Curacao Island Tour Excursion Reviews
We took an island excursion via a bus. It was $20 per person; kids are free. We were promised to stay at Mambo beach for at least 2 to 3 hours. The bus toured around the town, showed the bridge, cemetery and church. The guy who gave the tour spoke in English then Spanish. We headed where they made Curacao liqueur. We were told told that we'll stay there for 10 minutes but it turned out to be an hour. We were able to sample different flavors of the famous liqueur: chocolate, coffee, orange and rum raisin. We then stopped to see an overview of their Spanish Waters. We then headed to Mambo beach and were told that the bus will be back to pick us up after 45 minutes! When we saw the beach, we were required to pay $3.50 per person (kids are not free) only to be dismayed to see a shitty beach: rocky, full of cigarette butts ... but the water is shallow and calm as it is actually a cove. The water is kind of cold but body temperature settles once you are in the water. The chairs and umbrellas are available for rent and not part of the beach entrance fee.
Heading back to the port, we paid $20 (flat rate for 1 to 4 people) for taxi. Expensive.
Curacao was our least favorite island.
In Curacao we booked a private tour. The driver, Natasja was knowledgeable enough to give you the required local information. On the tour we got to see the floating market in Willemstad, the Curacao Liquor plant, Shete National park (Boka Tabla) and stopped for a swim at Kenape Beach (Grot Knip). Natasja also took us for a Batidos, basically the best smoothie on a warm day. The only need is to update to a newer vehicle. Tour cost $50US per person (4 persons or more) for 5 to 5.5 hours.
An amazing, in depth tour of the island where we were able to pick and choose the sights that we wanted to visit based on our personal interests. We are nature buffs who enjoy photography so were were able to customize our trip to see some of the more off the beaten path sights that a tour bus could not navigate. We also were able to learn more about the island, since the ship only provided a shopping talk about Curacao, and we enjoyed delicious local cuisine at a patio restaurant, overlooking the ocean at sunset. I would highly recommend our guide whose reviews are on Trip Advisor and he is rated #1.
Neat tour we took from one lady right off the boat. Took us around to the different areas, drove slow and safe. The Cave tour was different, not good for disabled, OR claustrophobic though.
Nice ride around town. Good overview with drop off in shopping area for lunch.
We hired a taxi service once we got off the boat in Curacao. We shared a mini van with 6 other people which was ok. The driver took us around the island and showed us some sights including the Curacao Liqueur factory where he gave us some history and we got to taste a few flavors. He dropped us off where we could do some shopping and then we walked across the bridge to get back to the boat.
Taking the Princess excursion National Park, Museum and Scenic Country Drive was a good choice for our first visit to this island. The guide did a great job of making each stop interesting. I can recommend this tour.
We enjoyed the island of Curacao. We were excited to be in Curacao until 9:30 pm, but then disappointed to learn that everything closes around 5pm, so by the time we finished our tour, all the shops were closed. You would think on cruise ship days, shop owners would remain open a bit longer, but none were. We did find a great place to have dinner right next to the floating bridge. Our meals were very good and reasonably priced. This port visit reminded me of my trips to Key west where the ship pulls in at 7 am and nothing is open until noon, and we leave at 1pm. In Curacao you arrive at 1pm and stay until 9:30 but everything closes at 5. Nice scheduling Carnival.
Curacao - Weird timing in port, with boat docking at 1:00 PM and leaving at 11:00 PM. Lots of shopping, and sight seeing within walking distance of ship. The name brand stores are all right by the pier, while just over the moving pontoon bridge (I know, it sounds strange - you have to see it to fully comprehend it) are all the local shops, 10-15 minutes walking from the boat, (don't need a cab). to your right, just over this bridge is a little public square, which is a great place to negotiate excursions with local vendors, at far better prices than offered by the cruise lines. We got a two hour tour in an open-air bus, driving all over the island, including stops at a beach, the Curacao liquor factory (free samples !) , and a beautiful scenic over look probably 200 feet above the ocean, all for $15 p/p ! Great deal, and if you can't tell by now, my wife is a very shrewd negotiator !
Grabed tour bus outside of the port for $20 each. Air conditioned tour of town, over the big bridge, couple stops Curacao distillery, shopping, optional beach drop off near Sea Aquarium beach area or down town. Great walking in the old town; reminds you of Europe. Kind of pricy, but safe and fun with lots of photo ops. The floating market and floating bridge areas are nice. Lots of cafe style eateries along the water. Easy return to ship walking across bridge and following waterfront back through fort and resort. Very nice and ship stays into the evening if you want to play late. Stores close by 6; so shop early. Did not dive here, but friends who did say it was very nice and well worth doing. The ship does not offer diving because they get in early afternoon, but local charters are available.
After a lack of communication, we sadly missed out on the excursion we had booked, but managed to salvage it by taking an island tour with an independent company at the port. Although it was not what we had intended, and I cannot for my life remember the name of the company, Rosie gave us a great tour of Willemstad including a stop at a local beach, a Curacao distillery, some beautiful neighborhoods and a lot of info on the history of Curacao! It was 2 hours we enjoyed after a frustrating start to our time there.
very beautiful nice to walk around and do some shopping and we also took a tour and went and saw the beach but no time to enjoy beach because we did too much shopping.
What a fun day. We saw a lot of the island, and also had a beach break. The driver and host were a blast and it included soda, beer and water.
FUN Well worth the $
Guide was local and very knowledgeable. Great photo opportunities. Very historical.
This was a good overall tour. We went to the caves which was nice. The excursion to the Curacao liquor factory was a waste of time.
Tour was a total waste of time and $100. It was advertised as an island tour, a museum and a tour of a cave and a liquor tasting. All of that happened, but it was simply a drive through town, pointing out the different colors of the houses, a museum tour that had very few artifacts and hardly any history. The cave tour was an outside, above ground cave that required you to climb 50 large, steep steps just to get to the entrance and once inside there were even more steps. Also, It was very HOT inside. We expected a normal cave with cooler temperature and nothing indicated that there were steep steps... AVOID THIS TOUR! CU02.
Our third stop was Curacao. We took the Discover Curacao Island Tour. We loved Curacao! The bad part was that we docked at 2pm (3pm local time) so by the time we returned from our tour it was getting dark and many of the shops closed. The tour was nice, nothing spectacular. Curacao is on our list of places that we will visit again.
Beautiful island with lots of beautiful buildings that are very colorful. Shopping by the terminal seems like the best place to go. Starbucks close by terminal for WIFI connection.
disappointed in the tour I took, should have just walked into town. We had some bad rain so the bus was wet, the distillery crowded and a long wait for stragglers. Poorly organized and not that interesting. Got to the beach at 5--ridiculous waste of time.
it would have been better if the other people with us on the tour would have listened to the times we had to be back on the bus and were there when they were supposed to be. Seaquarium Beach was awful...filthy...from other people at the beach.....
While the island was beautiful, the night life was nonexsistant. Most everything closed at sunset, while the ship was docked until 11pm.
We walked across the bridge and booked a tour in an open van. It was good and we saw the entire island.
Tour of the liquor company with samples, island tour with stops along the way. Very informative, great tour guide.
The woman who took us around the city area was very nice and informative, but we were a little bored, and we wish that we had just done the city sight-seeing on our own. In any case, the city has all those multi-colored buildings, which are so picturesque. We really enjoyed seeing the city. Later, we went to Cocomo Beach, which has a beautiful water color, but there are a lot of rocks on the ocean floor. Also, a store manager told us to be careful not to step on a certain type of fish that looks like a rock and can sting you. So, I was a little uncomfortable about that. Needless to say, I didn't do much walking in the water. I swam out to the floating deck and enjoyed the views.