Oranjestad Cruises

Oranjestad bearch front with local shops, Aruba
Oranjestad bearch front with local shops, Aruba
Boat near Oranjestad beach, Aruba

Oranjestad is the capital of the Dutch island of Aruba, in the Caribbean Sea. The vividly coloured colonial buildings that mirror those in Amsterdam, clearly point to Oranjestad’s rich Dutch heritage. The city is one of the Caribbean’s true gems, combining European-style architecture with glorious white sand beaches, palm trees and flamingos.

Along the waterfront, L.G. Smith Boulevard is dotted with boutiques, shopping malls, restaurants and bars.[ReadMoreMob] The harbour, packed with fishing boats and yachts, has stalls selling fresh fruit and fish, and the open-air cafés are to perfect spot to enjoy the sights and sounds of this busy port.

The 18th century Fort Zoutman and the Willem III Tower, formerly a lighthouse, is now the Historical Museum, while The Archaeological Museum displays indigenous artefacts - ceramics, ancient tools, burial urns and other relics, dating back as far as 2500 BC.  [ReadMore] The Numismatic Museum has almost 50,000 coins, collected by three generations of a single local family.

Queen Wilhelmina Park is a peaceful place to walk, with formal lawns and tropical plants, and other sights include the island’s Butterfly Farm and the Natural Bridge of Aruba. Of course, visitors can simply relax on the glorious beaches, where flamingos are occasionally spotted balancing on the pristine sands.

 

Cruises to Oranjestad

Transatlantic Crossing & a Caribbean Christmas

Transatlantic Crossing & a Caribbean Christmas

Departs: Southampton • Tue 03 Dec 2019
30 nights • Braemar • M192930

  • Escape from the typically gloomy British winter weather, as well as the usual stress of the busy Christmas period, and cruise across the Atlantic to the Caribbean for a simply unforgettable festive season.
  • Almost three weeks of this 30-night voyage will be spent hopping between idyllic Caribbean islands, including Barbados, Antigua, St Lucia, St Kitts and Tobago, affording you plenty of opportunities to indulge in hours of pure relaxation and wonderfully rewarding exploration.
  • You’re in for simply unforgettable Christmas and New Year celebrations too – you’ll visit Aruba on Christmas Eve; enjoy all the fun, food and festivity of Christmas Day at sea; spend Boxing Day in Grenada; and, on New Year’s Eve, call at Road Town, Tortola to welcome the arrival of 2020 in style.

From £4,199pp

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Caribbean Christmas & New Year

Caribbean Christmas & New Year

Departs: Bridgetown • Thu 19 Dec 2019
14 nights • Braemar • M1930

  • Fly to Barbados and join Braemar for an incredible Caribbean island-hopping adventure to experience a simply unforgettable festive season in 2019.
  • Your Christmas will be one to remember forever – You’ll spend Christmas Eve on the beautiful island of Aruba, enjoy a magical Christmas Day at sea with all the trimmings, and stop at the ‘Spice Island’ of Grenada for a relaxing and rewarding Boxing Day.
  • Braemar will also take you to Tobago; Bonaire; St Lucia, for the soaring Twin Pitons and Soufrière Volcano; Antigua, famed for its stunning beaches and historical sites; St Maarten; and Tortola, where you’ll welcome the arrival of 2020 in style.

From £1,899pp

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The Eastern Caribbean

The Eastern Caribbean

Departs: Bridgetown • Thu 16 Jan 2020
14 nights • Braemar • M2002

  • Immerse yourself in vibrant culture and rich history; discover stunning landscapes and astonishing natural wonders; and indulge in pure relaxation in paradise, on this unforgettable 14-night Caribbean adventure.
  • After meeting Braemar in Barbados, you’ll embark on an island-hopping adventure taking in Tobago; two of the beautiful ‘ABC’ islands, Bonaire and Aruba; Grenada; spectacular St Lucia; Antigua, famed for its breathtaking beaches; St Kitts; St Maarten; and Tortola.
  • A wealth of attractions await you on this incredible voyage – the native flamingos of Bonaire; St Lucia’s soaring Twin Pitons and Diamond Botanical Gardens; the world-famous St Kitts Scenic Railway; and Grenada’s Grand Etang National Park are just a few of the highlights.

From £2,199pp

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The Eastern Caribbean

The Eastern Caribbean

Departs: Bridgetown • Thu 13 Feb 2020
14 nights • Braemar • M2004

  • Immerse yourself in vibrant culture and rich history; discover stunning landscapes and astonishing natural wonders; and indulge in pure relaxation in paradise, on this unforgettable 14-night Caribbean adventure.
  • After meeting Braemar in Barbados, you’ll embark on an island-hopping adventure taking in Tobago; two of the beautiful ‘ABC’ islands, Bonaire and Aruba; Grenada; spectacular St Lucia; Antigua, famed for its breathtaking beaches; St Kitts; St Maarten; and Tortola.
  • A wealth of attractions await you on this incredible voyage – the native flamingos of Bonaire; St Lucia’s soaring Twin Pitons and Diamond Botanical Gardens; the world-famous St Kitts Scenic Railway; and Grenada’s Grand Etang National Park are just a few of the highlights.

From £2,299pp

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Classic Caribbean & Havana Highlights

Classic Caribbean & Havana Highlights

Departs: Bridgetown • Thu 10 Dec 2020
13 nights • Braemar • M2032

  • Meet Braemar for a pre-Christmas cruise to Cuba and the Caribbean and prepare for the busy festive period with untouched landscapes, authentic cultures, beautiful beaches and much more
  • You can feel the unique black sands of St Vincent between your toes; admire the Amsterdam-esque architecture of Oranjestad, Aruba; and delve into the rich history of Falmouth and Santo Domingo.
  • Cuba is sure to be an undoubted highlight: after Santiago de Cuba, you’ll stop overnight in Havana, affording time to explore historic districts, sample authentic Cuban rum, and even see the sights from an iconic classic car.

From £2,099pp

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Classic Caribbean & Central America

Classic Caribbean & Central America

Departs: Bridgetown • Thu 04 Feb 2021
14 nights • Braemar • M2103

  • Cruising between spectacular Caribbean islands and intoxicating North and Central American countries, you’ll get to tick a diverse array of memorable sights and experiences off your list.
  • You can feel the unique black sands of St Vincent between your toes; admire the Amsterdam-esque architecture of Oranjestad, Aruba; and delve into the rich history of Falmouth and Santo Domingo.
  • Roatan Island’s idyllic scenes of coral reefs, white-sand beaches and forested interiors await; Belize City is your gateway to discovering native wildlife; and remarkable ancient Mayan ruins are within reach in Cozumel.

From £2,499pp

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