Visit the ABC Islands on board the Royal Clipper

12th January 2017

Throughout the winter season, Star Clippers operates a range of itineraries to the blissful islands of the Caribbean, with alternating 7-night round-trip itineraries out of Barbados. Selected itineraries will take passengers to the Windward Islands, while others embark on journeys around the Grenadine Islands.

The magnificent five-masted Royal Clipper offers a distinctively unique way in which to travel, offering a glimpse into a bygone era of travel. While other lines strive to offer modern amenities and contemporary features, Star Clippers stays true to the traditional era of tall ship sailing, which was particularly affluent during the 19th century.

Aside from the itineraries to the Windward and Grenadine Islands, the Royal Clipper will also embark on a 14-night cruise to the islands of Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao – which are also collectively known as the ‘ABC Islands’. Despite being located many miles away from the Dutch mainland, these three Islands are all part of the Kingdom of Netherlands and this is reflected through the brightly-coloured architecture. This week, we take a closer look at each of these three islands and what you may be able to expect during a visit to each of them.

Oranjestad – Aruba

Oranjestad, Aruba

One thing that is synonymous about these Dutch islands is that they each offer a warm and tropical climate throughout the year. Situated just 15 miles north of Venezuela, this small island has a unique dialect and is home to a multitude of golden beaches. Many people visit the island of Aruba just to experience the beaches, which provide plenty of opportunities for snorkelling and parasailing. If you want to delve into the history of Aruba, be sure to head to the Fort Zoutman Historical Museum, which was built in 1798 to protect the island from pirates.

Kralendijk – Bonaire

Flamingos, Bonaire

Unlike Aruba and Willemstad, Bonaire is part of the country of the Netherlands and, therefore, its citizens are able to vote in elections that affect the Dutch government. Bonaire offers beautiful beaches and one of the finest spots in the Caribbean for diving. One of the most impressive sights of Bonaire, however, is undoubtedly the hundreds of pink flamingos which occupy the extensive salt flats. As well as flamingos, visitors can also expect to be able to see wild iguanas roaming the island.

Willemstad – Curacao

Willemstad, Curacao

The colourful architecture of Curacao is one of the island’s most distinctive features and is synonymous with its Dutch heritage. Since 1634, the island’s capital, Willemstad, has continued to develop as a trading settlement and the architecture in the old town reflects Dutch, Spanish and Portuguese colonialism. It is this architecture which has led to Willemstad gaining UNESCO World Heritage status and which offers a glance into the island’s history as a Dutch overseas territory.


The 14-night Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao round-trip itinerary is set to depart out of Barbados on 25th March, 2017. With regular itineraries in the Caribbean, Cuba, and Far East Asia, it is easy to escape the January blues with Star Clippers. Get in touch with us today to find out more about the full range of itineraries available.