Curacao has two main docking spots: the new Curacao Mega Pier is designed for mega ships. This pier is located in West Willemstad, just a few minutes walk into downtown. Smaller ships dock at the Curacao Cruise Terminal (Mathey Wharf), which is within walking distance to the floating Queen Emma Bridge, which connects it to the city's main shopping and business areas.
Printable map to take along on your cruise.
Cruise calendar for this port and which dock will be used.
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Curaçao is the largest of the six islands that comprise the (former) Netherlands Antilles. It gained autonomy from the Netherlands in 1954, but the Dutch influence is still very visible in Willemstad's architecture and culture. With the growth of the oil industry in Curaçao in the early 20th century, workers and their families came to the island from more than 50 countries, providing a varied and vibrant population.
Willemstad - the former capital of the Netherlands Antilles and one of a select number of urban areas on UNESCO's World Heritage List - is gorgeous. It's divided in two by capacious St Anna Bay, the largest harbor in the Caribbean. Punda, the oldest part of the city, is to the east, and Otrobanda, to the west, are connected by a quaint pontoon bridge known as the Swinging Old Lady or Emma Bridge she cocks a leg for boats
Willemstad is easy to do on foot.
Taxis: For sightseeing the rate is about $50 per hour. You will have to negotiate.
Experience the beauty of Curacao on a trolley train tour that takes you through historic Willemstad.
Car rental is available at the Mega pier, but not cheap.
It pays to compare your cruise line shore excursions here.
Curacao is blessed with excellent beaches with fine white sand and plenty of sunshine. You can arrange for a taxi to take you to a beach of your choice and then pick you up at a designated time.
There is a beach close by the MegaPier. Just to the left about 4-5 blocks. it is the Holiday Beach area. Get off the ship, walk to the main street and turn left. They do have a dive shop, bar and restaurant, casino and shower and restrooms.
Christoffelpark is the largest national park of Curacao and a must see for everyone. The park has a rich variety of local flora and fauna. Nature lovers will find the park teeming with local birds and plants, including species, which are not easily seen elsewhere on the island.
The Curaçao Sea Aquarium belongs to one of the most unique aquaria in the world. The reason being that, from the very beginning of the aquarium in 1984, the Sea Aquarium managed to create natural habitats for all its marine creatures without using sophisticated technical equipment.
Curaçao is a shopper's paradise. Some 200 shops line the major shopping streets such as Heerenstraat and Breedestraat. Right in the heart of Willemstad is the 5-block Punda shopping district.
The Netherlands Antilles florin (NAF), also called a guilder, is the official currency. U.S. dollars, Credit cards are widely accepted.
Official languages Dutch, English, Papiamento, Spanish.
There are several cafes which offer free WiFi for customers. Free WiFi at the Mega Pier.
Stores on the main streets are open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, although some are closed for lunch between noon and 2 p.m. Shops in the malls and shopping centers are open from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Some stores are open on Sundays and holidays when cruise ships are in port.
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