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3 hours ago, navybankerteacher said:

We spend two weeks on St. Maarten every January.  On most days more than 10,000 cruise passengers come in - and there are a few with 20,000+.  We make it a point to know the heavy days so we just shelter in place: the roads are clogged, many of the beaches are crowded, and towns like Philipsburg and Marigot are swarming.

 

The “average cruiser” who wants to research ports before booking will see that crowding as a significant topic in deciding on itinerary.

 

Well then maybe I learned something here. St Maarten looks pretty busy in January. I went May of last year, and we were the only ship there. May seems to be less congested.

 

Date Port Load  Ships in port
01-Jan-19  3959 MSC Preziosa
02-Jan-19  6088 Royal Princess, Allure Of The Seas
03-Jan-19  10819 Jewel Of The Seas, Oasis Of The Seas, Celebrity Edge
04-Jan-19     
05-Jan-19  6580 Carnival Fascination, Wind Surf, Freedom Of The Seas
06-Jan-19  7531 Jewel Of The Seas, Costa Pacifica, Riviera
07-Jan-19  2162 Celebrity Summit, Star Pride
08-Jan-19  2650 Koningsdam
09-Jan-19  13493 Adventure Of The Seas, Harmony of the Seas, MSC Seaside
10-Jan-19  7780 Regal Princess, Anthem of the Seas
11-Jan-19     
12-Jan-19  6580 Carnival Fascination, Wind Surf, Freedom Of The Seas
13-Jan-19  3780 Costa Pacifica
14-Jan-19  4000 Costa Magica, Seven Seas Voyager
15-Jan-19  14442 Norwegian Dawn, Carnival Pride, Disney Wonder, Ventura, MSC Preziosa
16-Jan-19  6088 Royal Princess, Allure Of The Seas
17-Jan-19  18562 Jewel Of The Seas, Veendam, MSC Magnifica, Oasis Of The Seas, MSC Divina, Celebrity Edge
18-Jan-19  2501 Serenade Of The Seas
19-Jan-19  2946 Carnival Fascination, Wind Surf
20-Jan-19  9232 Grandeur Of The Seas, Costa Pacifica, Carnival Sunshine
21-Jan-19  212 Star Pride
22-Jan-19  4950 Carnival Conquest, Riviera
23-Jan-19  15887 Norwegian Pearl, Adventure Of The Seas, Harmony of the Seas, MSC Seaside
24-Jan-19  13187 Jewel Of The Seas, Celebrity Silhouette, Regal Princess, Norwegian Escape
25-Jan-19  3030 Celebrity Reflection
26-Jan-19  9230 Carnival Fascination, Wind Surf, Freedom Of The Seas, Koningsdam
27-Jan-19  3780 Costa Pacifica
28-Jan-19  3300 Costa Magica
29-Jan-19  3959 MSC Preziosa
30-Jan-19  7222 Oriana, Allure Of The Seas
31-Jan-19  16703 Jewel Of The Seas, Celebrity Summit, Oasis Of The Seas, Carnival Horizon, Celebrity Edge
   

 

Date Port Load  Ships in port
01-May-19  13493 Adventure Of The Seas, Harmony of the Seas, MSC Seaside
02-May-19  3006 Carnival Sunshine
03-May-19     
04-May-19  2634 Carnival Fascination
05-May-19     
06-May-19     
07-May-19  8169 Carnival Fascination, Symphony of the Seas
08-May-19  5400 Allure Of The Seas
09-May-19  4375 Independence of the Seas
10-May-19     
11-May-19  3634 Freedom Of The Seas
12-May-19     
13-May-19  7814 Freedom Of The Seas, Anthem of the Seas
14-May-19  6286 Carnival Fascination, Carnival Magic
15-May-19  5179 MSC Seaside
16-May-19  5200 Harmony of the Seas
17-May-19     
18-May-19     
19-May-19     
20-May-19     
21-May-19  2634 Carnival Fascination
22-May-19  3120 Caribbean Princess
23-May-19  5200 Harmony of the Seas
24-May-19     
25-May-19  3634 Freedom Of The Seas
26-May-19     
27-May-19  4180 Anthem of the Seas
28-May-19  2634 Carnival Fascination
29-May-19  10579 Allure Of The Seas, MSC Seaside
30-May-19     
31-May-19   

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Helpful post - the schedule for January 17 showed six ships - carrying a possible 19,725 passengers -(one of our “shelter in place days”) - a big difference from the one-ship days in May.   Yes, everybody “fits” on the island- same as all the ships “fit” at the piers, but the traffic and crowding takes a lot away from the point of being there.

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For St Thomas, it's more a function of "too many".  Megan's Bay receives the brunt of beach going cruisers due to it's beauty, ease of access and excellent amenities. With more than two ships in port, it quickly gets crushed with people. Even with two, it can quickly become overcrowded. 

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