“The government of Port St. Maarten are very proud to announce to the world that Port St. Maarten is open for business.”  Cruise ship Viking Sea was the first post Irma commercial cruise to call in St Maarten and the island finds place for two cruise ships on Christmas day! The CEO of Carnival has announced that ships will resume visiting St Maarten in the new year!  St Maarten is one of the most popular Caribbean islands, with a lively beach so close it draws people seeking fun and the sun. Congratulations to the government for getting it open again. St Kitts is open and we have just come back, see the two films. Grenada is open, was hit far less and mainly had rain. The ships are there! Please take advantage of the great deals and go and spend a little cash there. See our Caribbean update page.On a fly drive cruise? Need to park? Holiday Extras – 60% off Airport Parking – We take the hassle you take the holiday – Just click here

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Columbus saw this island on the 11th November, 1493, Saint Martin’s day, the rest is history, though, there was much history before that history. He claimed it as Spanish without even landing there. The French and the Dutch however did land there and take a liking to it. Why not, it is rather special and has much to make you feel at home. Philipsburg is the capital on the Dutch side. The Dutch used it as a halfway stage between New Amsterdam (now New York) and Brazil. It is a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands until the bus gets a few miles down the road, then on the northern side, 60% of the island is part of the French overseas collectivity of Saint-Martin, see our film of how to get there.

The capital is Philipsburg and it is where the port is and where your ship is likely to dock. It is a fifteen minute walk to the beach or a water taxi. To a wonderful beach, a vibrant promenade and an inviting warren of narrow streets called steegjies with leafy courtyard cafés. Wathey Square, which is home to a colourful market.

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There is a Hard Rock Cafe, I have not been in one since Panama before going through the canal many years ago, but it had a real charm as do all the buildings that have style. Our film on the French side takes you there by bus and up to the remains of the fort. We have many films on the Caribbean. Do you have one you want to share?

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Taxi Ferry from the ship

Should you not want to walk from the ship there is a ferry boat that will run you up to the harbour. There are boat and catamaran trips you can take round the bay to watch, sightsee or snorkle. It has a wonderful beach, so relax, enjoy this fantastic island. Violet does in book three of her romantic story. American Portrait. St Marteen is often put in between St Lucia and Tortola. Take a look at our blog and films on Tortola.

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Why not have a look at the LATE DEALS over a coffee from your arm chair? Doris Visits allows you to SEE THE CRUISE BEFORE YOU CRUISE THE SEA. We have videos of many of the cruise stops you might make.

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P&O Cruises cruises to St Maarten – view P&O St Marteen cruises hereMarella Cruises to the Caribbean – View Marella Caribbean page nowFred Olsen cruises to Sint Maarten – view now on the Fred Olsen site here Saga Cruises to the Caribbean – view there site here by clicking now 

BOOKS SET IN ST MAARTEN: American Portrait. Violet cruised to find love, but found and as a mature woman was shocked to find interesting employment, but then romance, then the employment goes wrong and ends in St Maarten. You will recognise the ship as well as the location. Kindle and book on Amazon

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