Philipsburg, St Maarten Cruises

Philipsburg harbour in St Maarten
Philipsburg harbour in St Maarten
Bridge across the river in St Maarten

Philipsburg is the capital of the Dutch half of St. Maarten, a Caribbean island amicably shared between Holland and France for centuries. The town is known as a shopper’s paradise, while its charming sandy beach, studded with colourful clapboard restaurants and outdoor cafés, is accessible via water taxi.

Front Street, Philipsburg’s long main street, is festooned with shops, but the alleys and courtyards down to Back Street are also worth exploring.[ReadMoreMob] There are some stylish restaurants, but the Lo-Lo huts, which sell grilled chicken, fish and cakes from home-made barbecues, are great for a cheap snack of authentic Caribbean food.

This tiny island was divided between the Dutch and French in the 1600s, as a bastion against the Spanish. This melting pot of rich cultures and old-world charm was supposedly divided up by someone from each country walking round the coastline in opposite directions until they met up again.

Two historic forts reflect the island’s colonial past: Fort Amsterdam, built in 1631 and soon after captured by the Spanish, offers fine views over Philipsburg from the original walls, and Fort Willem, built by the British during the Napoleonic War.

 

Cruises to Philipsburg

Voyage to the Islands of the Caribbean

Voyage to the Islands of the Caribbean

Departs: Southampton • Tue 24 Nov 2020
16 nights • Braemar • M2031

  • Join Braemar for a well-earned escape to the idyllic islands of the Caribbean and swap the winter weather and pre-Christmas stress at home for sun, sea, sand and indulgent relaxation.
  • Experience a restful Transatlantic crossing, whetting your appetite in the verdant Azores en route, before your Caribbean island-hopping adventure takes in six simply unforgettable destinations.
  • Visit stunning St Maarten; Antigua, famed for its 365 beautiful beaches; St Kitts, for one of the world’s great railway journeys; St Lucia, home to the soaring Twin Pitons; Grenada; and beautiful Barbados.

From £1,649pp

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Caribbean Christmas & New Year

Caribbean Christmas & New Year

Departs: Santo Domingo • Wed 23 Dec 2020
15 nights • Braemar • M2033

  • A cruise during the festive period is always a magical experience, and this exhilarating Caribbean adventure – packed with sun, sights, authentic experiences and unforgettable celebrations – is no exception.
  • You’ll enjoy a magical Christmas Day on board, combining traditional food, fun and festivity with time to relax in the sunshine on deck; and celebrate the arrival of 2021 in style with St Maarten’s New Year’s fireworks.
  • Highlights of your island-hopping adventure include chances to gain insights into cocoa farming and school life in Grenada and St Lucia respectively; ride St Kitts’ famous Scenic Railway; discover Antigua’s legendary beaches; and much more.

From £3,107pp

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Islands of the Caribbean with Colombia

Islands of the Caribbean with Colombia

Departs: Santo Domingo • Thu 21 Jan 2021
14 nights • Braemar • M2102

  • With no fewer than nine beautiful islands on the itinerary, plus a sailing past mountainous Montserrat at sunset, this quintessential Caribbean escape is full to the brim with highlights.
  • Uncover the authentic essence of Grenada and St Lucia, with chances to gain insights into cocoa farming and school life; and sample Barbados’ laidback vibes and ‘proper’ Caribbean rum in Bridgetown.
  • Elsewhere, you can take a ride of St Kitt’s famous Scenic Railway; discover Antigua’s legendary beaches; and explore UNESCO-listed Willemstad. Meanwhile, Cartagena de Indias brings Hispanic heritage and flair to your adventure.

From £2,449pp

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Islands of the Caribbean with Colombia

Islands of the Caribbean with Colombia

Departs: Santo Domingo • Thu 18 Feb 2021
14 nights • Braemar • M2104

  • With no fewer than nine beautiful islands on the itinerary, plus a sailing past mountainous Montserrat at sunset, this quintessential Caribbean escape is full to the brim with highlights.
  • Uncover the authentic essence of Grenada and St Lucia, with chances to gain insights into cocoa farming and school life; and sample Barbados’ laidback vibes and ‘proper’ Caribbean rum in Bridgetown.
  • Elsewhere, you can take a ride of St Kitts’ famous Scenic Railway; discover Antigua’s legendary beaches; and explore UNESCO-listed Willemstad. Meanwhile, Cartagena de Indias brings Hispanic heritage and flair to your adventure.

From £2,449pp

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Caribbean Return

Caribbean Return

Departs: Bridgetown • Thu 04 Mar 2021
16 nights • Braemar • M2105

  • Immerse yourself in the spellbinding beauty and absorbing cultures of the Caribbean to the full, as you visit four wonderfully diverse West Indian destinations on this unforgettable island-hopping adventure.
  • After joining Braemar in Barbados, you can see the soaring Twin Pitons or help students at a local school in St Lucia; then take the chance to ride one of the world’s greatest scenic railways in St Kitts
  • Then there’s visits to Antigua and St Maarten, where simply glorious beaches and fascinating historic sites await. That’s all before heading for home across the Atlantic, stopping at the Azores and La Coruña en route.

From £1,699pp

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Journey to the Islands of the Caribbean

Journey to the Islands of the Caribbean

Departs: Southampton • Tue 07 Dec 2021
16 nights • Braemar • M2130

  • Escape for some well-earned rest, relaxation and soothing sunshine in the Caribbean as the British winter takes hold and the busy Christmas period fast approaches.
  • Leaving the UK’s gloomy shores behind, you’ll experience the magic of an Atlantic Ocean crossing en route to the Caribbean, visiting picturesque Lisbon and gorgeous Madeira en route.
  • Your immersive Caribbean exploration takes in stunning St Maarten; St Kitts, for a chance to ride the island’s scenic railway; beautiful Basse-Terre; and vibrant Barbados.

From £1,699pp

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Caribbean Islands and Festive Celebrations

Caribbean Islands and Festive Celebrations

Departs: Southampton • Tue 07 Dec 2021
30 nights • Braemar • M213031

  • Escape the gloomy British winter, as well as the stress of the busy festive period, and cruise across the Atlantic to the Caribbean for a simply unforgettable holiday.
  • Spend almost three weeks hopping between islands such as St Kitts, Barbados, Antigua and St Lucia for spectacular scenery, beaches and an authentic taste of the Caribbean.
  • Enjoy a Christmas Day of fun, food and festivity on board Braemar, and welcome 2022 in style, watching St Maarten’s New Year’s Eve fireworks.

From £3,849pp

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Festive Island-Hopping in the Caribbean

Festive Island-Hopping in the Caribbean

Departs: Bridgetown • Thu 23 Dec 2021
14 nights • Braemar • M2131

  • On an incredible Caribbean exploration, experience a magical festive season that includes Christmas at sea, spectacular New Year’s celebrations and paradise island discovery.
  • Uncover the delights of beautiful Bonaire and Curacao; indulge in the sunshine and beaches of Antigua; and ride St Kitts’s scenic railway, all before seeing in 2022 in St Maarten.
  • Begin the new year in style, discovering the volcanic wonders and quintessential gems of St Vincent, St Lucia – home of the soaring Twin Pitons – and exotic Dominica.

From £3,099pp

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Voyage from the Caribbean to the Med

Voyage from the Caribbean to the Med

Departs: Bridgetown • Thu 17 Mar 2022
15 nights • Braemar • M2206

  • Indulge in a taste of Caribbean paradise, with opportunities to seek-out natural wonders, explore spellbinding landscapes and relax on glorious beaches.
  • Feel St Vincent’s black sands between your toes; discover the thick rainforest and volcanic peaks in Guadeloupe; and spend a full day enjoy St Maarten’s soothing sunshine.
  • After a visit to St Kitts, for a chance to ride the island’s famous scenic railway, there’s also a magical cruise across the Atlantic, stopping in the Azores and Gibraltar along the way.

From £1,899pp

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Discovering the Caribbean & the Adriatic

Discovering the Caribbean & the Adriatic

Departs: Bridgetown • Thu 17 Mar 2022
27 nights • Braemar • M220607

  • A unique cruise adventure featuring a rare combination of Caribbean and Adriatic sights and highlights, with a magical transatlantic crossing included for good measure.
  • Seek out a slice of Caribbean paradise; feel St Vincent’s black sands between your toes, discover Guadeloupe’s volcanic scenery, ride the famous St Kitts railway and much more.
  • In the Adriatic, cruise the fjord-like Bay of Kotor; immerse yourself in ancient history in Kotor, Dubrovnik and Split; and visit Venice, for iconic landmarks, canals and gondolas

From £3,299pp

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Transatlantic with Adriatic, Greek Islands & Corinth Canal

Transatlantic with Adriatic, Greek Islands & Corinth Canal

Departs: Bridgetown • Thu 17 Mar 2022
37 nights • Braemar • M220608

  • This cruise makes for a unique holiday, offering chances to explore the Adriatic, Caribbean and Greek islands – and experience magical scenic cruising – on one itinerary.
  • Taste Caribbean paradise at islands such as St Vincent and St Kitts; sail the Atlantic and fjord-like Bay of Kotor; and visit UNESCO-listed Dubrovnik and Split.
  • In Greece, you’ll navigate the Corinth Canal; and get to immerse yourself in the rich history and culture of Rhodes, Crete, Kefallonia and the ancient city of Athens too.

From £5,049pp

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Transatlantic with Adriatic, Greek Islands & Corinth Canal

Transatlantic with Adriatic, Greek Islands & Corinth Canal

Departs: Bridgetown • Thu 17 Mar 2022
59 nights • Braemar • M220610

  • Discover the sights and highlights of the Caribbean, Adriatic and Greek Islands, join a spectacular Spanish celebration, and experience unforgettable scenic cruising on one incredible itinerary.
  • Taste Caribbean paradise at islands such as St Vincent and St Kitts; sail the Atlantic and fjord-like Bay of Kotor; and visit UNESCO-listed Dubrovnik and Split.
  • In Greece, cruise the remarkable Corinth Canal and uncover iconic ancient sites; then in Spain, visit Seville in time to catch the final day of Feria de Abril.

From £7,899pp

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Transatlantic with Adriatic, Greek Islands & Corinth Canal

Transatlantic with Adriatic, Greek Islands & Corinth Canal

Departs: Bridgetown • Thu 17 Mar 2022
47 nights • Braemar • M220609

  • This cruise makes for a unique holiday, offering chances to explore the Adriatic, Caribbean and Greek islands – and experience magical scenic cruising – on one itinerary.
  • Taste Caribbean paradise at islands such as St Vincent and St Kitts; sail the Atlantic and fjord-like Bay of Kotor; and visit UNESCO-listed Dubrovnik and Split.
  • In Greece, cruise between the pinching cliff faces of the Corinth Canal; and uncover ancient treasures in Crete, Kefallonia, Olympia and the legendary city of Athens too.

From £6,649pp

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