Climb aboard a brightly colored trolley for a fun-filled, narrated tour through the historic district of Willemstad.
From the pier, it's a short transfer by taxi to the Trolley Train where your delightful tour commences. The port of Willemstad is alive with historic treasures and is one of the six UNESCO World Heritage sites in the Caribbean. It was selected in 1997 because of the city's dedication to the preservation of culture and its multicultural community that has grown over three centuries. The architecture and ambiance of Willemstad shows influences from around the globe, and you'll be able to spot Latin accents, African heritage, and Dutch traditions throughout the tour.
As you drive away from Fort Amsterdam, you will pass the landmark Queen Emma pontoon bridge and the floating fish and vegetable market. Next, you will make your way through the district of Scharloo, once a residential community of charming homes built in the 1800s by Curacao's wealthy merchants. Be sure to keep your cameras handy, as you will pass the Bolo di Bruit, known as the "wedding cake house" and the city's most photographed building. Today, it is the site of the Central Historical Archives.
Continuing on, you'll see the Pietermaai Cathedral, the largest and most impressive on the island. Your trolley will make a photo stop here and you may step inside if the doors are open and there is no mass taking place. The Dutch influences in the design are quite notable.
From here, your tour continues to explore the city's key sights which include Queen Wilhelmina Park, the scene of many cultural festivities, and the Waterfort Arches, the site of the Willhem III Barracks and an impressive fortress.
Your final tour stop is Fort Amsterdam. Strategically built in 1635 to guard the vital entrance to the harbor from enemy ships, Fort Amsterdam is one of the most important of Curacao's eight forts and is included as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Look closely and you will see a cannonball embedded in the southwest wall. This citadel was converted into the Governor's Palace and the office of the Central Government of the Netherlands Antilles until recently. At the rear of the courtyard is Fort Church, Curacao's oldest Protestant church, which includes a museum.
At the completion of your trolley tour, you will have the option of transferring back to the ship or staying in town to further explore on your own. For those who remain in town, the ship is just a short walk from downtown or you may return via taxi at your own expense.
Please note: This tour includes limited walking, mainly at the guests' discretion during the stops and afterwards in town. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Light-weight, comfortable clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.