Port St. Maarten #2 Cruiser’s Choice in Cruise Critic 2017 Top-Rated Eastern Caribbean, Bahamas & Bermuda Destinations

The four Celebrity cruise ships (left) docked at Port St. Maarten with the stage on the right where the Demi Lovato concert took place


PORT ST. MAARTEN – Port St. Maarten was chosen by cruisers as the number two port of call in Cruise Critic Cruiser’s Choice 2017 in the top-five rated Eastern Caribbean, Bahamas & Bermuda Destinations despite cruise industry challenges and market fluctuations.

One cruiser comment selected and profiled on the online website of Cruise Critic said: “My favorite island – excellent shopping, multitude of things to do on the island, lots of beaches, restaurants, shops, etc.  Very friendly locals,” by kbielecki70.

Rankings are based on member review ratings for cruises taken in the last year.  Awards are based on port reviews from July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017.

On Wednesday, Cruise Critic announced the winners of its second annual Cruisers’ Choice Destination Awards, naming the world’s top cruise destinations, based entirely on consumer ratings submitted with reviews on CruiseCritic.com. The awards name the top cruise destinations across 15 regions worldwide.

Cruise Critic is the leading cruise reviews and information site which hosts the largest online cruise community in the world. The site receives more than 350,000 cruise reviews, covering approximately 500 cruise ships and over 300 worldwide ports, from first-time cruisers to avid cruise fans, who visit Cruise Critic to research and plan their cruises, connect with other cruisers and share their passion for cruising.

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“Itineraries are incredibly important to today’s cruisers who are more focused than ever on where they’re going and what they can do while they’re there,” explains Colleen McDaniel, Senior Executive Editor of Cruise Critic.

“Cruise lines have focused on expanding their offerings to quench that thirst for exploration – and this year’s list of winning destinations shows the wide array of adventures cruising offers,” McDaniel added.

Port St. Maarten will continue with its strategic approach with the implementation of its strategic business plan 2019 and investment plan 2021 in order to maintain growth and continue to expand and maintain the cruise port’s position in a global competitive environment, Port St. Maarten Management said on Monday.

Port St. Maarten Management added: “The port’s strategic approach also takes into consideration capacity versus quality and the emphasis is on improving shore excursions and experience rating numbers which every stakeholder within the cruise and tourism sectors have a role to play to maintain the country’s preferred top tier destination ranking.”

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