Philipsburg is a port town and the capital of Saint Maarten - an island country in the Dutch Antilles, one of the Holland's overseas territories. The island was first settled in 1648.
- Philipsburg (population around 2,000) is located on a narrow stretch of land between the Great Salt Pond and Great Bay. It functions as a commercial center of Saint Martin island, whereof St Maarten encompasses the southern half.
- St Maarten (total area 34 km2 / 13 ml2) is one of the Netherlands islands in the Lesser Antilles group - together with Saba Island and Sint Eustatius. The other "Dutch Antilles" islands are in the Leeward Antilles - the ABC islands (Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao).
- The Saint Maarten island was first sighted on November 11, 1493 by Christopher Columbus, but there was already an Arawak settlement on the site before his discovery. Philipsburg was established in 1763 by John Philips, Scottish captain in the Dutch navy and the settlement soon became a centre of international trade. A couple of historic forts bear witness to the strategic importance of Philipsburg in the history of Saint Maarten: Fort Amsterdam and Fort Willem.
- In December 2016, four Celebrity Cruises ships docked in Saint Maarten - Eclipse, Equinox, Reflection and and Summit. As part of the Christmas-New Year holidays was offered a Demi Lovato live concert performance, which was also televised.
Highlights: Philipsburg, Marigot
Philipsburg cruise terminal
Cruise ships to St Maarten Island dock at Port Philipsburg - located on the island's southern coast. The port is managed by the Harbour Group of Companies (port authority).
The port has two cruise ship piers.
- Pier 1 has length 545 m (1788 ft) and capacity to dock 4 ships simultaneously. This berthing facility was inaugurated in 2009.
- A second cruise pier (Pier 2) was opened in 2017, ranking St Maarten as one of the few Caribbean ports with capacity to handle even the world's largest passenger vessels of the Royal Caribbean's Oasis-class (225,000 GT tons, capacity 6,300 passengers plus 2150 crew).
- The new Pier 2 has length 445 m (1460 ft) and capacity to dock 2 Oasis-class ships at a time. On Pier 2 there are also 2 screening booths to expedite passenger disembarkation.
Right after disembarkation, cruise ship tourists are welcomed at Harbour Point Village with steel pans. Harbour Point Village as facilities offers information center, duty-free shops, souvenir shops, outdoor market stalls, bars, a restaurant. Here are also parked all tour buses (shore excursion pick up / drop off points, tour bus stands, cab stand).
Port Philipsburg cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Philipsburg, St Maarten Island, Dutch Antilles. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
The Philipsburg cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Philipsburg, St Maarten Island, Dutch Antilles.
If you lose the Philipsburg location on the map, simply reload the page (also with F5 button). This feature is integrated with the CruiseMapper's cruise ship tracker tracking the vessels' current positions at sea and in ports.
Viking Cruises confirmed that its Viking Sea would be the first commercial cruise vessel to visit post-Irma Port St Maarten on Monday, December 4...November 12, 2017
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