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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 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
November 1, 2020 $1,143 $1,504 $1,811 $2,764 Freedom of the Seas November 1, 2020
November 15, 2020 $1,397 $1,735 $2,261 $3,603 Freedom of the Seas November 15, 2020
November 29, 2020 $1,440 $1,868 $2,318 $3,411 Freedom of the Seas November 29, 2020
December 13, 2020 $1,142 $1,637 $2,073 $3,228 Freedom of the Seas December 13, 2020
April 4, 2021 $680 $988 $1,332 $1,778 Freedom of the Seas April 4, 2021
April 18, 2021 $728 $1,002 $1,312 $2,050 Freedom of the Seas April 18, 2021
14 Nights Southern Caribbean Cruise From Baltimore, MD
Ship: Carnival Pride
Departure: Baltimore, MD
Arrival: Baltimore, MD
Duration: 14 Nights
Ports: Baltimore, Maryland; Grand Turk Island; Aruba Island; Curacao; Bridgetown, Barbados; Saint Lucia Island; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Baltimore, Maryland
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
November 1, 2020 $1,509 $1,619 $1,939 $3,049 Carnival Pride November 1, 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; St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, USA; Saint Kitts Island; St. John's, Antigua; Bridgetown, Barbados; Saint Lucia Island; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; San Juan, Puerto Rico
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
November 8, 2020 $1,224 $1,635 $1,953 $4,082 Freedom of the Seas November 8, 2020
November 22, 2020 $1,379 $1,700 $2,261 $3,937 Freedom of the Seas November 22, 2020
10 Nights Southern Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Vision of the Seas
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 10 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Cruising; St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, USA; St. John's, Antigua; Roseau, Dominica; Saint Kitts Island; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Cruising; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
November 13, 2020 $1,221 $1,443 $2,872 $4,082 Vision of the Seas November 13, 2020
December 14, 2020 $1,020 $1,174 $2,406 $3,511 Vision of the Seas December 14, 2020
February 5, 2021 $1,037 $1,124 $2,036 $2,927 Vision of the Seas February 5, 2021
10 Nights Eastern Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Celebrity Reflection
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 10 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; At Sea; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Saint Lucia Island; Bridgetown, Barbados; St. John's, Antigua; Saint Kitts Island; At Sea; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
November 13, 2020 $1,249 $1,499 $1,779 $5,999 Celebrity Reflection November 13, 2020
December 4, 2020 $1,249 $1,629 $1,829 $6,049 Celebrity Reflection December 4, 2020
February 5, 2021 $1,479 $1,649 $1,849 $6,449 Celebrity Reflection February 5, 2021
February 26, 2021 $1,599 $1,599 $1,929 $5,991 Celebrity Reflection February 26, 2021
March 19, 2021 $1,409 $1,879 $2,119 $7,449 Celebrity Reflection March 19, 2021
April 9, 2021 $1,019 $1,529 $1,759 $6,399 Celebrity Reflection April 9, 2021
7 Nights Southern Caribbean Cruise From San Juan, PR
Ship: Enchantment of the Seas
Departure: San Juan, PR
Arrival: San Juan, PR
Duration: 7 Nights
Ports: San Juan, Puerto Rico; Cruising; Saint Lucia Island; Bridgetown, Barbados; St. John's, Antigua; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, USA; San Juan, Puerto Rico
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
November 14, 2020 $927 $1,141 $1,713 $2,498 Enchantment of the Seas November 14, 2020
10 Nights Caribbean Cruise From New York, NY
Ship: Norwegian Gem
Departure: New York, NY
Arrival: New York, NY
Duration: 10 Nights
Ports: New York, NY; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Tortola, British Virgin Islands; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, USA; Puerto Plata; New York, NY
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
November 20, 2020 $1,299 $1,449 $1,789 $1,949 Norwegian Gem November 20, 2020
December 12, 2020 $1,320 $1,449 $2,059 $2,309 Norwegian Gem December 12, 2020
7 Nights Southern Caribbean Cruise From San Juan, PR
Ship: Enchantment of the Seas
Departure: San Juan, PR
Arrival: San Juan, PR
Duration: 7 Nights
Ports: San Juan, Puerto Rico; Cruising; Bridgetown, Barbados; St. George S; Roseau, Dominica; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, USA; San Juan, Puerto Rico
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
November 21, 2020 $927 $1,141 $1,713 $2,498 Enchantment of the Seas November 21, 2020
December 5, 2020 $927 $1,141 $1,713 $2,498 Enchantment of the Seas December 5, 2020
January 2, 2021 $720 $764 $1,061 $1,606 Enchantment of the Seas January 2, 2021
January 16, 2021 $625 $733 $1,177 $1,502 Enchantment of the Seas January 16, 2021
January 30, 2021 $657 $760 $1,096 $1,847 Enchantment of the Seas January 30, 2021
February 13, 2021 $658 $861 $1,122 $1,833 Enchantment of the Seas February 13, 2021
February 27, 2021 $632 $742 $1,054 $1,734 Enchantment of the Seas February 27, 2021
March 13, 2021 $698 $756 $1,169 $1,487 Enchantment of the Seas March 13, 2021
March 27, 2021 $697 $756 $1,169 $1,664 Enchantment of the Seas March 27, 2021
April 10, 2021 $708 $849 $1,211 $1,736 Enchantment of the Seas April 10, 2021
8 Nights Eastern Caribbean Cruise From Orlando, FL
Ship: Carnival Radiance
Departure: Orlando, FL
Arrival: Orlando, FL
Duration: 8 Nights
Ports: Port Canaveral (Orlando), Florida; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Saint Kitts Island; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Grand Turk Island; Port Canaveral (Orlando), Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
November 21, 2020 $969 N/A N/A $2,474 Carnival Radiance November 21, 2020
December 19, 2020 $1,219 $1,379 $1,749 $2,494 Carnival Radiance December 19, 2020
January 16, 2021 $769 $939 $1,299 $2,144 Carnival Radiance January 16, 2021
February 13, 2021 $859 $979 $1,379 $2,204 Carnival Radiance February 13, 2021
March 13, 2021 $849 $1,019 N/A $2,649 Carnival Radiance March 13, 2021
April 10, 2021 $839 $989 $1,299 $1,809 Carnival Radiance April 10, 2021
7 Nights Eastern Caribbean Cruise From Orlando, FL
Ship: Harmony of the Seas
Departure: Orlando, FL
Arrival: Orlando, FL
Duration: 7 Nights
Ports: Port Canaveral (Orlando), Florida; Perfect Day Cococay, Bahamas; Cruising; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Cruising; Port Canaveral (Orlando), Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
November 22, 2020 $2,047 $2,538 $2,564 $3,692 Harmony of the Seas November 22, 2020
December 20, 2020 $1,558 $1,718 $2,008 $4,427 Harmony of the Seas December 20, 2020
January 17, 2021 $1,155 $1,178 $1,320 $2,239 Harmony of the Seas January 17, 2021
February 14, 2021 $1,129 $1,187 $1,274 $2,528 Harmony of the Seas February 14, 2021
March 14, 2021 $1,334 $1,415 $1,470 $5,822 Harmony of the Seas March 14, 2021

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