Friday, February 11, 2011

Cruise Port Review: Aruba

We have been to Aruba several times so did not feel we needed to do a shore excursion. I had hoped to go to Eagle Beach, very easy to access via public bus from the bus terminal. But we only had a few hours on the island and decided to just wander around Oranjestaad.

Which is significantly more built up than we remember. And Aruba is not a cheap island. We passed shop after shop of upscale items and the Caribbean standards like Columbia Emeralds. For those looking for crafts and t-shirts, there were stalls lined up along the waterfront, to the right as we excited the cruise terminal. We wandered for a while, including heading to a gas station to the left of the pier entrance for water and other sundry items, took a picture of the ship from land and then headed back on board.

We talked to several people who took tours. Those that took the island tour that included the north side of the island liked their tour. We’ve been there and it has some beautiful areas. Some took the ship tour to the beach and were also happy. Everyone else we spoke with felt pretty lukewarm about the tours. Not the fault of Princess or the tour operator….. in our opinion, Aruba is a pretty boring island.

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