Curacao is one of the five islands of the former Netherlands Antilles and is just 35 miles from the coast of Venezuela. We docked in Willemstad, the capital of Curacao – a unique blend of Dutch, Caribbean, African and South American cultures. The Queen Emma pontoon bridge swings aside several times during the day, allowing ships to pass. At those times pedestrians take a ferry to cross the waterway that divides the city.
The Floating Market – with the Serenity docked front and center.
Curacao was fought over by the French and British for 200 years until it was given back to the Dutch in 1814. I don’t know whose cannon this was – but Hästa seems to have claimed it.
During the day lots of explosions rocked the city (and us!). Apparently, New Year’s Eve fireworks here are all about the noise!
Plumes of smoke rise from the latest explosions.
The waterway when the pontoon bridge is floated to the side.
Back on board the ship was being readied for a big New Year’s Eve celebration: shows, music and champagne toasts – and no fireworks!
Happy New Year everyone!