Willemstad

Smalle steegjes en vreemde huisjes 
Het Christoffel Nationaal Park  
Het bedreigende Fort Beekenburg

Zoek en Boek Caribbean en Franse Antillen Cruises

Willemstad

Het veroveren van de oude burcht

Curaçao heeft voor iedere passagier die met een MSC cruiseschip reist wat te bieden. Tijdens uw vakantie op Curaçao kunt u de Hato-grotten verkennen, die vol zijn met stalactieten en stalagmieten en insnijdingen van meer dan 1500 jaar oud, of besluiten om op excursie te gaan naar het Christoffel Nationaal Park, waar u de lokale flora en fauna kunt bewonderen die typisch zijn voor de Caribische Zee.


Voor degenen die houden van het onderwaterleven, is er het Seaquarium, waar u ook kennis kunt maken met zeeleeuwen. Winkelliefhebbers zullen gek zijn op Punda aan de rand van Willemstad. Dit deel van de stad is een historisch commercieel centrum. De winkels en warenhuizen lopen door tot aan de kust. Hier vormen de huizen en werkplaatsen smalle steegjes, die tegenwoordig alleen toegankelijk zijn voor voetgangers. Tussen het winkelen door kunt u tal van prachtige uitzichten tegenkomen, perfect voor een foto.

Op een korte afstand vindt u de belangrijkste van de acht vestingen van Curaçao, Fort Amsterdam, die dit deel van Willemstad beschermt. Het werd gebouwd in 1635 om de toegang tot de haven te verdedigen en werd Willemstad genoemd toen Curaçao onder de heerschappij was van de Nederlandse West-Indische Compagnie. Tot de dag van vandaag kunt u een kanonskogel zien die afgevuurd werd door de troepen van Kapitein Bligh, in het zuidwestelijke deel van de muur, wat het actieve militaire bestaan van de vestingen bevestigt. Tegenwoordig is de vesting de zetel van de gouverneur en vindt u er een protestantse kerk en een museum.

Een soortgelijke bezienswaardigheid is Fort Beekenburg, gebouwd in 1703 in Caracas Bay om het interieur van de baai en de ‘Spaanse wateren’ te beschermen. Ondanks het actieve verleden, toen het in de 19e eeuw vaak werd gebruikt om zich te beschermen tegen de Fransen, Britten en piraten, is deze vesting een van de best bewaarde vestingen in het Caribische Gebied

Must sees in Willemstad

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Beperkt aantal gidsen in andere talen dan Engels. Mocht uw taal niet beschikbaar zijn dan zal de tour worden uitgevoerd in het Engels.
  • AUTHENTIC CURACAO

    CULTUUR EN GESCHIEDENIS
    • Drankje inbegrepen

    • Het is mogelijk dat er tijdens de excursie een beperkt aantal trappen, oneven oppervlakken en/of momenten van rechtop stilstaan voorkomen.

      Moeilijkheidsgraad
      Gemakkelijk

    • Duurtijd
      2:30 u

    • Vanafprijs volwassenen49Prijs per persoon

    • Vanafprijs kinderen35Prijs per persoon

    CRC21

    Spend a couple of hours off the ship on a mainly coach-based exploration of Curaçao from a historical, botanical, and herbal perspective. Your fully narrated outing begins in Willemstad with a drive to Riffort, a 19th-century fort that now provides space for a swanky shopping mall. You'll be able to catch great views of the Queen Emma pontoon bridge, old colonial merchant mansions and Fort Amsterdam from your coach en route to the greener outskirts of Willemstad and the Aloe Vera Plantation. After learning a little about these health-promoting plants at the farm, you'll get to try some fresh aloe juice and have time to browse the shop for aloe products. From botanical to herbal: get set for the Den Paradera historical herb garden created by Dinah Veeris as a means of healing herself of a medical condition. As part of your guided tour around the garden, you'll get a valuable lesson in the curative powers of various trees and numerous herbs. A healthy botanical refreshment will be served to end your walk, after which you'll begin to head back to the ship, passing brightly-coloured old labourer houses and other estate buildings that are on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Please note: the order in which the tour runs may vary due to traffic congestion.
  • DOWNTOWN WALKING TOUR & MARITIME
    MUSEUM

    CULTUUR EN GESCHIEDENIS
    • Proeverij inbegrepen

    • Het is mogelijk dat er tijdens de excursie hellingen, trappen, oneven oppervlakken en/of relatief lange momenten van rechtop stilstaan voorkomen.

      Moeilijkheidsgraad
      Gemiddeld

    • Duurtijd
      2:30 u

    • Vanafprijs volwassenen32Prijs per persoon

    • Vanafprijs kinderen25Prijs per persoon

    CRC26

    Give yourself a chance to stretch your legs and get some gentle exercise off the ship on a leisurely outing that teams a stroll through Willemstad's wonderful pastel-coloured city centre with a visit to Curaçao's Maritime Museum. After meeting your guide at the pier, you'll first head for the 5-star Kura Hulanda Resort Hotel, a complex made up of 18th- and 19th-century colonial-style buildings that lend the place a charming historical feel. You'll then cross St. Anna Bay either via the Queen Emma pontoon bridge or by ferry to reach the 17th-century Fort Amsterdam, now the Governor's Palace, before passing the floating market en route to another market where a brief stop will be made. The nautical side of Curaçao's history will then demand your attention when you reach Curaçao's Maritime Museum, which is housed in an early 18th-century building. The museum's exhibits serve to chart the island's 500-year maritime history with a whole array of artefacts, including old maps, navigation equipment and ship models, but also using modern audio-visual technology. At the end of your visit, you can choose either to remain in town or to walk straight back to the ship. Please note: the order in which the tour runs may vary.
  • COUNTRY DRIVE

    PANORAMISCHE RONDRIT
      • Het is mogelijk dat er tijdens de excursie hellingen, trappen, oneven oppervlakken en/of relatief lange momenten van rechtop stilstaan voorkomen.

        Moeilijkheidsgraad
        Gemiddeld

      • Duurtijd
        3:30 u

      • Vanafprijs volwassenen49Prijs per persoon

      • Vanafprijs kinderen35Prijs per persoon

      CRC02

      Give yourself a chance to explore Curaçao on a drive through the island's beautiful countryside, passing by old plantation homes and labourer housing to reach your first stop, the wonderful Boka Tabla, part of the Shete Boka National Park, for amazing views of the surf thundering onto the shore. You'll then move on to the old Kas di Pal'i Maishi adobe house and museum, where a friendly guide will inform you about Curaçao's history, demonstrate what the locally abundant cacti were used for, sing a song and showcase a local dance. Be sure to get a photo of you trying on the island's typical headwear - a great souvenir - and have a go at carrying a bucket on your head if you feel so inclined. Next up is the Boka Tabla national park, a place famed for its stunning shoreline and fantastic rock formations. The power of the waves breaking on the rocks is truly astounding here. A short photo stop from the coach follows at West Point so you can enjoy lovely views of the Caribbean at Playa Forti. To wrap up your scenic tour, a photo stop will be made at Curaçao's most spectacular tropical beach, a place where soft white sand meets the azure blue of the Caribbean Sea to yield fabulous snapshot moments by the score. The leisurely drive back to your ship then brings the tour to a close. Please note: the order in which the tour runs may vary.
    • SEE & SEA ISLAND TOUR

      PANORAMISCHE RONDRIT
        • Het is mogelijk dat er tijdens de excursie hellingen, trappen, oneven oppervlakken en/of relatief lange momenten van rechtop stilstaan voorkomen.

          Moeilijkheidsgraad
          Gemiddeld

        • Duurtijd
          2:30 u

        • Vanafprijs volwassenen59Prijs per persoon

        • Vanafprijs kinderen42Prijs per persoon

        CRC14

        Giving you an opportunity to explore the island of Curaçao from and underwater and overland perspective, this tour begins with you boarding an air-conditioned semi-submarine - the Seaworld Explorer - to submerge to a depth of several hundred feet and then delight in the colourful spectacle that awaits you, including a dramatic moment when the sub passes over a sudden vertiginous drop. Large windows guarantee panoramic views of aquatic wildlife such as yellowtail snappers, sergeant majors, parrotfish, queen angelfish and colonies of coral. After surfacing and returning to dry land, you'll board a coach to be taken to an elevated vantage point for splendid views of Willemstad, followed by a drive to the Chobolobo Liqueur Factory where the world-famous Curaçao liqueur is made. You'll get to enjoy a taste of the spirit, which is made with the dried peel of the lahara citrus fruit, before moving on for a drive through Willemstad's historical Punda district, during which time your friendly guide will point out major landmarks. The tour ends with your return to the ship, but you can equally choose to remain in town and make your own way back. Please note: the semi-submarine pier is accessible via a ramp or approx. 6 steps; the semi-submarine itself is accessible via a ramp; the hull of the semi-submarine is accessible via approx. 5 steps. Guests must be capable of using steps without assistance.
      • TROLLEY TRAIN TOUR

        PANORAMISCHE RONDRIT
          • Het is mogelijk dat er tijdens de excursie hellingen, trappen, oneven oppervlakken en/of relatief lange momenten van rechtop stilstaan voorkomen.

            Moeilijkheidsgraad
            Gemiddeld

          • Duurtijd
            1:30 u

          • Vanafprijs volwassenen39Prijs per persoon

          • Vanafprijs kinderen22Prijs per persoon

          CRC10

          Colourful and quaint are two attributes that aptly describe both your mode of transport on this tour, a trolley train, and the city you'll be exploring, Curaçao's capital of Willemstad. After taking a taxi to cross the Queen Juliana Suspension Bridge to reach the historical Punda district, you'll then board the open-sided trolley train for a breezy and fully narrated ride through Willemstad's attractive streets with their distinctive Dutch colonial architecture. Enjoy listening to interesting city facts as you make your way past the Queen Emma pontoon bridge and the floating vegetable and wet fish market. A photo stop will be made at the central historical archives, which are housed in the fittingly nicknamed Bolo di Bruid (wedding-cake) mansion, and then again at Pietermaai Cathedral. Back on the trolley train, you'll then continue on past Queen Wilhelmina Park and the 17th-century Waterfort Arches before paying Fort Amsterdam, also built in the 17th century, and the co-located Protestant Church a visit. A taxi will take you back to the ship, but if you prefer to remain in town, you can return to the ship at your own pace. Please note: the tour includes taxi transfers to and from Fort Amsterdam, the trolley-train terminus. Guests choosing to remain in town after the trolley-train ride will be responsible for making their own way back to the ship, which is an approx. 15-minute walk from the town centre. Any taxi transfer fees (approx. US$10 for 1 to 4 passengers) will be payable as an additional expense not covered by the price of the tour. Guests may be able to enter the Cathedral for an inside viewing provided no Mass is being read at the time of the visit.
        • CAVES & CITY CENTER

          STADSRONDLEIDING
            • Het is mogelijk dat er tijdens de excursie hellingen, trappen, oneven oppervlakken en/of relatief lange momenten van rechtop stilstaan voorkomen.

              Moeilijkheidsgraad
              Gemiddeld

            • Duurtijd
              2:30 u

            • Vanafprijs volwassenen39Prijs per persoon

            • Vanafprijs kinderen29Prijs per persoon

            CRC22

            Two of Curaçao's main highlights await the pleasure of your company on a tour that will take you to see both the fascinating underground world of the Hato Caves and, returning to ground level, the wonders of Willemstad's picture-perfect city centre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Lying just a short drive to the north of Willemstad, the Hato Caves deliver an otherworldly experience of stalagmites, stalactites, limestone formations and, if you're lucky, sightings of long-nosed fruit bats. Returning to the sunshine, you'll then move on to Willemstad to begin your walk through the city centre and its numerous historical buildings. En route to Fort Amsterdam, you'll pass the floating market and colourful quayside houses before crossing the Queen Emma pontoon bridge to reach the other side of Willemstad city. Should the passage of ships down St. Anna Bay force the bridge to open in the middle, you'll take a ferry instead. The 19th-century Riffort stronghold, now an up-market shopping mall, is your last city highlight on this guided stroll back to your ship. If you prefer, you can equally linger a little longer and then make your own way back to the ship when you're good and ready. Please note: the order in which the tour runs may vary. As high temperatures are likely to prevail, guests are recommended to wear a hat. The tour involves some walking at the Hato Caves and in the city centre, for which guests should be suitably fit.
          • CURACAO HIGHLIGHTS & AQUARIUM

            STADSRONDLEIDING
            • Proeverij inbegrepen

            • Het is mogelijk dat er tijdens de excursie een beperkt aantal trappen, oneven oppervlakken en/of momenten van rechtop stilstaan voorkomen.

              Moeilijkheidsgraad
              Gemakkelijk

            • Duurtijd
              3 u

            • Vanafprijs volwassenen59Prijs per persoon

            • Vanafprijs kinderen42Prijs per persoon

            CRC20

            Capture the feel of quintessential Curaçao - including a taste of the famous liqueur - on a leisurely tour of unspoiled landscapes, historical and modern architecture as well as glimpses of dolphins in the Caribbean Sea. To start with, a scenic drive will take you past an exclusive villa area en route to a photo stop at a vantage point that affords glorious views of Table Mountain and the Spanish Water yacht marina. You'll then continue on to Landhuis Chobolobo, the sunshine yellow mansion that is home to the world-famous Curaçao liqueur. Your visit to the old distillery will show you how the distillation process works and, of course, offer you an opportunity to sample the flavoursome spirit yourself. The final leg of this entertaining tour will see you head for the Curaçao Sea Aquarium, where a fascinating array of aquatic wildlife typically found in local waters awaits you. Check out the sea lions, turtles, sharks and flamingos - to name but a few. A scenic drive through the picturesque city centre of Willemstad then returns you to the ship. Please note: guests must be at least 18 years of age to drink alcohol.
          • DISCOVER CURACAO

            STADSRONDLEIDING
              • Het is mogelijk dat er tijdens de excursie hellingen, trappen, oneven oppervlakken en/of relatief lange momenten van rechtop stilstaan voorkomen.

                Moeilijkheidsgraad
                Gemiddeld

              • Duurtijd
                3:30 u

              • Vanafprijs volwassenen49Prijs per persoon

              • Vanafprijs kinderen35Prijs per persoon

              CRC28

              Dishing up some of Curaçao's best highlights for your all-round entertainment, this mainly coach-based tour begins with a look at the island's enchanting countryside, passing salt flats and flamingos as you head for your first stop: the incredible Hato Caves with their fabulous stalagmites, stalactites, limestone formations and seemingly bottomless pools of crystal-clear water. Leaving the breathtaking caverns behind, you'll then make your way to Willemstad's historical Otrobanda district to pay the Curaçao Museum a visit. In addition to works of modern art, the museum also hosts exhibits that illustrate how life was lived on the island during the mid-19th century and affords superb views of Punda, Willemstad's other historical district, Otrobanda and St. Anna Bay. Next up is the beautiful, canary-yellow Chobolobo Mansion, home to the factory where the famous Curaçao liqueur is made. After a chance to find out how the distillation process works and a taste of Blue Curaçao, you'll finish your tour with a narrated drive through the picturesque Punda district in the centre of town. At this point, you can either remain in the city or stay on the coach for the brief return drive to your ship. Please note: as 50 steps will have to be ascended/descended at the Hato Caves, guests are recommended to wear comfortable, flat shoes.
            • PANORAMIC CURACAO

              STADSRONDLEIDING
              • Proeverij inbegrepen

              • Het is mogelijk dat er tijdens de excursie hellingen, trappen, oneven oppervlakken en/of relatief lange momenten van rechtop stilstaan voorkomen.

                Moeilijkheidsgraad
                Gemiddeld

              • Duurtijd
                2:30 u

              • Vanafprijs volwassenen35Prijs per persoon

              • Vanafprijs kinderen29Prijs per persoon

              CRC29

              Curaçao's capital of Willemstad has much to offer visitors: pastel-hued colonial architecture, fabulous views of Caracas Bay and St. Anna Bay, the Spanish Water yacht marina, the magnificent Table Mountain and the distillery where the famous Curaçao liqueur is made. All of these highlights await you on this panoramic drive through Willemstad, with a first stop scheduled at Caracas Bay to take photos of the 18th-century Dutch-built Fort Beekenburg, the sea and the adjacent beach. A visit to a local handicraft shop for a chance to browse and enjoy island views is next, after which you'll move on through one of the island's exclusive residential areas to reach Chobolobo Mansion. Painted a rich sunshine yellow, the building reflects one of the colours in which the famous Curaçao liqueur is available and is also the place where it is made. Find out how the spirit is distilled, try some for yourself and then prepare for a pleasant return drive through parts of the city centre that have been declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
            • DOLPHIN ENCOUNTER

              WONDERLIJKE NATUUR
                • Het is mogelijk dat er tijdens de excursie een beperkt aantal trappen, oneven oppervlakken en/of momenten van rechtop stilstaan voorkomen.

                  Moeilijkheidsgraad
                  Gemakkelijk

                • Duurtijd
                  3 u

                • Vanafprijs volwassenen125Prijs per persoon

                • Vanafprijs kinderen89Prijs per persoon

                CRC19

                For a meet & greet moment you're likely never to forget, why not spend a few hours off the ship making the acquaintance of some highly intelligent and playful marine mammals: dolphins? Suitable for all ages and perfectly safe, the tour begins with a short drive to the dolphin centre, where you'll then take to the shallow water and step onto a platform to begin your incredible and fully guided encounter with one of the world's most popular creatures. Informed about dolphin anatomy, behaviour and conservation by the friendly staff, you'll get to touch, hug and even plant a kiss on your new pals. Best of all, it's not even necessary to be able to swim, since your dolphin experience takes place with the underwater platform providing your feet with firm support throughout. If time permits, you'll then move on to pay the Sea Aquarium Park a visit before heading back to the pier and your ship. Please note: the dolphin-encounter program lasts for about 20 minutes. Children under 8 years of age must be accompanied by a paying adult. Guests will need to descend stairs to reach the platform in the water; assistance can be provided by the on-site trainers. As personal photography and video recordings are not possible during your time in the water, professional photographers are on hand to capture your special magic moment on film; photos are available for purchase after the program. The center also provides public changing rooms, showers and lockers.
              • DOLPHIN SWIM

                WONDERLIJKE NATUUR
                  • Het is mogelijk dat er tijdens de excursie hellingen, trappen, oneven oppervlakken en/of relatief lange momenten van rechtop stilstaan voorkomen.

                    Moeilijkheidsgraad
                    Gemiddeld

                  • Duurtijd
                    3 u

                  • Vanafprijs volwassenen175Prijs per persoon

                  • Vanafprijs kinderen125Prijs per persoon

                  CRC18

                  If you've ever wondered what it would be like to spend some quality time with dolphins in their own aquatic environment, you need wonder no more since this tour gives you a unique opportunity to do just that. A short drive will first see you reach the dolphin centre, where you will then be able to take part in the exciting, yet safe adventure of swimming with these adorable marine mammals. As you swim in the natural lagoon, the dolphins will join and interact with you - even permitting you gently stroke them. Also look forward to trying your hand at giving them various hand signals; getting it right will let you hear a dolphin song, get a kiss or wave, see them spin, take you for a dorsal ride and much more. Time permitting, you'll also have a chance to visit the fascinating Sea Aquarium Park before you begin your return journey to the pier and your ship. Please note: the swimming-with-dolphins program lasts for about 30 minutes and is suitable only for guests experienced in using flippers since arms will not be free for swimming while in the water. Life jackets are available and must be worn by children less than 57 inches in height. Guests must be at least 8 years of age and a minimum of 51 inches in height to take part in the program. The dolphin lagoon is about 18 ft. in depth. The dolphin swim is not suitable for pregnant women. All guests will be required to sign a waiver; parents must sign on behalf of children under the age of 18. As personal photography and video recordings are not possible during your time in the water, professional photographers and cameramen are on hand to capture your special moment on film; photos and videos will be available for purchase after your swim. The center also provides public changing rooms, showers and lockers.
                • RAINFOREST MYSTERY & SIGHTSEEING

                  WONDERLIJKE NATUUR
                  • Drankje inbegrepen

                  • Het is mogelijk dat er tijdens de excursie hellingen, trappen, oneven oppervlakken en/of relatief lange momenten van rechtop stilstaan voorkomen.

                    Moeilijkheidsgraad
                    Gemiddeld

                  • Duurtijd
                    3 u

                  • Vanafprijs volwassenen52Prijs per persoon

                  • Vanafprijs kinderen35Prijs per persoon

                  CRC25

                  The first of the three distinct legs making up this entertaining 3-hour tour will see you board a coach en route to the L'Aldea Rainforest Mystery, a fully guided and narrated experience that combines a Latin American wildlife trail with Mesoamerican moments presented in the form of replica Inca, Mayan and Aztec sculptures, carvings and frescos. The park's multi-hued inhabitants - including colourful parrots, sinuous snakes, nimble frogs and troupes of sure-footed monkeys - make for some fabulous photos before you move on to the Aloe Vera Plantation on the outskirts of Willemstad city. After a guided look around the plantation and learning about the plant's healing properties, you'll move on to the last leg of the tour: Willemstad city centre. Your drive back to the ship will take you down Scharlooweg, a former uptown residential area once built for the merchant elite, for enjoyable views of beautifully restored mansions, which feature on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
                • BEACH EXPRESS

                  ZEE & ZON
                    • Het is mogelijk dat er tijdens de excursie een beperkt aantal trappen, oneven oppervlakken en/of momenten van rechtop stilstaan voorkomen.

                      Moeilijkheidsgraad
                      Gemakkelijk

                    • Duurtijd
                      3:30 u

                    • Vanafprijs volwassenen52Prijs per persoon

                    • Vanafprijs kinderen35Prijs per persoon

                    CRC11

                    Take some time out from your ship and embark on a drive-by taste of island life with the added extra of time to spend on one of Curaçao's stunning beaches. Your sightseeing tour en route to sun, sea and sand begins when you board a unique, hand-painted bus to travel to the island's pristine west coast and its unspoiled beaches. The fully narrated drive will take you past historical plantation houses, scenic mountains, wildlife, salt flats and pretty pink flamingos before you arrive at the beautiful cove to relax and enjoy the amazing surroundings. The azure waters of the Caribbean Sea are perfect for swimming or snorkelling among the reef dwellers, while the soft sand is an open invitation to stretch out under palm tree and work on your tan. This laid-back outing to one of Curaçao's very best beaches is ideal for all age groups and is sure to provide bags of fun. A chance to savour further glorious views then awaits you on your return journey to the ship.

                  De excursies in het bovenstaand programma geven een indicatie van beschikbare excursies in elke haven. Het programma is slechts een beschrijving van de excursie. Het definitieve programma en de prijzen ontvangt u tijdens uw cruise.

                  Afhankelijk van de lokale omstandigheden en/of onvoorziene gebeurtenissen kan het excursieprogramma, het tijdstip van de excursie en de route variëren.


                  Sommige excursies zijn erg populair en daarom kan de beschikbaarheid niet altijd gegarandeerd worden. Het is raadzaam om vooraf te reserveren om teleurstelling te voorkomen.

                  Houdt u er rekening mee dat gidsen aan boord gegarandeerd zijn in het Engels. Alleen voor afvaarten in Zuid-Amerika zijn de gidsen gegarandeerd in het Braziliaans/Portugees. Gidsen in andere talen zijn beschikbaar op basis van beschikbaarheid. Houdt u er rekening mee dat de uiteindelijke taal van de excursie aan boord bevestigd zal worden tijdens de cruise.

                  Kinderen:

                  Kinderen: 2 t/m 13 jaar voor Middellandse Zee, Noord-Europa en MSC Grand Voyages (Europese havens) en 2 t/m 11 jaar voor de Caraïben, Cuba & Franse Antillen, Zuid-Amerika en MSC Grand Voyages (niet-Europese havens)
                  Volwassenen: 14 jaar en ouder voor Middellandse Zee, Noord-Europa en MSC Grand Voyages (Europese havens) en 12 jaar en ouder voor Caraïben, Cuba & Franse Antillen, Zuid-Amerika en MSC Grand Voyages (niet-Europese havens)

                  Curaçao

                  Zoutmeren en weelderige cactussen
                  Zoutmeren en weelderige cactussen

                  De kans om het enige alleenstaande Caribische eiland te bezoeken moet u niet missen: Curaçao, waar cactussen en evergreens landschappen kenmerken die doen denken aan Afrikaanse savannes en zoutmeren de plek zijn waar flamingo's komen rusten.


                  Het onderwaterleven is soortgelijk aan dat van andere eilanden in de Caribische Zee en er is ook interessant koraalrif te vinden. U kunt een bezoek brengen aan het project voor de bescherming en kunstmatige verbetering van het rif vóór het strand van PortoMarie. Zoals op de andere zogenoemde ABC”eilanden (Aruba, Bonaire en Curaçao) is de gesproken taal hier Papiamento. Luisteren naar deze fascinerende creoolse taal, die een mengeling is van het Portugees, Spaans en Nederlands maar ook van Afrikaanse en Arawake idiomen, is een ervaring op zich. Een cruise naar Curaçao betekent een wereld binnentreden die koloniale, Spaanse en Nederlandse sferen met elkaar vermengt.

                  De vele historische gebouwen in Willemstad staan vermeld als werelderfgoed van UNESCO: het is de plek buiten Nederland met de grootste concentratie Nederlandse architectuur uit de 19e eeuw. Interessante rondleidingen nemen u mee naar de verschillende koloniale landhuizen en de zogenaamde kasdipal’imaishi, de oude huizen van slaven die doen denken aan West-Afrikaanse dorpen.