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Willemstad,-Curaçao

WILLEMSTAD, CURAÇAO CRUISES

WILLEMSTAD, CURAÇAO HIGHLIGHTS

Welcome to genteel Willemstad, capital of Dutch Caribbean island Curaçao. The first thing you’ll notice on Willemstad cruises are the harbour’s vibrant colonial buildings, shining in the perpetual sunshine. In fact, much of the 17th and 18th century architecture here has UNESCO status. The city has a distinctly Dutch feel, with its network of waterways and metropolitan streets lined with eateries and cafes. Soak up the atmosphere in ultra-hip neighbourhood Pietermaai or the lively Punda. Pick up some delicious local produce like papayas and melons at the floating market. Fancy learning more about the history of Willemstad? Head to the Curaçao Museum, where exhibitions cover history, art and politics. Don’t miss the authentic cockpit, taken from the first plane to travel from Holland to Curaçao. Landhuis Chonolobo offers history of a different kind: the famous Curaçao liqueur is produced here, and a visit will reveal not only how it gets its distinctive blue colour, but how it’s produced from Valencian orange peel. Don’t leave without picking some up at the gift shop. As you leave Willemstad, you’ll catch a glimpse of the Queen Emma Bridge, also known as the Swinging Old Lady. Built in 1888, it opens up laterally to allow ships to pass through.