Aruba (Oranjestad) Cruise Port
The Aruba (Oranjestad) Cruise Port serves as the gateway to one of the region's most popular vacation destinations—Aruba, in the Dutch Caribbean. Known for year-round warm weather, excellent beaches, and several historical landmarks, Aruba makes for a great day-trip while cruising the Caribbean.
Plan to spend your time outdoors when docked in Aruba. Get an island overview during an off-road Jeep safari, which typically cover Arikok National Park, the California Lighthouse, and Natural Bridge; ride solo or double on an ATV tour of the north coast; go horseback riding to a secluded beach; or head out on the water for a day of snorkeling, scuba diving, or kayaking in the Caribbean seas. Popular points of interest on the island include the Butterfly Farm, Eagle Beach, Natural Pool, and the Ayo and Casibari rock formations.
Things to Know Before You Go
Aruba (Oranjestad) Cruise Port has two air-conditioned terminals, both with ATMs and shops, as well as souvenirs and tourist information.
Remember to wear sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat, as it’s almost always sunny in Aruba.
Several shops are located along Lloyd G. Smith Boulevard, which is in close proximity to the docks.
The cruise port has a wheelchair ramp and Aruba is generally more accessible than many other Caribbean islands.
How to Get to Oranjestad From the Aruba (Oranjestad) Cruise Port
Most cruise lines dock within walking distance of downtown Oranjestad, although taxias are plentiful and inexpensive. Shore excursions and tours typically include round-trip transportation departing from the port.
Although the official languages of Aruba are Papiamento and Dutch, most locals speak English and Spanish as well. The official currency is the Aruban florin, but US dollars are accepted everywhere and ATMs are conveniently located around the island.