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Making the Most of Aruba
Making the Most of Aruba
Your ship docks at one of five cruise ship berths in the heart of Aruba’s capital city, Oranjestad. Three separate terminal buildings serve the various berths, each providing tourist services and some shopping. Taxis await your fare right on the pier. Shopping and nearby sights are a short walk from the piers. The Disney Fantasy visits Aruba twice in 2017 (she made her inaugural visit on June 20, 2017). All Ashore time is 9:15 am, All Aboard is at 5:45 pm.
GETTING AROUND ARUBA
Car rentals are plentiful (the agencies are by the airport, a few miles southeast from the pier), roads are in generally good repair, and Arubans drive U.S.-style, on the right-hand side of the road. Jeeps are popular and useful for driving the dirt roads of the north end of the island. However, unless you’re off in search of adventure, we don’t see a practical reason to rent—most beaches are within a few miles of town, so taxis will usually be more economical. Taxi fares are government-regulated, with fixed fares to various destinations around the island (no meters). As nearly all points of interest are likely to be visited by shore excursions, they remain, as always, your safest bet.
SHOPPING IN ARUBA
Befitting a port that can (and does) host five cruise ships at one time, there are plenty of pleasant shopping opportunities within comfortable walking distance of the pier. This isn’t quite duty-free shopping, though you can still do well if you know your prices and values. Hand crafts and artworks are sold from small stalls on and near the pier. Royal Plaza Mall is the closest major shopping “op,” immediately across L.G. Smith Blvd. from the pier. Next to that is Seaport Village Mall, and a bit beyond that, on landfill jutting into the harbor, is Seaport Market. If you head inland another block to Haven Str./Zoutman Str., and Main Street beyond that, you’ll find even more shops there and around the town’s colorful central square.
SAFETY IN ARUBA
With one of the highest living standards in the Caribbean, crimes against tourists are fairly low. Regular precautions are, of course, in order. Specifically, we recommend you keep any money you may have won at a casino under wraps (as Kenny sings, “You never count your money when you're sittin’ at the table”). Don’t leave valuables in your beach bag—when possible, leave them back on the ship, locked in your safe. If you rent a car and plan to get a Jeep, bring a backpack so you can keep all your belongings with you when you get out (Jeeps have no hiding places and are prime targets).
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