Port and Shore Excursions
Again, here we have done the beach tours and they were good, but we decided to just do the local shopping and relax.
We haven't taken tours in Aruba in years, as my wife particularly enjoys shopping, bar hopping and casino's and it is all right there at the pier and within walking distance.
We had been here many times before and therefore didn't do a tour. In the past I really enjoyed the tour of Harrison's Caves, so this time we decided to walk downtown and shop and new we could get a cab cheap and went to the Boatyard, where we found many of the crew. It had lots of water sports and the food and drinks were very good.
We have taken a beach tour there before and enjoyed it, but this time Linda wanted to get some Linen and we walked downtown and stopped at a few shops and had lunch and drinks at an outside restaurant along the river, which as perfect. Then off to the casino for a short time.
We had been there before and I wanted to go to beach, but Linda wanted to do smome local shopping; which was a waste of time. We did some walking around and walked thru a tunnel with traffic in one direction, but it was such a small walking area that she was almost hit by a car. We will never walk around that Island again, but will do a tour.
It was a Sunday, so we knew that most places would be closed and there wasn't much to do, so we got off the ship and there were some loca small shops and we went to the pier, where they offered Land and Sea tour. We took the tour for $60 each, which did not include lunch. We boarded a speed boat and we and about 14 other people were off. We went around part of the island and they pointed out some very interesting homes owned by the famous. Then to a fishing village, were we boarded small busses and went out to a drive in volcano (Sulfer smells bad), but very interesting and then to a waterfall, which also was nice. Then back to the boat and off to visit a resort beach and restaurant for about an hour or two. The tour was well worth the price.
Visiting St. Maartin many times, we know what we like to do.
We take the Beach Rondeveous tour, which includes the trip to the beach, a beach chair and a drink. We always rent an umbrella for a few bucks. I like to walk the beach and Linda likes to sit in the sun. Lunch is included and very good. It also includes a drink with lunch. The scenery to get there is really nice and we get back about 2. Head to the casino for about 1/2 hour and then off to shopping. On board the ship about 4 or 5.
We have done with Kon Tiki years ago and enjoyed it very much. Did it this time and didn't find it as nice. If you have never done it, I think you will enjoy it. It is a glass bottom boat and you can see some coral and fish, then it is off to a somewhat private beach for a few hours on the beach. The beach is very nice and rum punch or punch without the rum is included, on the way back the steal drummers are drumming and a snake dance is always a must.