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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 Eastern Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Enchanted 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
January 23, 2021 $879 $1,079 $999 $1,379 Enchanted Princess January 23, 2021
February 6, 2021 $879 $1,079 $999 $1,379 Enchanted Princess February 6, 2021
February 20, 2021 $879 N/A $999 $1,479 Enchanted Princess February 20, 2021
March 6, 2021 $879 N/A $1,089 $1,479 Enchanted Princess March 6, 2021
March 20, 2021 $878 $1,078 $998 $1,419 Enchanted Princess March 20, 2021
14 Nights Eastern Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Enchanted 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; Cozumel Island, Mexico; Costa Maya, Mexico; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
January 23, 2021 $1,859 $2,259 $2,088 $2,802 Enchanted Princess January 23, 2021
14 Nights Southern Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Zaandam
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 14 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Amber Cove (Puerta Plata), Dominica; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Saint Lucia Island; Bridgetown, Barbados; Fort-De-France, Martinique; Willemstad, Curacao Island; Aruba Island; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
January 23, 2021 $1,899 $1,999 $3,799 $6,799 Zaandam January 23, 2021
7 Nights Southern Caribbean Cruise From Bridgetown, Barbados
Ship: Seabourn Odyssey
Departure: Barbados
Arrival: St. Maarten
Duration: 7 Nights
Ports: Bridgetown, Barbados; Port Elizabeth, Bequia, St. Vincent; Trois Ilets, Martinique; Basse-Terre, Guadeloupe; Charlestown, Nevis, St Kitts And NE; St. Johns, Antigua And Barbuda; Carambola Beach, Saint Kitts And NE; Philipsburg, St. Maarten
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
January 23, 2021 N/A N/A N/A $3,499 Seabourn Odyssey January 23, 2021
February 6, 2021 N/A N/A N/A $3,499 Seabourn Odyssey February 6, 2021
February 27, 2021 N/A N/A N/A $3,699 Seabourn Odyssey February 27, 2021
March 13, 2021 N/A N/A N/A $3,299 Seabourn Odyssey March 13, 2021
March 27, 2021 N/A N/A N/A $3,299 Seabourn Odyssey March 27, 2021
7 Nights Eastern Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Oasis 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
January 24, 2021 $998 $1,106 $1,129 $1,835 Oasis of the Seas January 24, 2021
February 21, 2021 $670 $774 $821 $1,789 Oasis of the Seas February 21, 2021
March 21, 2021 $641 $717 $758 $1,806 Oasis of the Seas March 21, 2021
April 18, 2021 $584 $689 $777 $1,726 Oasis of the Seas April 18, 2021
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; Cruising; Aruba Island; Kralendijk, Island of Bonaire; Cruising; San Juan, Puerto Rico
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
January 24, 2021 $691 $984 $1,314 $1,698 Freedom of the Seas January 24, 2021
11 Nights Southern Caribbean Cruise From Bayonne, NJ
Ship: Anthem of the Seas
Departure: Bayonne, NJ
Arrival: Bayonne, NJ
Duration: 11 Nights
Ports: Cape Liberty, Bayonne, New Jersey; Cruising; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; St. John's, Antigua; Saint Lucia Island; Saint Kitts Island; Cruising; Cape Liberty, Bayonne, New Jersey
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
January 26, 2021 $1,030 $1,065 $1,463 $3,403 Anthem of the Seas January 26, 2021
January 20, 2022 $1,075 $1,337 $1,666 $2,906 Anthem of the Seas January 20, 2022
January 31, 2022 $1,152 $1,401 $1,709 $3,084 Anthem of the Seas January 31, 2022
14 Nights Caribbean Cruise From New York, NY
Ship: Norwegian Gem
Departure: New York, NY
Arrival: New York, NY
Duration: 14 Nights
Ports: New York, NY; Puerto Plata; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Basseterre; Saint Lucia Island; Bridgetown, Barbados; St. John's, Antigua; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Tortola, British Virgin Islands; St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, USA; New York, NY
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
January 28, 2021 $1,499 $1,899 $3,049 $3,469 Norwegian Gem January 28, 2021
7 Nights Southern Caribbean Cruise From Philipsburg, Sint Maarten
Ship: Seabourn Odyssey
Departure: St. Maarten
Arrival: Barbados
Duration: 7 Nights
Ports: Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Sopers Hole (Frenchmans Cay), Bvi; Gustavia, Saint Barthelemy; Basseterre, St Kitts And Nevis; Terre-De-Haut, Iles Des Saintes, GU; Castries, Saint Lucia; Saline Bay, Mayreau, St. Vincent AN; Bridgetown, Barbados
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
January 30, 2021 N/A N/A N/A $3,499 Seabourn Odyssey January 30, 2021
February 13, 2021 N/A N/A N/A $3,499 Seabourn Odyssey February 13, 2021
March 6, 2021 N/A N/A N/A $3,299 Seabourn Odyssey March 6, 2021
April 3, 2021 N/A N/A N/A $3,299 Seabourn Odyssey April 3, 2021
7 Nights Southern Caribbean Cruise From San Juan, PR
Ship: Enchantment 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; Roseau, Dominica; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, USA; San Juan, Puerto Rico
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
January 30, 2021 $657 $760 $1,096 $1,847 Enchantment of the Seas January 30, 2021
February 13, 2021 $658 $861 $1,122 $1,833 Enchantment of the Seas February 13, 2021
February 27, 2021 $632 $742 $1,054 $1,734 Enchantment of the Seas February 27, 2021
March 13, 2021 $698 $756 $1,169 $1,487 Enchantment of the Seas March 13, 2021
March 27, 2021 $697 $756 $1,169 $1,664 Enchantment of the Seas March 27, 2021
April 10, 2021 $708 $849 $1,211 $1,736 Enchantment of the Seas April 10, 2021

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