9 Cruise Ships Scheduled in October

The sun kissed shores of Aruba is expected to receive 9 cruise ships for October 2021. 

Yes – 9 cruise ships are scheduled to dock in Oranjestad.

This is a boost for the islands economy after the pandemic.

The number of ships that visit Aruba is steadily growing each month since cruise tourism reopened in June 2021.

Three additional ships have requested to dock on the island compared to last month (6 ships in September 2021).

Here’s a list popular cruise lines to visit Aruba:

  • Celebrity Cruises
  • Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines
  • Carnival Cruise Lines

Below you will find the list of cruise ships in October 2021, including arrival dates, estimated arrival hour and departure time:

Cruise Ship Schedule October 2021


Note that the cruise schedule is subject to change without prior notice. According to the Tourism Minister – It’s been a good year for cruise tourism in Aruba, and the future seems bright – as there are 18 more cruise calls scheduled for the remainder of 2021.




KLM Increases Operation With 15 Flights

The Royal Dutch airline KLM is adjusting its flights schedules to Aruba with 15 additional flights.

This new flights are scheduled between December 15, 2021 – January 14, 2022.

It’s great news for European travelers who are looking to escape the winter season.

KLM will operate the additional flights with their Airbus A330.

The airbus has a capacity of 268 seats – this means an additional 4020 visitors – out of Europe during the islands high tourism season.

KLM Flights preparing to land in Aruba


For years, KLM has had close ties with Aruba.

As the island continues to attract new visitors, KLM is certainly onboard by serving the demand of travelers from Europe.

The increase of flight reflects KLM’s firm belief that Aruba is one of the best destinations in the Caribbean.

According to the Tourism Minister, this year’s high season is set to surpass the successful tourism year in 2019.


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$100.000 Cash Giveaway at The Ritz Carlton Casino

The casino at Ritz Carlton is giving away $100.000 cash!

That’s more than enough money to keep coming to Aruba for a lifetime.

Everyone that visits and plays at the casino has a chance win $100.000

The cash giveaway started on October 1 and it ends December 30, 2021.

Maybe you’re going to be $100.000 richer in 2022, while vacationing in Aruba…

The Casino At The Ritz Carlton


How do you participate in the cash giveaway?

All you have to do is register as a new member of The Casino’s VIP club – it’s completely free –  a valid ID is required.

Only existing members, and newly registered members are eligible for the grand prize.

You’re missing out if you play at the casino without a VIP membership card.

How do you win?

You have to accumulate raffle tickets.

Slot players get 1 raffle ticket for every 80 points.

Table players earn 1 raffle ticket with very $40 theoretical wins.

Playing at the casino is not the only way to win the $100.000 cash prize – you can also eat your way to riches – at Casa Nonna or BLT Steak, two dining spots at the Ritz-Carlton.

A raffle ticket is awarded with every dinner purchase.

In order to redeem your raffle ticket, present the restaurant voucher together with the dinner receipt at the Casino VIP desk on the same night of the dinner.

The Casino will select 20 finalists to win a total of $100.000 in cash prizes on December 30, 2021.


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Planting New Trees For Aruba’s Future Generations

Aruba’s National Park – Arikok – started a movement to plant new trees on the parks land. 

The goal is to restore the biodiversity of native plants.

As the newly small plants grow, they become a valuable resource for wildlife in the park.

Restoring the biodiversity of native plant species is one of the many ways to combat and protect the islands environment against the effects of climate change, according to the park rangers.

Group of Park Rangers and locals planting trees


A group of local volunteers and park rangers planted trees on September 25 – 26, 2021. 

Together they managed to plant 9 different native tree species, ranging from the most extinct trees and important ecological functions.

This includes but not limited to local trees species such as: Supi, Asufro and Pereskia Guamacho.

Over 100 mangrove trees (two different species – mangel preto and mangel blanco) were also planted on the beach strip near the military base in Savaneta.



100 Days Inside Old Phosphate Mine in Seroe Colorado

Local Aruban better known as – Heintje Ras – will spend 100 days in a phosphate mine located in San Nicolas.

His goal is to raise $600.000 to expand his current museum – Museum of Antiqueness – in Aruba.

The antiqueness museum is currently located at his home, but he wants to build a mega museum.

A large museum where he can display over 7.000 antique Aruban items dating back to the 1600’s. 

These include tools, radio’s, instruments, paintings, sewing machines, furniture, pots and pans. 

Heintje’s 100 day challenge started on October 2, 2021 until January 9, 2022. 

He’s been preparing for this day for over a year.

The mines are located over 6 meters underground in Seroe Colorado.

Back in the 1880’s they used to mine phosphate here.

Aruban Phosphate Company was the local operator – it had around 300 workers – who mined and exported over 446.445 tons of phosphate during the company’s operation.

If Heintje completes 100 days in the mines, he will automatically be inducted into the Guinness Book of Records. 

A Judge of the Guinness Book of Records will be on the island to monitor his progress until the mission is completed. 


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Self Test Kit Soon Available in Aruba

Self test kits are soon going to be available at the pharmacies on the island

The Department of Public Health approved self test kits after the demand for alternative test solutions by the private and commercial sector.

According to the Department of Public Health, the test will be available before the end of October 2021.

It’s not sure which brand of self help test kits will be available to the public as of yet.



Self help test kits are not a substitute for the current policy of the Department of Public Health, but another method to help aid the primary strategy to test suspicious corona cases on the island. 

An important factor to consider when using self test kits – the result of the test kits are not the official diagnosis, unless verified at an accredited lab – if you are using it to test before flying.

Self-help test kits only benefit locals and visitors as far as screening, detecting infections with light or no symptoms and stopping the spread of coronavirus.



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Prime Minister Stops Curfew in Aruba

The Prime Minister of Aruba eliminated the curfew measure. 

She also flexibilized a few other measures against corona.

Gebiedsverbod (area prohibition) was also eliminated, this is effective at parking lots, reefs, and beaches.

Closing times for retail stores, supermarkets, and restaurants are 11.00 pm. 

Casino’s are allowed to open until 1.00 am.

Consuming alcoholic beverages in public is not allowed.

All the new measures went into effect as of May 25, 2021. 

The measures are being flexibilized, because of the recent reduction in new positive cases, and increase in the amount of locals who are vaccinating. 

Aruba’s positivity rate is also decreasing below double digit numbers, currently at 3%, as of May 29, 2021.



New Records Set at Second Vaccination Marathon Event

Almost 2.000 locals went to get their first vaccination against corona during the island’s second vaccination marathon.

According to the Health Minister, 1.752 locals vaccinated for the first time, and 6.513 locals took the second jab after taking the initial dose in April.

The number of people that attended the second vaccination event (8.265 locals) was larger than the crowd at the first edition (7.101).

The second vaccination marathon was held on May 22 – 23, 2021. 

Vaccinations took place at four different strategic locations around the island, to reach all neighborhoods. 

The main focus of the vacunathon event is to reach herd immunity, which is set at 85% vaccination of Aruba’s population.

According to the public health department, 62% of the island is vaccinated. 

Aruba is close to reaching herd immunity.



US Travelers Rank Aruba as Top 10 Vaccination Destination

US Travelers rank Aruba as one of the top 10 popular travel destinations when fully vaccinated – according to a recently released article on the web named “top 10 vacation destinations” by kayak.com

Aruba ranks in spot number 7, number 1 is Cancun Mexico, and last in the list is Cairo, Egypt #10.

Here’s the official list as ranked by Kayak.com

  1. Cancun
  2. San Jose Del Cabo
  3. Punta Cana
  4. San Jose
  5. Athens
  6. Montego Bay
  7. Aruba
  8. Bahamas
  9. Reykjavik (Iceland)
  10. Cairo

What makes Aruba a top destination in the Caribbean for travelers, whether vaccinated or not?

It’s the fact that, Aruba has one of the highest population vaccination percentages in the Caribbean, and currently there’s a low infection rate of 3%, which makes it one of the best destinations to visit during these times. 

Aruba is increasing the daily local vaccination rate in order to reach herd immunity. 

85% of the community has to be vaccinated in order to reach collective immunity.

Reaching collective immunity means that the island can speed up the recuperation process in regards to the economy, tourism, and public health of the community.

According to the CEO of Aruba Tourism Authority, the idea of a vaccination passport can be approved by Aruba, as soon as herd immunity is achieved on the island.



4.000+ Visitors in One Day

Aruba’s tourism is recuperating faster than expected, over 4.000+ visitors stepped foot on the island on May 22, 2021.

Tourism officials are expecting that June will be another record breaking month for stay over visitors on the island. 

According to the local tourism board statistics, a large part of Aruba’s visitors are travelers who already are fully vaccinated. 

Travel is becoming popular again, and you should take advantage of the affordable flight prices to the one happy island at the moment. 

Thousands of travelers are finding cheap flight tickets to Aruba using a Skyscanner app.

The app notifies you for cheap flight prices. 



Cruise Tourism Kicks Off With Celebrity Cruise Lines

Celebrity Cruise Line will be the first ship to dock at Aruba’s ports, after cruise tourism came to a halt last year. 

The cruise itinerary has 2 departure dates, either June 5 or 19, 2021.

Cruising on the great seas for 7 nights, visiting 4 ports while traveling a total of 3 sea days. 

The cruise ship will depart from Philipsburg, St.Maarten, and head towards Aruba, Curacao and Barbados.

Weekly port calls will be made as of June, at least once a week by cruise lines. 

All cruise ships have to operate under strict rules set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Including but not limited to, ships need to be at 50% capacity. This means 1500 – 3000 passengers in each cruise ship. And all crew members including cruise goers must be fully vaccinated. 

According to the Tourism Minister, the cruise tourism industry will gradually grow back to normal levels before the pandemic began. 

Local tourism experts project that Aruba will reach 50% of cruise tourism by 2019 before the end of the year 2021.

Which is between 200.000 – 400.000 cruise travelers this year, compared to 900.000 cruise visitors in 2019.



New Road Towards Baby Beach

Tourism minister completes the first of many projects at Baby Beach – a new road towards one of the most popular beaches in San Nicolas. 

The new road starts from the ex-Aruba Esso Club towards Baby Beach, and was completed this week.

It’s a road used by locals and visitors who want to enjoy the moon shaped bay on the Southern part of the island.

Baby beach in San Nicolas is currently in the midst of a beautification project, which started in 2019.

The beautification project includes additional palapas on the beach for shade, large parking lot, restrooms, new restaurants and bars, new courts for beach sports, and facilities to exercise.

There’s no final date yet as to when the final project will be completed. 



The First Storm For Hurricane Season 2021

The first storm for the Atlantic hurricane season has already formed. 

Named Ana, this storm formed 200 miles northeast of Bermuda and obtained speeds of 45mph.

It’s an almost stationary subtropical storm, forecased to slowly move towards the North Atlantic, dissipating gradually.

According to experts, despite Ana not being a threat, it’s still a sign for the upcoming hurricane season, which is expected to be more active than normal. 

Hurricane Season officially starts June 1 and it ends November 31, 2021.

Aruba has proven to be one of the safest islands in the Caribbean during the hurricane season, because the island is located outside of the hurricane’s path.



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