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Willemstad (Curacao Island, Dutch Antilles)

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Region
Bahamas - Caribbean - Bermuda

Local Time
2020-01-23 00:47

Address
Curacao Ports Authority,Werf de Wilde z/n, P.O. Box 689, Curacao, Netherlands Antilles

min: 78 °F (25 °C) / max: 80 °F (27 °C) 79°F
26°C
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Min / Max Temperature80 °F / 27 °C
78 °F / 26 °C

Willemstad is a Southern Caribbean cruise port and the capital city of Curacao (Leeward Islands, Dutch Antiles) - an island country, one of the overseas territories of The Netherlands (Holland). Cruise port's namesake is the Rhine riverport in North Brabant (Holland) Willemstad.

Port Willemstad (Curacao) cruise port

Curacao Island is the largest of the ABC Duch islands in the Leeward Antilles group (Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao). The other "Dutch Antilles" islands are in the Lesser Antilles - Sint Maarten (the southern part of Saint Martin island), Saba Island and Sint Eustatius Island. Curacao has a total area approx 444 km2 (171 ml2) and population around 150,000.

The historic downtown is designated UNESCO Site and consists of 4 quarters. Punda and Otrobanda are separated by Sint Anna Bay (an inlet leading into Schottegat / natural harbour). Scharloo and Pietermaai Smal are across from each other on the smaller Waaigat harbour. In Willemstad is the Curacao Synagogue - Americas' oldest synagogue (Jewish house of worship). Curacao's economy is largely based on tourism. The city also has several large casinos. Country's standard of living is among Caribbean's highest.

Cruise port's high season is in the summer, when it handles around 1/4 of all ship calls. In 2018, port's passenger shipping traffic increased 16% (over 2017) following the inauguration in 2017 of the second cruise ship pier. In early-2018, to both piers were added more mooring dolphins to allow docking of world's largest passenger liners.

In early-July 2018 was announced that the islands Curacao and Aruba (Willemstad-Oranjestad) will be connected with regularly scheduled fast-ferry service by the end of 2018. The ferryboat has capacity around 800 passengers and 300 cars. The fast-ferry company also invested in port facilities.

For season 2019, Curacao Ports announced nearly 800,000 cruise tourists are expected to visit the country.

Damen Shiprepair Curacao

In 2017, Curacao's government leased the Willemstad shipyard to Damen Group (Dutch corporation) via Damen Shiprepair Curacao (DSCu). On April 30, 2018, the shipyard received 2 floating docks delivered by the heavy-lift vessel Xin Guang Hua (DWT 98,000 tons).

  • The larger floating dock "C-Dock" (length  230 m, width 45 m) has capacity to handle Panamax-vessels (oil tankers, container ships and other large vessels).
  • The smaller floating dock "D-Dock" (length 108 m, width 23 m) can serve tugboats and offshore support- and anchor handling vessels.
  • Both docks were unloaded in Santa Anna Bay, then floated-off alongside the shiprepair quay.

In late-October 2018, D-Dock (previously docked inside C Dock) was floated-out and moored quayside. It became operational in November. On November 2, 2018, DSCu commissioned the large floating dock. After the final tests, C-Dock was submerged. With the help of local pilots and tugboats, there was docked a 63,400 DWT bulkcarrier, thus putting C-Dock into service.

Willemstad cruise terminal

Port Willemstad has two cruise piers – "Mega Pier" and "Curaco Cruise Ship Terminal". Both are located in the city's Otrobanda quarter. The two large piers have capacity to berth, respectively, Freedom-class (GT 160,000) and Oasis-class (GT 225,000) mega-liners. At St Annabay Wharves dock smaller-sized ships.

Willemstad (Curacao Island, Dutch Antilles) cruise port map (printable)

The new Mega Pier has capacity to accommodate largest cruise ships entering Santa Anna Bay. The bay is narrow, but deepwater. The channel splits the town in two quarters - Otrobanda (west) and Punda (east). Mega Pier is within easy walking distance from downtown - through Renaisaance Mall and Rif Fort. Punda is across (through Queen Emma Bridge).

Smaller vessels dock at the older pier Curaco Cruise Ship Terminal (located inside Santa Anna Bay). Both piers are within walking distance from the city's main tourist attractions. At both terminals are available taxis (be sure to negotiate the rate). Public transportation service includes the ”Buki di Bus” and trolleys.

Willemstad tours, shore excursions, hotels

City Tours and Shore Excursions

  • Queen Emma Bridge: the bridge that connects Point Side (Punda) and Other Side (Otrobanda). The bridge is also known as “The Swinging Old Lady.”
  • Christoffel National Park: located at West Point. The National Park houses Boca Grandi. Those are Indian caves with paintings of Mount Christoffel and the Arawak Indians. The highest point in Curacao is the Mount Christoffel, 1292-ft.
  • Curacao Sea Aquarium: it houses the Dolphin Academy.
  • Fort Amsterdam: located at Punda Side in Willemstad.
  • Fort Nassau: the fort was built to defend the city and the St. Anna Bay. There is also a restaurant that overlooks at the water.
  • The Floating Market: the floating market is a fleet of mini boats. They come from Venezuela and sell fresh fruits and fish. It is located in Punda Side, a block from the Queen Juliana Bridge.
  • Mikvé Israel-Emanuel Synagogue: western hemisphere’s oldest synagogue.
  • Museum Kura Hulanda: anthropological museum where you can discover the culture of the island and the chronicles of trading African slaves.

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, Curacao Island, Dutch Antilles. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.

DayShipArrivalDeparture
31 December, 2019
Tuesday
Pullmantur Cruises cruise linePullmantur Monarch09:00
31 January, 2020
Friday
Windstar Cruises cruise lineWind Surf08:0018:00
1 January, 2020
Wednesday
Royal Caribbean Cruises cruise lineFreedom Of The Seas08:0020:00
1 January, 2020
Wednesday
Carnival Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineCarnival Horizon13:0022:00
2 January, 2020
Thursday
Silversea Cruises cruise lineSilver Shadow08:0023:00
2 January, 2020
Thursday
Marella Cruises Cruises cruise lineMarella Explorer 208:0018:00
6 January, 2020
Monday
P&O Cruises Cruises cruise lineBritannia08:0017:00
7 January, 2020
Tuesday
Pullmantur Cruises cruise linePullmantur Monarch08:0019:00
7 January, 2020
Tuesday
Royal Caribbean Cruises cruise lineAdventure Of The Seas09:0020:00
8 January, 2020
Wednesday
Holland America Cruises cruise linems Koningsdam07:0023:00
8 January, 2020
Wednesday
Norwegian Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineNorwegian Epic08:0017:00
8 January, 2020
Wednesday
Holland America Cruises cruise linems Eurodam08:0023:00
11 January, 2020
Saturday
Carnival Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineCarnival Pride08:0017:00
12 January, 2020
Sunday
AIDA Cruises Cruises cruise lineAIDAperla06:0022:00
13 January, 2020
Monday
TUI Cruises Cruises cruise lineMein Schiff 207:0022:00
14 January, 2020
Tuesday
Fred Olsen Cruises cruise lineBraemar
14 January, 2020
Tuesday
Pullmantur Cruises cruise linePullmantur Monarch08:0019:00
15 January, 2020
Wednesday
P&O Cruises Cruises cruise lineArcadia08:0017:00
15 January, 2020
Wednesday
Carnival Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineCarnival Horizon13:0022:00
16 January, 2020
Thursday
Royal Caribbean Cruises cruise lineExplorer Of The Seas
17 January, 2020
Friday
Oceania Cruises Cruises cruise lineOceania Sirena07:0019:00
17 January, 2020
Friday
P&O Cruises Cruises cruise lineVentura08:0017:00
17 January, 2020
Friday
Marella Cruises Cruises cruise lineMarella Explorer 208:0013:00
18 January, 2020
Saturday
Holland America Cruises cruise linems Koningsdam07:0023:00
19 January, 2020
Sunday
Holland America Cruises cruise linems Eurodam08:0023:00
19 January, 2020
Sunday
Norwegian Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineNorwegian Epic08:0017:00
19 January, 2020
Sunday
P&O Cruises Cruises cruise lineAurora08:0018:00
20 January, 2020
Monday
Holland America Cruises cruise linems Rotterdam08:0018:00
20 January, 2020
Monday
Pullmantur Cruises cruise linePullmantur Monarch08:0019:00
20 January, 2020
Monday
Cruise and Maritime Voyages Cruises cruise lineCMV Columbus08:0018:00
20 January, 2020
Monday
P&O Cruises Cruises cruise lineBritannia09:0018:00
21 January, 2020
Tuesday
P&O Cruises Cruises cruise lineBritannia09:0018:00
22 January, 2020
Wednesday
Celebrity Cruises Cruises cruise lineCelebrity Summit17:00
22 January, 2020
Wednesday
Carnival Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineCarnival Magic09:0023:00
24 January, 2020
Friday
Disney Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineDisney Wonder08:0016:00
25 January, 2020
Saturday
Carnival Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineCarnival Freedom08:0017:00
26 January, 2020
Sunday
Celebrity Cruises Cruises cruise lineCelebrity Reflection19:00
26 January, 2020
Sunday
AIDA Cruises Cruises cruise lineAIDAperla06:0022:00
26 January, 2020
Sunday
Holland America Cruises cruise linems Rotterdam10:0023:00
27 January, 2020
Monday
TUI Cruises Cruises cruise lineMein Schiff 207:0022:00
28 January, 2020
Tuesday
Royal Caribbean Cruises cruise lineSerenade Of The Seas07:0016:00
29 January, 2020
Wednesday
Norwegian Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineNorwegian Epic08:0017:00
29 January, 2020
Wednesday
Royal Caribbean Cruises cruise lineExplorer Of The Seas08:0020:00
29 January, 2020
Wednesday
Carnival Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineCarnival Horizon13:0022:00
30 January, 2020
Thursday
Holland America Cruises cruise linems Eurodam08:0016:00
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