, on Flickr
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7043/6...9a95b0f9_z.jpg
Picture 1262 by AUSSIE-CRUZER, on Flickr

Grampy March 3rd, 2012 09:45 PM

Wow, great pictures. :)

Mike

OceanDreaming2 March 3rd, 2012 10:13 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by aussie cruzer (Post 32714260)
We visited Aruba two years ago on Coral Princess

We caught cheap taxi from the port to palm beach for a swim in the pristine waters .

Later we returned too the port and did the Aruba-Helicopter flight of the island 30 mins aprox $110 ,well worth the money.

Video of same tour
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IA4ke9frh4g


Photos of Aruba

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7189/6...7565b8ee_z.jpg
Picture 1357 by AUSSIE-CRUZER, on Flickr

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7201/6...0992fa60_z.jpg
Picture 1387 by AUSSIE-CRUZER, on Flickr

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7063/6...2a015ae9_z.jpg
Picture 1389 by AUSSIE-CRUZER, on Flickr
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7036/6...2ec7cd3c_z.jpg
Picture 1322 by AUSSIE-CRUZER, on Flickr
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7186/6...99b48036_z.jpg
Picture 1314 by AUSSIE-CRUZER, on Flickr
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7043/6...9a95b0f9_z.jpg
Picture 1262 by AUSSIE-CRUZER, on Flickr

Thanks for sharing your awesome pics and video! :0)


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