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About St. Maarten

St. Maarten is busier than ever, as cruise lines call on Philipsburg with their biggest ships. (Sometimes there are a half-dozen in port at one time.) There's also more to do once you disembark, with shopping and beaches serving as the primary attractions.

That can be viewed as either good news (more shopping choices, better deals and more beach activities) or bad news (more people) for this port of call, which, along with neighboring St. Martin, makes up the world's smallest island inhabited by two countries.

St. Maarten, like many other Caribbean islands, was spotted by Christopher Columbus in 1493. But the island's real history began with French and Dutch settlers who divided the island in 1648. They have lived side-by-side ever since. St. Maarten, governed by the Netherlands Antilles until 2010, is now a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (along with Aruba, Curacao and the Netherlands), while St. Martin is part of the French West Indies. What's particularly fun is that you can easily swing back and forth from the Dutch to the French sides and enjoy the best of both.

On either side of the mountainous island, lovely beaches -- including the famed clothing-optional part of Orient Beach -- rival the best in the Caribbean. Plus, duty-free prices for electronics and liquor in Philipsburg might be the best deals around.


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  • 10 Night
    Cruise to St. Maarten

    Leaving:
    Fort Lauderdale
    Visiting:
    St. Maarten, St. Lucia ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Celebrity Cruises
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    10 Night Cruise to St. Maarten Route (Celebrity Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      St. Maarten
    • Day 5
      St. Lucia
    • Day 6
      Barbados
    • Day 7
      Antigua
    • Day 8
      St. Kitts (Port Zante)
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    • Day 10
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    • Day 11
      Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
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    Celebrity Reflection - Celebrity Cruises

    Pros

    Newest ship in the Celebrity fleet, impressive free and for-a-fee dining options

    Cons

    Exclusive venues for suite guests could make other passengers feel excluded

    Bottom Line

    Stylish and contemporary mega-ship cruising with exceptional service

    Reviews

    Celebrity Reflection Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    5.0/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining5.0
    Service5.0
    Value5.0

    Cool sophistication is the unmistakable vibe onboard Celebrity Reflection, the biggest of the f...

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    Dr. Pam
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Celebrity Reflection Exceeded our Expectations!
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    Sail Date Mar 2020
    CELEBRITY REFLECTION DELIVERS A RELATIVELY GOOD CRUISE, LACKS CORONA PRECAUTIONS
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  • 10 Night
    Cruise to St. Maarten

    Leaving:
    New York
    Visiting:
    Puerto Plata, St. Thomas ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    10 Night Cruise to St. Maarten Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      New York (Manhattan)
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Puerto Plata
    • Day 5
      St. Thomas
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      St. Maarten
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      St. Kitts (Port Zante)
    • Day 8
      Tortola
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      New York (Manhattan)
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    Norwegian Gem - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Wide variety of dining and entertainment options are crowd-pleasers

    Not enough indoor spaces for peace and quiet

    Appealing to cruisers of all kinds, Norwegian Gem offers something for everyone

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    Norwegian Gem Reviews

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    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service5.0
    Value5.0

    While not one of Norwegian Cruise Line's newest or largest vessels, Norwegian Gem nonetheless has ...

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    juried
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    Exceptional service, wonderful memories
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    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Beautiful Ship and great weather!
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to St. Maarten

    Leaving:
    San Juan
    Visiting:
    St. Thomas, St. Kitts ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Royal Caribbean International
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    7 Night Cruise to St. Maarten Route (Royal Caribbean International)
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      San Juan
    • Day 2
      St. Thomas
    • Day 3
      St. Kitts (Port Zante)
    • Day 4
      Antigua
    • Day 5
      Barbados
    • Day 6
      St. Lucia
    • Day 7
      St. Maarten
    • Day 8
      San Juan
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    Freedom of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

    Pros

    A dizzying number of onboard activities and top-notch entertainment ensure you'll never be bored.

    Cons

    The ship's central Royal Promenade is a bit like a shopping mall, and sales pitches are at every turn.

    Bottom Line

    Despite its age, the ship still shines, and there's something for every age group.

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    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    Freedom of the Seas launched in May 2006 as the world's biggest cruise ship, measuring 155,000 ...

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    Sail Date Nov 2019
    Experience
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    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Awesome Time with Family & Friends!
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  • 11 Night
    Cruise to St. Maarten

    Leaving:
    Fort Lauderdale
    Visiting:
    St. Thomas, St. Croix ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Celebrity Cruises
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    11 Night Cruise to St. Maarten Route (Celebrity Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      St. Thomas
    • Day 5
      St. Croix
    • Day 6
      Antigua
    • Day 7
      Barbados
    • Day 8
      St. Lucia
    • Day 9
      St. Maarten
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Cruising
    • Day 12
      Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
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    Celebrity Equinox - Celebrity Cruises

    Pros

    Innovative features like a real grass lawn and glass-blowing show

    Cons

    Main dining could use a little improvement

    Bottom Line

    Sail for a strong mix of dining and activity options

    Reviews

    Celebrity Equinox Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.5
    Service5.0
    Value4.5

    Celebrity Equinox undergwent an extensive refurbishment in May 2019. It received additional...

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    SiestaKeyGirl
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    Exceptional Staff/Service
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    Sail Date Nov 2019
    Entertainment on Celebrity
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  • 10 Night
    Cruise to St. Maarten

    Leaving:
    Fort Lauderdale
    Visiting:
    Labadee, San Juan ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Royal Caribbean International
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    10 Night Cruise to St. Maarten Route (Royal Caribbean International)
    • Day 1
      Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Labadee
    • Day 4
      San Juan
    • Day 5
      St. Thomas
    • Day 6
      St. Kitts (Port Zante)
    • Day 7
      Antigua
    • Day 8
      St. Maarten
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
    Ship Details

    Vision of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

    Pros

    Crew works hard to bring the fun; a smaller size ship means it's easier to navigate

    Cons

    Cabins showing age; fewer options for food, entertainment than larger ships

    Bottom Line

    Solid option for a value cruise, but set expectations if you're used to bells and whistles

    Reviews

    Vision of the Seas Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    3.5/5
    Cabins3.5
    Dining3.5
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    Vision of the Seas, part of Royal Caribbean's Vision Class of ships, is known for its stunning ...

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    svbcjnsn
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Great time on a smaller ship
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    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Worst Cruise Ever. So many things were wrong, they could not have had a manager
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    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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