Not as nice as DCLs Castaway Cay, but nice and relaxing. Tendering in isnt as convenient as docking the ship on the island like DCL. The beaches arent as roomy or nice as Castaway Cay, but a nice, clean island overall.
The slide/play area is a pay to use area, unlike Castaway Cay. This is unacceptable. My last criticism is the horribly laid out buffet lines and lack of seating. Poor planning and execution on this island, but it could be corrected.
Booked a Coral World tour through RCI. Wasn't very organized near the ship as far as where we were to wait or stand or walk. Eventually we found someone with a Coral World sign that told us where to wait for a bus.
Coral World was a great excursion that my 5 year old daughter loved. We also booked the semi-submarine which we all had a great time on. A good excursion I would recommend.
We booked a private tour ahead of time with Bernards Tours, (www.bernardstours.com). This is our second time using Bernards Tours on St Maarten since the first time we had such a wonderful time. We had DJ as our tour guide on this tour. DJ was incredibly knowledgeable on the history of the island and bent over backwards to make certain our group had a memorable time despite the rainy weather we had during the first half of the day. I highly recommend Bernards Tours and DJ to all cruisers. They take care of everything and have you back to the port in time with no worries. Great service.