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About Aruba

"One Happy Island." This, the official motto of Aruba, is plastered on each taxi's license plate. Surely Arubans are happy to see cruisers: Aruba's economy is fueled by tourists' dollars, and much of the island is heavily developed for them -- perhaps even more so than neighboring islands Bonaire and Curacao. (Together, the three make up what's known as the ABC chain of islands in this deepest part of the Southern Caribbean.) Most Arubans speak English and accept U.S. currency, and shops located in and around the port area are American -- Tommy Hilfiger, Diamonds International and the like.

Beyond that, Aruba has a rich, layered heritage. The first people to inhabit the island were a nation of Arawak Indians. (The name Aruba seems to have derived from the Arawak Indian word oibubai, which means guide.) In 1499, the Spanish explorer Alonso de Ojeda laid claim to the territory for Queen Isabella. Nearly 200 years later, the Dutch captured the islands of Aruba, Curacao and Bonaire from the Spanish, and much of that heritage can be seen in its pastel Old World architecture.

But let's face it -- we don't come here for the history. We come here for the diversions, and Aruba is the Caribbean's theme park. There are casinos, duty-free shops, more than two dozen dive sites, noteworthy shipwrecks and a championship golf course, lined with cacti and populated by friendly iguanas. Aruba's trademark divi divi trees always point in a southwesterly direction (due to trade winds that blow from the northeast), but we like to think they're leading the way to the sandy beaches that ring the island in the shape of a cheery smile.

Best of all, there really is no bad time to visit Aruba. Located only 20 miles north of Venezuela, temperatures are consistently pleasant (lows in the 70s, highs in the 80s), there's no "rainy" season, and its location is far below the Atlantic hurricane belt, so it's less likely to be impacted by storms. Aruba's dry climate is home to large mondis (forests of cacti), and you may feel like you are in Arizona, rather than the Caribbean!


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  • 9 Night
    Cruise to Aruba

    Leaving:
    Fort Lauderdale
    Visiting:
    Aruba, Curacao ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Celebrity Cruises
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    9 Night Cruise to Aruba 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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    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
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      Soda and Juice
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      Beer, wine, and spirits
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Aruba

    Leaving:
    San Juan
    Visiting:
    St. Kitts, Aruba ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Celebrity Cruises
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    7 Night Cruise to Aruba 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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    • 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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  • 10 Night
    Cruise to Aruba

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

    Pros

    Innovative features like a real grass lawn and glass-blowing show

    Cons

    Main dining could use a little improvement

    Bottom Line

    Sail for a strong mix of dining and activity options

    Reviews

    Celebrity Equinox Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.5
    Service5.0
    Value4.5

    Celebrity Equinox undergwent an extensive refurbishment in May 2019. It received additional...

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    Uberic21
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Antarctica is Indescribable
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    nofufu
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Equinox with Captain Tassos- great fun
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      Soda and Juice
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  • 11 Night
    Cruise to Aruba

    Leaving:
    Fort Lauderdale
    Visiting:
    Half Moon Cay, Aruba ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Holland America Line
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    11 Night Cruise to Aruba 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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    KruzinAl
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Extraordinary Food/Presentation/Service but bring a sweater
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    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
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    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 11 Night
    Cruise to Aruba

    Leaving:
    Miami
    Visiting:
    Curacao, Aruba ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    11 Night Cruise to Aruba Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Miami
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Curacao
    • Day 5
      Aruba
    • Day 6
      Santa Marta
    • Day 7
      Cartagena (Colombia)
    • Day 8
      Gatun Lake
    • Day 8
      Colon (Cristobal)
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Grand Cayman (Georgetown)
    • Day 11
      Cruising
    • Day 12
      Miami
    Ship Details

    Norwegian Pearl - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Plenty of dining, nightlife and family options to easily accommodate short sailings

    Cons

    Unless you're onboard for a theme charter, evening entertainment might feel a bit dated

    Bottom Line

    Whether you're just taking a long weekend or sailing with superstars, Norwegian Pearl is a cheerful ship to call home

    Reviews

    Norwegian Pearl Reviews

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

    Norwegian Pearl is a fantastically fun ship from its imaginative decor (blown-up photos of wild...

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    Green Oreos
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Just an average cruise
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    rebekahmtaylor
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Classy Ship, Had Lots of Fun!
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    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • 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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  • 11 Night
    Cruise to Aruba

    Leaving:
    Tampa
    Visiting:
    Grand Cayman, Aruba ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    11 Night Cruise to Aruba Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Tampa
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Grand Cayman (Georgetown)
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Aruba
    • Day 6
      Bonaire
    • Day 7
      St. Lucia
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      King's Wharf
    • Day 11
      Cruising
    • Day 12
      New York (Manhattan)
    Ship Details

    Norwegian Dawn - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Tons of dining, bars and activities keep everyone entertained; refurb is modern, not tacky

    Cons

    Less-than-perfect ship has confusing layout and occasional maintenance issues

    Bottom Line

    Enthusiastic crowd has a fun time onboard, despite upcharges and an older ship

    Reviews

    Norwegian Dawn Reviews

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

    Norwegian Dawn is a ship you love despite its flaws. Built in 2002 as the third ship in the Nor...

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    Dolce1989
    Sail Date Feb 2019
    Cruise of a Lifetime
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    gold1959
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Wonderful cruise- planning another!
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