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Willemstad Trolley Train
<p>Your memorable trolley takes you past the Queen Emma pontoon bridge and the floating market, where Venezuelan merchants sell fish and vegetables from their boats. Next see Scharloo, a former residential neighborhood lined with picturesque colonial homes built in the 1800s. A highlight of your Scharloo overview is a stop at the recently renovated Bolo di Bruid, known as the "wedding cake house", the city's most photographed building.</p>
<p>Leaving Scharloo, enter Pietermaai Cathedral, the largest and most impressive on the island. You will also view Queen Wilhelmina Park, which serves as the setting for frequent cultural events and Waterfront Arches, an imposing fortress that was the site of the fort is one of many structures that lend a sense of history and atmosphere to the city, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Concluding your trolley experience, you may return to the pier by taxi or remain in town and enjoy the short walk back to your ship at a later time. </p>
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Rating Snapshot(3 reviews)
2 of 3(67%)guests would recommend this to a friend.
Customer Reviews for Willemstad Trolley Train
Review 1 for Willemstad Trolley Train
Location: SW Florida
Party size: 5
I traveled with: Friends
Cruise Date Month: November
Cruise Date Year: 2015
I want to go here next: Europe
Date:November 16, 2015
Horrible Staging to Start the Tour
We were grouped on the pier for quite a while in the hot sun prior to being herded to mini bus taxis which took us to meet the trolley. The people who directed this piece of the tour were unorganized and argued among themselves while we continued to melt down in the boiling sun. All we needed to do were to get into taxis. Why this was such a dilemma to them was unclear?! Our group of 5 were the last to get a taxi. On the drive across town, the taxi driver and one of the tour people who boarded our taxi and sat in the very back, got into a screaming fight in their native language. Their was no mistaking the ire blazing back and forth. The taxi driver nearly swerved off a bridge, so I screamed at him to pay attention. They then stopped their yelling. We arrived at the last minute to the trolley so most of the seats were taken. We were crowded into the bench seats which faced forward and backward and left minimal room for legs. The lady who narrated this tour was quite good and knew a lot about the island. We just didn't like the staging piece, the negative drive over and then squeezing into a tiny space for a tour. We can't recommend it.
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Review 2 for Willemstad Trolley Train
Location: Guelph, ON
Party size: 1
I traveled with: Family
Cruise Date Month: April
Cruise Date Year: 2014
Favorite activities: Educational
Favorite port: Ocho Rios, Jamaica
I want to go here next: Caribbean
Date:May 21, 2014
My husband and I took this tour in April and loved it. Our trolley driver was great and our guide was both fun and wellspoken. She gave us a great historic tour with many fun stories along the way. We left Willemstad with a much greater understanding of the island!
This was a fun tour. It is long enough to give you an up close and personal tour of the old city. You drive through the historic section which is maintained as public heritage land by the government. Old, grand houses, brightly coloured and beautifully designed line the streets. There is a stop off at a local, historic church and a final stop at the governor's residence outside. Look for the cannon ball still lodged in the wall! The British got close, maybe a little too close : ) At the end, you may either walk to the ship, get the ride back or go to the right and into town to shop. The town is beautiful and full of photo ops. There are flea markets along the route, a breeze in your hair and a fun ride on a little trolly train The guide was very personable too!