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More cruise ships calling on SXM #261011
07/21/2021 10:21 AM
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Daily Herald story

And, another ship will be home porting in SXM..


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Re: More cruise ships calling on SXM [Re: Carol_Hill] #261012
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Good. The people from the terminal, boardwalk and front street are hurting big time.

Re: More cruise ships calling on SXM [Re: Carol_Hill] #261013
07/21/2021 10:47 AM
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With continuation of Home Porting it's going to continue to make PJIA difficult on weekends for timeshare or people trading into timeshare travelers as most are Sat to Sat or Sun to Sun.

Re: More cruise ships calling on SXM [Re: Carol_Hill] #261017
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UGH. I cannot even imagine what the airport is going to be like.

Re: More cruise ships calling on SXM [Re: Carol_Hill] #261019
07/21/2021 11:45 AM
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Curious - If passengers are at sea for several days before arriving in SXM, how do they meet the time limits for testing negative to gain admission?

Re: More cruise ships calling on SXM [Re: timnboston] #261020
07/21/2021 11:59 AM
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Tim--they are re-tested before they leave the ship.


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Re: More cruise ships calling on SXM [Re: SXMScubaman] #261021
07/21/2021 12:03 PM
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Seabourn is only doing one way trips, it appears, so at most the ship is there every other week, and it's not a big ship. And, again, you are assuming that people don't spend any extra time on island, which if I were doing one of those cruises, I certainly would, at the least, get there a day early.


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Re: More cruise ships calling on SXM [Re: SXMScubaman] #261025
07/21/2021 12:28 PM
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The airport wasn’t fun on Saturday, but it also wasn’t that terrible. About an hour from touchdown to taxi. If I didn’t have two little kids in tow it would have been unremarkable. We landed at 1:30 with a bunch of other flights.

Re: More cruise ships calling on SXM [Re: eightzerobits] #261027
07/21/2021 12:48 PM
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That is the thing that I really don't understand--WHY do all these flights have to land at almost the exact same time, regardless of where they come from? Air France is what, an 8 hour flight? So, why does it arrive at virtually the same time as all the flights from the US, which are only about a 3-4 hour flight? It's almost like they try to land at the same time..


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Re: More cruise ships calling on SXM [Re: Carol_Hill] #261037
07/21/2021 02:38 PM
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Could have something to do with the turnaround time for other connecting flights. With KLM and Air France there is also the time zones to deal with. Just a thought.

Re: More cruise ships calling on SXM [Re: SXMScubaman] #261040
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I suspect that Scuba is right - a quick turn-around means the Airlines can get their crews back to their home bases and not have to pay for overnight accommodations on the island. I can remember when the American crews would regularly stay at the Sonesta in Maho

Re: More cruise ships calling on SXM [Re: Carol_Hill] #261044
07/21/2021 03:52 PM
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I still believe that a cruise shop STOPPING in SXM for the day does more for the economy that a cruise ship homeporting in SXM.....I would think most/all passengers on a day stop will get off and spend cash while maybe SOME of the homeport passengers will do a stay over,

Re: More cruise ships calling on SXM [Re: boucharda] #261045
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We have had this discussion before and totally disagree. Passenger spending actually is a small part of the total income that country St Maarten gets from having a ship there, including provisioning, taxes on airline tickets, taxis, busses, crew spending, PLUS the passengers who do spend overnights, with hotels, meals, etc..


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Re: More cruise ships calling on SXM [Re: Carol_Hill] #261048
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...and my opinion differs from that...I just think passengers getting off the ship and spending cash, going on Island tours, buying food and drinks at places like Philpsburg, SSBB. Kimsha, Orient etc, etc overwhelms the "maybe we'll stay a night before or after the cruise" group

There wouldn't be a Saturday airport crunch if most arrived early to stay on Island for a day or two

It's just an opinion that obviously differs from yours but it is my thoughts

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Re: More cruise ships calling on SXM [Re: Carol_Hill] #261049
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For all those jewelry stores to stay in business a lot of cruise ship people must be buying jewelry.

Re: More cruise ships calling on SXM [Re: SandS] #261050
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Well there are quite a few visitors that are not associated with a cruise

Re: More cruise ships calling on SXM [Re: SandS] #261055
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On the cruises we were on before we started extended stays when we got to St Maarten each time we spent money at the Jewelry stores.

Re: More cruise ships calling on SXM [Re: boucharda] #261063
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Originally Posted by boucharda
I still believe that a cruise shop STOPPING in SXM for the day does more for the economy that a cruise ship homeporting in SXM.....I would think most/all passengers on a day stop will get off and spend cash while maybe SOME of the homeport passengers will do a stay over,


One of the Front Street vendors posted a picture on Facebook on a day when a cruise ship was in port. He had NO customers that day, and Front Street was empty.


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Re: More cruise ships calling on SXM [Re: eightzerobits] #261067
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possibly the fact that the airlines want to get the travelers there in time to enjoy some of the day

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bizztottom--I have NEVER known an airline to be concerned about the travelers enjoying the day.

Re: More cruise ships calling on SXM [Re: lcote] #261262
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well, than what is your opinion????

Re: More cruise ships calling on SXM [Re: Carol_Hill] #261313
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We print out there schedule for the time we're at Beachside villa's! It's amazing to watch them sail into port and back out! Also to, we know when to venture out because of the traffic by SSBB and Driftwood can be a nightmare!!

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Re: More cruise ships calling on SXM [Re: Colour1] #261319
07/25/2021 09:10 AM
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David--agreed, the FOOT traffic by Sunset can be a real bear when there are several ships in.


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Re: More cruise ships calling on SXM [Re: Carol_Hill] #261329
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Yep! Not to mention the taxi drivers who just park on the road waiting to fill their vans, and not caring in the least how many vehicles they have blocked in, or for how long. Makes me want to buy a tow truck. The cops should do something about this, but I've never seen that happen.


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