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About Curacao

The largest island in the Dutch Antilles, Curacao is home to more than 50 nationalities so has a cosmopolitan atmosphere. Its lovely capital and cruise port, Willemstad, is full of 17th, 18th and 19th century Dutch and Spanish Colonial architecture.

The two sides of the city are divided by Santa Anna Bay, a narrow channel flanked by pastel-tinted, gabled houses and spanned by the spectacular swing-aside Queen Emma pontoon bridge.

On one side you will find the 18th century Fort Amsterdam and Breederstraat, gateway to Willemstad's main shopping and restaurant district where you can buy everything from Delft pottery to Italian silk ties, Japanese electrical goods, Indonesian batik clothing, locally-made black coral jewellery and, of course, the sapphire-blue liqueur to which Curacao has given its name.

Also worth a visit is the Floating Market, lined with boats from Colombia, Venezuela and other Caribbean islands selling colourful local produce and handicrafts.

 

Shore excursions in Curacao

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Island Tour and Hato Caves

Activity high

Duration: 3½ hours

Combine Curaçao’s countryside with some of the island’s most visited attractions.

Travel into the countryside, passing salt flats and flamingos before arriving at the Hato Caves. This dramatic collection of grottoes is filled with stalactites, stalagmites and crystal-clear pools, centuries in the making.

Afterwards, you’ll head to the Curaçao Museum which was founded in 1946, and combines contemporary art with an exhibition of life in 19th century Curaçao. During your tour, you’ll also enjoy a brief stop at the Chobolobo Liqueur Factory, giving you an ideal opportunity to taste and purchase the locally distilled Curaçao liqueur.

Cross the Queen Juliana Bridge and catch a glimpse of the wonderful view over Willemstad.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The Chobolobo Factory generally closes on Sundays and bank holidays. This visit will be replaced with the Caribbean Handicraft Store, where liqueur tasting will still be offered. There are approximately 50 steps to negotiate when entering the Caves and another 39 steps once inside. The terrain is uneven and gravel in parts and can become slippery. Comfortable, non-slip shoes are essential. The caves can be warm and humid. Passengers are requested not to touch the formations in Hato Caves for environmental reasons. Photography is only permitted in certain areas of the Caves. Participants in the liqueur sampling must be 18 years of age or over. If you wish to remain in Willemstad after your tour, please note that you will be responsible for your own return to the quayside.

Scenes of Curaçao and Beach

Activity low

Duration: 4 hours

Discover the charming scenery of Curaçao, combined with some time to relax on the beach.

Embark on a scenic drive through the residential area of Otrobanda. This historically important part of Willemstad boasts many important pieces of architecture. From here you’ll see St Anna Bay, which is located on the opposite side and divides the capital into 2 parts.

Continue over the Queen Juliana Bridge, where you’ll be treated to a pleasant view of Willemstad and its colourful buildings. Your journey then takes you through the commercial part of the capital and the once flourishing district of Scharloo, where the early Jewish merchants built stately homes.

Enjoy a visit to Chobolobo Plantation House, where the authentic Curaçao liquor is produced. During a tour of the small factory you’ll have the opportunity to sample some of the different types of liquor.

Afterwards, head towards the eastern part of the island and the beautiful Spanish waters area, from here you’ll experience spectacular views.

Complete your tour at Mambo Beach, where you’ll have around 2 hours to spend relaxing in the sun.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by bus and on foot. This tour involves approximately 20 minutes of walking. Please remember to wear swimwear, take a towel and sunscreen. The beach is not exclusive to P&O Cruises and therefore may become busy. Sun loungers and umbrellas are not included but are available for hire; payable locally and subject to availability. Changing facilities are available. Please refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages prior to any swimming activities There may be independent suppliers on the beach that offer watersports, these are provided by parties unconnected to P&O Cruises.

 

A selection of cruises to Curacao

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