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I am wondering if anyone has been on a cruise in January where the ship has stopped in St Marteen. I am wondering how the island is after the hurricanes hit.

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We are on the Regal now - will be in St Martin tomorrow. Were told we will be the first ship there this year.

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Can you post tomorrow how it is. I was on the Regal mid December but we went to Antigua instead. Thanks and have a great day. It's cold and snowy here in Canada.

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We are on the Regal now - will be in St Martin tomorrow. Were told we will be the first ship there this year.

 

Perhaps the first Princess ship, but far from the first ship. B-I-L was there just last week. Not much back to normal. Basically, people were going to the beach in front of downtown. Some downtown open. Go back a couple of blocks and you see behind the curtain. I need to get more details, but we are not planning on going past downtown area this trip.

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I am wondering if anyone has been on a cruise in January where the ship has stopped in St Marteen. I am wondering how the island is after the hurricanes hit.

 

I know we aren't supposed to go overboard on spelling, but place names ought to be correct IMO. You mean St Maarten I presume.

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We'll be having a port stop in St. Maarten next week.

Just planning to take the Water Taxi to town rather than doing anything major.

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St. Maarten, St. Martin are both correct. Dutch side and French side are different spellings.

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St. Maarten, St. Martin are both correct. Dutch side and French side are different spellings.

 

Yes, and even the "Saints" are spelled differently. "Sint" for Dutch and "Saint" for French.

But there is no St Marteen.

 

When speaking of cruises, they all, or 99%, call at Philipsburg on Dutch side, so it is St Maarten as the cruise stop.

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We were there on Dec. 14 th and while there was a lot of visible damage we went to Sapphire beach and downtown and it was fine.

 

 

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I have several family members on the Regal this trip. I would be interested in knowing how St. Martin is Doing. I have spent time on the Island mostly at Orient Beach. I heard it was hit pretty hard.

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We were there on Dec. 14 th and while there was a lot of visible damage we went to Sapphire beach and downtown and it was fine.

 

 

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I believe Sapphire Beach is on St. Thomas.

 

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I believe Sapphire Beach is on St. Thomas.

 

Debr

 

Yes, but also a Sapphire resort and beach on STM and the poster was likely referring to it by the resort. It wouldn't surprise me if there are many "Sapphire" beaches around the world.

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Yes, but also a Sapphire resort and beach on STM and the poster was likely referring to it by the resort. It wouldn't surprise me if there are many "Sapphire" beaches around the world.

 

Thanks for the clarification.

 

Debr

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Hi, was at St Martin, Philipsburg on Xmas day on an Independence OT Seas cruise. We walked from the dock to the Great Bay beach - the one right at Philipsburg - and on the way noticed some shipping containers by the side ripped open. At Phillipsburg itself the front row facing the beach looked mostly fine but step back into the town and you noticed some badly damaged buildings. However if you didn't know a major hurricane had recently hit you might just put it down as something else and possibly not be too aware of it - maybe that some demolition and rebuilding was taking place here and there. Palm trees were still standing with leaves attached but some looked a bit dishrevelled. All the beach front bars seemed to be fully open and we got a great deal of 5 loungers, 2 umbrellas and a bucket of 5 drinks/beers for $40 plus $5 tip. Locals all were engaging and we had a great Xmas day on the beach. One other small ship (TUI/Thomson Celebration) was also in that day, despite a reduced excursion list (Orient beach was not available) the beach was busy but far from crowded so other more adventurous folks must have either found other areas to explore (I know the area around Maho is up and running) or stayed onboard. All in all absolutely nothing to put anyone off going to the island and putting much needed revenue into the local economy, unless you were looking forward to getting your kit off at Orient beach! I did hear the French side of the island is recovering much slower and damage is more apparent compared to the Dutch side.

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I believe Sapphire Beach is on St. Thomas.

 

Debr

 

I think that they got mixed up to.

 

No one calls the beach at the Sapphire resort (when there is a beach there), Sapphire Beach. It's the beach at the Sapphire Resort or one of the beaches of Cupecoy. Cupecoy is the area where the Sapphire Resort is in St. Maarten and there are several small beaches of Cupecoy with several of them actually private unless you are reaching them from a condo unit or resort. All beaches are public but reaching them can be difficult and that is what happens in the Cupecoy area. This is the area past Maho, then past Mullet for those interested.

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We were there on Dec 25 on the Indy as well, and I agree with adam7392. There are a lot of signs of hurricane damage outside the main areas in Philipsburg, but nothing to cause you to change your plans. In fact, in might enhance them to see what Mother Nature is capable of - especially in the bay by the airport.

 

Nothing wrong with hangin' out downtown, but nothing wrong with getting out of town either. The roads were good, transportation was super easy, and everyone was tickled pink to see cruise ship passengers back in St Maarten.

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We were there on Dec. 14 th and while there was a lot of visible damage we went to Sapphire beach and downtown and it was fine.

 

 

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Do you remember what the taxi fare to Sapphire was? Both ways?

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Do you remember what the taxi fare to Sapphire was? Both ways?

 

 

 

Previous comment was right, confused St Thomas with St Marteen, our cruise got changed so ma y times lost track of where we were. We took the ship excursion so can’t tell you the cab fair, but a lot of people were using them.

 

 

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Previous comment was right, confused St Thomas with St Marteen, our cruise got changed so ma y times lost track of where we were. We took the ship excursion so can’t tell you the cab fair, but a lot of people were using them.

 

 

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Thanks, I knew you meant St Thomas :)

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Please get off the ship and spend some money!! The stores are dying for business from the cruise lines. Front street is fine and most stores are open as was the boardwalk. I do know some people on my ship took a tour to the French side and said it was destroyed, much worse than the Dutch side.

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Please get off the ship and spend some money!! The stores are dying for business from the cruise lines. Front street is fine and most stores are open as was the boardwalk. I do know some people on my ship took a tour to the French side and said it was destroyed, much worse than the Dutch side.

 

There are some very large buildings like hotels, resorts and condominiums and casinos as well on the Dutch side that were pretty much destroyed by Irma. These buildings held hundreds (thousands in some cases) of people each. Some are not opening until December 31, 2019 which is 2020 really. The PJ airport is using tents and hangers and not the modern airport building due to the damage there. Lot's of clean up has been done on the Dutch side but make no mistake, Irma didn't target the French side, the Dutch side was hit terribly hard as well.

 

It's great that the cruise ships are coming back but they need the timeshare goers, condo owners and land vacationers to return. They are the folks that go grocery shopping, dine at night, donate to the casinos, rent cars etc.

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Celebrity is returning in February, for the shorex beach day they switched Orient Beach for Simpson Bay

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Celebrity is returning in February, for the shorex beach day they switched Orient Beach for Simpson Bay

 

Kim Sha beach is the beach now being used by the cruise lines. It is in the Simpson Bay Area but it's not Simpson Bay beach. Confusing I know.:)

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I found some great information on the St. Maarten Nature Foundation site about their ongoing clean-up efforts in water and land areas:

 

http://www.naturefoundationsxm.org/news/

 

 

Kudos to the nature foundation. They do some very good work on the island. If not for them there were be a dolphin prison as well.

 

Thanks for sharing this.

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Kim Sha beach is the beach now being used by the cruise lines. It is in the Simpson Bay Area but it's not Simpson Bay beach. Confusing I know.:)

 

Yes they are going to Kim Sha Beach, as I mention this is located on Simpson Bay,.

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Yes they are going to Kim Sha Beach, as I mention this is located on Simpson Bay,.

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This is a good reference. Kim Sha beach is just beside the Royal Palm Resort. I have always been told that Simpson Bay starts AT the Royal Palm resort and goes to the airport. (Airport is not on this map as it's at the far end of Simpson Bay beach which starts after the bridge)

 

The long beautiful Simpson Bay beach is not on this map as it starts on the other side of the Simpson Bay bridge.

 

You can not walk from Kim Sha beach to Simpson Bay beach along the beach. It takes about 20 minutes to walk via the St to go from Kim Sha to the beginning of the over mile long Simpson Bay beach which starts on the other side of the Simpson Bay bridge. ( the bridge that connects the sea to the Simpson Bay lagoon)

 

The whole area is called Simpson Bay which really adds to the confusion. It would take 4-5 minutes to drive the main Rd through the area called Simpson Bay. It's a very large and busy area of the island with many resorts, timeshares, homes, businesses and stores, beaches ect

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This is a good reference. Kim Sha beach is just beside the Royal Palm Resort. I have always been told that Simpson Bay starts AT the Royal Palm resort and goes to the airport. (Airport is not on this map as it's at the far end of Simpson Bay beach which starts after the bridge)

 

The long beautiful Simpson Bay beach is not on this map as it starts on the other side of the Simpson Bay bridge.

 

You can not walk from Kim Sha beach to Simpson Bay beach along the beach. It takes about 20 minutes to walk via the St to go from Kim Sha to the beginning of the over mile long Simpson Bay beach which starts on the other side of the Simpson Bay bridge. ( the bridge that connects the sea to the Simpson Bay lagoon)

 

The whole area is called Simpson Bay which really adds to the confusion. It would take 4-5 minutes to drive the main Rd through the area called Simpson Bay. It's a very large and busy area of the island with many resorts, timeshares, homes, businesses and stores, beaches ect

 

I guess the proper way to describe the Simpson Bay bridge would be to say that the bridge is in the middle with the sea on one side and the Simpson Bay Lagoon on the other side. Boats use that channel to go between the sea and the Lagoon and it's a short cut for them to but that's more info than needed here. 😊

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I know we aren't supposed to go overboard on spelling, but place names ought to be correct IMO. You mean St Maarten I presume.

 

:rolleyes: I usually don't say much, but really???? I doubt anyone misunderstood what they meant.

And please , do us all a favor and never read one of my reviews;p

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Is the green house bar open on phillipsburg??

 

Green House Bar and Restaurant at Bobby's Marina? Yes, it is open. We were there a few days ago and had a delicious lunch.

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Green House Bar and Restaurant at Bobby's Marina? Yes, it is open. We were there a few days ago and had a delicious lunch.

Yes thank you. We will be there in April and love stopping by there.

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Is Kimsha on the Dutch side of St Marteen? How long will it take by taxi?

Thanks

 

Yes, Kim Sha Beach is at Simpson Bay on the Dutch side of the island - just before you get to the Simpson Bay Bridge. It is about a 20 minute taxi ride from Philipsburg to get there.

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We had a stop at St Maarten last week. We took a cab over to Mullet Bay. This was on the Dutch side, which was supposed to have less damage than the French side. There was a LOT of damage. Missing roofs, crumpled water storage (a new one was in place), boats sitting on sides of roads. The taxi organizer told us there were restrooms and a restaurant. The restroom was a heavily used porta- potty. Photos are of the “restaurant.” The beach and water were enjoyable, though. There was chair and umbrella service.

 

 

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Don’t stay on the ship! Get off and find a way to bless a local. After paying our taxi driver, my husband gave her $20 for herself, and another $20 to give to someone who needed it more than she did. She told us 80% of the people are unemployed. It should be pretty easy to find someone to help!

 

 

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Please do not stay on the ship. I was there on December 17, 2017. We hired a local guide and went to Pinel Island for the morning. The afternoon, we spent in downtown Phillipsburg. Beaches are still there, and everyday more and more businesses are open. Yes, it will be better once the "land" tourists are there, but cruise passengers need to be onshore until then.

 

Regards,

Mike

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