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St Maarten named best cruise port #196407
05/31/2019 11:43 AM
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Central Florida!
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Re: St Maarten named best cruise port [Re: Carol_Hill] #196419
05/31/2019 03:40 PM
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Absolutely concur on this. Been to just about all of them in the Caribbean and SXM is a standout. The availability of taxis and other types of transportation has always been outstanding here, and shopping is just a short walk into downtown Philipsburg. And, Great Bay Beach is just across from the port. Wish that some cruise lines would add additional ports-of-call in SXM, and even bring back the overnight stop that Celebrity cruise lines featured in the past. It allowed two full days on St. Maarten and served as a nice means for those afraid to fly to experience SXM.

Re: St Maarten named best cruise port [Re: Carol_Hill] #196469
06/01/2019 01:07 PM
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We have to agree, it is our favorite too. Great to see The Herald giving SXM some props. Might generate enough interest for others who have never visited to give it a try.

Re: St Maarten named best cruise port [Re: o2bnsxm] #196611
06/03/2019 07:14 PM
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They don't know what they are missing!!!!!!

Re: St Maarten named best cruise port [Re: Carol_Hill] #196635
06/04/2019 06:58 AM
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Good news economically for the island. I'm not sure if it isn't detrimental to the culture and social well being of the island.


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Re: St Maarten named best cruise port [Re: dolfer] #196638
06/04/2019 07:49 AM
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...since a good part of social well being includes being able to feed your family, I disagree with your point.


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Re: St Maarten named best cruise port [Re: dolfer] #196643
06/04/2019 08:06 AM
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Originally Posted by dolfer
I'm not sure if it isn't detrimental to the culture and social well being of the island.


I’m lost for an understanding of your statement. The island and its residents have an economy that is majorly based upon tourism. Won’t the additional revenue that is created by increased tourist traffic benefit the residents of the island?


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Re: St Maarten named best cruise port [Re: dolfer] #196644
06/04/2019 08:08 AM
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Originally Posted by dolfer
Good news economically for the island. I'm not sure if it isn't detrimental to the culture and social well being of the island.

Please explain.

Re: St Maarten named best cruise port [Re: dolfer] #196647
06/04/2019 08:44 AM
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I see the residents eager to sell their wear/services on days that the ships are in. It helps to put food on the table. Almost 30 years ago I discovered the island via a cruise and go on to make countless land trips. All of this help to pour money into the economy. So, I fail to understand your statement. Please explain.

Re: St Maarten named best cruise port [Re: Carol_Hill] #196653
06/04/2019 09:19 AM
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Ok I'll try to explain. Carol of course is right. Jobs are VERY important. I live in a northern Michigan resort community that depends in very large part on the influx of money from outside the community in order to thrive. But that comes at a cost. In our community the cost is VERY high real estate prices and as a result there is very little low income housing and that also leads to higher priced consumer goods. It's not always the same in every tourist community but there is always some cost associated with depending on tourism as a primary source of income. Look at Venice, more locals are leaving every year, or Hawaii were locals in Maui have to have multiple jobs to pay for their 'slice of heaven'.


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Re: St Maarten named best cruise port [Re: dolfer] #196656
06/04/2019 09:25 AM
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With st Maarten that is not true. They would be worse off without tourism dollars. Look what happened after Irma.

Re: St Maarten named best cruise port [Re: SXMScubaman] #196663
06/04/2019 10:00 AM
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"It is good to do nothing all day, and then to rest" wink
Re: St Maarten named best cruise port [Re: BeachKitten] #196694
06/04/2019 12:28 PM
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Wow - GDP not expected to return to pre-Irma level until 2025?!


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Re: St Maarten named best cruise port [Re: Carol_Hill] #196850
06/05/2019 09:27 PM
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Aside from SXM being named best cruise port, Carnival and her sister ships, Princess Cruises have just been fined to pay $ 2 million for dumping garbage into the oceans. With all the problems with pollution in the world, this is unacceptable. They are continuously dumping and being fined and nothing is being done about it, And we are worried about straws? Big business, big money.

Re: St Maarten named best cruise port [Re: LBI2SXM] #196854
06/05/2019 09:42 PM
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The fine was 20 million dollars ($20,000,000.00)


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Re: St Maarten named best cruise port [Re: bdeeley] #196858
06/05/2019 10:03 PM
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WOW! That's a very hefty fine!


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Re: St Maarten named best cruise port [Re: Carol_Hill] #196863
06/05/2019 10:21 PM
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I could believe Carnival doing something like that, but the Love Boat? That's too bad and totally unacceptable. Been to SXM on the Regal Princess in the past and it always was the highlight of the cruise.


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