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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; Saint Lucia Island; Saint Kitts Island; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; San Juan, Puerto Rico; St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, USA; Bridgetown, Barbados
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
December 12, 2018 $579 $639 N/A N/A Carnival Fascination December 12, 2018
December 19, 2018 N/A $999 $1,644 N/A Carnival Fascination December 19, 2018
December 26, 2018 $1,259 $1,299 N/A N/A Carnival Fascination December 26, 2018
January 2, 2019 $609 N/A N/A N/A Carnival Fascination January 2, 2019
January 9, 2019 $519 $589 N/A N/A Carnival Fascination January 9, 2019
January 16, 2019 $519 $589 N/A N/A Carnival Fascination January 16, 2019
January 23, 2019 $509 $579 $1,494 N/A Carnival Fascination January 23, 2019
January 30, 2019 $509 $609 $1,474 N/A Carnival Fascination January 30, 2019
February 6, 2019 $579 $699 $1,434 N/A Carnival Fascination February 6, 2019
February 13, 2019 $569 $689 $1,514 N/A Carnival Fascination February 13, 2019
7 Nights Eastern Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Royal 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
December 15, 2018 $498 N/A $598 $928 Royal Princess December 15, 2018
December 29, 2018 N/A N/A $1,231 $2,131 Royal Princess December 29, 2018
January 12, 2019 $712 N/A $837 $1,078 Royal Princess January 12, 2019
7 Nights Southern Caribbean Cruise From San Juan, PR
Ship: Jewel 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; Fort De France, Martinique; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; St. Croix, Virgin Islands, USA; San Juan, Puerto Rico
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
December 15, 2018 $648 $694 $931 $1,292 Jewel of the Seas December 15, 2018
14 Nights Eastern Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Royal 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; Costa Maya, Mexico; Cozumel Island, Mexico; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
December 15, 2018 $1,348 N/A $1,980 $2,824 Royal Princess December 15, 2018
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; Cruising; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Labadee Private Resort, Haiti; Cruising; Miami, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
December 15, 2018 $2,046 N/A $2,054 $16,059 Symphony of the Seas December 15, 2018
21 Nights Southern Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Zuiderdam
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 21 Nights
Ports: 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; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Saint Lucia Island; Bridgetown, Barbados; Fort-De-France, Martinique; Saint Kitts Island; St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, USA; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
December 16, 2018 $3,379 $3,539 $4,039 N/A Zuiderdam December 16, 2018
7 Nights Eastern Caribbean Cruise From Orlando, FL
Ship: Oasis of the Seas
Departure: Orlando, FL
Arrival: Orlando, FL
Duration: 7 Nights
Ports: Port Canaveral (Orlando), Florida; Nassau, Bahamas; Cruising; St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, USA; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Cruising; Port Canaveral (Orlando), Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
December 16, 2018 N/A N/A $2,005 $2,142 Oasis of the Seas December 16, 2018
December 30, 2018 $1,999 $2,042 $2,142 $12,843 Oasis of the Seas December 30, 2018
January 13, 2019 $1,070 $1,417 $1,591 $4,060 Oasis of the Seas January 13, 2019
January 27, 2019 $1,091 $1,234 $1,435 $1,966 Oasis of the Seas January 27, 2019
February 10, 2019 $1,282 $1,549 $1,591 $4,659 Oasis of the Seas February 10, 2019
February 24, 2019 $886 N/A $1,367 $4,886 Oasis of the Seas February 24, 2019
March 10, 2019 $942 $1,011 $1,200 $4,911 Oasis of the Seas March 10, 2019
March 24, 2019 $928 N/A $1,031 $2,202 Oasis of the Seas March 24, 2019
April 7, 2019 $1,044 $1,170 $1,189 $5,253 Oasis of the Seas April 7, 2019
7 Nights Eastern Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Celebrity Edge
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 7 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; At Sea; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Tortola, B.V.I.; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; At Sea; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
December 16, 2018 $1,049 $1,549 $2,099 $4,299 Celebrity Edge December 16, 2018
December 30, 2018 $1,799 $3,749 $4,349 $8,499 Celebrity Edge December 30, 2018
January 13, 2019 $1,499 $2,199 $2,649 $5,499 Celebrity Edge January 13, 2019
January 27, 2019 $1,499 $2,149 $2,599 $5,699 Celebrity Edge January 27, 2019
February 10, 2019 $1,299 $2,199 $2,549 $5,599 Celebrity Edge February 10, 2019
February 24, 2019 $1,349 $2,199 $2,599 $5,699 Celebrity Edge February 24, 2019
March 10, 2019 $1,299 $2,199 $2,649 $5,799 Celebrity Edge March 10, 2019
March 24, 2019 $1,399 $2,149 $2,699 $5,699 Celebrity Edge March 24, 2019
April 7, 2019 $1,399 $1,999 $2,499 $5,499 Celebrity Edge April 7, 2019
April 21, 2019 $1,399 $1,799 $2,449 $5,699 Celebrity Edge April 21, 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; St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, USA; St. John's, Antigua; Saint Lucia Island; Bridgetown, Barbados; Cruising; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; San Juan, Puerto Rico
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
December 16, 2018 $655 $945 $1,903 $7,258 Freedom of the Seas December 16, 2018
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; Bridgetown, Barbados; Saint Lucia Island; Saint Kitts Island; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; San Juan, Puerto Rico
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
December 16, 2018 $659 $694 $949 $1,201 Carnival Fascination December 16, 2018
December 23, 2018 $809 $989 N/A $1,591 Carnival Fascination December 23, 2018
December 30, 2018 $999 $1,039 $1,499 $1,815 Carnival Fascination December 30, 2018
January 6, 2019 $679 $709 N/A $1,685 Carnival Fascination January 6, 2019
January 13, 2019 $629 $679 $1,189 $1,153 Carnival Fascination January 13, 2019
January 20, 2019 $549 $669 N/A $1,587 Carnival Fascination January 20, 2019
January 27, 2019 $619 $659 N/A $1,318 Carnival Fascination January 27, 2019
February 3, 2019 $639 $709 $1,329 $1,524 Carnival Fascination February 3, 2019
February 10, 2019 $579 $709 $1,269 $1,515 Carnival Fascination February 10, 2019
February 17, 2019 $579 $729 $1,319 $1,429 Carnival Fascination February 17, 2019

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