Catamaran Snorkel with Beach Break: The trip to the wall for snorkeling was not long and snorkeling was good. Would have enjoyed a longer sail. The crew did a good job feeding the fish and guiding us. The beach stop was poor as they took us back closer to the ship and dropped us off just off the beach. There was really nothing there to do and you had to get your rum punch at the catamaran so we just waded in the water for 20 minutes. The crew could have done a better job on the sail back to the ship to get you dancing. They ran out of rum which is excuseless.
Speed boat to Somona Island: This is no pleasure trip. Plan on a rough ride, wind, and salt water in face. That being said it was our first time doing a speed boat so we endured the 50 minute trip. The island was crowded and no places are reserved for you. Our guide did a poor job of giving us information. The beer and punch are served in 6 oz. cups so you need to make numerous trips to bar. He told us food would be served at 12:30. He then told us at 12:10 that we are leaving so if we wanted food to hurry. When we grabbed a small plate of food we and sat down someone approached us and asked us for $10. per person. Nothing was posted or said that we were getting charged for this. Again our guide was no help. On the way back we stopped at a sandbar and held starfishes which were pretty cool. They served us some rum and coke there. When getting back near ship they stopped short to collect tips as was previously reported. This did not bode well with most passengers.
Beach and Sunset Boat Ride: The ship had trouble docking so we were late to dock. Our 2:30 pm excursion was bumped to 3:30 as there was only one boat for the excursion. Our money was refunded as we did not want to stand on the dock for an hour. We took taxi to the beach ($5. pp) and ended up saving a lot of money. The boat we would have been on did not even make the sunset so we did not miss a thing. Walked to town at night and enjoyed our time there.
DePalm Island Snorkel: The trip was well organized and they had it together on the island. Plenty of food and cocktails to order. Beach and snorkel were excellent. I did not feel that I was getting a great deal of culture as this was my first time to Aruba and the island is sort of man-made amusement but for a short time in port I do not know where it could have been better spent.