Sailing from San Juan allows time for exploring this culturally rich city by the sea before or after your cruise. A must-visit is the largest fortress ever built in the Americas, Castillo San Felipe del Morro (El Morro, for short). In Oranjestad, hop on the tram and get a local’s look at the town, a stark contrast of old and new. Say “Danki” when hopping off – that’s thank-you in Papiamentu, Aruba’s official language. In Willemstad, the Dutch influence is alive and well in its architecture and brightly painted facades. For an authentic meal, try “karko,” thinly sliced conch doused in garlic butter. Get it at Yvonne’s in the Old Market.
Experience the smash-hit musical sensation, Priscilla Queen of the Desert.
Get to know your A-B-Cs: Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao.