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Sail Date: January 2015
XTreme Ziplining. GREAT EXPERIENCE! Go for extreme because the lower ziplines did not look like they were worth the money. We went to Lotaree Tree Farm and took an insanely scary truck ride up the side of a mountain. There we got off and ... Read More
XTreme Ziplining. GREAT EXPERIENCE! Go for extreme because the lower ziplines did not look like they were worth the money. We went to Lotaree Tree Farm and took an insanely scary truck ride up the side of a mountain. There we got off and immediately started our trip back down. The trip was exhausting with the ladders to climb and the tightropes to walk but it was SO much fun and we got spectacular views! Definitely needed a nap after that one. I wish we had seen more of the island. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2015
We stayed on the Dutch side with the sole purpose of trying to find some good deals on liquor and Cuban cigars. I didn't like it at all! The shop keepers are super pushy and dishonest.They would give us a price on liquor, but when we ... Read More
We stayed on the Dutch side with the sole purpose of trying to find some good deals on liquor and Cuban cigars. I didn't like it at all! The shop keepers are super pushy and dishonest.They would give us a price on liquor, but when we went to the register to pay, the price was suddenly higher. My husband bought a Cuban cigar, which once he lit it up, knew immediately that it was a fake. If I ever go back, I will immediately take a ride to the French side. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2015
This was an afternoon beach break tour. I won this tour at the shopping show on the ship and was very happy with the experience. The ride to the Orient Beach was about 20 minutes. The beach is located in the residential one family gated ... Read More
This was an afternoon beach break tour. I won this tour at the shopping show on the ship and was very happy with the experience. The ride to the Orient Beach was about 20 minutes. The beach is located in the residential one family gated community, has some nice local restaurants and gorgeous beach. The rum punch was included. If you are looking for a relaxing tour, this is a tour for you. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2015
We did a Princess excursion to orient beach which included a very tasty lunch. Swam, laid on the beach and just relaxed. Very nice.
We did a Princess excursion to orient beach which included a very tasty lunch. Swam, laid on the beach and just relaxed. Very nice. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2015
St. Maarten Saturday, January 17, 2015 8am - 5pmWe did the MAHO BEACH TRANSFER excursion. This is a must see beach. The airport is across the street from the beach and the incoming planes fly about 50 feet above your head. Absolutely ... Read More
St. Maarten Saturday, January 17, 2015 8am - 5pmWe did the MAHO BEACH TRANSFER excursion. This is a must see beach. The airport is across the street from the beach and the incoming planes fly about 50 feet above your head. Absolutely amazing. There are several casinos near this beach too and places to eat. The beach is rather small and very crowded on this day as there were over 6 cruise ships in the port. The water is warm and beautiful. You can see right to the bottom. For this excursion we had to sign a waiver for this beach and take matters into our own hands. The beach is literally across the street from the airports runway and there is a fence and many signs that say "DANGER! Jet Blasts! DO NOT STAND HERE!" Well, the thrill for some people is to hold onto that fence for dear life when a plane is getting ready to take off. Insel air gave the biggest blast on this day. He was there for quite a while revving up and there were people flown into the water and people on the beach in that direction were blown away along with all their belongings. There were only a few people that were able to hold on to the fence. It was definitely an experience and wild thing to see! I would highly recommend it. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2015
St Maarten is probably my favourite place. The people are really friendly and it is very easy to get around. It is a fair walk to Philipsburg which can be quite tiring in the heat at around 15-20 mins. I take the local bus wherever I want ... Read More
St Maarten is probably my favourite place. The people are really friendly and it is very easy to get around. It is a fair walk to Philipsburg which can be quite tiring in the heat at around 15-20 mins. I take the local bus wherever I want to go and it is always $2 to anywhere and the driver tells you where to get out and as long as you don't give them a big bill to break they are nice to you. I went to Mullet Bay Beach which I really liked as there were beach shacks to get food and drink from (fairly expensive) and plenty of sunbeds and umbrellas. There is no need to book an excursion here as you can ask the lady on the security post before you leave the port how to get somewhere and she is always more than happy to tell you. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2015
Another great sunny day in St. Thomas. Originally booked the helmet dive, but that was cancelled. So in the morning I took a 10 minute walk to the beach. Beautiful clean beach with chair and umbrella rentals for $15.00 for the day. There ... Read More
Another great sunny day in St. Thomas. Originally booked the helmet dive, but that was cancelled. So in the morning I took a 10 minute walk to the beach. Beautiful clean beach with chair and umbrella rentals for $15.00 for the day. There is also great shopping and restaurants nearby. In the afternoon I went on the Ultimate Land and Sea tour. First we boarded a bus for a tour of the Dutch side on our way to the Explorer catamaran for a leisurely cruise to the French side. Great music and drinks while cruising the bay. Shopping time in Marigold before getting back on the bus for a tour of the French side on our way back to the ship. Tour operators were very friendly and gave a great tour. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2015
In Phillipsburg we took a cab to the Maho / airport beach to with the planes land and take off. Largest plane we saw was a 737. We missed the 747 that arrived later but we just might have missed the boat too if we had hung around that ... Read More
In Phillipsburg we took a cab to the Maho / airport beach to with the planes land and take off. Largest plane we saw was a 737. We missed the 747 that arrived later but we just might have missed the boat too if we had hung around that long. All in all a good time not even spoiled by our CRAZY cab driver. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2015
We did the Sail boat race excursion here. It was not what we expected. Very slow passed and well the actual race pretty boring. The boat staff was exceptional however. The beer was cold and they were fast to serve you how ever many you ... Read More
We did the Sail boat race excursion here. It was not what we expected. Very slow passed and well the actual race pretty boring. The boat staff was exceptional however. The beer was cold and they were fast to serve you how ever many you wanted. Very nice people. And we WON the Canadians :) Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2015
Fabulous place lovely shopping area on the key side but many more shops at the beach . Water taxi from the key side to the beach and shops takes 5 minutes for 7 dollars you can travel back and forth to the key side as often as you want to ... Read More
Fabulous place lovely shopping area on the key side but many more shops at the beach . Water taxi from the key side to the beach and shops takes 5 minutes for 7 dollars you can travel back and forth to the key side as often as you want to . Bars all along the water front with a reggae band playing all day. Prices much cheaper in st Maarten than in Barbados if you are looking to buy presents or duty free. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2015
We took the water taxi $7 to Phillipsburg to shop and finished our time there with a drink at the Blue Bitch Bar at Taloulah Mango's. Very warm and muggy that day. Lots of guys trying to get you to rent chairs and umbrella's on ... Read More
We took the water taxi $7 to Phillipsburg to shop and finished our time there with a drink at the Blue Bitch Bar at Taloulah Mango's. Very warm and muggy that day. Lots of guys trying to get you to rent chairs and umbrella's on the beach. The area is very clean and safe. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2015
Always my favorite port. In fact, we are looking into a vacation stay on the island. The port has been updated and there is an information center that is staffed with very helpful people. Use the taxi's they tell you about (usually ... Read More
Always my favorite port. In fact, we are looking into a vacation stay on the island. The port has been updated and there is an information center that is staffed with very helpful people. Use the taxi's they tell you about (usually the ones with orange shirts). They also have prices posted on what the fares should run, taking a lot of the questions away.On our last cruise, we walked to the town and shopped. This time, we took a cab to Maho Beach. This was a GREAT time. Look it up on YouTube. My advice at this beach is to get there early, get a lounge chair and umbrella ($20 for 2 chairs and umbrella) and apply sunscreen...often! Then, sit back and watch the waves roll in, and the people roll out after being knocked down. This is a steep beach so you do need to be careful. Sometimes hard to get out of the water. Not recommended for small kids. The water is beautiful, the temperature is wonderful, and the waves are fun, but be respectful of their power. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2015
We arranged for a taxi with about 30 other cruise critic people in our roll call. The taxi took us to Simpson Bay beach, which was about 40 minutes from the port. There was a lot of traffic and the bridge opened up which added to the wait. ... Read More
We arranged for a taxi with about 30 other cruise critic people in our roll call. The taxi took us to Simpson Bay beach, which was about 40 minutes from the port. There was a lot of traffic and the bridge opened up which added to the wait. We arrive at Karakters part of the beach, which is a restaurant inside an old school bus. They allowed us to use their chairs and umbrellas with the purchase of drinks. It felt like we were at a private beach. We enjoyed being here. The beach and water was nice, the drinks were good and so was the food. Later the taxi took us to Maho beach where we could see the planes land right over our head, take off, and have the jets blow us. This was a fun experience however; the beach was extremely crowded and only allowed for standing room only. We did not go in the water at all here but it looked like if you stepped off the sand you were instantly in above the waist water. We left the beach to go back to the port but was stuck in a lot of traffic and seen someone on a scooter get hit by a car. There were almost several accidents involving people on scooters. We were happy to leave. I am not sure if this were a place, I would visit other than on a cruise. My boyfriend didn't like this port at all. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2015
In Saint Maarten we spent the day at Mullet Bay beach. The beach was beautiful and we enjoyed some great beachside BBQ.
In Saint Maarten we spent the day at Mullet Bay beach. The beach was beautiful and we enjoyed some great beachside BBQ. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2015
We took the water taxi to town and walked around. The beach was nice and there were lots of things to do there. But we are not into the water sports so we shopped and believe there are lots of shops off the main beach area even a Mc ... Read More
We took the water taxi to town and walked around. The beach was nice and there were lots of things to do there. But we are not into the water sports so we shopped and believe there are lots of shops off the main beach area even a Mc Donalds on the back streets. Bought some Cuban Cigars there for about $7 each. My son will like them. Remember that you can bring back $100 worth of them now. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2015
Always a great stop. There are so many things to see and do here. People are very friendly since their number one, two and three industries are tourism. Have been to both the Dutch side and French side and both are different. The food is ... Read More
Always a great stop. There are so many things to see and do here. People are very friendly since their number one, two and three industries are tourism. Have been to both the Dutch side and French side and both are different. The food is more interesting on the French side and the Dutch side has better shopping and seems more organized. Went on the Golden Eagle Catamaran snorkel and sail. A lot of fun on this excursion. That boat is large and well maintained. The crew was very good and friendly. They were also helpful and made sure that things were done in a safe manner. Snorkeling part of the tour was not great. Fish were down deep at over 30 feet and the only way to see them was to attract them with bread crumbs. The sailing part was very nice. Actually sailed along the coast with the mainsail and jib set with no engine running. Very pleasant. Stopped at a beautiful beach where we had to swim to shore. This was the clearest and bluest water ever. Had good swim and relaxed on the beach for about an hour then went back. On the way back rum punch flowed freely. Also, small sandwich snacks were served, and even Champaign was served. Had a wonderful time. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2015
We rented a car. This may have been a bad idea, describing the car as a "piece of crap" is unkind to pieces of crap. I will review that company (harshly) separately. The island itself is beautiful. Go to Maho Beach for the fun of ... Read More
We rented a car. This may have been a bad idea, describing the car as a "piece of crap" is unkind to pieces of crap. I will review that company (harshly) separately. The island itself is beautiful. Go to Maho Beach for the fun of an aircraft landing, French side of the island is charming. Had lunch there it was just lovely to wander around. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2014
I almost feel like you have to book an excursion at St. Maarten. The area near the port has several stores for shopping, but no beach area. On a previous cruise, we booked an excursion to the beach and had a great time.
I almost feel like you have to book an excursion at St. Maarten. The area near the port has several stores for shopping, but no beach area. On a previous cruise, we booked an excursion to the beach and had a great time. Read Less
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Sail Date: December 2014
We booked an independent hiking excursion in St. Maartin through Tri-Sport. We took their Guana Bay Hike, which was super! The scenery was beautiful and the pace was comfortable. We highly recommend Tri-Sport and this hike.
We booked an independent hiking excursion in St. Maartin through Tri-Sport. We took their Guana Bay Hike, which was super! The scenery was beautiful and the pace was comfortable. We highly recommend Tri-Sport and this hike. Read Less

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