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We are looking at cruising southern caribbean next march and want to visit ABC islands.The itineraries found only visit 2 out of the 3. As both itineraries are different not sure which one to choose so which one should we give a miss to.we have done Eastern side and liked most of the islands so want to go further south..Thank you

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Depends on what you want to do. Bonaire has better snorkeling. Curacao is more interesting around the port and also has reasonable snorkeling (we like to snorkel). Aruba is usually crowded with tourists from NYC and NJ, with lots of restaurants, shopping, and great windsurfing.

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Aruba had the most beautiful beach (Eagle Beach)

Bonaire had the best snorkeling

Curacao had the most to see/do around the port


Personally I can live at Eagle Beach, it was breathtakingly beautiful and I did an excusion with the ship that night that took us on a party bus and saw the city. It was great.


I also did Bonaire on a chartered boat and it was something I will never forget.


Curacao was my least favorite but also the one I did not have much of a plan for. Literally took a bus and traveled through the neighborhoods and went to a popular beach resort and laid out. A lot of walking that day and it was hot.

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Been to all 3 and did the southern cruise just this year. We've been to Curacao probably 5 times, staying for a week's vacation and to Aruba probably at least 10 times, again staying for a week's vacation. You can't beat Aruba for long beautiful beaches. Curacao's beaches are nice, but not as nice, and Bonaire really doesn't have great beaches. We always stay on Palm Beach, which is were the high rise hotels are. The first time we went to Aruba, it was on a cruise and we just asked the taxi driver to take us to a beach. We fell in love with Palm Beach and with Aruba from that visit. You can walk off the ship in all 3 ports and be within walking distance of the main areas for shopping. In Curacao last trip on a cruise, we got off, went to the taxi stand and said take us to Blue Bay. Lovely little spot for a beach day. The ship will sell you this, but it's only about $5 or $6 person on your own, plus taxi, and that gets you in, and a chair and umbrella. Change rooms and a restaurant are also there. My favourite islands. You won't be sorry if you visit any of these 3 islands.

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I wanted to do the ABC islands too, and I found a Royal Caribbean cruise to do it. Vision of the Seas is re-positioning from NJ to TX and will go to the ABC islands. It was an easy choice for me. It will be a long cruise and I'm so excited!

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