Port Rating: Not Rated
The island of St. Maarten was beautiful, but I would not recommend this tour to see it. When we arrived at the location that had the jeeps, the process to get a jeep was disorganized and chaotic. We were given a walkie talkie with no explanation of what it was going to be used for or how we needed to communicate with it. Once we were on our way, the tour guide led us and narrated over the walkie talkie. I assumed that there would be more off-road type of sight seeing since were were in jeeps, but it was mostly driving in city type traffic. It was difficult for the guide to narrate and drive his own vehicle at the same time. His narrative was very basic and uninformative. It included phrases like "Look at that nice house on the right" or "St. Maarten is a beautiful place to live". We didn't learn any of the history of the island or why there is a dutch side and a french side. Throughout the day, he made comments that were not appropriate to the young girls in our group. When we arrived at Orient Beach (gorgeous!), he told us we had until 3:45pm to be back at our jeep. He contacted us on our walkie talkie at 3:25pm that we needed be back at our jeeps. Frustrating! Towards the end of the tour, he said it was only his second day on the job. It helped to understand why his narrative was so basic, but for the price we paid for the tour, the jeep company should have their staff better trained from the start. I can understand why we had to leave the beach earlier than 3:45 because we hurried to make it back to the boat by the 4:45 departure (we were back on at 4:30). I was fine with being at the jeep at 3:30, but he should have told us that in the first place. Although Celebrity would have waited for us, it made our return very stressful and hurried. I would not recommend this tour.