Do you have a suggestion for us? We are leaving on our 7-nt cruise 3/16, visiting St Maarten that Wednesday and getting MARRIED the following day on St John.
I am looking to have a fun stressfree day on St Maarten - but also be able to let my group of 19 know some suggestions as well. This is their first cruise (for our families) AND first port of call - and none travel often or this far from home. I just don't want to be stressed out, especially the day before my wedding!! My fiance and I have never been to St Maarten either, so this is new for us as well (only our third cruise).
Port times are scheduled 9:00-6:00, but we are on the Norway which uses tenders (we're in suites, so I know we get priority tenders). Regardless, I know time is shaved off those publicized hours due to tenders. I do not know what time the last return tender is to the Norway, but I am guessing 5:00ish.
On St Maarten, we would like to:
- shop (need to take advantage of liquor prices - Splash on Front Street(?), the women in the group will do probably do shopping for jewelry/crystal/etc)
- Sunset Beach Bar (approx 2:00-3:00 mandatory!)
- possibly snorkel (some are asking to do this since we do not have time at St John due to wedding stuff - is there a snorkel area close by?)
- make it back to the ship on time or early!
Orient Beach is not mandatory - none would be interested in the nude side plus we are going to be on Trunk Bay the next day.
We have not rented a car. I'm not sure how many in my group of 19 are going to stick with us, but I'm sure some will.
Several in our group are airplane buffs, including the bride/groom and a few others. We have already researched various inbound flight schedules. If we did nothing else, Maho Bay area is a MUST from 2:00-3:00.
Knowing all of this info, what would your suggestion be? And in what order? I know on other islands we have used open air taxis which carried several people, but was not aware if St Maarten had those or not.
Thank you SO MUCH in advance,
Mandy in Dallas