Aruba, One Happy Island

After a day at sea, our next port-of-call was Aruba – which has proclaimed itself One Happy Island. Indeed it is, as it should be – in the Caribbean, sunny with clear blue skies – and a multitude of tourists to fill its pockets.

It is a happy island

It is a happy island


The ship pulled into the dock – or was pulled in with the aid of tugboats and we disembarked
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after I took a photo of part of the village from the veranda,
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and the lamp post with its shadowsP1000692
as well as the banana bus. P1000688
As we entered the terminal we were greeting by Aruban dancers in their finest feathers.P1000703
We walked past more colorful busesP1000698
to the inlet where we would meet the tender which had not yet arrived. The shopping areas were across this bay and were Arubian colorfulP1000709P1000707
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The tender arrivedP1000710
which took us to the mini-submarineP1000807
a small island within view of the submarine caught my fancy as we waited to boardP1000806
Once boarded, the submarine began its descentP1000808
140 feet downP1000755
where we saw a sea turtle P1000804
a stingray P1000799
and a shipwreck, with fish swimming in groups and alone.P1000787

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Each of us had our own porthole through which we viewed the underwater life.
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Returned to the dock, we headed into the shopping area to look in at Diamonds International – to look and drool. And drool. But not to buy.

Next on the agenda, our sunset cruise aboard a catamaran.
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Where we cruised past many resorts with beautiful white sand beaches
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and some new constructionP1000832
as well as another catamaran P1000823
and an old wooden sailing boat headed to shore.
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Sitting outside looking up, the moon appeared between the sails P1000871
and the sun lowered in the sky P1000840
Fortuitously, another catamaran appeared on the horizon P1000846
passing the sun before it descended into the sea. P1000853
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We arrived back at the dock in the dark.

lights across the bay

lights across the bay


We returned to the ship to quickly change clothes and head down for a late dinner, then the evening’s entertainment and a fairly early bedtime. Tomorrow is Curacao, another busy day.

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I'm me - nothing unusual, just me. Widowed, 2 grown children who are my best friends, 2 dogs, 1 cat, retired, loving being retired. I am woman, I am strong.
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9 Responses to Aruba, One Happy Island

  1. The vivid colors. The clear skies. The lack of snow. It all points to heaven! šŸ™‚

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  2. andydbrown says:

    Loving these pics and posts! What an adventure! šŸ™‚

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  3. What incredible sunsets! And ditto what Laurie said!

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  4. Dawn says:

    What a great trip! Loved the lamp post photo…plus loved that you got to go in a submarine!!

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  5. It looks like a lovely day, Carol. I love the colorful buses and buildings of Aruba (an island to which I’ve never been, sadly), the cool shipwreck you saw on the submarine, and the views from the catamaran, especially the moon between the sails. Your sunset pictures are marvelous. It looks like it was peaceful and serene. šŸ™‚

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  6. Gorgeous photos of the sunset! It has been a long time since I was in Aruba. Maybe one day I’ll return for avisit. In the meantime I’m enjoying hearing about yours.

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  7. lisa says:

    That sunset shot with the sailboat is most definitely fame worthy!! And I love the lamppost shadow pic and, oddly, the banana bus! Aruba is now on my bucket list. šŸ™‚ xo

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  8. Heather says:

    All those saturated, bright colors! Aruba does indeed look like one happy island.
    It’s sunny and warm here today, though tempered by the ever-present snow that just won’t melt. Wishing for a catamaran of my own on which to sunset.

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  9. Beautiful sunsets, Carol! The one with the sailboat is stunning!

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