Philipsburg, St Maarten - Caribbean Cruises

What a setting – perched on a narrow strip of land between clear Caribbean Sea and the Great Salt Pond. This Caribbean gem is all about choice. From Phillipsburg stroll along the inland salt lake or head for the gorgeous city beach. Search the quaint clothes boutiques or browse for duty-free bargains. It’s entirely up to you.

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Excursions

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

  • Kayaking In Simpson Bay

    Paddle your way across Simpson Bay, the Caribbean's largest saltwater lagoon.

    Kayaking In Simpson Bay

    Setting off from the port, you’ll take a scenic drive to the beautiful Simpson Bay Lagoon.

    Upon arrival, you’ll receive a safety orientation before setting off on your sit-on-top kayak. At a leisurely pace, follow your guide across the largest saltwater lagoon in the Antilles and marvel at the magnificent mega yachts that make St Maarten their winter base from November to April.

    During your paddle, your guide will point out sites of interest, including the imaginary water border between the Dutch and French sides of the island. A brief rest stop will give you a chance to learn about the island’s vibrant history and the lagoon’s complex ecosystem.

    Continue your paddle to a secluded beach for some time to relax and a refreshing swim. The kayak paddle will end at Kim Sha Beach, where you can enjoy a complimentary beverage prior to your return drive to the port.

    ACTIVITY EXCURSIONS
    You and all those in your party should be aware that, in undertaking activity excursions, you will be involved in a degree of physical exertion and/or activity such as hiking, biking, snorkelling, kayaking, diving etc. By booking the excursion you confirm that you and all those in your party are in good physical and mental condition, with no history of conditions such as seizures, dizziness, fainting, heart condition, respiratory problems or back/neck problems (by way of example only). You should also ensure that no one in your party is taking medicine that carries a warning about impairment of physical or mental abilities. If you are pregnant this type of excursion may not be appropriate for you. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in the activities booked and you are reminded to take care for your own safety. Because of the risks associated with activity excursions, you may be asked by the excursion provider to sign a document which may affect or limit the excursion provider’s liability. Comfortable flat walking shoes are recommended.

    BEACH/WATER RELATED EXCURSIONS
    For any excursion involving water, guests are reminded to exercise particular care. Alcohol and eating a full meal should be avoided before swimming. If buoyancy aids are provided for an activity they must be worn at all times. You should bear in mind that the sea is unpredictable. Lifeguards are unlikely to be present and there may not be a flag system to indicate whether or not it is safe to go in the water. In addition, beach activities may not be supervised or accompanied and so you should take care to satisfy yourself as to the safety of the beach and/or the sea at the time of your excursion. Please exercise caution when entering the sea as the seabed and aquatic environment is capable of springing surprises and we have not inspected the beach or seabed for its safety. Children must be supervised by you at all times near water. All activities on the beach, water and in the sea are undertaken at your own risk. You’ll need to take swimwear, a towel, sunscreen and flat shoes that can be worn in the water.

    LIABILITY
    Cunard will arrange for the excursions to be performed by the relevant excursion provider. Cunard does not provide or supply the excursion services. Cunard will exercise reasonable care and skill in the selection of the excursion provider, but will not in any circumstances have a greater liability than the excursion supplier and Cunard shall not be responsible for the negligent acts/omissions of the excursion supplier. Please note that in relation to all excursions Cunard is not responsible or liable for any loss, damage, or injury sustained by you unless such loss, damage or injury arises out of a breach of legal duty of Cunard.

    TRAVEL INSURANCE
    Before booking any activity excursions it is essential that you ensure your travel insurance extends to cover the specified activity. It is your responsibility to obtain adequate insurance.

    This excursion operates by minibus and kayak. Participants should be competent swimmers and physically fit. There is a weight restriction of 250 pounds. Children under nine may not participate. The kayaking will take approximately one hour, however this is dependent on the overall ability of each participant. Please wear swimwear under your clothes and take a hat, sunglasses, a towel and non-oil sunscreen. Water shoes are recommended, however you will be requested to remove shoes whilst in the kayak. You will be required to wear a life jacket. Before you book this tour you must refer to the ‘Activity Excursion’ and ‘Beach / Water Related’ paragraphs under the Guide to Symbols in this brochure.

    Tour code

    SXM_032

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    3½ hours

  • America's Cup

    An opportunity of a lifetime to experience the thrill of racing aboard a multi-million dollar America's Cup race boat.

    America's Cup

    Prior to boarding the yachts, you will be divided into teams and given a brief introduction before tendering to the yachts.

    Compete in an actual race around a shortened 'America's Cup' course, under the watchful eyes of experienced crew as you participate in the thrill of sailing these fabulous yachts. Everyone is offered a small task and given instruction by the crew. No sailing experience is necessary. Then it is time to practice on the way to the start. The team's timekeeper counts down, and with the wave of a red flag from the committee boat, you're off.

    Two classic thoroughbreds, nearly 70-feet long with masts the height of an eight-storey building, duel in an equal match for a fractional advantage. After such an exciting experience, there can be no losers. And so for all the competitors there will be a victory drink back on the dock.

    '12 Metre' have developed a line of memorabilia and souvenirs and you will have the opportunity to browse through the 'America's Cup' Museum Boutique after the Regatta.


    ACTIVITY EXCURSIONS
    You and all those in your party should be aware that, in undertaking activity excursions, you will be involved in a degree of physical exertion and/or activity such as hiking, biking, snorkelling, kayaking, diving etc. By booking the excursion you confirm that you and all those in your party are in good physical and mental condition, with no history of conditions such as seizures, dizziness, fainting, heart condition, respiratory problems or back/neck problems (by way of example only). You should also ensure that no one in your party is taking medicine that carries a warning about impairment of physical or mental abilities. If you are pregnant this type of excursion may not be appropriate for you. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in the activities booked and you are reminded to take care for your own safety. Because of the risks associated with activity excursions, you may be asked by the excursion provider to sign a document which may affect or limit the excursion provider’s liability. Comfortable flat walking shoes are recommended.

    BEACH/WATER RELATED EXCURSIONS
    For any excursion involving water, passengers are reminded to exercise particular care. Alcohol and eating a full meal should be avoided before swimming. If buoyancy aids are provided for an activity they must be worn at all times. You should bear in mind that the sea is unpredictable. Lifeguards are unlikely to be present and there may not be a flag system to indicate whether or not it is safe to go in the water. In addition, beach activities may not be supervised or accompanied and so you should take care to satisfy yourself as to the safety of the beach and/or the sea at the time of your excursion. Please exercise caution when entering the sea as the seabed and aquatic environment is capable of springing surprises and we have not inspected the beach or seabed for its safety. Children must be supervised by you at all times near water. All activities on the beach, water and in the sea are undertaken at your own risk. You’ll need to take swimwear, a towel, sunscreen and flat shoes that can be worn in the water.

    LIABILITY
    P&O Cruises will arrange for the excursions to be performed by the relevant excursion provider. P&O Cruises does not provide or supply the excursion services. P&O Cruises will exercise reasonable care and skill in the selection of the excursion provider, but will not in any circumstances have a greater liability than the excursion supplier and P&O Cruises shall not be responsible for the negligent acts/omissions of the excursion supplier. Please note that in relation to all excursions P&O Cruises is not responsible or liable for any loss, damage, or injury sustained by you unless such loss, damage or injury arises out of a breach of legal duty of P&O Cruises.

    TRAVEL INSURANCE
    Before booking any activity excursions it is essential that you ensure your travel insurance extends to cover the specified activity. It is your responsibility to obtain adequate insurance.

    This excursion will operate by boat. Children may not participate. There are no toilet facilities on board the racing yachts. All participants should wear soft-soled shoes. T-shirts and shorts over swimwear are recommended as sea spray is likely. Bags and belongings can be stowed below during the race.

    Tour code

    SXM_002

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    2½ hours

  • The Golden Eagle

    Step aboard the Golden Eagle catamaran and be whisked across the sparkling waters of the Caribbean.

    The Golden Eagle

    Experience beautiful surroundings whilst lazing in the shade of the 63-foot tall sail en route to your beach location.

    Make your way ashore and laze on a beautiful beach whilst soaking up some sun. Take a swim in a quiet cove or try your hand at snorkelling. Alternatively, you may prefer to simply immerse yourself in the crystal-clear waters or relax on the sand.

    The sails will be set for your return cruise downwind. Enjoy the scenery accompanied by local music and a chilled beverage from the onboard bar. If you’re feeling peckish, you might like to indulge in a snack to round off your day on one of the most impressive catamarans in the Caribbean.

    ACTIVITY EXCURSIONS
    You and all those in your party should be aware that, in undertaking activity excursions, you will be involved in a degree of physical exertion and/or activity such as hiking, biking, snorkelling, kayaking, diving etc. By booking the excursion you confirm that you and all those in your party are in good physical and mental condition, with no history of conditions such as seizures, dizziness, fainting, heart condition, respiratory problems or back/neck problems (by way of example only). You should also ensure that no one in your party is taking medicine that carries a warning about impairment of physical or mental abilities. If you are pregnant this type of excursion may not be appropriate for you. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in the activities booked and you are reminded to take care for your own safety. Because of the risks associated with activity excursions, you may be asked by the excursion provider to sign a document which may affect or limit the excursion provider’s liability. Comfortable flat walking shoes are recommended.

    BEACH/WATER RELATED EXCURSIONS
    For any excursion involving water, guests are reminded to exercise particular care. Alcohol and eating a full meal should be avoided before swimming. If buoyancy aids are provided for an activity they must be worn at all times. You should bear in mind that the sea is unpredictable. Lifeguards are unlikely to be present and there may not be a flag system to indicate whether or not it is safe to go in the water. In addition, beach activities may not be supervised or accompanied and so you should take care to satisfy yourself as to the safety of the beach and/or the sea at the time of your excursion. Please exercise caution when entering the sea as the seabed and aquatic environment is capable of springing surprises and we have not inspected the beach or seabed for its safety. Children must be supervised by you at all times near water. All activities on the beach, water and in the sea are undertaken at your own risk. You’ll need to take swimwear, a towel, sunscreen and flat shoes that can be worn in the water.

    LIABILITY
    Cunard will arrange for the excursions to be performed by the relevant excursion provider. Cunard does not provide or supply the excursion services. Cunard will exercise reasonable care and skill in the selection of the excursion provider, but will not in any circumstances have a greater liability than the excursion supplier and Cunard shall not be responsible for the negligent acts/omissions of the excursion supplier. Please note that in relation to all excursions Cunard is not responsible or liable for any loss, damage, or injury sustained by you unless such loss, damage or injury arises out of a breach of legal duty of Cunard.

    TRAVEL INSURANCE
    Before booking any activity excursions it is essential that you ensure your travel insurance extends to cover the specified activity. It is your responsibility to obtain adequate insurance.

    This excursion will operate by catamaran.Children under the age of four may not participate. Snorkel equipment is included and participants must be competent swimmers.Guests may be required to swim ashore to the beach. Please remember your swimwear, sunscreen and a towel. Depending on sea swells, an alternative anchorage may be used. The beach stop and snorkelling stop may take place at separate locations. Some nudity may be observed on beaches in St Maarten. Please refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages prior to any swimming activities. Comfortable non-slip shoes or water shoes are recommended.

    Tour code

    SXM_004

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Philipsburg by Bike

    An opportunity to discover the bustling Dutch capital by bike.

    Philipsburg by Bike

    You will join your biking guide at the pier, and after a short briefing, set off along the Point Blanche road. Follow your guide along the colourful and bustling boardwalk into the heart of the Dutch capital, Philipsburg.

    During your ride, you will take in some of the town's highlights including St Maarten's oldest hotel, the historical Courthouse, and Fort Amsterdam. You will also have the opportunity to enjoy the lovely views across the Caribbean sea from the Little Bay lookout point.

    Your return ride will take you back along the boardwalk, with a short stop en route, before cycling back to the pier.

    During your tour a cooling refreshment will be served in a local restaurant.


    ACTIVITY EXCURSIONS
    You and all those in your party should be aware that, in undertaking activity excursions, you will be involved in a degree of physical exertion and/or activity such as hiking, biking, snorkelling, kayaking, diving etc. By booking the excursion you confirm that you and all those in your party are in good physical and mental condition, with no history of conditions such as seizures, dizziness, fainting, heart condition, respiratory problems or back/neck problems (by way of example only). You should also ensure that no one in your party is taking medicine that carries a warning about impairment of physical or mental abilities. If you are pregnant this type of excursion may not be appropriate for you. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in the activities booked and you are reminded to take care for your own safety. Because of the risks associated with activity excursions, you may be asked by the excursion provider to sign a document which may affect or limit the excursion provider’s liability. Comfortable flat walking shoes are recommended.

    BEACH/WATER RELATED EXCURSIONS
    For any excursion involving water, guests are reminded to exercise particular care. Alcohol and eating a full meal should be avoided before swimming. If buoyancy aids are provided for an activity they must be worn at all times. You should bear in mind that the sea is unpredictable. Lifeguards are unlikely to be present and there may not be a flag system to indicate whether or not it is safe to go in the water. In addition, beach activities may not be supervised or accompanied and so you should take care to satisfy yourself as to the safety of the beach and/or the sea at the time of your excursion. Please exercise caution when entering the sea as the seabed and aquatic environment is capable of springing surprises and we have not inspected the beach or seabed for its safety. Children must be supervised by you at all times near water. All activities on the beach, water and in the sea are undertaken at your own risk. You’ll need to take swimwear, a towel, sunscreen and flat shoes that can be worn in the water.

    LIABILITY
    Cunard will arrange for the excursions to be performed by the relevant excursion provider. Cunard does not provide or supply the excursion services. Cunard will exercise reasonable care and skill in the selection of the excursion provider, but will not in any circumstances have a greater liability than the excursion supplier and Cunard shall not be responsible for the negligent acts/omissions of the excursion supplier. Please note that in relation to all excursions Cunard is not responsible or liable for any loss, damage, or injury sustained by you unless such loss, damage or injury arises out of a breach of legal duty of Cunard.

    TRAVEL INSURANCE
    Before booking any activity excursions it is essential that you ensure your travel insurance extends to cover the specified activity. It is your responsibility to obtain adequate insurance.

    This excursion operates by bike and on foot. Pregnant women and children may not participate. This tour is only suitable for those in good physical condition. There is a weight restriction of 20 stone. The route is relatively flat and it is suitable for both beginners and experienced riders. There is a fairly steep hill up to the fort which may prove difficult for beginners, however participants can choose to walk. Flat, closed toe shoes are essential and clothing suitable for bike riding is recommended. Helmets are provided and must be worn. A back-pack style bag is advisable.

    Tour code

    SXM_031

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    3 hours

  • Paradise Harley

    An amazing opportunity to tour St Maarten by Harley Davidson motorbike.

    Paradise Harley

    Discover St Maarten in the most unique way as you take to the roads on a Harley Davidson.

    After brief formalities, you’ll follow your guide on a scenic tour past the Simpson Bay Marina, through Maho and Mullet Bay, famous for its appeal to many visiting celebrities. Your convoy will then continue on to Marigot, the French capital, and Fort Louis.

    You’ll ride across the north coast, taking in the countryside, and pass through the restaurant capital of Grand Case, before returning to Philipsburg.

    A truly amazing experience, you’ll never forget.

    ACTIVITY EXCURSIONS
    You and all those in your party should be aware that, in undertaking activity excursions, you will be involved in a degree of physical exertion and/or activity such as hiking, biking, snorkelling, kayaking, diving etc. By booking the excursion you confirm that you and all those in your party are in good physical and mental condition, with no history of conditions such as seizures, dizziness, fainting, heart condition, respiratory problems or back/neck problems (by way of example only). You should also ensure that no one in your party is taking medicine that carries a warning about impairment of physical or mental abilities. If you are pregnant this type of excursion may not be appropriate for you. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in the activities booked and you are reminded to take care for your own safety. Because of the risks associated with activity excursions, you may be asked by the excursion provider to sign a document which may affect or limit the excursion provider’s liability. Comfortable flat walking shoes are recommended.

    LIABILITY
    Cunard will arrange for the excursions to be performed by the relevant excursion provider. Cunard does not provide or supply the excursion services. Cunard will exercise reasonable care and skill in the selection of the excursion provider, but will not in any circumstances have a greater liability than the excursion supplier and Cunard shall not be responsible for the negligent acts/omissions of the excursion supplier. Please note that in relation to all excursions Cunard is not responsible or liable for any loss, damage, or injury sustained by you unless such loss, damage or injury arises out of a breach of legal duty of Cunard.

    TRAVEL INSURANCE
    Before booking any activity excursions it is essential that you ensure your travel insurance extends to cover the specified activity. It is your responsibility to obtain adequate insurance.

    This excursion operates by bus and Harley Davidson. The price of this tour is per bike so please ensure that you only book one ticket. You are able to take a pillion passenger (must be over 18). Riders must be over 25 and bring a full, valid motorcycle licence and major credit card for insurance formalities. The Harleys are 1400cc and confidence in riding a bike of similar size is required. The choice of bike model is subject to availability. Passengers must wear the appropriate attire, long trousers or jeans and flat, closed toe shoes. Shorts are not permitted. Helmets must be worn at all times and participants must sign a collision damage waiver with a US $2500 excess.

    Tour code

    SXM_026

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    3 hours

  • St Maarten Island Tour

    Discover St Maarten, 'two-nation' island shared by Holland and France since 1645.

    St Maarten Island Tour

    At just 37 square miles, St Maarten is quite unique with only a stone monument visible to indicate you have entered the French side. Setting off from the port, you will head through the Dutch side and the capital of Philipsburg, founded in 1763 by John Philips, a Scottish captain in the Dutch Navy.

    Afterwards, you will drive to the other side of the island to experience the French ‘St. Martin’. A stop will be made at the small town of Marigot, the French capital. Here, you can enjoy some time to browse the open-air market (when available), stroll along the waterfront or through the picturesque streets with their inviting pavement cafés and shops.

    Your return drive will cross back over to the Dutch side, passing through the seaside town of Grand Case en route, before arriving into Philipsburg.



    This tour will operate by bus and on foot. This tour involves limited walking, however guests must be able to negotiate steps onto and off the bus. Walking in Marigot is at guests’ discretion. Please be advised that shops in Marigot, will be closed on Sunday calls. Some shops may also close during the afternoon siesta. Public toilet facilities are limited in Marigot however local cafés and restaurants will allow use of their facilities upon purchase. Euro and US Dollar currency are accepted for purchases. Guests who choose to remain in Philipsburg at the end of the tour will be responsible for making their own way back to the ship.

    Tour code

    SXM_041

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    2½ hours

  • Explorer Cruise and Island

    Combine a delightful lagoon cruise with a visit to the charming town of Marigot.

    Explorer Cruise and Island

    Take in the sights of Philipsburg, capital of Dutch St Maarten, and see its quaint ‘gingerbread’ houses. Drive along Salt Point Road and over Mountain Road to the south coast, passing French Cul de Sac and Grand Casse, before arriving into Marigot. Here you’ll have some time to wander around the quaint capital. You’ll join the Explorer boat at Marina Royale for a short cruise across the calm lagoon, which stretches across the whole of the island to join both Dutch and French sides. On board, relax on the sun decks whilst listening to the rhythmic sounds of a calypso entertainer. There are two bars serving an array of spirits, beer, rum punch and soft drinks. Experience the Caribbean atmosphere, before arriving at Simpson Bay for the short return drive back to Philipsburg.

    The sails will be set for your return cruise downwind. Enjoy the scenery accompanied by local music and a chilled beverage from the onboard bar. If you’re feeling peckish, you might like to indulge in a snack to round off your day on one of the most impressive catamarans in the Caribbean.



    The shops in Marigot will be closed on Sunday calls. Some shops also close during the afternoon siesta. Public toilet facilities are limited in Marigot, however local cafés and restaurants will allow use of their facilities upon purchase. Euro and US Dollar currency are accepted for purchases. This tour involves some walking over flat surfaces. Guests must be able to negotiate the step onto and off the boat and steps to reach the upper level of the Explorer. Toilet facilities are available on the lower deck. Comfortable, non-slip shoes, a hat and sunscreen are advised. This tour may operate in reverse order.

    Tour code

    SXM_003

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Island Delights

    Awaken your senses on the French side of Saint Martin

    Island Delights

    Your drive will take you through the Dutch side of ‘Sint Maarten’ before heading across the border to ‘Saint Martin’, the French side.

    Ma dou dou's tiny shop is located in a tranquil area of the famous Orient beach and it offers locally flavoured rum products including the popular ‘Rhum Ma Doudou'. Visit a nearby beach resort to learn about the century old tradition of ‘how to create’ flavoured rum by using tropical fruits, spices and other exotic aromatics and sample several of the rum varieties.

    Afterwards, you’ll continue to the island’s only working perfumery, Tijon, where you’ll take a guided tour and discover the fine French art of perfume making. A Master Perfumer will show you the manufacturing process, and you can sample the scents of the various oils that are used to create each perfume.

    It’s then on to Grand Case village to visit a local eatery and enjoy a demonstration of French Caribbean cooking. Whet your appetite with a tasty sample of local dishes. After your demonstration there will be some free time to purchase lunch or a drink, and perhaps take a stroll along the beach front.

    Upon your return drive, time permitting, a short photo stop will be made at the Orient Bay Lookout point, before arriving back at Philipsburg.

    This excursion will operate by bus. This tour involves limited walking, however guests will be required to stand during the rum sampling and at the Tijon perfumery. There are also steps to negotiate when getting onto and off the bus. Those who choose to remain in Philipsburg at the end of the tour will be responsible for making their own way back to the ship.

    Tour code

    SXM_045

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Sunset Tall Ship Experience

    Here’s a rare chance to channel your inner pirate and see a Caribbean sunset on a comfortable and fully square-rigged tall ship.

    Sunset Tall Ship Experience

    Feel the wind in your hair and the zest in your spirit as you board the tall ship Mercedes for this exhilarating sunset sail around the turquoise waters of St Maarten.

    Settle into your seat with a welcome cocktail and watch as the sun dips below the horizon or work your passage by helping the crew set the sails or taking the helm. As the sun sets, the scenic view of St Maarten transforms itself into a mesmerizing landscape of twinkling lights.

    Your cruise will then sail back to Simpson Bay for a close up view of the mega yachts at anchor in the bay. Simpson Bay is one of the largest inland lagoons in the West Indies of the Caribbean and is a popular place for the yachts to seek haven and stock up on supplies.

    During your time on board this majestic sailing vessel, you may feel you’re back in the swashbuckling buccaneer days of the Caribbean but, rest assured, the Mercedes is especially designed for day and evening cruising and crewed by professionals to look after your every need and make this an experience not to forget!



    ACTIVITY EXCURSIONS
    You and all those in your party should be aware that, in undertaking activity excursions, you will be involved in a degree of physical exertion and/or activity such as hiking, biking, snorkelling, kayaking, diving etc. By booking the excursion you confirm that you and all those in your party are in good physical and mental condition, with no history of conditions such as seizures, dizziness, fainting, heart condition, respiratory problems or back/neck problems (by way of example only). You should also ensure that no one in your party is taking medicine that carries a warning about impairment of physical or mental abilities. If you are pregnant this type of excursion may not be appropriate for you. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in the activities booked and you are reminded to take care for your own safety. Because of the risks associated with activity excursions, you may be asked by the excursion provider to sign a document which may affect or limit the excursion provider’s liability. Comfortable flat walking shoes are recommended.

    BEACH/WATER RELATED EXCURSIONS
    For any excursion involving water, guests are reminded to exercise particular care. Alcohol and eating a full meal should be avoided before swimming. If buoyancy aids are provided for an activity they must be worn at all times. You should bear in mind that the sea is unpredictable. Lifeguards are unlikely to be present and there may not be a flag system to indicate whether or not it is safe to go in the water. In addition, beach activities may not be supervised or accompanied and so you should take care to satisfy yourself as to the safety of the beach and/or the sea at the time of your excursion. Please exercise caution when entering the sea as the seabed and aquatic environment is capable of springing surprises and we have not inspected the beach or seabed for its safety. Children must be supervised by you at all times near water. All activities on the beach, water and in the sea are undertaken at your own risk. You’ll need to take swimwear, a towel, sunscreen and flat shoes that can be worn in the water.

    LIABILITY
    Cunard will arrange for the excursions to be performed by the relevant excursion provider. Cunard does not provide or supply the excursion services. Cunard will exercise reasonable care and skill in the selection of the excursion provider, but will not in any circumstances have a greater liability than the excursion supplier and Cunard shall not be responsible for the negligent acts/omissions of the excursion supplier. Please note that in relation to all excursions Cunard is not responsible or liable for any loss, damage, or injury sustained by you unless such loss, damage or injury arises out of a breach of legal duty of Cunard.

    TRAVEL INSURANCE
    Before booking any activity excursions it is essential that you ensure your travel insurance extends to cover the specified activity. It is your responsibility to obtain adequate insurance.

    This excursion operates by tall ship and on foot. There are some steps to negotiate to board the ship. Souvenirs and refreshments will be available for purchase on board. US dollars or a credit card will be required for purchases. Comfortable non-slip shoes or water shoes are recommended. Before you book this excursion you must refer to the ‘Activity Excursion’ paragraphs under the Guide to Symbols in this brochure.

    Tour code

    SXM_049

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    3½ hours

  • Tall Ship Sailing Experience

    Ahoy there, me hearties! Here’s a rare chance to channel your inner pirate on a comfortable and fully square-rigged tall ship.

    Tall Ship Sailing Experience

    Feel the wind in your hair and the zest in your spirit as you board the tall ship Mercedes for this exhilarating sail around the turquoise waters of St Maarten.

    Settle into your seat with a welcome cocktail refreshment or work your passage by helping the crew set the sails or taking the helm.

    Your cruise will sail for an hour or so before arriving at the famous Maho Beach, where you can experience – up close and personal – jets taking off and coming in to land at altitudes of less than 100 feet above ground level on the short runway of Princess Juliana International Airport.

    Your cruise then turns back towards Great Bay, steering close to the coastline for amazing views of the island, and all its pristine beaches, coves, bays and cays.

    On board this majestic vessel, you may feel you’re back in the swashbuckling buccaneer days of the Caribbean but, rest assured, the Mercedes is especially designed for day cruising and crewed by professionals to look after your every need and make this an experience not to forget!



    ACTIVITY EXCURSIONS
    You and all those in your party should be aware that, in undertaking activity excursions, you will be involved in a degree of physical exertion and/or activity such as hiking, biking, snorkelling, kayaking, diving etc. By booking the excursion you confirm that you and all those in your party are in good physical and mental condition, with no history of conditions such as seizures, dizziness, fainting, heart condition, respiratory problems or back/neck problems (by way of example only). You should also ensure that no one in your party is taking medicine that carries a warning about impairment of physical or mental abilities. If you are pregnant this type of excursion may not be appropriate for you. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in the activities booked and you are reminded to take care for your own safety. Because of the risks associated with activity excursions, you may be asked by the excursion provider to sign a document which may affect or limit the excursion provider’s liability. Comfortable flat walking shoes are recommended.

    BEACH/WATER RELATED EXCURSIONS
    For any excursion involving water, guests are reminded to exercise particular care. Alcohol and eating a full meal should be avoided before swimming. If buoyancy aids are provided for an activity they must be worn at all times. You should bear in mind that the sea is unpredictable. Lifeguards are unlikely to be present and there may not be a flag system to indicate whether or not it is safe to go in the water. In addition, beach activities may not be supervised or accompanied and so you should take care to satisfy yourself as to the safety of the beach and/or the sea at the time of your excursion. Please exercise caution when entering the sea as the seabed and aquatic environment is capable of springing surprises and we have not inspected the beach or seabed for its safety. Children must be supervised by you at all times near water. All activities on the beach, water and in the sea are undertaken at your own risk. You’ll need to take swimwear, a towel, sunscreen and flat shoes that can be worn in the water.

    LIABILITY
    Cunard will arrange for the excursions to be performed by the relevant excursion provider. Cunard does not provide or supply the excursion services. Cunard will exercise reasonable care and skill in the selection of the excursion provider, but will not in any circumstances have a greater liability than the excursion supplier and Cunard shall not be responsible for the negligent acts/omissions of the excursion supplier. Please note that in relation to all excursions Cunard is not responsible or liable for any loss, damage, or injury sustained by you unless such loss, damage or injury arises out of a breach of legal duty of Cunard.

    TRAVEL INSURANCE
    Before booking any activity excursions it is essential that you ensure your travel insurance extends to cover the specified activity. It is your responsibility to obtain adequate insurance.

    This excursion operates by foot and by tall ship. There are some steps to negotiate to board the ship. Souvenirs and refreshments will be available for purchase on board. US dollars or a credit card will be required for purchases. Comfortable non-slip shoes or water shoes are recommended. Before you book this excursion you must refer to the ‘Activity Excursion’ and ‘Beach / Water Related’ paragraphs under the Guide to Symbols in this brochure.

    Tour code

    SXM_046

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    3½ hours

  • Marigot, Snorkel And Beach By Rib

    Experience an exhilarating RIB ride, enjoy some free time in Marigot and relax on one of the island's beaches.

    Marigot, Snorkel And Beach By Rib

    Step aboard a high speed RIB at the pier, and embark on a foam-flying adventure along the coastline.

    You’ll head to Simpson’s Bay and on to Marina Royale in Marigot. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy around one hour of free time to explore the quaint French capital.

    Afterwards, you’ll whizz across to the south coast, where a snorkelling stop will be made. Discover the underwater marine life, or if you prefer, simply relax on the boat. You’ll then zip off to a local beach for a short stop. Relax on the warm sand or enjoy a quick dip in the clear Caribbean sea.

    Throughout your tour, soft drink refreshments will be offered. Rum punch and beer will also be available on the return boat ride.



    ACTIVITY EXCURSIONS
    You and all those in your party should be aware that, in undertaking activity excursions, you will be involved in a degree of physical exertion and/or activity such as hiking, biking, snorkelling, kayaking, diving etc. By booking the excursion you confirm that you and all those in your party are in good physical and mental condition, with no history of conditions such as seizures, dizziness, fainting, heart condition, respiratory problems or back/neck problems (by way of example only). You should also ensure that no one in your party is taking medicine that carries a warning about impairment of physical or mental abilities. If you are pregnant this type of excursion may not be appropriate for you. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in the activities booked and you are reminded to take care for your own safety. Because of the risks associated with activity excursions, you may be asked by the excursion provider to sign a document which may affect or limit the excursion provider’s liability. Comfortable flat walking shoes are recommended.

    BEACH/WATER RELATED EXCURSIONS
    For any excursion involving water, guests are reminded to exercise particular care. Alcohol and eating a full meal should be avoided before swimming. If buoyancy aids are provided for an activity they must be worn at all times. You should bear in mind that the sea is unpredictable. Lifeguards are unlikely to be present and there may not be a flag system to indicate whether or not it is safe to go in the water. In addition, beach activities may not be supervised or accompanied and so you should take care to satisfy yourself as to the safety of the beach and/or the sea at the time of your excursion. Please exercise caution when entering the sea as the seabed and aquatic environment is capable of springing surprises and we have not inspected the beach or seabed for its safety. Children must be supervised by you at all times near water. All activities on the beach, water and in the sea are undertaken at your own risk. You’ll need to take swimwear, a towel, sunscreen and flat shoes that can be worn in the water.

    LIABILITY
    Cunard will arrange for the excursions to be performed by the relevant excursion provider. Cunard does not provide or supply the excursion services. Cunard will exercise reasonable care and skill in the selection of the excursion provider, but will not in any circumstances have a greater liability than the excursion supplier and Cunard shall not be responsible for the negligent acts/omissions of the excursion supplier. Please note that in relation to all excursions Cunard is not responsible or liable for any loss, damage, or injury sustained by you unless such loss, damage or injury arises out of a breach of legal duty of Cunard.

    TRAVEL INSURANCE
    Before booking any activity excursions it is essential that you ensure your travel insurance extends to cover the specified activity. It is your responsibility to obtain adequate insurance.

    This excursion operates by rigid inflatable boat. This tour is not suitable for those with back or neck injuries or conditions, which may be affected by the bumpy ride. Pregnant women and children under 4 may not participate. The RIB will anchor in shallow water with the easiest beach access possible, however passengers may at times be required to wade. The snorkel and beach stop may, at times, be combined. Please wear swimwear, take a towel and sunscreen. Some nudity may be observed on the beaches in St Maarten. Snorkel equipment is included. Participants must be competent swimmers. The shops in Marigot will be closed on Sunday calls. Some shops may also close during the afternoon siesta. A local open-air flea market may be in operation during your visit. This tour is dependent on weather conditions and may be cancelled at short notice.

    Tour code

    SXM_034

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Philipsburg by Trolley Train

    Take a trolley train ride through Philipsburg to discover its history and geography, as well as a bit of shopping on the side!

    Philipsburg by Trolley Train

    When the first Dutch settlers arrived on St Maarten in 1631, they chose the sandy strip separating Great Bay from Great Salt Pond to build their capital, Philipsburg. Originally starting on the west end at the foot of Fort Amsterdam, the settlement has spread gradually east, to where your ship will be moored.

    On your trolley train tour, you’ll take in the unique sight of the National Bird Sanctuary, Great Salt Pond, the largest permanent saline lagoon saltwater pond on the island.

    Next, you’ll continue on to the other side of Great Bay to Fort Amsterdam, the first fort built by Dutch settlers in the Caribbean, in 1631. Nowadays in ruins, it is nonetheless still a picturesque and far-reaching vantage point. It’s also the perfect place for a photograph with your favourite cruise ship in the background.

    On your way back, you’ll drive down bustling Front Street, before stopping to admire the traditional ‘ginger-bread house’ architecture of Walter Plantz Square – the perfect place for finding those must-have souvenirs. Then, it’s back in the trolley train for the quick 15 minute hop back to the ship.



    This excursion operates by trolley train and on foot. We regret to advise that the trolley train is unable to accommodate wheelchairs. Guests must be able to negotiate the step on to and off the trolley train. A bottle of water is provided on this tour. There is a walk of approximately ten minutes up a steep incline to access Fort Amsterdam. Passengers will have free time at Divi Bay should they choose not to visit the fort.

    Tour code

    SXM_048

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    2 hours

  • Orient Beach Break

    Take a simple transfer to enjoy an afternoon at the beach.

    Orient Beach Break

    This excursion is ideal for those passengers who have other plans in the morning but want to spend the afternoon at the beach.

    Board your transportation and enjoy the drive over to Orient Bay Beach, situated on the French side of island. Upon arrival at the beach, you will be greeted by your guide and given a brief orientation of the beach and facilities available. You’ll be supplied with a sun chair and will also be able to enjoy unlimited fruit punch from the nearby bar.

    You’ll have around two hours at the beach to relax in the sun or explore the stretch of sandy beach.



    BEACH/WATER RELATED EXCURSIONS
    For any excursion involving water, guests are reminded to exercise particular care. Alcohol and eating a full meal should be avoided before swimming. If buoyancy aids are provided for an activity they must be worn at all times. You should bear in mind that the sea is unpredictable. Lifeguards are unlikely to be present and there may not be a flag system to indicate whether or not it is safe to go in the water. In addition, beach activities may not be supervised or accompanied and so you should take care to satisfy yourself as to the safety of the beach and/or the sea at the time of your excursion. Please exercise caution when entering the sea as the seabed and aquatic environment is capable of springing surprises and we have not inspected the beach or seabed for its safety. Children must be supervised by you at all times near water. All activities on the beach, water and in the sea are undertaken at your own risk. You’ll need to take swimwear, a towel, sunscreen and flat shoes that can be worn in the water.

    LIABILITY
    Cunard will arrange for the excursions to be performed by the relevant excursion provider. Cunard does not provide or supply the excursion services. Cunard will exercise reasonable care and skill in the selection of the excursion provider, but will not in any circumstances have a greater liability than the excursion supplier and Cunard shall not be responsible for the negligent acts/omissions of the excursion supplier. Please note that in relation to all excursions Cunard is not responsible or liable for any loss, damage, or injury sustained by you unless such loss, damage or injury arises out of a breach of legal duty of Cunard.

    TRAVEL INSURANCE
    Before booking any activity excursions it is essential that you ensure your travel insurance extends to cover the specified activity. It is your responsibility to obtain adequate insurance.

    This excursion will operate by bus and on foot. Orient Bay Beach is located on the east side of the Atlantic Ocean. Due to this the prevailing wind can affect the sea conditions. Passengers must exercise caution when entering the water and monitor conditions. There are no lifeguards on duty. Passengers are reminded to wear swimwear, take a towel, US dollars or Euros and sunscreen. Sections of the beach are ‘clothing optional’ and some nudity may be observed. Beach umbrellas are not included but are available for hire. There are independent suppliers on the beach that may offer watersports, these are provided by parties unconnected to Cunard.

    Tour code

    SXM_040

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    3 hours

Our Ships

Queen Elizabeth

Queen Elizabeth

Christened by her namesake, Her Majesty The Queen in October 2010, Queen Elizabeth is the newest Cunard ship and the third to bear the name. Modern and spacious, she has everything you’d wish for on board.

Queen Mary 2

Queen Mary 2

The newly Remastered Queen Mary 2 is the epitome of a luxury liner. The flagship of the Cunard fleet offers the last word in travel luxury – from the largest ballroom at sea to the sumptuous Commodore Club.

Queen Victoria

Queen Victoria

Queen Victoria is exactly what a Cunard ship should be. She’s sleek and contemporary, with a traditional red and black exterior. Inside is all about warmth and luxury, privacy and comfort.