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Per Person $94 USD
Children (Ages 1-10) $83 USD
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Spend a fabulous half-day on St. Maarten--sailing, partying, and playing in the sand and sea--aboard a 38-foot catamaran! This popular tour fills quickly - don't wait to book!

The friendly, experienced crew of this nicely appointed 38' catamaran will entertain you with stories about the island, Caribbean music, and dancing!

As you sail from the Great Bay of Philipsburg along the palm-lined seashore framed by emerald hills, you'll see some of St. Maarten's famous sights--Fort Amsterdam, Little Bay, Cay Bay, and Pelican Key.

Your snorkel might be one of four top snorkeling locations and is determined by sea and weather conditions. You might stop at Shipwreck Bay to observe the many types of undersea life which have taken up residence in the shipwreck, Mullet Bay Beach, or the Lagoon, all of which are brimming with marine life. You'll have approximately 45 minutes to discover the brilliant colors of this underwater world and its inhabitants--starfish, octopus, angelfish, barracuda, sea urchins, stingray, snapper, squid, and ballyhoo!

There will be a beach stop with an opportunity for more snorkeling, or if you wish, grab a noodle and a beverage and play in the crystal-clear water or just stay on the boat, take in the scenery and relax. If you wish, you can remain at the beach for a while longer to enjoy the tropical breezes and soft sand. Two beach chairs and an umbrella are available for rent for $10, payable at the beach. You will then be responsible for returning to the ship on your own.

Your captain will be sure to take you near Princess Juliana Airport to watch the low-flying planes come in for a landing, a popular "must-do" activity on the island.

On the return sail, bask in the sun, the beauty of the ocean and the island with Caribbean music and dancing for a perfect ending to your happy day in this little paradise!

  • This tour includes:
  • Round trip transportation from the cruise ship pier
  • Sailing tour aboard a 38-ft catamaran
  • Friendly captain and crew
  • Time for snorkeling, swimming, sunbathing
  • Snorkel gear: mask, snorkel and fins
  • Water, juice, soft drinks and snacks during the entire tour
  • Open bar with rum punch and beer, sandwiches and chips after snorkeling

Days of Operation

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Departures (local time)

  • 8:30 AM (3.5 hrs) Check in at 8:15 am. Tour departs 15 minutes later.
  • 12:30 PM (3.5 hrs) Check in at 12:15 pm. Tour departs 15 minutes later.

Transfer / Meeting Instructions

See Special Instructions Specific pick up or taxi instructions will appear on your voucher after you purchase your trip.

Special Instructions

•The meeting location for this tour is a 10-minute walk from the cruise ship pier.
• Hotel guests will need to take a taxi to the meeting location. Specific instructions will appear on your voucher.
• Wear a swimsuit, reef-safe sunblock, a hat, sunglasses and bring a towel.
• Don't forget to bring a waterproof camera!
• We provide full snorkel gear, but if you're an avid snorkeler and prefer to bring your own, you may do so.


• All guests must remove their shoes on the boat.
• This tour requires a minimum of 6 guests to operate.
• This tour can accommodate a maximum of 24 guests.
• Adults must accompany children while swimming and snorkeling.
• Guests must be able to pull themselves from the water using the ship's ladder, have basic swimming skills, and feel comfortable in the water.
• Guests must be of reasonable health, must not rely on oxygen tanks or have any major breathing issues, and must be cleared of major medical issues by a medical doctor prior to the tour date.
• This tour cannot accommodate those with limited mobility.
• There are restrooms and a freshwater shower available on board the boat.
• Snorkel sights will be chosen by the captain based on weather and visibility conditions. The presence of marine life cannot be guaranteed.
• Guests who wish to stay longer at the beach and return to the cruise ship on their own have the option of walking back to the pier, taking a water taxi ($7 per person) or taking a taxi (approximately $15 per person). SHORETRIPS IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR GUESTS WHO RETURN TO THE SHIP ON THEIR OWN.