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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; 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
August 23, 2019 $719 $859 $1,644 N/A Carnival Fascination August 23, 2019
October 4, 2019 N/A $629 $1,459 N/A Carnival Fascination October 4, 2019
October 11, 2019 $509 $629 N/A N/A Carnival Fascination October 11, 2019
October 18, 2019 $579 $689 $1,179 N/A Carnival Fascination October 18, 2019
November 8, 2019 $534 $629 N/A N/A Carnival Fascination November 8, 2019
November 29, 2019 $619 $669 $1,589 N/A Carnival Fascination November 29, 2019
December 6, 2019 $619 $669 $1,549 N/A Carnival Fascination December 6, 2019
December 13, 2019 $639 $699 $1,369 N/A Carnival Fascination December 13, 2019
January 3, 2020 $589 $649 N/A N/A Carnival Fascination January 3, 2020
January 10, 2020 $479 $699 N/A N/A Carnival Fascination January 10, 2020
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
August 24, 2019 $1,811 N/A N/A $9,533 Symphony of the Seas August 24, 2019
September 21, 2019 $1,330 $1,359 $1,399 $2,719 Symphony of the Seas September 21, 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
August 25, 2019 N/A N/A N/A $1,704 Carnival Fascination August 25, 2019
September 1, 2019 $639 $659 $1,019 $1,442 Carnival Fascination September 1, 2019
September 8, 2019 $639 $679 $949 $1,127 Carnival Fascination September 8, 2019
September 15, 2019 N/A $674 N/A $987 Carnival Fascination September 15, 2019
September 22, 2019 $614 $659 $1,009 $1,159 Carnival Fascination September 22, 2019
September 29, 2019 $634 $659 $969 $1,146 Carnival Fascination September 29, 2019
October 6, 2019 $649 $709 $1,129 $1,116 Carnival Fascination October 6, 2019
October 13, 2019 $649 N/A $1,019 $1,040 Carnival Fascination October 13, 2019
October 20, 2019 $649 N/A N/A $1,433 Carnival Fascination October 20, 2019
November 10, 2019 N/A N/A $1,126 $1,169 Carnival Fascination November 10, 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
August 25, 2019 $622 $1,060 $1,073 $1,597 Freedom of the Seas August 25, 2019
September 8, 2019 N/A $855 $882 $1,795 Freedom of the Seas September 8, 2019
September 22, 2019 N/A N/A N/A $7,470 Freedom of the Seas September 22, 2019
October 20, 2019 $1,085 $1,293 $1,642 $3,653 Freedom of the Seas October 20, 2019
December 1, 2019 $723 $799 $856 $1,790 Freedom of the Seas December 1, 2019
February 23, 2020 $650 $745 $904 $1,474 Freedom of the Seas February 23, 2020
May 31, 2020 $851 $1,021 $1,233 $1,746 Freedom of the Seas May 31, 2020
June 14, 2020 $861 $1,041 $1,252 $1,866 Freedom of the Seas June 14, 2020
June 28, 2020 $861 $1,041 $1,252 $1,866 Freedom of the Seas June 28, 2020
August 9, 2020 $861 $1,041 $1,252 $1,866 Freedom of the Seas August 9, 2020
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; St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, USA; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Cruising; Port Canaveral (Orlando), Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
August 25, 2019 $1,166 N/A $1,699 N/A Harmony of the Seas August 25, 2019
September 1, 2019 $1,532 $1,732 $1,732 $8,346 Harmony of the Seas September 1, 2019
September 15, 2019 $1,238 $1,372 $1,398 N/A Harmony of the Seas September 15, 2019
September 22, 2019 $1,199 $1,639 $1,532 $5,599 Harmony of the Seas September 22, 2019
October 13, 2019 $1,199 $1,332 $1,599 $2,777 Harmony of the Seas October 13, 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
August 30, 2019 $709 $789 $1,529 N/A Carnival Fascination August 30, 2019
September 6, 2019 $569 $739 N/A N/A Carnival Fascination September 6, 2019
September 13, 2019 N/A N/A $1,479 N/A Carnival Fascination September 13, 2019
September 20, 2019 $509 $589 $1,309 N/A Carnival Fascination September 20, 2019
September 27, 2019 $494 $594 $1,329 N/A Carnival Fascination September 27, 2019
October 25, 2019 $719 $804 $1,354 N/A Carnival Fascination October 25, 2019
November 1, 2019 $719 $804 N/A N/A Carnival Fascination November 1, 2019
November 15, 2019 $529 $639 $1,279 N/A Carnival Fascination November 15, 2019
November 22, 2019 $759 $844 $1,294 N/A Carnival Fascination November 22, 2019
December 20, 2019 $959 $1,039 N/A N/A Carnival Fascination December 20, 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
August 31, 2019 $799 $1,030 N/A N/A Carnival Magic August 31, 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; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Saint Kitts Island; St. John's, Antigua; Saint Lucia Island; Bridgetown, Barbados; Cruising; San Juan, Puerto Rico
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
September 1, 2019 $691 $827 $1,229 $1,768 Freedom of the Seas September 1, 2019
September 29, 2019 $692 $825 $1,112 $2,132 Freedom of the Seas September 29, 2019
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
September 8, 2019 $1,295 $1,051 $1,065 $3,849 Allure of the Seas September 8, 2019
September 29, 2019 $1,266 $1,239 $1,372 $2,051 Allure of the Seas September 29, 2019
October 20, 2019 $973 $1,164 $1,332 $3,821 Allure of the Seas October 20, 2019
8 Nights Eastern Caribbean Cruise From Charleston, SC
Ship: Carnival Sunshine
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
September 14, 2019 N/A N/A N/A $3,724 Carnival Sunshine September 14, 2019

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