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Philipsburg, St. Maarten

Philipsburg is the capital of St. Maarten, the Dutch side of the island, and a wonderful port to visit during a Caribbean cruise. With so many incredible things to do and see, there is a little bit of something for everybody in Philipsburg. Aside from gorgeous beaches, you will discover a scenic boardwalk area, charming boutiques, casinos, historic ruins, Caribbean restaurants, and much more! Watersport options are abounding, and include opportunities to swim, snorkel, jet ski, boat tours, and more. Plus, you can always wander to the French side of the island (St. Martin), to discover even more things to do, see, and experience! If you take a cruise that starts in Philipsburg, with so many incredible opportunities, you might consider spending additional time in Philipsburg before or after your cruise.

A great time to visit Philipsburg is during its dry season, which occurs between December and May. If you’re looking to avoid crowds, you might consider visiting Philipsburg on a cruise in January or April.

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Cruise Lines with Cruises to Philipsburg, St. Maarten

The following cruise lines offer cruises sailing to Philipsburg, St. Maarten. Select a cruise line to view the upcoming cruises that visit Philipsburg, St. Maarten:

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Mainstream Cruise Lines

Value is a key feature of these popular cruise lines, as they offer lots of activities, entertainment and dining options, along with a variety of stateroom types. Some of the cruise lines in this category have ships with unique innovations like water slides, rock-climbing walls, ice-skating rinks, surfing simulators, bowling alleys, and boardwalks.

Their ships are usually anywhere from mid-sized to very large "mega" ships, accommodating thousands of guests. These ships give the feel of being in a large resort.

Mainstream cruise lines are a great option for just about everyone (including multi-generation families, and first-time cruisers), and typically have great youth programs.

During the cruise, entertainment may include Broadway productions, Vegas-style shows, comedians, and music. Some of these lines have select formal nights during the cruise. Specialty restaurants are becoming more and more common (some which have a cover charge for this type enhanced dining experience). Buffets are usually available throughout the day, besides room service, and the main dining room(s).

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Premium Cruise Lines

These cruise lines enhance what mainstream cruise lines typically offer, by providing their guests with higher quality service and cuisine, along with more spacious public spaces and accommodations.

Depending on the cruise line, the ships in this class range in size from small to very large.

These cruise lines appeal to a more discerning traveler, and are typically more expensive than mainstream cruise lines, but more affordable than the luxury lines.

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Luxury Cruise Lines

When the finest cruise vacation is your top priority, this is the place to start.

On a luxury cruise line, guests experience highly personalized service, a more intimate (and usually formal) onboard experience, gourmet cuisine, well-appointed accommodations, and fantastic amenities. Many of these brands have smaller ships, allowing them to reach ports of call that the larger ships can't, which results in unique itineraries.

All of these brands feature a version of all-inclusive pricing, and some of them have ships with all-suite accommodations. Although these cruise lines are usually more expensive than the rest, they also provide their guests with so much more, resulting in a fantastic value when considering all that's included.

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Specialty Cruise Lines

These cruise lines offer a truly unique vacation experience, with a wide range of possible amenities and itineraries. Some are expedition cruise lines, others have sailing yachts or are coastal ships.

On these types of cruise lines, there's usually a focus on a specific destination or theme. Itineraries are usually very destination intensive, aided by the fact that they're able to reach many ports of call that larger ships can't.

Expedition cruise lines are a great fit for adventure-seeking travelers, featuring exciting destinations like the Galapagos Islands, Antarctica, and the Norwegian coast. During the cruise, there will usually be plenty of interesting lectures given by experts on the destination being visited. Often, shore excursions are included in the cost of the cruise. In fact, some of these cruise lines have all-inclusive pricing. There's a definite focus on the ship's surrounding scenery, as well as opportunities to view wildlife in their natural habitat. Small, but comfortable, ships are commonplace here, with anywhere from basic to very luxurious public spaces, cuisine, and accommodations (depending on the cruise line and ship).

Sailing Yachts, sail-assisted motor ships, offer a really unique vacation experience. Accommodations and cuisine on these intimate vessels can be anywhere from good to fantastic, depending on the cruise line. Destinations offered by these cruise lines may include the Caribbean, Europe, Panama Canal, Tahiti, and Costa Rica.

Carnival Cruise Line
  • Mainstream Cruise Line
  • Ships: 30 (2,052 - 5,374 Guests)
  • Budget Friendly
  • Great Youth Program
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Celebrity Cruises
  • Premium Cruise Line
  • Ships: 17 (16 - 3,260 Guests)
  • Inclusive Packages Available
  • Award-Winning Cruise Line
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Disney Cruise Line
  • Mainstream Cruise Line
  • Ships: 6 (1,754 - 2,500 Guests)
  • Disney Characters at Sea
  • Live Production Shows
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MSC Cruises
  • Mainstream Cruise Line
  • Ships: 23 (1,952 - 6,762 Guests)
  • Kids Sail Free
  • True Italian Hospitality
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Princess Cruises
  • Mainstream Cruise Line
  • Ships: 16 (2,000 - 4,300 Guests)
  • Great Dining & Entertainment
  • Unique Itineraries
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Royal Caribbean
  • Mainstream Cruise Line
  • Ships: 29 (5,668 Guests)
  • State-of-the-art Ships
  • Fantastic Entertainment
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SeaDream Yacht Club
  • Luxury Cruise Line
  • Ships: 2 (112 Guests)
  • World-Class Yachts
  • Feature-Filled Staterooms
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Silversea Cruises
  • Luxury / Specialty Cruise Line
  • Ships: 13 (100 - 728 Guests)
  • All-Inclusive
  • All-Suite Accommodations
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Star Clippers
  • Specialty Cruise Line
  • Ships: 3 (170 - 227 Guests)
  • Intimate
  • Casual Atmosphere
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Swan Hellenic
  • Luxury / Specialty Cruise Line
  • Ships: 3 (152 - 192 Guests)
  • Chic staterooms with unobstructed views
  • Over 70 years of cruise expertise
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Windstar Cruises
  • Specialty Cruise Line
  • Ships: 6 (148 - 312 Guests)
  • Small Ship Sizes Lead to Exotic Ports
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Things to do near Philipsburg, St. Maarten

These are just a few of the more popular tourist attractions in Philipsburg, along with a brief description:

♦ Maho Beach

There are many beautiful beaches in Philipsburg, but one of the most appealing is Maho Beach. When spending time at this beach, you can get up close and personal huge jet planes coming in and going out of the nearby Princess Julia airport (making for some very fun photo opportunities)! The waters at this beach are clean and perfect for snorkeling. Plus, there are a few bars located within close proximity, so you don’t have to travel far to get a refreshing rum-infused cocktail! This is one beach that you should definitely add to your bucket list, as a visit is a very once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

♦ Front Street

Front Street is one of the most famous points of interest in Philipsburg. Lined with beautiful trees, plants, and shrubbery, this is one spot you can’t miss out on! You can find some of the best duty-free deals on the island here, including bargains on items such as clothing, jewelry, and liquor. Among the other items you will easily find here include swimwear, tobacco, fragrances, purses, and more. You’ll discover a mixture of upscale shops, souvenir stores, liquor stores, and more. Plus, the boardwalk and a bunch of great restaurants are located in close proximity, making this an excellent place to hit during your time on the island.

♦ Fort Amsterdam

Add in a little bit of history to your vacation with a visit to Fort Amsterdam. This historic fort is currently in ruins but still contains some significant structures, such as a few buildings, and 19th century cannons. Plus, you simply won’t believe the amazing views you can witness from its vantage point! There is a short but easy hike required to access this fort. Once you’re there, informational signs provide you with more insight and history into Fort Amsterdam’s past.

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