St. Maarten America's Cup Regatta Excursion Reviews

Compete in a race around a shortened version of America's Cup course in this once in a lifetime adventure. The best part? No experience needed!
Really cool experience racing an America's Cup racing sailboat.
Really cool experience racing an America's Cup racing sailboat. Soda and water provided but no drinks and no swimming. Would have been nice to have a 20-minute swim in the beautiful waters of St. Maarten. Would have been even nicer to ... Read More
Really cool experience racing an America's Cup racing sailboat. Soda and water provided but no drinks and no swimming. Would have been nice to have a 20-minute swim in the beautiful waters of St. Maarten. Would have been even nicer to have a drink to celebrate our win. Other than that, it was a really cool experience! Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
This was such a great excursion to experience.
This was such a great excursion to experience. You have the option of actually working with the crew to race the sail boat. It is a strenuous cruise, however I was the youngest (40) passenger by about 25 years and everyone did a good job. ... Read More
This was such a great excursion to experience. You have the option of actually working with the crew to race the sail boat. It is a strenuous cruise, however I was the youngest (40) passenger by about 25 years and everyone did a good job. You have the option of having a non-strenuous position, meaning you pretty much just ride along, but its so much fun to participate. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
this was an experience that we wanted to try.
this was an experience that we wanted to try. It was really good, although not as dramatic or "wild" as I was hoping. It was pretty tame, but fun.
this was an experience that we wanted to try. It was really good, although not as dramatic or "wild" as I was hoping. It was pretty tame, but fun. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Excellent.
Excellent. Really got to sail the boat.
Excellent. Really got to sail the boat. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: MSC Cruises
Lots of fun and worth the $
Lots of fun and worth the $
Lots of fun and worth the $ Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Windstar Cruises
Always impressed by this excursion and we do it over and over again.
Always impressed by this excursion and we do it over and over again. Great fun!
Always impressed by this excursion and we do it over and over again. Great fun! Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
Don't be fooled - you are really crewing and racing a real sailing yacht!
Don't be fooled - you are really crewing and racing a real sailing yacht! This was the most exhilarating, exerting, and incredible activity we did as a cruise excursion. They make it seem optional, but there are many crew positions ... Read More
Don't be fooled - you are really crewing and racing a real sailing yacht! This was the most exhilarating, exerting, and incredible activity we did as a cruise excursion. They make it seem optional, but there are many crew positions (at least 10) where you're actively operating part of the boat. What makes it even more exciting is that you're really racing against another guest-crewed boat, using the same tactics I remember from my sailing racing days. Even if you lose, you're a winner in having a memorable experience with great staff. One big caution: if you're at all susceptible to sea sickness, this is likely not the excursion for you - you focus so much on what you're doing, you often lose track of the ocean and the boat is moving _a lot_ Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Lots of fun and we beat the US boat.
Lots of fun and we beat the US boat. All guests have a job to do - no sitting back , which makes it fun .
Lots of fun and we beat the US boat. All guests have a job to do - no sitting back , which makes it fun . Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Windstar Cruises
7th time I've done this.
7th time I've done this. Best thing to do on the Caribbean
7th time I've done this. Best thing to do on the Caribbean Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Very very busy port 6 ships in.
Very very busy port 6 ships in. Excursion was 5star not to be missed but not for the unfit or faint hearted!!
Very very busy port 6 ships in. Excursion was 5star not to be missed but not for the unfit or faint hearted!! Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: P&O Cruises
active member of crew but can tire you out.
active member of crew but can tire you out.
active member of crew but can tire you out. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
This was one of the few "really active" excursions offered, and was a big physical work out.
This was one of the few "really active" excursions offered, and was a big physical work out. I slept well afterwards! While the description should have kept the unfit off the boat, obviously some passengers display an inability ... Read More
This was one of the few "really active" excursions offered, and was a big physical work out. I slept well afterwards! While the description should have kept the unfit off the boat, obviously some passengers display an inability to read, but the skipper of the yacht simply assigned them "observer" roles, leaving the grinding and physically challenging work to those capable. I really wish that HAL would offer similar "heavy exertion" excursions at all ports! Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Enjoyable 3 hour tour on a tall ship,a schooner.Timed perfectly to see the planes come in over the ...
Enjoyable 3 hour tour on a tall ship,a schooner.Timed perfectly to see the planes come in over the beach.
Enjoyable 3 hour tour on a tall ship,a schooner.Timed perfectly to see the planes come in over the beach. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Excellent trip, detailed safety breifing and excellent service from tour provider.
Excellent trip, detailed safety breifing and excellent service from tour provider.
Excellent trip, detailed safety breifing and excellent service from tour provider. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
I book this fun activity every time I visit St Maarten!
I book this fun activity every time I visit St Maarten! I was present when Stars and Stripes was built, and christened for competitive sailing in the America's Cup race of the 70's and 80's. Always a fun sail.
I book this fun activity every time I visit St Maarten! I was present when Stars and Stripes was built, and christened for competitive sailing in the America's Cup race of the 70's and 80's. Always a fun sail. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Great fun crewing on a 12-meter yacht.
Great fun crewing on a 12-meter yacht. An experience not to be missed.
Great fun crewing on a 12-meter yacht. An experience not to be missed. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking Ocean Cruises
Participated when we visited St.
Participated when we visited St. Maarten on a previous cruise. This time, I just came along for the fun and to buy another T-shirt.
Participated when we visited St. Maarten on a previous cruise. This time, I just came along for the fun and to buy another T-shirt. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Absolutely worth it.
Absolutely worth it. A must try.
Absolutely worth it. A must try. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
My husband was the only one from our group who did this excursion, and loved every minute of it.
My husband was the only one from our group who did this excursion, and loved every minute of it. He has experience sailing, and said it maybe wasn't quite as rigorous as he'd expected, but was still a wonderful experience. His ... Read More
My husband was the only one from our group who did this excursion, and loved every minute of it. He has experience sailing, and said it maybe wasn't quite as rigorous as he'd expected, but was still a wonderful experience. His boat 'lost' but he said it didn't matter because it was still fun. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
A once in a lifetime experience to be on one of the Sailboats from the America's Cup.
A once in a lifetime experience to be on one of the Sailboats from the America's Cup. It is quite the workout to be part of the crew so make sure you are in shape to do this excursion. You can easily get dehydrated so drink a lot of ... Read More
A once in a lifetime experience to be on one of the Sailboats from the America's Cup. It is quite the workout to be part of the crew so make sure you are in shape to do this excursion. You can easily get dehydrated so drink a lot of water prior to the excursion. It is a bit of a walk to the excursion so make sure you can walk a good 20 minutes. Make sure to wear water shoes with a very good grip! Crew and staff were outstanding and made you feel like a winner. Our boat did win and it was exciting! A must for any boat lover! Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Highly recommend this excursion!
Highly recommend this excursion! I've never sailed before but I loved it! Very exhilarating ... a definite must if you like water sports :)
Highly recommend this excursion! I've never sailed before but I loved it! Very exhilarating ... a definite must if you like water sports :) Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
a fun sailing trip, was aboard Stars and Stripes, and we won the race against Canada II.
a fun sailing trip, was aboard Stars and Stripes, and we won the race against Canada II. It was great fun! ! !
a fun sailing trip, was aboard Stars and Stripes, and we won the race against Canada II. It was great fun! ! ! Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking Ocean Cruises
What an amazing excursion!
What an amazing excursion! Highly recommend this. No experience required. The crew will teach you all you need to know!
What an amazing excursion! Highly recommend this. No experience required. The crew will teach you all you need to know! Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Just plain fun.
Just plain fun. Loved this excursion. The water was extraordinary, the weather was perfect, and the sailing was really nice. I would do this again in a minute. While in town, eat at Burger Madness for the largest hamburger you'll see ... Read More
Just plain fun. Loved this excursion. The water was extraordinary, the weather was perfect, and the sailing was really nice. I would do this again in a minute. While in town, eat at Burger Madness for the largest hamburger you'll see in the Caribbean. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
Wow!
Wow! What an amazing day! Shawn, our Captain, and Jonah and Eva, the crew were so awesome! If you've ever sailed, you'll know how thrilling it is to fly across the water under wind power. If you haven't sailed before, ... Read More
Wow! What an amazing day! Shawn, our Captain, and Jonah and Eva, the crew were so awesome! If you've ever sailed, you'll know how thrilling it is to fly across the water under wind power. If you haven't sailed before, you have to try this! You can be part of the crew, or just cruise, your choice! I was a Winch Wench, and controlled the lines that harness the mainsail. My husband was a grinder. Our group was really small, so we didn't race, but that was okay. We sailed the True North out of the harbor, and set sail around St. Maarten. After getting into open water, Shawn turned the helm over to me, and I sailed the True North on my own for about 20 minutes. Shawn let every sailor on board take the helm if they wanted to. As with most all the other tours, there was soda and beer available. This tour was so much fun! Afterward, we were taken back to the small boat harbor to the Regatta Store where we could get souvenir's and the pictures taken by the photographer boat. At that harbor we hired a driver, Dexter, to take us to Maho beach. He took us to Maho and waited for us to take pictures, we then paid him extra to take us on a tour of the island. He took us over to the French side to a market and to the border between the French and Dutch sides of the island. We paid Dexter $60 for driving us around and waiting for us at Maho. It was well worth the money, as Dexter told us about the different statues that you'll see at the roundabouts on the island, about the history of both sides of the island (Dexter is Dutch), about the industries and the people of the island. He stopped at a beach in Phillipsburg so that I could collect sand from St. Maarten, and got us back to port in plenty of time to do some shopping at the port stores. It was a great day! Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line