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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
February 20, 2019 $559 $669 N/A N/A Carnival Fascination February 20, 2019
February 27, 2019 N/A $649 N/A N/A Carnival Fascination February 27, 2019
March 6, 2019 $529 $649 N/A N/A Carnival Fascination March 6, 2019
March 13, 2019 $539 $649 N/A N/A Carnival Fascination March 13, 2019
March 20, 2019 $569 $669 $1,354 N/A Carnival Fascination March 20, 2019
March 27, 2019 $629 $699 N/A N/A Carnival Fascination March 27, 2019
April 3, 2019 $879 $959 N/A N/A Carnival Fascination April 3, 2019
April 10, 2019 $659 $779 N/A N/A Carnival Fascination April 10, 2019
April 17, 2019 $639 $729 N/A N/A Carnival Fascination April 17, 2019
April 24, 2019 $609 N/A N/A N/A Carnival Fascination April 24, 2019
10 Nights Eastern Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Serenade 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. Croix, Virgin Islands, USA; St. John's, Antigua; Saint Kitts Island; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Cruising; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
February 22, 2019 $2,035 N/A N/A N/A Serenade of the Seas February 22, 2019
April 5, 2019 $1,244 $1,484 $2,686 $3,570 Serenade of the Seas April 5, 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
February 23, 2019 $1,024 N/A $1,449 $2,419 Carnival Sunshine February 23, 2019
March 16, 2019 $979 N/A $1,429 $2,012 Carnival Sunshine March 16, 2019
April 6, 2019 $919 N/A N/A $1,988 Carnival Sunshine April 6, 2019
April 27, 2019 $869 $919 $1,284 $4,054 Carnival Sunshine April 27, 2019
8 Nights Eastern Caribbean Cruise From Miami, FL
Ship: Carnival Horizon
Departure: Miami, FL
Arrival: Miami, FL
Duration: 8 Nights
Ports: Miami, Florida; Grand Turk Island; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Saint Kitts Island; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Miami, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
February 23, 2019 N/A N/A $1,439 $2,079 Carnival Horizon February 23, 2019
March 23, 2019 $1,054 $1,216 $1,949 $2,950 Carnival Horizon March 23, 2019
April 20, 2019 $899 $1,074 $1,399 $2,359 Carnival Horizon April 20, 2019
21 Nights Southern Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Koningsdam
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
February 24, 2019 $1,949 $2,279 $3,139 $4,179 Koningsdam February 24, 2019
March 17, 2019 $1,759 $2,089 $2,849 $3,389 Koningsdam March 17, 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
February 24, 2019 $639 $709 N/A $1,444 Carnival Fascination February 24, 2019
March 3, 2019 N/A N/A N/A $1,586 Carnival Fascination March 3, 2019
March 10, 2019 $689 $759 $1,329 $1,389 Carnival Fascination March 10, 2019
March 17, 2019 $639 $714 $1,179 $1,389 Carnival Fascination March 17, 2019
March 24, 2019 $679 $774 $1,299 $1,459 Carnival Fascination March 24, 2019
March 31, 2019 $619 $739 $1,179 $1,374 Carnival Fascination March 31, 2019
April 7, 2019 $649 $719 $1,149 $1,162 Carnival Fascination April 7, 2019
April 14, 2019 $799 $829 $1,299 N/A Carnival Fascination April 14, 2019
April 21, 2019 $609 N/A N/A $1,378 Carnival Fascination April 21, 2019
April 28, 2019 $659 $694 $1,199 $1,380 Carnival Fascination April 28, 2019
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
February 24, 2019 N/A N/A N/A $5,088 Oasis of the Seas February 24, 2019
March 24, 2019 $1,281 $1,625 $1,939 $5,176 Oasis of the Seas March 24, 2019
April 7, 2019 $1,415 $1,677 $1,613 $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
February 24, 2019 $1,349 $2,149 $2,699 $5,399 Celebrity Edge February 24, 2019
March 10, 2019 $1,299 $2,299 $2,749 $5,799 Celebrity Edge March 10, 2019
March 24, 2019 $1,459 $2,249 $2,799 $5,299 Celebrity Edge March 24, 2019
April 7, 2019 $1,399 $2,099 $2,649 $5,499 Celebrity Edge April 7, 2019
April 21, 2019 $1,349 $1,899 $2,549 $5,699 Celebrity Edge April 21, 2019
10 Nights Caribbean Cruise From Miami, FL
Ship: Norwegian Jade
Departure: Miami, FL
Arrival: Miami, FL
Duration: 10 Nights
Ports: Miami, Florida; San Juan, Puerto Rico; St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, USA; Basseterre; Bridgetown, Barbados; Saint Lucia Island; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Miami, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
March 1, 2019 $849 N/A N/A N/A Norwegian Jade March 1, 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
March 2, 2019 $1,117 $1,703 N/A N/A Adventure of the Seas March 2, 2019
March 30, 2019 $961 $1,233 $1,585 N/A Adventure of the Seas March 30, 2019
April 13, 2019 $1,038 $1,253 $1,521 $2,427 Adventure of the Seas April 13, 2019
April 27, 2019 $1,045 $1,188 $1,649 $2,442 Adventure of the Seas April 27, 2019

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