November 30, 2017

Aruba Cruise: Things to do near Aruba cruise port :: caribbean cruise

If you’re off on a cruise to Aruba soon to the southern Caribbean, here are some iconic pictures of Aruba that you can take that are located within walking distance near the Aruba cruise port.

In addition to pictures on the ground, arriving to Aruba by cruise means that you can take some unique pictures that you can only get from a cruise ship!

Here are some instagram-worthy snapshots that you may want to consider taking when your cruise gets to Aruba! The types of pictures from the cruise ship or of the cruise ship will also depend on where your ship docks at the cruise terminal.

Downtown Oranjestad is located within walking distance of the Aruba cruise port, so you will likely have time to go even if you’re sign up for a shore excursion. (Like one of these top Aruba excursions!)

Following the pictures below, you’ll find a map of the Aruba cruise port area, so you can pinpoint the exact location of where to go to get a similar picture.

And if you’re off to Aruba, there’s a good chance you’re headed to Curacao too, and maybe Grand Turk! So also have a look at things to do on your cruise to Curacao and cruise to Turks and Caicos too.

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From the cruise ship at Aruba cruise port

No matter which port you’re at during your southern Caribbean cruise, always take a walk around the cruise ship on the open deck. Some cruise ports have better picture-worthy scenes than others, but Aruba is pretty good! If you can make time, do a walk-around in the morning, as well as afternoon. Where the sun is can make a difference on how your pictures will turn out.

Always make time to be on the open deck for sail away! You may be hungry after getting back from that adventure-filled Aruba shore excursion, but that food can wait! Don’t worry, it will be there after the cruise ship sails away and you’re surrounded by nothing but ocean. 😉 Scenes of sailing away from Aruba can only be seen for a very limited amount of time during your cruise. If you can make it happen, also try to be on the open deck when you’re cruising into the Aruba cruise port too.

Here are some of the best activities in Aruba.

Docked in Aruba

Try taking a picture with and without the cruise ship.

Aruba cruise: Marina at the Aruba cruise port, southern Caribbean cruise

Aruba cruise: Sandbar near Aruba cruise port terminal, southern Caribbean cruise

Aruba cruise: Sandbar near Aruba cruise port terminal, southern Caribbean cruise

Sailing away from Aruba

Don’t miss it!

Aruba cruise: Sail away cruising from Aruba, southern Caribbean cruise

Walking from the Aruba cruise port

Downtown Oranjestad

Aruba cruise: Downtown Oranjestad things to do, southern Caribbean cruise

Seaport Village Marina

Aruba cruise: Marina near downtown Oranjestad things to do, southern Caribbean cruise

Aruba cruise: Marina near downtown Oranjestad things to do, southern Caribbean cruise

Renaissance Beach

Aruba cruise: Near resort hotel and Renaissance Beach with Carnival cruise ship, southern Caribbean cruise

Fort Zoutman Museum from the street

This is the oldest building in Aruba’s capital of Oranjestad. More info here.

Aruba cruise: Fort Zoutman Museum for Caribbean history during a southern Caribbean cruise

Map of Aruba cruise port

In the map of the Aruba cruise port area below, you can find the main areas that these pictures of Aruba were taken.

You can see more pictures here of my walk, along with the exact locations of where I took the pictures. It was about an hour long walk that was a distance of about 2 miles. There are shops and stalls of local goods if you want to stop for some Aruba shopping in downtown Oranjestad along the way.

Map of Aruba cruise port for things to do, southern Caribbean cruise

Things to maybe pack for your cruise to Aruba!

Now, here are some things that you just may want to add to your cruise packing list!

And see if you like any of these top tours in Aruba!


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– Cruises with kids: Things to do on embarkation day
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– How to prevent seasickness
– What NOT to bring on a cruise

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