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Willemstad is a Hollands Diep River (Rhine River) cruise port and a star-shaped town in Netherlands' North Brabant province (Moerdijk municipality) with population around 3,000. Nearest major cities are Rotterdam, Dordrecht and Breda. River port's namesake is Curacao's capital city (and Dutch Caribbean / Southern Caribbean cruise port) Willemstad.
Noord-Brabant's Willemstad received its city rights in 1585 and is best-known for its well-preserved fortifications (Vestingwerken van Willemstad) declared in 1970 "Rijksbeschermd gezicht" (protected cityscape). The town is located on Hollands Diep River (estuary of Rhine River) and was named after King Willem van Oranje (William I, Prince of Orange, 1533-1584, aka Willem de Zwijger / William the Silent). William of Orange was the leader of the Dutch Revolt (of Holland's Protestant Seven Provinces) against Spain (Habsburgs) inciting the Eighty Years War (1568-1648) which resulted in Holland's independence (in 1581).
Willemstad's current-day economy is largely based on tourism and boating (two yacht marinas). Among town's numerous architectural landmarks are Mauritshuis (early-17th-century residence of Prince Maurits), De Koepelkerk (early-17th-century protestant church), De Heilige Maagd Mariakerk (Virgin Mary Church, late-19th-century), d'Orangemolen (mid-18th-century scaffolding mill), Het Arsenaal (late-18th-century Arsenal), Het Oude (Old Town Hall, late-16th-century), authentic houses (built in 17th-18th-centuries), museums (within the fortress).
As river cruise port, Willemstad is visited mainly by ships from the fleet of Avalon Waterways.
Willemstad cruise port videos
Port Willemstad cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Willemstad, Holland. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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