Golden Hours: Curacao Private Sunset Charter
Please note that all departure times are based on the LOCAL time in port. Ships sometimes do not adjust their clocks to the local time in port, so it is very important to make sure you meet your tour at the correct local time.
You can ask onboard or on shore to determine the local time, or you can go to www.worldtimeserver.com. Avoid alcohol before water activities.
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It's fitting that this golden hour cruise sails to the pretty lagoon called Spanish Water, because the first Europeans there were Spanish – who, as always, were looking for gold. They left disappointed in 1624, leaving Curacao to the Dutch – who, as always, were all about business. They turned Willemstad into a bustling commercial port. But these staid men of commerce were not without a sense of humor, and they drily named the lagoon Spaanse Water. It was a subtle snicker at Spaniards who didn't recognize a golden opportunity when they anchored in it.
Because there was, indeed, gold to be made in Curacao. It had to come from the sale of salt and phosphates, which came from shallow ponds drying in the sun (they're still there) and mining, but the Dutch settlers believed that an enterprising nature paid off handsomely in Heaven.
Their wry humor notwithstanding, they were less imaginative when it came to christening the crop-topped peak southeast of Spanish Water. Dutch merchants were by this time hard at work in South Africa, where they changed the name of Capetown's now-iconic Table Mountain from the Portuguese Taboa do Cabo to the more Dutch Tafelberg. Their Curacao kinsmen gave the same name to their smaller version, which has now been mined for centuries – to the point where the distinctive flat top is partially whittled away.
Recognizing the value of an iconic natural landmark, the island's enterprising modern merchants mandated that miners dig down from the summit plateau, instead of carving around it. Ensuring that your view of Tafelberg is one of many golden moments on this cruise.
Curacao's first waterfront property
Cradled by green hills and lined by vacation villas and fine restaurants, Spanish Water is a naturally calm harbor where yachts and sailboats barely bob. Arawak Indians had arrived centuries before the first Europeans, settling on the inlet where a luxury golf resort now stands. It's believed they paddled north in dugout canoes on Amazon Rainforest rivers – a distance of perhaps 1,000 miles, with no wine or cheese. On the plus side, the 40 miles between South America and Curacao would have involved multiple Caribbean sunsets.
Non-refundable if canceled within 48 hours of requested services.