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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


8 Nights Eastern Caribbean Cruise From Charleston, SC
Ship: Carnival Ecstasy
Departure: Charleston, SC
Arrival: Charleston, SC
Duration: 8 Nights
Ports: Charleston, South Carolina; St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, USA; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Charleston, South Carolina
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
April 26, 2019 $999 $1,219 $2,019 $2,144 Carnival Ecstasy April 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; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Saint Kitts Island; Cruising; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
April 27, 2019 $1,499 $1,628 N/A N/A Adventure of the Seas April 27, 2019
8 Nights Eastern Caribbean Cruise From Orlando, FL
Ship: Carnival Sunshine
Departure: Orlando, FL
Arrival: Orlando, FL
Duration: 8 Nights
Ports: Port Canaveral (Orlando), Florida; Grand Turk Island; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Saint Kitts Island; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Port Canaveral (Orlando), Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
April 27, 2019 N/A N/A $1,359 N/A Carnival Sunshine April 27, 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; Bridgetown, Barbados; Saint Lucia Island; Saint Kitts Island; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; San Juan, Puerto Rico
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
April 28, 2019 $644 $704 $1,199 $1,335 Carnival Fascination April 28, 2019
7 Nights Eastern Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Harmony 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
April 28, 2019 N/A N/A $1,609 $4,627 Harmony of the Seas April 28, 2019
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
May 4, 2019 $1,260 $1,385 $1,505 N/A Symphony of the Seas May 4, 2019
June 1, 2019 $1,668 $1,855 $1,799 $3,106 Symphony of the Seas June 1, 2019
June 29, 2019 $1,785 $1,856 $2,031 $4,029 Symphony of the Seas June 29, 2019
July 27, 2019 $1,510 $1,655 $1,631 $2,861 Symphony of the Seas July 27, 2019
August 24, 2019 $1,070 N/A $1,070 $2,527 Symphony of the Seas August 24, 2019
September 21, 2019 $756 $861 $1,017 $1,850 Symphony of the Seas September 21, 2019
October 19, 2019 $830 $988 $1,030 $2,360 Symphony of the Seas October 19, 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
May 5, 2019 $1,176 $1,556 N/A N/A Freedom of the Seas May 5, 2019
May 19, 2019 $1,150 $1,465 N/A $3,476 Freedom of the Seas May 19, 2019
June 2, 2019 $1,116 $1,236 $1,290 $2,427 Freedom of the Seas June 2, 2019
June 16, 2019 $1,323 $1,411 $1,545 $3,711 Freedom of the Seas June 16, 2019
June 30, 2019 $1,236 $1,446 $1,583 N/A Freedom of the Seas June 30, 2019
July 14, 2019 $1,131 $1,268 $1,418 $1,959 Freedom of the Seas July 14, 2019
July 28, 2019 $833 $1,287 $1,259 $2,019 Freedom of the Seas July 28, 2019
August 11, 2019 $839 $1,127 $1,139 $1,810 Freedom of the Seas August 11, 2019
August 25, 2019 $733 $1,016 $1,018 $1,517 Freedom of the Seas August 25, 2019
September 8, 2019 $777 $823 $864 $1,697 Freedom of the Seas September 8, 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
May 5, 2019 N/A N/A N/A $1,701 Carnival Fascination May 5, 2019
May 19, 2019 $679 $789 $1,259 $1,618 Carnival Fascination May 19, 2019
May 26, 2019 $714 $787 $1,199 $1,599 Carnival Fascination May 26, 2019
June 2, 2019 $819 $899 $1,409 $1,364 Carnival Fascination June 2, 2019
June 9, 2019 $799 $919 $1,444 $1,433 Carnival Fascination June 9, 2019
June 16, 2019 $814 $919 $1,409 $1,597 Carnival Fascination June 16, 2019
June 23, 2019 $849 $939 $1,359 $1,394 Carnival Fascination June 23, 2019
June 30, 2019 $789 $899 $1,439 $1,429 Carnival Fascination June 30, 2019
July 7, 2019 $859 $919 $1,449 $1,639 Carnival Fascination July 7, 2019
July 14, 2019 $859 $929 $1,459 $1,581 Carnival Fascination July 14, 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
May 10, 2019 N/A $859 N/A N/A Carnival Fascination May 10, 2019
May 17, 2019 N/A $749 N/A N/A Carnival Fascination May 17, 2019
May 24, 2019 $609 $719 $1,509 N/A Carnival Fascination May 24, 2019
May 31, 2019 $599 N/A N/A N/A Carnival Fascination May 31, 2019
June 7, 2019 $639 $779 N/A N/A Carnival Fascination June 7, 2019
June 14, 2019 $629 $739 N/A N/A Carnival Fascination June 14, 2019
June 21, 2019 $619 $724 N/A N/A Carnival Fascination June 21, 2019
June 28, 2019 $619 $719 N/A N/A Carnival Fascination June 28, 2019
July 5, 2019 $789 $899 $1,479 N/A Carnival Fascination July 5, 2019
July 12, 2019 $849 $1,024 $1,594 N/A Carnival Fascination July 12, 2019
8 Nights Eastern Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Carnival Magic
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 8 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Saint Kitts Island; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Grand Turk Island; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
May 11, 2019 N/A N/A $1,389 $1,854 Carnival Magic May 11, 2019
June 8, 2019 $1,079 $1,269 $1,569 $2,026 Carnival Magic June 8, 2019
July 6, 2019 $1,119 $1,354 $1,639 $2,219 Carnival Magic July 6, 2019
August 3, 2019 $949 $1,219 $1,374 $1,949 Carnival Magic August 3, 2019
August 31, 2019 $819 $919 $1,049 N/A Carnival Magic August 31, 2019
April 25, 2020 $779 $879 $1,049 $1,409 Carnival Magic April 25, 2020

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