We had signed up at the Excursion desk on the ship for the St. Maarten Island Tour. We met outside the ship at 8:15 a.m. and loaded the bus at 8:30 for the three hour tour. Our bus driver/tour guide Rene gave an excellent tour of historical and cultural information about the island of St. Maarten. We drove up the mountain, made a couple of stops for pictures, and drove to the French side of Marigot for an hour. Walked through the outdoor market and along the waterfront. Drove back to the Dutch side of the island and Rene gave the option of getting off in the downtown area or either back to the ship. We chose to go back to the ship and drop off our purchases. A water taxi is available from the ship to the downtown area, but we chose to walk (15 minute walk). Beach area is beautiful with chair/umbrella rentals, jet ski rentals, etc. Lots of shopping here too. This is a gorgeous island!