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Philipsburg, St. Maarten (scroll down for cruise itineraries)

 
Introduction

Philipsburg is the biggest town located on the Saint Maarten island. Saint Maarten island is divided into two parts - Dutch and French. Philipsburg is located in the Dutch part of the island. You can also visit the French side of the island, the main city of which is Marigot. Philipsburg and Saint Maarten island have amazing beaches, very large and vibrant duty free shopping opportunities (it's one of the largest shopping centers in Caribbean) as well as many types of entertainment and fun activities.

Where the Ship Docks

The majority of cruise ships will dock in Great Bay on the Dutch side of St. Maarten. The pier, which is one mile from the Philipsburg city center, is called the A.C. Wathey Pier. Taxis are available directly at the pier to transport travelers into town for a small fare. In addition, one can walk from the pier to downtown Philipsburg in approximately 15 minutes. Some ships may choose to dock at Little Pier and then transport their passengers into the center of Philipsburg.

What to See and Do

There is much to see and do in Philipsburg and in St. Maarten. In Philipsburg you can enjoy some of the trendiest restaurants and you can shop in the multitude of duty-free shops available. The most famous shopping streets are Front and Old Streets, although you can enjoy great shopping in many other places. On another note, you can explore Orient Beach (part of which is clothing optional) to enjoy the beautiful white sand that stretches for over 1 1/2 miles along the coast. If you are a big fan of nature, you can take a trip to the Butterfly Farm to admire hundreds of butterflies of various colors and species. For the more adventurous travelers, kayaking activities and snorkeling are available for you to experience the exotic wildlife and coral reefs of St. Maarten. You can also take a historical tour of St. Maarten via bicycle. Finally, St. Maarten is also a great place to sail. In fact, you can even compete in a shortened version of the America's Cup race if you so choose.

Eating/Drinking

There are plenty of nice restaurants to enjoy on both Dutch and French side of the St. Maarten island. On the Dutch side, you can, for example, go to Chesterfield's for a casual lunch or to St. Antoine, which is a more upscale place. On the French side, in Marigot (the main town on the French side) you can go to l'Oiseau Rare - a French bistro that has a great view of Marigot harbor. Or you can visit Le Mini Club, which is famous for its Creole and French cuisine. These are just some suggestions, there are many other places where you can have wonderful dining experience.

Getting Around

Once you arrive at the port, you can either hail a taxi to travel into the center of Philipsburg, or you can choose to take the 15 minute walk. Cab fares are extremely reasonable. Another option is to take a water taxi from the cruise pier to the center of Philipsburg. That will cost you $3 one-way and $5 roundtrip. It is possible to rent a car in St. Maarten, but if you are only staying for a day as part of a cruise, this may not be your best option. In that case, you can just walk or use a taxi to explore the area.

Miscellaneous But Important

The island of St. Maarten is owned by two different countries. One side of the island has French as the official language, while the other side has Dutch as its official language. However, English is the language most frequently spoken on both sides of St. Maarten. The official currencies of St. Maarten are the Euro on the French side and the guilder on the Dutch side, but the US dollar will be accepted everywhere. Most stores will post prices both in the local currency and in US dollars. If you want to stay in touch with folks back home, you can use the Internet Paradise cafe located at the intersection of Yrausquin Boulevard and Front Street.

 
The map of St. Maarten, including both the Dutch and the French sections.

The map of St. Maarten, including both the Dutch and the French sections.


The Orient Beach, one of the most famous beaches in Caribbean region.

The Orient Beach, one of the most famous beaches in Caribbean region.


Front Street in Philipsburg. Shopping is very popular in Philipsburg and Front Street is one of the main streets for shopping.

Front Street in Philipsburg. Shopping is very popular in Philipsburg and Front Street is one of the main streets for shopping.


One of the butterflies in Butterfly Farm.

One of the butterflies in Butterfly Farm.

 

Cruises to Philipsburg, St. Maarten


7 Nights Southern Caribbean Cruise From Barbados
Ship: Carnival Fascination
Departure: Barbados
Arrival: Barbados
Duration: 7 Nights
Ports: Bridgetown, Barbados; San Juan, Puerto Rico; St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, USA; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Saint Kitts Island; Saint Lucia Island; Bridgetown, Barbados
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
May 15, 2020 $579 $759 $1,249 N/A Carnival Fascination May 15, 2020
May 22, 2020 $609 $719 $1,299 N/A Carnival Fascination May 22, 2020
May 29, 2020 $559 $609 $1,394 N/A Carnival Fascination May 29, 2020
June 5, 2020 $629 $779 N/A N/A Carnival Fascination June 5, 2020
June 12, 2020 $559 $689 N/A N/A Carnival Fascination June 12, 2020
June 19, 2020 $569 $709 $1,279 N/A Carnival Fascination June 19, 2020
June 26, 2020 $569 $659 $1,349 N/A Carnival Fascination June 26, 2020
July 3, 2020 $799 $919 $1,619 N/A Carnival Fascination July 3, 2020
July 10, 2020 $819 $1,049 $1,574 N/A Carnival Fascination July 10, 2020
July 17, 2020 $839 $969 $1,514 N/A Carnival Fascination July 17, 2020
7 Nights Eastern Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Caribbean Princess
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 7 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Princess Cays, Bahamas; St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, USA; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
May 16, 2020 $779 $834 $1,059 $1,429 Caribbean Princess May 16, 2020
May 30, 2020 $709 $757 $979 $1,379 Caribbean Princess May 30, 2020
June 13, 2020 $999 $1,074 $1,349 $1,929 Caribbean Princess June 13, 2020
June 27, 2020 $779 $834 $1,079 $1,479 Caribbean Princess June 27, 2020
July 11, 2020 $1,069 $1,151 $1,549 $1,766 Caribbean Princess July 11, 2020
November 8, 2020 $919 $985 $1,449 $1,699 Caribbean Princess November 8, 2020
November 22, 2020 $929 $996 $1,249 $1,449 Caribbean Princess November 22, 2020
December 6, 2020 $869 $929 $1,209 $1,349 Caribbean Princess December 6, 2020
December 20, 2020 $1,279 $1,319 $1,579 $1,849 Caribbean Princess December 20, 2020
January 3, 2021 $809 $909 $1,209 $1,459 Caribbean Princess January 3, 2021
9 Nights Eastern Caribbean Cruise From New York, NY
Ship: Carnival Legend
Departure: New York, NY
Arrival: New York, NY
Duration: 9 Nights
Ports: New York, NY; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, USA; Grand Turk Island; New York, NY
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
May 16, 2020 $1,049 $1,179 $1,249 $1,879 Carnival Legend May 16, 2020
May 25, 2020 $1,009 $1,059 $1,179 $1,522 Carnival Legend May 25, 2020
14 Nights Eastern Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Caribbean Princess
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 14 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Princess Cays, Bahamas; St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, USA; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; George Town, Cayman Islands; Roatan, Bay Islands; Belize City, Belize; Cozumel Island, Mexico; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
May 16, 2020 $1,819 N/A $2,685 $3,359 Caribbean Princess May 16, 2020
May 30, 2020 $1,459 $1,569 $2,009 $2,859 Caribbean Princess May 30, 2020
June 13, 2020 $1,989 $2,137 $2,699 $3,729 Caribbean Princess June 13, 2020
June 27, 2020 $1,589 $1,701 $2,209 $3,054 Caribbean Princess June 27, 2020
7 Nights Southern Caribbean Cruise From San Juan, PR
Ship: Freedom of the Seas
Departure: San Juan, PR
Arrival: San Juan, PR
Duration: 7 Nights
Ports: San Juan, Puerto Rico; Cruising; Aruba Island; Willemstad, Curacao Island; Kralendijk, Island of Bonaire; Cruising; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; San Juan, Puerto Rico
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
May 17, 2020 $861 $1,067 $1,287 $1,854 Freedom of the Seas May 17, 2020
May 31, 2020 $813 $999 $1,327 $1,713 Freedom of the Seas May 31, 2020
June 14, 2020 $941 $1,227 $1,656 $2,370 Freedom of the Seas June 14, 2020
June 28, 2020 $695 $914 $1,242 $1,740 Freedom of the Seas June 28, 2020
July 12, 2020 $1,204 $1,418 $1,580 $2,053 Freedom of the Seas July 12, 2020
July 26, 2020 $799 $915 $1,112 $1,729 Freedom of the Seas July 26, 2020
August 9, 2020 $974 $1,235 $1,375 $1,912 Freedom of the Seas August 9, 2020
August 23, 2020 $595 $901 $1,024 $1,298 Freedom of the Seas August 23, 2020
September 6, 2020 $604 $689 $970 $1,253 Freedom of the Seas September 6, 2020
September 20, 2020 $562 $814 $975 N/A Freedom of the Seas September 20, 2020
7 Nights Southern Caribbean Cruise From San Juan, PR
Ship: Carnival Fascination
Departure: San Juan, PR
Arrival: San Juan, PR
Duration: 7 Nights
Ports: San Juan, Puerto Rico; St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, USA; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Saint Kitts Island; Saint Lucia Island; Bridgetown, Barbados; San Juan, Puerto Rico
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
May 17, 2020 $599 $729 N/A $1,359 Carnival Fascination May 17, 2020
May 24, 2020 $589 $719 $1,159 $1,234 Carnival Fascination May 24, 2020
May 31, 2020 $629 $799 $1,259 $1,389 Carnival Fascination May 31, 2020
June 7, 2020 $799 $969 $1,489 $1,909 Carnival Fascination June 7, 2020
June 14, 2020 $759 $849 $1,359 $1,779 Carnival Fascination June 14, 2020
June 21, 2020 $729 $869 $1,359 $1,825 Carnival Fascination June 21, 2020
June 28, 2020 $699 $849 $1,359 $1,516 Carnival Fascination June 28, 2020
July 5, 2020 $859 $1,004 N/A $1,764 Carnival Fascination July 5, 2020
July 12, 2020 $884 $999 N/A $1,754 Carnival Fascination July 12, 2020
July 19, 2020 $849 $979 N/A $1,904 Carnival Fascination July 19, 2020
9 Nights Eastern Caribbean Cruise From Bayonne, NJ
Ship: Adventure of the Seas
Departure: Bayonne, NJ
Arrival: Bayonne, NJ
Duration: 9 Nights
Ports: Cape Liberty, Bayonne, New Jersey; Cruising; King's Wharf, Bermuda; Cruising; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Labadee Private Resort, Haiti; Cruising; Cape Liberty, Bayonne, New Jersey
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
May 21, 2020 $784 $927 $1,263 $1,713 Adventure of the Seas May 21, 2020
July 1, 2020 $784 $856 $2,322 $3,247 Adventure of the Seas July 1, 2020
August 13, 2020 $1,356 $1,502 $1,481 $2,299 Adventure of the Seas August 13, 2020
14 Nights Eastern Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Caribbean Princess
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 14 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; George Town, Cayman Islands; Roatan, Bay Islands; Belize City, Belize; Cozumel Island, Mexico; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Princess Cays, Bahamas; St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, USA; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
May 23, 2020 $1,809 $1,945 $2,699 $3,229 Caribbean Princess May 23, 2020
June 6, 2020 $1,989 $2,138 $2,719 $3,797 Caribbean Princess June 6, 2020
June 20, 2020 $1,939 $2,089 $2,589 $3,409 Caribbean Princess June 20, 2020
July 4, 2020 $2,159 $2,326 $2,929 $3,819 Caribbean Princess July 4, 2020
7 Nights Eastern Caribbean Cruise From Miami, FL
Ship: Symphony of the Seas
Departure: Miami, FL
Arrival: Miami, FL
Duration: 7 Nights
Ports: Miami, Florida; Perfect Day Cococay, Bahamas; Cruising; St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, USA; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Cruising; Miami, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
May 23, 2020 $1,356 $1,475 $1,812 $6,019 Symphony of the Seas May 23, 2020
July 25, 2020 $1,637 $1,845 $2,018 $3,154 Symphony of the Seas July 25, 2020
8 Nights Eastern Caribbean Cruise From Miami, FL
Ship: Carnival Magic
Departure: Miami, FL
Arrival: Miami, FL
Duration: 8 Nights
Ports: Miami, Florida; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Saint Kitts Island; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Grand Turk Island; Miami, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
May 23, 2020 $969 $1,129 $1,339 $1,799 Carnival Magic May 23, 2020

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