Oranjestad: The Dutch colonial legacy merge seamlessly with the native island culture
The island of Aruba is situated in the heart of the Caribbean and is one of the region’s most popular holiday destinations.
The capital of Aruba is Oranjestad which offers a wonderful opportunity for a relaxing day away from your luxury MSC cruise liner! For centuries, the island was under Dutch rule, and Oranjestad is named after the Dutch King Willem van Oranje-Nassau (William of Orange-Nassau).
Today, the Dutch colonial legacy can be seen in the architecture of traditional, tall, colourful houses decorated with quintessential Dutch tiles, and which merge seamlessly with the native island culture.
Plan your day away from ship carefully and choose from one of our great excursion packages or opt for our great deals on exciting days out, designed to stimulate the senses or relax the spirit. There is plenty for nature-lovers, most notably the amazing Butterfly Farm, Aruba's number one ecological attraction.
Natural beauty is a hallmark of Aruba: the coasts are renowned for their sandy white beaches, enhanced by picture-postcard palm trees. The crystal-clear waters around Aruba offer exceptional visibility, making it a haven for snorkelling and diving enthusiasts, to whom we recommend our unique submarine and ‘Sea and See’ tours. Families and those who prefer to stay on land should not miss the Baby Beach, wonderful for children, due to its shallow waters.
Passengers who enjoy learning about local history during their cruise vacation will enjoy the ‘Best of Aruba’ sightseeing tour and the ultimate personalized off-road Land Rover excursion!
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