Few pics from our recent St. Maarten visit

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#21
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Originally posted by harryfat1
That's because they're ranked among the top 3 tours on the island per Trip advisor:

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attracti...t_Maarten.html

Not much walking at all since they basically take you to various spots and you can walk around as far as you want within the allotted period. Think the farthest we walk away from the bus was at the beach stop as we wanted to be more mid beach and that was maybe few hundred feet. If you can walk from one end of the ship to other end, then this should be fine.

But go to their web site and email him your situation to see if he can accommodate you.

Here is the picture where the bus was parked away from the beach



You are given some free time to walk around Marigot but if you don't want to walk far, you can stay nearby the bus





At Maho beach, the bus is parked inside the gates here and if you want to walk to the beach area, you will need to navigate a narrow walk way or walk on the path of on coming traffic as the rocks might be hard for you

Thanks for the info 👍

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Thanks to those that have commented on the pictures and the info. Appreciate the kind words. Glad the info is helpful.

Our sailing on the Indy was the second Royal ship to visit St. Maarten after the hurricane so there wasn't much info when I was researching on what to do when we arrive. I emailed Bernard and he himself wasn't really sure how much the tour would alter going forward post hurricane.

So I figure I just drop in and provide some quick info for people that might be going there soon to have some basic idea on what the island looks like now. I am only up to day 2 on my trip report over at the Royal board so it'll take me another couple weeks before I get to day 5 (Christmas day) when we were in St. Maarten. But I looked through some of the trip pictures to share:









This was taken from the back of the tour bus of a fairly large boat being pushed all the way inland by the hurricane to be next to the freeway



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Thank you for the pictures by OP and harry.
We will be at St. Maarten on March 28 from 7:30 am to 2 pm on the Viking Sea. Will be doing the ship's included shore excursion which will go to Marigot during the tour.
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Originally posted by cjmx
Sorry, I’m a little confused. Did you go to friars bay or maho beach. ?


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We went to both beaches as part of the island tour package. Actually, if you count Orient bay, we stopped at 3 beaches.

Friars beach is the actual longer 1.5 hour stop. The Maho beach stop was only 30 minutes, which was too bad as we were getting back to the bus, a larger Delta plane flew in. Would have been cool to have taken a picture of that instead of the smaller planes we saw during our 30 minute stop.
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Originally posted by harryfat1
Here are few more pictures of the beach that Mailman took us to on Christmas day. No crowd from cruise ship.








What beach is this? Friars?
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Originally posted by NWHairGal
What beach is this? Friars?
Yes, Friars.
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Originally posted by Kingofcool1947
Are you going to the very popular nudist beach? On the French side?
Enjoy your cruise.

We will be back there again in May, love that place, should be even more improvement by then.
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#29
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Originally posted by harryfat1
Yes, Friars.
Thank you for the very helpful photos! Looking forward to our visit, happy to help pump some money back into the local economy no matter what condition the island is in. Wishing the best for this and all islands hit by this devastation.
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Wonderful informative photos. Thanks for posting. Headed
there early summer and wondering which excursions to book with RCC or to do them locally.
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Hi I was looking at booking with Bernard tours, can you confirm which tour includes the beach near the airport. there are two available on the website but neither mention MOYO beach or have I got it wrong.

Thanks
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Any information anyone can share, we want to take a taxi over to Orient Bay for the morning. Can we rent umbrellas? Is there anywhere to get a drink and some lunch? Are the roads in good enough shape to catch a cab? Safe? This is what we usually like to do. The pictures are great, feel bad for the island folks. We leave on Feb. 11 heading that way. Thank you, Pat
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Again, if anyone knows for sure if Sharkey's was rebuilt ? A great little "watering hole" bar with ice cold Amstel Bright beer to stop off on the way back to the ship from the beach located on the right side just before you get to walk on the pier along with a few other small places that sell everything. If anyone can snap some pictures of that particular area and post them, please do.
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Originally posted by Polperro
Hi I was looking at booking with Bernard tours, can you confirm which tour includes the beach near the airport. there are two available on the website but neither mention MOYO beach or have I got it wrong.

Thanks
It's Maho Beach that is near the airport.
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Originally posted by NWHairGal
Thank you for the very helpful photos! Looking forward to our visit, happy to help pump some money back into the local economy no matter what condition the island is in. Wishing the best for this and all islands hit by this devastation.
Originally posted by Mermaiddiver
Wonderful informative photos. Thanks for posting. Headed
there early summer and wondering which excursions to book with RCC or to do them locally.
Thanks for the compliment on the photos.

I have started a trip report on this cruise on the Royal boards. I am done with day 3 and as this was day 5 on our cruise so I should get to it by this weekend or early next week. I will post a link to when it started as I am too lazy to re-post it here.
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Originally posted by Polperro
Hi I was looking at booking with Bernard tours, can you confirm which tour includes the beach near the airport. there are two available on the website but neither mention MOYO beach or have I got it wrong.

Thanks
When we booked our tour for December, they still had the old tour info. I noticed that they have since revised things. Tours now start at 9:30 instead of 9.

Both tours takes you to Maho beach to watch the planes. We only got 30 minutes there. I wished we could have taken 15 minutes less at Marigot and divert it to Maho instead. Marigot was really dead during our visit but I don't know because it was Christmas Day or post hurricane damage.
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Originally posted by PG13
Any information anyone can share, we want to take a taxi over to Orient Bay for the morning. Can we rent umbrellas? Is there anywhere to get a drink and some lunch? Are the roads in good enough shape to catch a cab? Safe? This is what we usually like to do. The pictures are great, feel bad for the island folks. We leave on Feb. 11 heading that way. Thank you, Pat
On Christmas Day, at the section of Orient Bay the tour took us to, this was the only place we saw that sells drinks. Not to say you couldn't find some elsewhere. As you can see, pretty bare. No place to sit by the bar.

However, I am sure things can change daily and more places will be up later on so my info could be already outdated.

Roads were fine. Tour took us around the entire island. No issues with roads. You might want to arrange for round trip transportation with a pre scheduled pick up time as when we were there, we didn't see too many people/taxi at Orient Bay but then again, we were only the second major ship to visit in December so maybe the infrastructure wasn't ready yet but things could be different by next month.





Only place with umbrellas are on the other side of the rocks

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how far away is Bernard from the ship? for a person with issues walking long distances, do you recommend it? The last time i used him, he told us to meet him in a parking lot outside of the cruise terminal area.
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Wow. Will be there in May. Sure hope things are better.
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