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About Curacao

The brightly hued island of Curacao, 42 miles east of Aruba, is part of the ABC chain of islands, which also includes Aruba and Bonaire. Legend says that an early governor suffered from migraines and mandated the pastel-colored houses, now a trademark of the Southern Caribbean island, because white paint aggravated his condition. Whatever the reason, there's something wonderful about approaching by cruise ship and spotting buildings in shades like cotton-candy pink and deep, ocean-blue.


Curacao was discovered by Spaniards in 1499 and was taken over in 1634 by the Dutch, who settled its capital city, Willemstad, as a naval base. The city drew Dutch and Jewish merchants (old Jewish neighborhoods -- like Scharloo, north of Willemstad -- still exist), and there's still a distinctly Dutch feel in the centuries-old buildings that line the waterfront in all those fantastic colors.


Willemstad, where cruise ships dock, is a vibrant and cosmopolitan city with waterfront shops and cafes. It's walkable and always warm, but never stiflingly hot, thanks to constant, breezy trade winds. The city is split into two districts -- one on each side of a narrow but deep channel, traversable by a landmark floating pedestrian bridge. Beyond Willemstad, Curacao is rife with opportunities to dive and swim, with more than 35 uncrowded beaches.


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  • 9 Night
    Cruise to Curacao

    Leaving:
    Fort Lauderdale
    Visiting:
    Aruba, Curacao ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Celebrity Cruises
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    9 Night Cruise to Curacao Route (Celebrity Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Aruba
    • Day 5
      Curacao
    • Day 6
      Bonaire
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Grand Cayman (Georgetown)
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
    Ship Details

    Celebrity Silhouette - Celebrity Cruises

    Pros

    Outstanding service, top-notch cuisine and well-thought out design

    Cons

    Specialty dining charges can run high

    Bottom Line

    Sets standards for an upscale big ship experience for service, ambience, dining and decors

    Reviews

    Celebrity Silhouette Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    5.0/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining5.0
    Service5.0
    Value4.0

    More energetic and with more extra-fee attractions than its three Solstice-class predecessors, ...

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    Serendipity101
    Sail Date Jun 2019
    No more Celebrity!!!
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    upthehudson
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Enjoyable Cruise on a Terrific Ship
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Curacao

    Leaving:
    San Juan
    Visiting:
    St. Kitts, Aruba ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Celebrity Cruises
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    7 Night Cruise to Curacao Route (Celebrity Cruises)
    • Day 1
      San Juan
    • Day 2
      St. Kitts (Port Zante)
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Aruba
    • Day 5
      Curacao
    • Day 6
      Bonaire
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      San Juan
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    Celebrity Summit - Celebrity Cruises

    Pros

    Smaller size means consistent service; heavy emphasis on food and wine, with good results.

    Cons

    Nighttime entertainment is hit or miss, with some live music shows more snooze fest than snappy.

    Bottom Line

    The ship presents some of the best features of Celebrity, without being too overwhelming.

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    Celebrity Summit Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.5
    Value4.0

    Immediately upon stepping foot onboard Celebrity Summit, one gets a sense of the ship's elegant...

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    jshape
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Fantastic Ship/Great Cruise
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    Mushinatsea
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    An amazing itinerary on a beautifully refurbished ship
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  • 11 Night
    Cruise to Curacao

    Leaving:
    Fort Lauderdale
    Visiting:
    Half Moon Cay, Aruba ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Holland America Line
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    11 Night Cruise to Curacao Route (Holland America Line)
    • Day 1
      Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
    • Day 2
      Half Moon Cay
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Aruba
    • Day 5
      Curacao
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Cartagena (Colombia)
    • Day 8
      Gatun Lake
    • Day 8
      Panama Canal
    • Day 8
      Colon (Cristobal)
    • Day 9
      Puerto Limon
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Cruising
    • Day 12
      Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
    Ship Details

    Zuiderdam - Holland America Line

    Pros

    Partnerships and Music Walk mean exciting enrichment and entertainment choices

    Cons

    Pool and some public areas appear dated; cabins could use more storage

    Bottom line

    Continual refurbishments and additions keep older ship fresh for a variety of destinations

    Reviews

    Zuiderdam Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining3.5
    Service4.0
    Value4.5

    With its traditional heritage and older demographic, you might expect a cruise on Holland Ameri...

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    StevenLaChance1
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Zuiderdam = Huge Dirty Disappointment
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    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Extraordinary Food/Presentation/Service but bring a sweater
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    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
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  • 8 Night
    Cruise to Curacao

    Leaving:
    Fort Lauderdale
    Visiting:
    Curacao, Bonaire ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Royal Caribbean International
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    8 Night Cruise to Curacao Route (Royal Caribbean International)
    • Day 1
      Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Curacao
    • Day 5
      Bonaire
    • Day 6
      Aruba
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
    Ship Details

    Adventure of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

    Pros

    Newly installed FlowRiders and water slides are sure to please

    Cons

    Less than half of the cabins onboard have balconies

    Bottom Line

    A good choice for Southern Caribbean cruises requiring fewer at sea days

    Reviews

    Adventure of the Seas Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    Adventure of the Seas debuted in 2001 as the third in the series of Royal Caribbean's game-chan...

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    broadwaybaby123
    Sail Date May 2019
    Amazing Adventure On "Adventure Of The Seas"
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    Timpro
    Sail Date Oct 2019
    Very Disappointing.
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      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 10 Night
    Cruise to Curacao

    Leaving:
    Fort Lauderdale
    Visiting:
    Aruba, Curacao ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Holland America Line
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    10 Night Cruise to Curacao Route (Holland America Line)
    • Day 1
      Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Aruba
    • Day 5
      Curacao
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      San Juan
    • Day 8
      Amber Cove (Puerto Plata)
    • Day 9
      Grand Turk
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
    Ship Details

    Rotterdam - Holland America Line

    Pros

    Pool deck never feels overcrowded

    Cons

    Older ship showing signs of age, particularly in non-suite cabins

    Bottom Line

    Simple ship with a laidback atmosphere

    Reviews

    Rotterdam Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining3.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    Launched in 1997, Rotterdam VI is the sixth in a line of Holland America flagships and it shows...

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    Seamore42
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Comfortable Rotterdam
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    Baybari
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Great Itinerary But Time to put The Old Mare to Rest
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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

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    • Spa Services
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    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
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      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 11 Night
    Cruise to Curacao

    Leaving:
    Fort Lauderdale
    Visiting:
    Cartagena, Aruba ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Celebrity Cruises
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    11 Night Cruise to Curacao Route (Celebrity Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Cartagena (Colombia)
    • Day 5
      Aruba
    • Day 6
      Aruba
    • Day 7
      Curacao
    • Day 8
      Bonaire
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Grand Cayman (Georgetown)
    • Day 11
      Cruising
    • Day 12
      Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
    Ship Details

    Celebrity Reflection - Celebrity Cruises

    Pros

    Newest ship in the Celebrity fleet, impressive free and for-a-fee dining options

    Cons

    Exclusive venues for suite guests could make other passengers feel excluded

    Bottom Line

    Stylish and contemporary mega-ship cruising with exceptional service

    Reviews

    Celebrity Reflection Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    5.0/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining5.0
    Service5.0
    Value5.0

    Cool sophistication is the unmistakable vibe onboard Celebrity Reflection, the biggest of the f...

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    Cag.60
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Lovely Cruise
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    suept
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Post-Holiday Getaway
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      Main dining room and/or buffet
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    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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