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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


6 Nights Eastern Caribbean Cruise From Bayonne, NJ
Ship: Celebrity Summit
Departure: Bayonne, NJ
Arrival: San Juan, PR
Duration: 6 Nights
Ports: Cape Liberty, Bayonne, New Jersey; At Sea; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, USA; San Juan, Puerto Rico
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
October 20, 2019 N/A N/A $1,140 $3,849 Celebrity Summit October 20, 2019
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
October 20, 2019 $699 $749 $1,079 $1,039 Carnival Fascination October 20, 2019
November 3, 2019 N/A N/A N/A $1,555 Carnival Fascination November 3, 2019
November 10, 2019 $659 $699 N/A $1,169 Carnival Fascination November 10, 2019
November 17, 2019 $659 $699 $1,009 $1,074 Carnival Fascination November 17, 2019
December 1, 2019 $629 $704 $1,049 $1,096 Carnival Fascination December 1, 2019
December 8, 2019 $649 $749 $1,190 $1,128 Carnival Fascination December 8, 2019
December 15, 2019 N/A $719 $1,009 $1,089 Carnival Fascination December 15, 2019
December 22, 2019 $829 $879 $1,449 $1,804 Carnival Fascination December 22, 2019
December 29, 2019 $999 $1,149 N/A $1,894 Carnival Fascination December 29, 2019
January 5, 2020 $729 $759 $1,149 $1,249 Carnival Fascination January 5, 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; Labadee Private Resort, Haiti; Cruising; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
October 20, 2019 $932 N/A $1,372 $7,345 Allure of the Seas October 20, 2019
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
October 20, 2019 $932 $1,620 $1,202 $1,898 Freedom of the Seas October 20, 2019
December 1, 2019 $1,001 $1,033 $1,217 $2,416 Freedom of the Seas December 1, 2019
February 23, 2020 $650 $745 $904 $1,474 Freedom of the Seas February 23, 2020
November 1, 2020 $671 $801 $953 $1,316 Freedom of the Seas November 1, 2020
November 29, 2020 $731 $851 $1,073 $1,546 Freedom of the Seas November 29, 2020
December 13, 2020 $671 $801 $953 $1,316 Freedom of the Seas December 13, 2020
January 10, 2021 $811 $941 $1,112 $1,606 Freedom of the Seas January 10, 2021
January 24, 2021 $811 $941 $1,112 $1,606 Freedom of the Seas January 24, 2021
February 21, 2021 $811 $941 $1,112 $1,606 Freedom of the Seas February 21, 2021
March 7, 2021 $821 $981 $1,192 $1,686 Freedom of the Seas March 7, 2021
8 Nights Eastern Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Celebrity Equinox
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 8 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; At Sea; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, USA; Tortola, B.V.I.; At Sea; Nassau, Bahamas; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
October 25, 2019 $599 $649 $749 N/A Celebrity Equinox October 25, 2019
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
October 25, 2019 $539 $719 N/A N/A Carnival Fascination October 25, 2019
November 8, 2019 $534 $629 N/A N/A Carnival Fascination November 8, 2019
November 29, 2019 $579 $619 $1,589 N/A Carnival Fascination November 29, 2019
December 6, 2019 $629 $689 $1,519 N/A Carnival Fascination December 6, 2019
December 13, 2019 $709 $749 $1,159 N/A Carnival Fascination December 13, 2019
January 3, 2020 $539 $619 $1,579 N/A Carnival Fascination January 3, 2020
January 10, 2020 $499 $734 $1,539 N/A Carnival Fascination January 10, 2020
January 24, 2020 $449 $579 N/A N/A Carnival Fascination January 24, 2020
January 31, 2020 $439 $539 $1,209 N/A Carnival Fascination January 31, 2020
February 7, 2020 $439 $569 $1,349 N/A Carnival Fascination February 7, 2020
14 Nights Caribbean Cruise From Boston, MA
Ship: Norwegian Gem
Departure: Boston, MA
Arrival: Boston, MA
Duration: 14 Nights
Ports: Boston, Massachusetts; St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, USA; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; St. John's, Antigua; Bridgetown, Barbados; Saint Lucia Island; Basseterre; Tortola, British Virgin Islands; Boston, Massachusetts
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
October 25, 2019 N/A N/A $1,099 $3,299 Norwegian Gem October 25, 2019
14 Nights Transatlantic Cruise From Southampton, UK
Ship: Independence of the Seas
Departure: Southampton, UK
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 14 Nights
Ports: Southampton, England; Cruising; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, USA; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Labadee Private Resort, Haiti; Cruising; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
October 26, 2019 $1,732 $1,999 $2,399 $3,999 Independence of the Seas October 26, 2019
15 Nights Eastern Caribbean Cruise From New York, NY
Ship: Regal Princess
Departure: New York, NY
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 15 Nights
Ports: New York, NY; Halifax, NS, Canada; Saint John, NB, Canada; New York, NY; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; St. John's, Antigua; Aruba Island; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
October 26, 2019 $1,048 N/A $1,416 N/A Regal Princess October 26, 2019
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
October 26, 2019 $666 $731 $1,066 N/A Adventure of the Seas October 26, 2019
November 23, 2019 $1,066 $1,199 $1,426 N/A Adventure of the Seas November 23, 2019
December 21, 2019 $1,399 $1,799 $1,999 $3,057 Adventure of the Seas December 21, 2019
January 18, 2020 $847 $1,024 $1,356 $4,683 Adventure of the Seas January 18, 2020
February 15, 2020 $1,010 $1,117 $1,727 N/A Adventure of the Seas February 15, 2020
March 14, 2020 $1,065 $1,363 $1,756 N/A Adventure of the Seas March 14, 2020
April 11, 2020 $822 $1,172 $1,174 $4,541 Adventure of the Seas April 11, 2020

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