Port St. Maarten #1 Best Cruise Port for 2018 according to Cruiseline.com

Port St. Maarten in the background as cruise passengers disembark the water taxi's at the Walter Plantz Square dock and head into Philipsburg.


PORT ST. MAARTEN – Port St. Maarten was chosen by a community of seasoned cruisers’ in the 2018 Cruiseline.com Member’s Choice Best Destinations as the #1 Best Caribbean Port 2018.

Other destinations in the run-up were Curacao #2, Mexico #3, St. Thomas #4 and Aruba #5.

Cruiseline.com helps travelers find the right cruise line, destination or ship, and provides unbiased opinions from fellow cruisers choose the perfect cruise.  The site also provides a social platform for cruisers to ask questions and get to know each other before upcoming cruises.

Cruiseline.com is a community of one plus million members; has over 8.1 million unique visitors; over 760,000 email subscribers; receives over 147,000 cruise reviews; and has over half a million traveler photos.

Port St. Maarten back in July also received an accolade as one of the top ports of call in Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice 2018 top-five rated Eastern Caribbean, Bahamas & Bermuda Destinations awards despite the September 2017 storms.

The Cruise Critic Annual Cruisers’ Choice Destination Awards, names 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 700 cruise ships, including ocean, river, luxury and expedition vessels, 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.

“St. Maarten is a resilient destination with a resilient people leading it throughout all facets and sectors of our community.  Due to the hard work, diligence and determination towards our visitors, the destination once again reaps the fruits of its hard work.  Congratulations to the people of St. Maarten as this accolade is a result of your contributions to making our visitors have memorable experiences while on a cruise to the destination,” Minister of Tourism & Economic Affairs Stuart Johnson said on Thursday.

Port St. Maarten Management said on Thursday: “Once again, destination St. Maarten has been identified and favored by cruise travelers as destination of choice.  We are creating and contributing to memorable experiences for cruise passengers as they rediscover our destination.

“Destination St. Maarten continues to make a strong recovery which was once again signified by hitting the one millionth cruise passenger visitor last week.  The 2018/2019 cruise season is just weeks away.

“Our tourism partners and stakeholders have all worked diligently post Irma/Maria to bring back our island #SXM Strong. We can all be proud of what we have all accomplished together at this stage, one year after the 2017 hurricanes.

“With what we have learnt, best practices, welcoming smiles, and offering the best service we can, let us collectively continue to grow in the weeks and months ahead. Congratulations St. Maarten/St. Martin.”