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Harbour View

Pointe Blanche, St. Maarten


On 18 December 2013, the Port of St Maarten received in just one day a total of eight cruise ships with over 30,000 passengers and crew.

The ships were: ‘Carnival Dream’ with 3,652 passengers; ‘Celebrity Reflection’ (3,030 passengers); ‘Crystal Serenity’ (1,096); ‘Norwegian Gem’ (2,466); ‘Norwegian Sun’ (2,250); ‘Oasis of the Seas’ (5,400); ‘Ventura’ (3,100); and ‘Westerdam’ (1,848).

The last time the Port of St Maarten welcomed such an impressive number of cruise passengers was way back in 2005 when some nine ships were in port.

The key difference with 2005, though, is that the nine ships only had 18,000 passengers and crew on board – or an average of 2,000 per vessel and compared to 3,750 in December.

If ever there was an example of the increase in cruise ship capacities, then this is it.

It will be interesting to compare a similar occurence in St Maarten in another eight years or so.