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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:
    New York
    Visiting:
    San Juan, Tortola ... 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
      San Juan
    • Day 5
      Tortola
    • Day 6
      St. Maarten
    • Day 7
      St. Thomas
    • Day 8
      Puerto Plata
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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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  • 10 Night
    Cruise to St. Maarten

    Leaving:
    New York
    Visiting:
    Puerto Plata, St. Thomas ... see more
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    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    10 Night Cruise to St. Maarten Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
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      New York (Manhattan)
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      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Puerto Plata
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      St. Thomas
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      St. Maarten
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      St. Kitts (Port Zante)
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      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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    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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    seabluffmom
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    12 Caribbean Cruise on the Norwegian Gem
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    Sail Date Jan 2020
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  • 14 Night
    Cruise to St. Maarten

    Leaving:
    New York
    Visiting:
    Puerto Plata, San Juan ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    14 Night Cruise to St. Maarten Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
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      New York (Manhattan)
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Puerto Plata
    • Day 5
      San Juan
    • Day 6
      St. Kitts (Port Zante)
    • Day 7
      St. Lucia
    • Day 8
      Barbados
    • Day 9
      Antigua
    • Day 10
      St. Maarten
    • Day 11
      Tortola
    • Day 12
      St. Thomas
    • Day 13
      Cruising
    • Day 14
      Cruising
    • Day 15
      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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    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Fabulous trip
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    Exceeded expectations (but they were low to begin with)
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    • Spa Services
    • 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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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to St. Maarten

    Leaving:
    Port Canaveral
    Visiting:
    Perfect Day at CocoCay, San Juan ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Royal Caribbean International
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    7 Night Cruise to St. Maarten Route (Royal Caribbean International)
    • Day 1
      Port Canaveral (Orlando)
    • Day 2
      Perfect Day at CocoCay
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      San Juan
    • Day 5
      St. Maarten
    • Day 6
      Cruising
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      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Port Canaveral (Orlando)
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    Harmony of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

    Pros

    One of the largest cruise ships in the world offers plenty of choice

    Cons

    Can feel crowded and busy, despite clever design to combat congestion

    Bottom Line

    Fantastic ship for families and those looking for great entertainment and activities

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    Harmony of the Seas Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
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    4.5/5
    Cabins4.5
    Dining4.0
    Service3.0
    Value4.0

    You would be hard pressed to take part in everything on offer on the 5,479-passenger Harmony of...

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    Mr_Mrs A
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Great Cruise but Crowded
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    Sail Date Mar 2020
    Windy cruising on the Harmony
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    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • 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

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 7 Night
    Cruise to St. Maarten

    Leaving:
    San Juan
    Visiting:
    St. Thomas, St. Maarten ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Carnival Cruise Line
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    7 Night Cruise to St. Maarten Route (Carnival Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      San Juan
    • Day 2
      St. Thomas
    • Day 3
      St. Maarten
    • Day 4
      St. Kitts (Port Zante)
    • Day 5
      St. Lucia
    • Day 6
      Barbados
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      San Juan
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    Carnival Fascination - Carnival Cruise Line

    Pros

    Smaller ship that does not require lots of walking to get from place to place

    Cons

    Limited dining variety and onboard activities

    Bottom Line

    Comfortable, well-maintained ship perfect as a base for port-intensive cruises

    Reviews

    Carnival Fascination Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
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    3.5/5
    Cabins3.5
    Dining4.0
    Service4.5
    Value4.0

    A sailing on Carnival Fascination is the quintessential "choose this cruise for the itinerary, ...

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    GLSailor
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    A mixed bag of good and bad
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    taylormaid21
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Grand Suite/Extended balcony worth every penny
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