St. Maarten

St. Maarten offers a delightful case of split personality. Legend has it that a Frenchman and a Dutchman divided ownership of the island through a walk-off: Standing back to back, the two headed in opposite directions, walking around the island until they met. Perhaps the Dutchman paused for a refreshing brew. At any rate, the French ended up claiming 21 square miles of the island to 16 square miles for the Dutch. This lively tale says much about St. Maarten's easygoing ways. No formal boundary exists between the Dutch and French sides of the island; a simple welcome sign tells you when you cross from one country to the other. But the differences are as noticeable as the spelling of the island's name. The French spell it St. Martin. And it's this split personality that lends so much to the island's charms, including an international reputation for the finest cuisine in the Caribbean.

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Points of Interest

  • Philipsburg
  • Marigot
  • Grand Case
  • America's Cup Regatta
  • Outdoor Adventure
  • St. Barths
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  • Philipsburg

    The Dutch capital of St. Maarten, Philipsburg charms with colonial architecture, historic buildings, wonderful shopping and sun-swept beaches. Just a few blocks wide, delights can be found around every corner.

  • Marigot

    The hub of French St. Martin, this capital city is filled with designer boutiques, sidewalk cafés and bistros and trendy art galleries. Wander through the charming streets and experience a taste of France.

  • Grand Case

    Hailed as the "Gourmet Capital of the Caribbean", this charming seaside town is renowned for its exceptional dining and culinary variety, glorious beaches and romantic vistas.

  • America's Cup Regatta

    Take advantage of the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be Dennis Conner for the day and race million-dollar yachts in the turquoise blue waters and brisk trade winds of the Caribbean Sea.

  • Outdoor Adventure

    One of St. Maarten's pluses is the fine collection of venues to sail, swim, snorkel and kayak. Or take an exhilarating Segway tour on the boardwalk!

  • St. Barths

    Gustavia is the capital of St. Barths and the center of commerce. You will be dropped off right in town for independent sightseeing, shopping, or dining in town.

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Under Two Flags Island Drive

2 hours | St. Maarten | SXM-100
  • Grand Case
  • St. Barths
  • Philipsburg
  • Marigot

Divided by the French and Dutch in 1648, you get to experience the best of both worlds during this leisurely scenic tour. Departing Philipsburg, you'll travel up Mount William Hill for a beautiful view of the Dutch capital and harbor. Continue through the countryside towards the Dutch/French border, with only a monument indicating that you've entered another country. Look out for the spectacular views of Orient Beach, nearby Pinel Island, and St. Barth's. Soon, you'll stop at Marigot to browse the outdoor food market, inviting sidewalk cafés and an array of duty-free shops. Your next stop is Carousel in Simpson Bay, enjoy a ride on the famous Venetian Carousel, stroll through tropical garden as you view photo gallery. You have the option to purchase authentic Italian gelato ice cream from a variety of flavors. Great photos are yours at Lookout Point, which overlooks neighboring islands and the beautiful blue Caribbean Sea. Your tour ends back in Philipsburg. If who wish to stay in town to shop or explore independently, you're are welcome to do so, but must make your own way back to the ship.

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Afternoon Beach Break

3 hours | St. Maarten | SXM-290
  • Philipsburg
  • Outdoor Adventure

See the sights of St. Maarten in the morning, then head to a sunny stretch of beach for a two-hour break of fun in the sun The beaches of St. Maarten are iconic images of rest and relaxation set against turquoise blue waters and shimmering white sand. Travel to a laid-back beach facility on the Dutch side. This rustic, local hideaway offers a true Caribbean experience. This public beach allows full access, so you can enjoy this lovely stretch of sand for three hours, any way you wish. The water is warm and inviting and suitable for swimming. Bring that great best-seller you're reading or make sand castles with the kids. At the conclusion of your day, you can take a shuttle back to the ship or opt to be taken into Philipsburg for a little sightseeing, a snack and shopping. Make your own way back to the ship.

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Top 10 Best of St. Maarten

4.5 hours | St. Maarten | SXM-105
  • Philipsburg
  • Grand Case
  • Marigot

St. Maarten's top 10 hotspots are on full display on this engaging, half-day sightseeing tour of the island. Settle into the motorcoach and enjoy lively commentary by your guide/driver. Learn the island's history and the significance of your notable photo stops. Snap a picture at the Dutch/French border and Orient Bay, a favorite celebrity haunt. Continue to Grand Case fishermen's village and the Marigot Waterfront in the capital of St. Maarten. Here, you'll disembark for a little free time to souvenir shop and refresh at a café (at your own expense). Next up are the white sands of Mullet Bay Beach for picture postcard views. Continue on to Maho Beach, famed for the airplanes that fly overhead. Stop at Carousel Gelateria, then pause for more photos at Harold Jack and Great Bay viewpoints. Return via the Dutch side of the island. Conclude at port or opt to be dropped off downtown.

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Airport Adventure & Snorkel Cruise

3.5 hours | St. Maarten | SXM-820
  • Outdoor Adventure

The Princess Juliana International Airport of St. Maarten is one of the most popular attractions on the island of St. Maarten. Not just among plane spotters; thousands of tourists visit the beach of Maho Bay every week. Why? Because this airport is one of few places in the world where you can come "this" close to planes landing and taking off! You will view the very low-altitude landings and see the tornadic take-offs. The fully equipped vessel Airport Adventure SXM will take you on a scenic boat ride from the dock in Philipsburg and cruise along the coast to Maho Bay and drop anchor. Here, you can watch the planes land, swim, noodle or snorkel. The boat will take you back to the dock in Philipsburg at the end of the tour.

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Beach Break & Lunch

4.5 hours | St. Maarten | SXM-285
  • Philipsburg
  • Outdoor Adventure

In the mood for a sun filled getaway? The beaches of St. Maarten are iconic images of rest and relaxation set against turquoise blue waters and shimmering white sand. Travel to a laid-back beach facility on the Dutch side. This rustic, local hideaway offers a true Caribbean experience. This public beach allows full access, so you can enjoy this lovely stretch of sand for three hours, any way you wish. The water is warm and inviting and suitable for swimming. When hunger strikes, tuck into a traditional lunch including ribs, chicken or fish accompanied by fruity cocktails. At the conclusion of your day, you can take a shuttle back to the ship or opt to be taken into Philipsburg for a little sightseeing and shopping. Make your own way back to the ship.

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Lagoon Cruise, Marigot & Scenic Island Drive

4 hours | St. Maarten | SXM-605
  • Grand Case
  • Marigot

Step aboard the custom double-decked boat, Explorer, for a tour of the beautiful Simpson Bay Lagoon. Dance to the lively calypso music and sip on a glass of rum punch or ice cold beer while admiring the views of the waterway and coastline along Simpson Bay. Once docked at Marina Port la Royale, you're free to explore Marigot independently. Because the city is only four streets wide, it's easy to get around and to experience all it has to offer. Remember, all items are tax and duty-free and you will most likely be quoted prices in American dollars, which makes shopping a pleasure. With shopping bags in hand, board your transportation for a narrated drive through the island. You will see the quaint fishing village of Grand Case, the sweeping vistas of Orient Bay, and the authentic atmosphere of the French Quarter before arriving back at the ship.

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Lagoon Kayaking Adventure

3.5 hours | St. Maarten | SXM-880
  • Outdoor Adventure

A kayaking adventure is a wonderful way to explore the watery wonders around St. Maarten. From the pier, it's a scenic drive through Cole Bay to Kim Sha Beach where your kayak awaits on the white-sand beach. After a kayaking lesson and safety orientation, you'll push off. You'll follow your guide at a leisurely pace across the bay and under the bridge into the Simpson Bay Lagoon, the largest saltwater lagoon in the northeastern Caribbean. Marvel at the magnificent mega yachts that make St. Maarten their winter base from November to April. After passing the luxurious marinas, enjoy the peace and quiet while learning about the Lagoon's complex ecosystem. After a brief rest stop in this beautiful locale, you'll paddle back to Kim Sha Beach for a swim and a refreshing drink before re-boarding the transportation and the return to the pier.

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Semi-Sub, Marigot, Scenic Drive & Shopping

3.5 hours | St. Maarten | SXM-655
  • Grand Case
  • Marigot

Experience the wonders of St. Maarten by land and sea beginning with a drive to Grand Case, a quaint fishing village on the French side of the island. Here you'll board the popular "Sea Explorer," a state-of-the-art semi-submarine that remains above sea level. The vessel comfortably accommodates passengers below in a viewing hull, which sits six feet below the water's surface. Fully air-conditioned, this completely safe experience offers an incredible opportunity to see under the water without getting wet! Huge glass windows provide breathtaking views of the colorful marine life, coral reefs and ecosystem at Creole Rock. To enhance the experience even more, a diver swims alongside the submarine. This brings them right up to the window for intimate photo opportunities. At the completion of your cruise, re-board your transportation for scenic views of Grand Case Bay en route to lively Marigot for a tax and duty-free shopping excursion.

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Rockland Estate & Sky Explorer

3.5 hours | St. Maarten | SXM-225
  • Outdoor Adventure

Experience both the history of St. Maarten as well as its spectacular scenic beauty on this exciting half-day tour at St. Maarten's newest attraction. Your half-day adventure begins when you board your air-conditioned transportation for a 30-minute ride to Rockland Estate, which houses the Emilio Wilson Museum, dedicated to the memory of Trace Wilson, born into slavery on the estate in 1818. The property was purchased by his descendants to educate current and future generations about plantation life and the heritage of St. Maarten. Next, climb aboard the Sky Explorer chairlift. The ride travels 2,630 feet of cable to the top of one of St. Maarten's highest mountains for spectacular panoramic views. Conclude with a taste of St. Maarten delicacies in the restaurant at your own expense. Return to the ship at leisure.

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Scenic Drive of Dutch & French St. Maarten - (Wheelchair Accessible)

3 hours | St. Maarten | SXM-116
  • Philipsburg
  • Grand Case
  • Marigot

Designed for those who wish to see the sights with little or no walking, this comprehensive guided tour visits the Dutch and French sides of the island. Board your air-conditioned transportation and proceed through the Dutch capital of Philipsburg, a bustling town with historical buildings, lovely street activity and an abundance of shops and cafés. Along the way to Marigot on the French side of the island, you'll pass the Great Salt Pond followed by a photo stop at Cole Bay Hill. The tour proceeds through Cole Bay Village passing the unassuming border monument, and continue into the French capital of Marigot. Here, you can browse the outdoor food market, inviting sidewalk cafés and an array of duty-free shops. Note the quaint and colorful Colonial-Creole architecture as you travel through the seaside towns of Grand Case and the French Quarter. Finally, you'll return to the ship in Dutch St. Maarten.

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Scenic Drive of Dutch & French St. Maarten

3 hours | St. Maarten | SXM-115
  • Philipsburg
  • Grand Case
  • Marigot

Designed for those who wish to see the sights with little or no walking, this comprehensive guided tour visits the Dutch and French sides of the island. Board your air-conditioned transportation and proceed through the Dutch capital of Philipsburg, a bustling town with historical buildings, lovely street activity and an abundance of shops and cafés. Along the way to Marigot on the French side of the island, you'll pass the Great Salt Pond followed by a photo stop at Cole Bay Hill. The tour proceeds through Cole Bay Village passing the unassuming border monument, and continue into the French capital of Marigot. Here, you can browse the outdoor food market, inviting sidewalk cafés and an array of duty-free shops. Note the quaint and colorful Colonial-Creole architecture as you travel through the seaside towns of Grand Case and the French Quarter. Finally, you'll return to the ship in Dutch St. Maarten.

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Trail & Beach Horseback Ride & Scenic Drive

3 hours | St. Maarten | SXM-430
  • Philipsburg
  • Outdoor Adventure

Marvel at St. Maarten's natural beauty from atop a well trained horse (riders of all levels are welcome). Board your transportation for a short drive to the stable's staging area where you'll be welcomed by your guide, given a safety briefing, and issued your mandatory safety helmets. Then, you'll climb onto your hose and ride along a rocky trail of a protected nature area dotted with a variety of cacti. While you ride, you'll be able to take in all the beautiful flora and fauna, as your horses are experienced on the path, allowing you to relax and enjoy the view. When you reach Cay Bay you'll ride along the beach and even take your horse right into the water! They love a refreshing dip in the sea and you will thrill to the experience. Continue your ride for a short distance and return to the starting point.

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Golden Eagle Catamaran Sail, Snorkel & Beach Break

3.5 hours | St. Maarten | SXM-765
  • Outdoor Adventure

Get a feel for the good life with a cruise aboard the luxurious Golden Eagle catamaran. Imagine relaxing on deck in the sun or the shade of an 80-foot sail, sipping a refreshing rum punch as you sail along the Caribbean side of the island drinking in the tropical scenery as far as the eye can see. Villages dot the landscape and beautiful beaches, lush foliage and the sparkling blue water of the Caribbean all make for lovely photographs. On board, you will enjoy the red-carpet treatment, which includes an open bar. Your vessel will anchor off a secluded sugar-sand beach where you'll have ample time to swim, snorkel, walk the shoreline, or simply relax. On your return cruise, the music is turned on and you set sail to a lively calypso beat. Enjoy cocktails, champagne and freshly made French baguette sandwiches as you sail back to the pier.

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Circle Island Scenic Cruise, Snorkel & Beach

3.5 hours | St. Maarten | SXM-815
  • Marigot
  • Outdoor Adventure

Discover St. Maarten's splash zones with an exhilarating snorkeling and swimming adventure. Board the canopy-topped power raft at the pier and as you cruise out into the open water, your friendly onboard guide will share his knowledge of the island and its history as you zoom down the scenic coast and into beautiful Simpson Bay Lagoon. After a brief safety and equipment demonstration, you'll put on the provided snorkel gear, climb down the easy access ladder and dip into the Caribbean's clean, calm waters. Next on your itinerary is a cruise around the north coast of the island where your captain will come about in the shallow water of one of St. Maarten's world famous white sand beaches, often called the "French Riviera of the Caribbean." Then, you'll disembark for swimming, beach combing and unwinding. At the end of your adventure, your power raft will return you to port.

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Rockland Estate, Sky Explorer & Flying Dutchman

3.5 hours | St. Maarten | SXM-415
  • Outdoor Adventure

Take adventure to the max with two exhilarating thrill rides! After boarding your air-conditioned transportation, you'll ride to the 18th century Rockland Estate. Then, you'll step inside the Sky Explorer chairlift and climb up to the Crow's Nest atop Sentry Hill, St. Maarten's highest elevation at 1,125 feet. Once at the top, step out and behold 360-degree views of the island including the neighboring islands of Saba, St. Eustatius and St. Barts and Anguilla. Photos taken, get ready for a heart-pumping ride on the The Flying Dutchman zipline. After a brief orientation, you'll buckle in, latch on and fly down the mountain at speeds of up to 56 miles-per-hour! After your fun filled adventure, select your favorite photo, explore the Estate and sample snacks and beverages at Emilio's restaurant. When you are ready to depart, rejoin your coach and head back to the ship.

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St. Barths on Your Own

5.5 hours | St. Maarten | SXM-295
  • St. Barths

Considered one of "the most elegant and exclusive of the Caribbean islands" by Condé Nast magazine, this magical blue-green oasis seems a world away. Explore on your own and enjoy sunny beaches, fantastic boutique shopping and historic sights. Step aboard a smooth-riding cruiser and set off across the turquoise waters from Philipsburg. Beach goers will want to head to one of 22 shorelines to take in the sun or snorkel in the crystalline waters along colorful coral reefs. Admire the island's candy-colored buildings and distinctive Swedish colonial accents of the capital, Gustavia. Visit the remains of the 18th century Fort Gustav for amazing views. If you're feeling adventurous, visit the salt ponds of Salines (according to legend, the famous French pirate, Montbars the Exterminator, buried his treasure here). At the end of the day, you'll rejoin the cruiser, which will return you to your ship in St. Maarten.

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Sky Explorer, Schooner Ride & Canopy Tour

4 hours | St. Maarten | SXM-400
  • Outdoor Adventure

The most exciting new rides in the eastern Caribbean! Take in the amazing views as you glide on the Sky Explorer, to mid-station, where the Schooner Ride sends you surfing down the mountain in an inner tube. Then hop back on Sky Explorer and fly high on the Sentry Hill Zip Line over the mountain ridge enjoying the stunning views. Finally, glide to the top of one of St. Maarten's highest points back on the Sky Explorer where a 360-degree vista includes neighboring islands.

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America's Cup 12-Metre Yacht Race

2.5 hours | St. Maarten | SXM-755
  • America's Cup Regatta
  • Outdoor Adventure

Recognized as one of the best shore excursions in the Caribbean, the St. Maarten "America's Cup 12-Meter Yacht" Regatta offers you the opportunity to sail a racing yacht. Winner of the Princess C.R.U.I.S.E. award "Tour of the Season" for the past 15 years, this thrilling high-seas adventure begins with a dockside safety briefing before climbing aboard your specially designed racing vessel. After pre-start maneuvers en route to the racecourse, the flag is raised and you're off to compete in an actual race around a shortened America's Cup course. Winning depends on you and your experienced crew. Sails are adjusted for maximum speed and everyone is given a task. You can grind a winch, trim a sail or punch a stopwatch. If something more relaxing is your speed, you can sit back, enjoy the action and witness firsthand what it takes to complete in "the most exclusive sporting event in the world."

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Helmet Diving at Sea Trek Underwater Park

2.5 hours | St. Maarten | SXM-900
  • Outdoor Adventure

Experience the thrill of coming face-to-face with friendly marine life and mysteries of the deep. After you put on a safe and secure Sea Trek helmet you'll see the sea like never before. These specially designed helmets let you breathe naturally, keeping your hair and face dry (you can even wear prescription glasses) as you walk, breathing in cool and filtered air conditioned air. After orientation, you'll don your "Jules Verne" type diving helmet and descend into the Caribbean Sea. An undersea pathway takes you past dramatic shipwrecks, cannons, a sunken Odyssey submarine and abundant varieties of rainbow colored fish. The experience of being so close and immersed in this world is truly spectacular. If it is not your turn to go down, full snorkel gear and floating noodles are available on the boat. This is truly a fantastic experience you will want to share with your family and friends.

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Sky Explorer, Schooner Ride, Flying Dutchman & Canopy

5.5 hours | St. Maarten | SXM-405
  • Outdoor Adventure

In the ultimate adrenaline rush, experience four of the most exciting adventures ever on this 6.25-hour exploration of St. Maarten's newest outdoor attractions. Board your air-conditioned transportation for a 30-minute ride to Rockland Estate. Climb aboard the Sky Explorer chairlift. The ride travels 2,630 feet of cable to the top of one of St. Maarten's highest mountains for spectacular panoramic views. To get down from the mountaintop, take The Flying Dutchman, the steepest zip line in the world. Just when your feet touch terra firma, you're back up high to experience the Schooner Ride that slaloms down the mountain in an inner tube. You're not done yet! Soar over the trees on a traditional canopy zip line that includes hiking from platform to platform. After your fun filled adventure, enjoy exploring Rockland Estate and sampling St. Maarten delicacies, snacks and beverages at the restaurant. Return to port.

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Rhino Rider Boat Adventure & Happy Bay

3 hours | St. Maarten | SXM-580
  • Outdoor Adventure

Take the wheel of your very own Rhino Rider inflatable motorboat and set a course for fun and adventure. Board your transportation for a brief drive to the Rhino Rider base, located in the calm waters of Simpson Bay Lagoon. After an orientation and safety briefing, you'll learn how easy it is to operate with a practice run across the largest saltwater lagoon in the Antilles. Then, follow your guide out into the Caribbean Sea through the French Bridge, passing close to Marigot and the Marina Royal. As you cruise along the coast, enjoy views of historic Fort St. Louis, picturesque villages, and spectacular beaches. Your final destination is the beautiful Happy Bay, aptly named for its stunning locale. Here you can choose to snorkel (weather permitting) or simply relax on the secluded beach prior to returning to the base where you can purchase photos and souvenirs.

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