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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 Eastern Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Zuiderdam
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 7 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Grand Turk Island; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
January 18, 2020 $579 $749 $999 $1,299 Zuiderdam January 18, 2020
8 Nights Eastern Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Adventure of the Seas
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 8 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Cruising; Labadee Private Resort, Haiti; San Juan, Puerto Rico; St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, USA; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Cruising; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
January 18, 2020 $928 N/A N/A $2,856 Adventure of the Seas January 18, 2020
March 14, 2020 $1,148 $1,342 N/A N/A Adventure of the Seas March 14, 2020
April 11, 2020 $999 $1,284 $1,427 $2,287 Adventure of the Seas April 11, 2020
14 Nights Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Zuiderdam
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 14 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Grand Turk Island; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Grand Turk Island; Amber Cove (Puerta Plata), Dominica; Key West, Florida; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
January 18, 2020 $1,079 $1,479 $1,899 N/A Zuiderdam January 18, 2020
14 Nights Caribbean Cruise From New York, NY
Ship: Norwegian Bliss
Departure: New York, NY
Arrival: New York, NY
Duration: 14 Nights
Ports: New York, NY; San Juan, Puerto Rico; St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, USA; Tortola, British Virgin Islands; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Basseterre; Saint Lucia Island; Bridgetown, Barbados; St. John's, Antigua; New York, NY
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
January 19, 2020 $1,693 $1,742 $1,791 N/A Norwegian Bliss January 19, 2020
7 Nights Eastern Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Allure of the Seas
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 7 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Cruising; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Cruising; Perfect Day Cococay, Bahamas; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
January 19, 2020 $953 $1,025 $1,109 N/A Allure of the Seas January 19, 2020
February 16, 2020 $1,237 $1,425 $1,921 N/A Allure of the Seas February 16, 2020
7 Nights Eastern Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Regal 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
January 19, 2020 N/A N/A $802 N/A Regal Princess January 19, 2020
February 2, 2020 $649 N/A $754 N/A Regal Princess February 2, 2020
March 1, 2020 $555 N/A $765 $1,048 Regal Princess March 1, 2020
March 15, 2020 $629 N/A $782 $1,029 Regal Princess March 15, 2020
March 29, 2020 $538 N/A $719 $1,029 Regal Princess March 29, 2020
April 12, 2020 $929 N/A $1,123 $1,499 Regal Princess April 12, 2020
14 Nights Eastern Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Regal 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; Princess Cays, Bahamas; Falmouth, Jamaica; George Town, Cayman Islands; Cozumel Island, Mexico; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
January 19, 2020 N/A N/A $1,870 N/A Regal Princess January 19, 2020
March 1, 2020 $1,283 N/A $1,735 $2,574 Regal Princess March 1, 2020
March 29, 2020 $1,219 N/A $1,528 $2,482 Regal Princess March 29, 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
January 19, 2020 $669 $749 N/A N/A Carnival Fascination January 19, 2020
January 26, 2020 $629 N/A N/A $1,254 Carnival Fascination January 26, 2020
February 2, 2020 $699 $779 $1,309 $1,524 Carnival Fascination February 2, 2020
February 9, 2020 N/A N/A N/A $1,713 Carnival Fascination February 9, 2020
February 16, 2020 $739 $829 $1,486 $1,644 Carnival Fascination February 16, 2020
February 23, 2020 $629 $769 $1,304 $1,449 Carnival Fascination February 23, 2020
March 1, 2020 $679 $739 $1,224 $1,424 Carnival Fascination March 1, 2020
March 8, 2020 $684 $779 N/A $1,469 Carnival Fascination March 8, 2020
March 15, 2020 $699 $789 $1,401 $1,454 Carnival Fascination March 15, 2020
March 22, 2020 $649 $714 $1,219 $1,499 Carnival Fascination March 22, 2020
21 Nights Southern Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Koningsdam
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 21 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Fort-De-France, Martinique; Bridgetown, Barbados; Saint Lucia Island; Saint Kitts Island; St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, USA; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Grand Turk Island; Amber Cove (Puerta Plata), Dominica; Kralendijk, Island of Bonaire; Willemstad, Curacao Island; Aruba Island; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
January 22, 2020 $2,139 $2,759 $3,519 $5,499 Koningsdam January 22, 2020
February 12, 2020 $2,239 N/A $4,270 $5,229 Koningsdam February 12, 2020
11 Nights Southern Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Koningsdam
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 11 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Fort-De-France, Martinique; Bridgetown, Barbados; Saint Lucia Island; Saint Kitts Island; St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, USA; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
January 22, 2020 N/A $2,866 $1,999 $3,399 Koningsdam January 22, 2020
February 12, 2020 $1,299 $3,143 $2,449 $3,099 Koningsdam February 12, 2020

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