Delightful Dutch Caribbean Islands
Winter is quite often associated with colder temperatures, adverse weather conditions and generally less time in the great outdoors. It also means an end to the Mediterranean and European sailings for Pullmantur Cruises, but you will be glad to know there are still plenty of itineraries available further afield. The Caribbean offers warmer temperatures throughout the year and the winter season is the perfect time to go there.
Both Zenith and Monarch will be positioned in the Caribbean throughout the autumn and winter seasons, with a range of seven-night itineraries to choose from. Combining the tranquil island beaches of the Caribbean with charming architecture that is reminiscent of what you might see in Europe, the Dutch Caribbean islands offer an intriguing blend. You can see these islands for yourself this winter with the Antilles and South Caribbean Cruise itinerary.
Oranjestad, capital of Aruba, is widely renowned for its pristine natural beauty, with gorgeous white-sand beaches that attract visitors from around the world year-on-year. A state-of-the-art tram, which is one of the newest additions to the city, takes passengers from the cruise terminal and into the city centre. Here, passengers will find an intriguing blend of colourful traditional architecture combined with luxury boutiques and popular retail outlets – making it a perfect option for a spot of retail therapy.
Situated just to the north of Venezuela, the city of Kralendijk offers a tropical climate and plenty of Caribbean architecture to admire. The main shopping area of Kaya Grandi is great for a spot of retail therapy, while Wilhelmina Square is home to a market where you can buy local handicrafts and authentic souvenirs. Step outside of the main city and you will be able to discover a range of indigenous wildlife that includes wild iguanas and pink flamingos. Furthermore, the surrounding waters are equally rewarding and therefore make for amazing scuba diving opportunities.
The inner city and harbour areas of Willemstad have held UNESCO World Heritage status for 20 years and it’s easy to see why. Established by the Netherlands as popular trading settlement in the 17th century, the city has continuously developed and offers plenty of historical colonial architecture to admire. These buildings, many of which are brightly coloured, are certainly a sight to behold and well worth taking the time to admire. It’s also worth taking a moment to admire the floating market, where you can purchase authentic goods including locally-sourced spices.
If you are already longing for a warm getaway, there really is no better time to book than the present. Pullmantur Cruises is currently operating a series of cruises around the Caribbean, so what are you waiting for? Alternatively, you can make the most of the remainder of summer in Europe with a Mediterranean of Canary Islands sailing.
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