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About St. Maarten

Half French and half Dutch, St. Martin/Sint Maarten is one of the Caribbean's most diverse and interesting islands.

 

The Dutch capital Philipsburg is a delightful warren of narrow streets called steegjies. Here you will find interesting shops and leafy courtyard cafés. Start your exploration at Wathey Square, which is home to a colourful market.

 

If you would prefer to enjoy a little French 'je ne sais quoi', take an island tour to the pretty French capital Marigot. It's worth visiting for its colourful markets, lovely café-lined waterfront and the chic boutiques of Marina Port La Royale, where you can pick up unusual jewellery and leather goods. Or spend your day on a catamaran trip from Philipsburg for fabulous deep-sea snorkelling with lunch.

 

Shore excursions in St. Maarten

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Explorer Cruise And Island

Activity lowRefreshments includedShopping

Duration: 4 hours

Combine a delightful lagoon cruise with a visit to the charming town of Marigot.

Take in the sights of Philipsburg, capital of Dutch St Maarten, and see its quaint ‘gingerbread’ houses. Drive along Salt Point Road and over Mountain Road to the south coast, passing French Cul de Sac and Grand Casse, before arriving into Marigot. Here you’ll have some time to wander around the quaint capital.

You’ll join the Explorer boat at Simpson Bay for a short cruise across the calm lagoon, which stretches across the whole of the island to join both Dutch and French sides. On board, relax on the sun decks whilst listening to the rhythmic sounds of a calypso entertainer. There are 2 bars serving an array of spirits, beer, rum punch and soft drinks. Experience the Caribbean atmosphere, before arriving at Simpson Bay for the short return drive back to Philipsburg.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by bus and boat. The shops in Marigot will be closed on Sunday calls. Some shops also close during the afternoon siesta. Public toilet facilities are limited in Marigot, however local cafés and restaurants will allow use of their facilities upon purchase. Euro and US Dollar currency are accepted for purchases. This tour involves some walking over flat surfaces. Passengers must be able to negotiate the step onto and off the boat and steps to reach the upper level of the Explorer. Toilet facilities are available on the lower deck. Comfortable, non-slip shoes, a hat and sunscreen are advised. This tour may operate in reverse order.

St Maarten Island Tour

Activity low

Duration: 2½ hours

Discover St Maarten, 'two-nation' island shared by Holland and France since 1645.

At just 37 square miles, St Maarten is quite unique with only a stone monument visible to indicate you have entered the French side. Setting off from the port, you’ll head through the Dutch side and the capital of Philipsburg, founded in 1763 by John Philips, a Scottish captain in the Dutch Navy.

Afterwards, you’ll drive to the other side of the island to experience the French ‘St. Martin’. A stop will be made at the small town of Marigot, the French capital. Enjoy some free time to browse the open-air market (when available), stroll along the waterfront or through the picturesque streets with their inviting pavement cafés and shops.

Your return drive will cross back over to the Dutch side, passing through the seaside town of Grand Case en route, before arriving into Philipsburg.

Essential information

This tour will operate by bus and on foot. This tour involves limited walking, however passengers must be able to negotiate steps onto and off the bus. Walking in Marigot is at passengers’ discretion. Please be advised that shops in Marigot will be closed on Sunday calls. Some shops may also close during the afternoon siesta. Public toilet facilities are limited in Marigot, however local cafés and restaurants will allow use of their facilities upon purchase. Euro and US Dollar currency are accepted for purchases. Passengers who choose to remain in Philipsburg at the end of the tour will be responsible for making their own way back to the ship.

 

A selection of cruises to St. Maarten

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