Willemstad, Curaçao Cruises

Braemar in Willemstad, Caribbean
Braemar in Willemstad, Caribbean
Queen Emma Bridge in Willemstad, Curacao

UNESCO-protected Willemstad on Curaçao has narrow-gabled, 18th century houses in cool pastel shades, juxtaposed with intense yellows and royal blues. It’s akin to a carbon copy of Amsterdam, but with the gorgeous Caribbean climate thrown in.

The town has a number of intriguing museums worth visiting: the Curaçao Museum, the Maritime Museum and Kura Hulanda, which tells the history of the local slave trade.[ReadMoreMob] At Scharlooweg 77 is the house known as the 'Wedding Cake', a near perfect example of Dutch colonial architecture.

Willemstad is actually divided into two sections, Otrobanda and Punda, and both boast a rich, cultural heritage. They are connected by the Queen Emma Bridge, also known as the Swinging Old Lady, a floating, pontoon bridge powered by diesel, which swings open daily to allow ships in and out of the harbour.

Situated not far from the waterfront, the crowded streets of Punda are packed with smart galleries and shops, while nearby Pietermaai is alive with cool restaurants, bars and clubs. The island’s fantastic beaches are a true delight, with Santa Barbara Beach probably the pick of them all.

Cruises to Willemstad

Caribbean Christmas & New Year

Caribbean Christmas & New Year

Departs: Santo Domingo • Wed 23 Dec 2020
15 nights • Braemar • M2033

  • A cruise during the festive period is always a magical experience, and this exhilarating Caribbean adventure – packed with sun, sights, authentic experiences and unforgettable celebrations – is no exception.
  • You’ll enjoy a magical Christmas Day on board, combining traditional food, fun and festivity with time to relax in the sunshine on deck; and celebrate the arrival of 2021 in style with St Maarten’s New Year’s fireworks.
  • Highlights of your island-hopping adventure include chances to gain insights into cocoa farming and school life in Grenada and St Lucia respectively; ride St Kitts’ famous Scenic Railway; discover Antigua’s legendary beaches; and much more.

From £3,107pp

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Islands of the Caribbean with Colombia

Islands of the Caribbean with Colombia

Departs: Santo Domingo • Thu 21 Jan 2021
14 nights • Braemar • M2102

  • With no fewer than nine beautiful islands on the itinerary, plus a sailing past mountainous Montserrat at sunset, this quintessential Caribbean escape is full to the brim with highlights.
  • Uncover the authentic essence of Grenada and St Lucia, with chances to gain insights into cocoa farming and school life; and sample Barbados’ laidback vibes and ‘proper’ Caribbean rum in Bridgetown.
  • Elsewhere, you can take a ride of St Kitt’s famous Scenic Railway; discover Antigua’s legendary beaches; and explore UNESCO-listed Willemstad. Meanwhile, Cartagena de Indias brings Hispanic heritage and flair to your adventure.

From £2,449pp

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Islands of the Caribbean with Colombia

Islands of the Caribbean with Colombia

Departs: Santo Domingo • Thu 18 Feb 2021
14 nights • Braemar • M2104

  • With no fewer than nine beautiful islands on the itinerary, plus a sailing past mountainous Montserrat at sunset, this quintessential Caribbean escape is full to the brim with highlights.
  • Uncover the authentic essence of Grenada and St Lucia, with chances to gain insights into cocoa farming and school life; and sample Barbados’ laidback vibes and ‘proper’ Caribbean rum in Bridgetown.
  • Elsewhere, you can take a ride of St Kitts’ famous Scenic Railway; discover Antigua’s legendary beaches; and explore UNESCO-listed Willemstad. Meanwhile, Cartagena de Indias brings Hispanic heritage and flair to your adventure.

From £2,449pp

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Caribbean Islands and Festive Celebrations

Caribbean Islands and Festive Celebrations

Departs: Southampton • Tue 07 Dec 2021
30 nights • Braemar • M213031

  • Escape the gloomy British winter, as well as the stress of the busy festive period, and cruise across the Atlantic to the Caribbean for a simply unforgettable holiday.
  • Spend almost three weeks hopping between islands such as St Kitts, Barbados, Antigua and St Lucia for spectacular scenery, beaches and an authentic taste of the Caribbean.
  • Enjoy a Christmas Day of fun, food and festivity on board Braemar, and welcome 2022 in style, watching St Maarten’s New Year’s Eve fireworks.

From £3,849pp

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Festive Island-Hopping in the Caribbean

Festive Island-Hopping in the Caribbean

Departs: Bridgetown • Thu 23 Dec 2021
14 nights • Braemar • M2131

  • On an incredible Caribbean exploration, experience a magical festive season that includes Christmas at sea, spectacular New Year’s celebrations and paradise island discovery.
  • Uncover the delights of beautiful Bonaire and Curacao; indulge in the sunshine and beaches of Antigua; and ride St Kitts’s scenic railway, all before seeing in 2022 in St Maarten.
  • Begin the new year in style, discovering the volcanic wonders and quintessential gems of St Vincent, St Lucia – home of the soaring Twin Pitons – and exotic Dominica.

From £3,099pp

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Wildlife of the Caribbean

Wildlife of the Caribbean

Departs: Bridgetown • Thu 03 Mar 2022
14 nights • Braemar • M2205

  • With each destination specially selected for their incredible flora and fauna, this island-hopping adventure presents unmissable Caribbean wildlife watching opportunities.
  • See sloths and monkeys in the trees of Costa Rican rainforest; go whale watching in Dominica; and visit Tobago, where you may be lucky enough to see the first turtles of nesting season.
  • Encounter Bonaire’s iconic pink flamingos and the stunning sea life of Curacao; and enjoy a rare chance to see threatened, West-Africa-native mona monkeys in Grenada.

From £2,499pp

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