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5 Best Cruises to Aruba

It's hurricane season, but you want to take that family cruise anyway before the summer is over. We have the answer for you: the ABC islands. Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao are located below the usual track of Atlantic storms, so they're your best bet during the summer and early fall months. Here are five of our favorite cruises that start in or visit Aruba.

Best Cruises to Aruba

Aruba's motto is "One Happy Island," and after one look around, visitors can see why. Duty-free shopping, casino gambling, amazing dive sites and affordable but luxurious resorts. We're happy already.

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Best Cruises to Aruba Windstar

Windstar Cruises' Star Pride

Windstar offers a "Best of the ABC Islands" itinerary that's perfect for the summer months. Beginning in Barbados, the Star Pride stops in Grenada, Tobago, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Bonaire and Curacao before finishing up in Oranjestad, Aruba. Windstar offers guests post-cruise hotel packages at the Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino, just a few miles away from Oranjestad's shops and nightlife.

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Best Cruises to Aruba Celebrity

Celebrity Cruises' Equinox

A 17-night cruise?!? Wow. The Celebrity Equinox begins with a hotel stay in Fort Lauderdale before heading out to visit Bonaire, Aruba, Curacao, Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Maarten and Antigua. If the shore excursions don't wear you out, the ship will. Among the Equinox's features: a real-grass lawn club on the top deck, a slew of diverse and boutique dining options, enclosed pool and spa-inspired cabins.

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Best Aruba Cruises Royal Caribbean

Royal Caribbean's Navigator of the Seas

If you didn't splurge for the balcony cabin, you can still experience the sights of Aruba and the Caribbean with Royal Caribbean's "Virtual Balcony." Many of the ship's interior have been outfitted with floor-to-ceiling HD screens, giving guests a view of the ocean in real time.

While most cruises to the ABC islands start from ports in the Caribbean (to shorten the number of days at sea), guests who enjoy the extra time relaxing onboard might lean toward this 9-day trip on Navigator of the Seas. Departing from Miami, the Navigator of the Seas includes stops at Royal Caribbean's private resort in Haiti, Curacao, Aruba and Bonaire.

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Best Aruba Cruises Princess

Princess Cruises' Caribbean Princess and Crown Princess

Here's an interesting itinerary. The 14-day trip onboard either ship starts in Fort Lauderdale and includes stops at Roatan (off the Honduras coast), Belize and Cozumel before returning to Fort Lauderdale. The ship then departs for Curacao, Aruba and Bonaire. Watersports fans will particularly enjoy the excursions Princess offers, among them a snorkeling cruise, "helmet dive," and certified scuba diving on the Antilla shipwreck.

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Best Aruba Cruises NCL

Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Pearl

This 10-day cruise from Miami includes three destinations we haven't listed so far: Costa Rica, Colombia and the Panama Canal. The trip also includes 5 days at sea, which some cruise fans savor for the chance to relax or explore the ship's amenities. Among the Aruba excursion offerings: a certified scuba dive of the Antilla, a Land Rover safari and a trip onboard the Atlantis submarine.

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