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St. Maarten - St. Martin

Shore Excursions

Brief description and prices of St. Maarten/St. Martin shore excursions offered aboard Carnival Cruise Lines Fun Ships calling at St. Maarten. Information is deemed accurate but not guaranteed and is current as of October 1997.
St. Maarten Island Tour
Duration: 2 hours and 15 mins.
Price: $20.00

Departing from the pier in downtown Phillipsburg, capital of Dutch St. Maarten, you will drive along perimeter road, viewing many important homes and businesses. Continuing past the Great Salt Pond, you will arrive at Look-Out Point for a magnificent view of the western side of the island. Then it's on to the Dutch/french border. Crossing the border without any Customs or Immigration, you will arrive at Marigot, capital of French St. Martin. Here you will have the chance for some brief shopping or strolling through the quaint streets. Then you will proceed past the resort areas, seeing several luxury hotels on the way. After a stop for refreshments at Simpson Bay Lagoon, you will return to Phillipsburg, where the tour ends. You may then do some additional shopping or return to the ship.

The "Explorer" Cruise French Side
Duration: 3-1/2 hours to 4 hours
Price: $34.00

After boarding the buses in Phillipsburg, the capital of Dutch St. Maarten with its quaint "ginger bread" houses, guests are taken on a narrated drive along Salt Pond Road, then up over the mountain road on the south coast of the island to meet the party boat "Explorer" waiting in the lagoon. Always calm, the lagoon stretches across the whole of the island to join the Dutch and French sides. The "Explorer", specially built in Florida for the islands, has vast sun decks and shady areas, two bars complete with barrels of free rum punch, four changing rooms, toilets, and a well stocked boutique and cafe. The "Explorer" cruises through the lagoon, with her captain pointing out the highlights as she sails over to the beautiful riviera style port royal in Marigot on the French side. Here, you will stop for an hour to browse through the shops, sit at pavement cafes or photograph the picturesque capital of French St. Martin. Back aboard the "Explorer", she cruises gently across the water to stop at her own island beach for a swim and everyone to relax in the sun with a rum punch or soft drink, all free help yourselves from the barrels. Meeting the coaches once again, they take you on the return journey, but this time you will stop at lookout point on Cole Bay Hill for picture- taking of the whole panorama of the lagoon and southwest of the island.

Certified Scuba Adventure
Duration: 3-1/2 hours
Price: $57.00

Here is a great chance to explore coral reefs in the warm waters of the Caribbean. The tour is just a short transfer from the pier to your dive boat and a five minute boat ride to a variety of sites chosen daily for best conditions. Single tank boat dives are 45' to 70' and are inhabited by a variety of local marine life. All equipment is provided, but please feel free to use your own. MUST BE CERTIFIED AND FULFIL THE MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS ON THE MEDICAL FORM. MINIMUM AGE 12 YEARS.


The Butterfly Farm and Marigot
Duration: 3-1/2 hours
Price: $38.00

Guests are welcomed by the Butterfly Farm staff on the dock at Phillpsburg and assisted aboard air conditioned buses which will take you on a narrated tour to both the French and Dutch sides including stops along the way for picture-taking. Once at the farm, guests will be welcomed by a team that will offer you complimentary fruit punch or rum punch and water. The farm is a large enclosed specially created exhibition area of beautiful landscaped tropical gardens, pools, waterfalls and hundreds of the world's most rare and exotic butterflies flying freely. A knowledgeable and amusing guide will lead groups of guests along the walkways through the gardens to identify butterfly species, point out the spectacular courtship and mating displays, tell amazing butterfly facts and stories and answer questions. Guests will also be shown the various stages of the butterflies' life cycle, from butterflies laying their eggs to caterpillars hatching, growing and forming their chrysalis. The guides will also offer advice on butterfly gardening and photo tips. There will be plenty of time for guests to wander on their own to take photos and videos or rest in the shaded seating areas and take in the tranquil atmosphere, dreamy music and marvel at the beauty of the butterflies. There is a cool and shady cafe outside with a gift shop and restroom facilities. This tour will also take you for a short stop at Marigot where you will experience a delightful blend of Creole charm and French atmosphere. From there you will board your bus which will return you to the dock.

Golden Eagle Catamaran
Duration: 4 to 5 hours
Price: $50.00

This is a half day tour to Tintamar, St. Maarten, a real desert island. Sail to the island aboard the "Golden Eagle", a 76 foot, brand new, state of the art, wing mast catamaran. This is the biggest, the fastest, the best looking sailing catamaran in the whole Caribbean. Red carpet and bow ties. Go first class, enjoy a very open bar and light snacks while enjoying the thrill of sailing at up to 30 knots in the sparkling waters offshore. Count the Flying fish or watch the dolphins while you lay in the nets of laze in the shade of our 80 foot tall sail, embossed with a gigantic golden eagle. Stop for a swim in a quiet cove, snorkel in the crystal clear waters or bob around on a beach float. Explore caverns or dive through coral formations teeming with fish. The Golden Eagle will nuzzle her bow into a fabulous pink sandy beach without a doubt one of the finest you will see in the Caribbean. The friendly crew will provide you with free snorkeling equipment, free beach floats and if required will coach you with your snorkeling. Homeward bound, the gigantic yellow spinnaker is set up and you cruise/surf downwind listening to great music while enjoying cocktails and snack from a very open bar. **Snorkel Equipment is provided on the tour.

St. Maarten "America's Cup" Regatta
Duration: 3 hours
Price: $71.00

Experience the most exciting water sport event in the Caribbean. Thrill to the exhilaration of "America's Cup" yacht racing aboard the famous 12 meter race boats "Stars & Stripes", "Canada 2" and "True North". The St. Maarten's America's Cup Regatta offers the only opportunity in the world to race these exotic multimillion dollar America contenders. You will compete in an actual race around in an "America Cup" course (shortened), and will be invited to participate in working the boat. Grind a winch...trim a sail...punch a stop-watch...take the helm and drive your America's Cup race boat to victory, or just sit back! The most exclusive sporting event in the world. And...previous sailing experience is unnecessary. Just bring some soft soled shoes - and the urge to have fun!! The St. Maarten "America's Cup" regatta takes about three hours, leaving plenty of time for shopping or going to the beach.

Pinel Island Snorkeling Tour
Duration: 3 hours
Price: $30.00

The tour departs from the pier in Dutch St. Maarten for a scenic bus trip to the northeast French coast. There you will embark a water taxi for a short transfer to beautiful Pinel Island. Wade in off the beach with a professional instructor to guide you through a world of coral reefs inhabited by tropical fish. Shallow water or deep, there is plenty to see for everyone. Snorkel instruction is provided, along with mask, snorkel, fins and floatation vest. You may also explore this tiny uninhabited island, swim or sunbathe, visit the local boutiques or purchase cool drinks from local vendors. Restrooms and safe storage are provided. Medical restrictions apply. Towels available from your steward. **Snorkel Equipment is provided on the tour.

Shipwreck Cove Snorkel Tour
Duration: 3 hours
Price: $39.00

NOT RECOMMENDED FOR NON-SWIMMERS!! Experience a snorkel adventure of a lifetime to Shipwreck Cove where you can hand feed the wide array of fish that inhabit sunken ships. Professionally guided, full instruction, and all necessary equipment provided. Calypso music and bar and boutique are provided on board, as well as ample sun decks and shade. Enjoy one complimentary rum punch or fruit punch after snorkeling. Restrooms and fresh water showers are also provided. Snorkeling equipment is available for small children as well. Medical restrictions apply. Towels available from your steward. **Snorkel Equipment is provided on the tour.

Discover Scuba Tour
Duration: 3 hours
Price: $50.00

If you always wanted to try scuba diving but just couldn't find the time, then the time for you is right now. Join the discover scuba tour and experience the undersea world of tropical marine life, coral reefs, and sunken wrecks in just a few short hours - no experience necessary. This introduction to scuba is designed for the non-diver and is easy, safe and fun. Your instructor will also be happy to take your picture as you hand feed the fish. A custom designed motorized boat will put into shipwreck cove where you will be given a short instruction period on board before entering the water with one of the professional instructors. As this program only takes one hour, you will also have time to snorkel, and there is a snorkeling program available for your companion if they do not wish to scuba. There is also plenty of lounging space in both sun and shade. All instructions, equipment and restrooms provided. Celebrate afterwards with free unlimited rum punch or fruit punch or your choice at the on board cash bar. Please bring a towel. Medical restrictions apply. Minimum age 12 years.

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