There was a jubilant atmosphere on Monday and Tuesday (Dec 4th and 5th) when the first cruise ships paid a visit to our island. Philipsburg burst to life with most of the retailers opening and offering unheard of specials to attract first business after three months of rebuilding and waiting.

first cruise ship st maarten collage

Many passengers opted for an island tour. They commented on the fact that the devastation of the recent hurricane can still be perceived, but they also pointed out how friendly the local populations is, especially after enduring extreme hardship during the past months. The visitors were impressed with the island's amazing beaches and natural beauty and most realized that St. Maarten/St. Martin is already worth to visit for a longer vacation.