Cruises to Philipsburg

One of the highpoints of traveling with MSC Cruises aboard our luxury ships to a Caribbean vacation destination is having the time to take in pretty destinations such as Philipsburg. Find the perfect Caribbean Cruise to Philipsburg with MSC Cruises.

Philipsburg: White sandy beaches and vibrant boardwalk cafes

Both the French and the Dutch claim the island of St. Maarten as, in 1648; the authorities signed a treaty that divided the island between them.

One of the highpoints of travelling with MSC Cruises aboard our beautiful ships in the Caribbean is having the time to take in pretty destinations such as Philipsburg. On an MSC Cruises excursion to this capital city, everyone, from sun-worshippers to those looking to bag a bargain, will find something to suit.

As the ship docks, you’ll see that between Great Bay and the Great Salt Pond, the Dutch capital Philipsburg fills a small stretch of land, and two main roads Front Street and Back Street cut across the city.

Front Street is the main thoroughfare featuring traditional West Indian architecture and duty-free shopping of imported goods and native crafts: it is also home to the Guavaberry Emporium where they sell the local tipple, Guavaberry Rum.

Beaches are clean, white and sandy and you can refresh yourself at one of the vibrant boardwalk cafes! For the more active, choose from water sports such as windsurfing, kayaking, and jet-skiing, snorkeling or diving, or the ultimate sense of freedom, a horseback beach ride.

Browse the superb array of activities laid on for this destination and you’ll see why we are known for offering some of the best deals on cruise vacation packages!

So go on – will you try the America’s Cup or embark on a thrilling Harley Davidson adventure?

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 SMT04 - Panoramic Tour of St. Maarten and Shopping  (2.5 hrs) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Wheelchair and disabled friendly tour - Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.  Best seller  The smallest island shared by two nations has some of the best vistas in all the Caribbean. Set out and discover how the French and Dutch have blended together their distinct characters in this complete orientation tour. From your bus, witness the tremendous amount of development which has made the 37-square-mile island so popular and busy. First head through the Dutch side and capital of Philipsburg, founded in 1763 by John Philips, a Scottish captain in the Dutch Navy. Then it’s the hilly drive to the other side of the island to experience the capital of French St. Martin. Originally a fishing village on a swamp for which it was named; Marigot is filled with gingerbread houses and sidewalk bistros. You’ll have time on your own to explore the many boutiques lining picturesque narrow streets. Next the tour travels past Grand Case, a seaside town known as “gourmet capital” of the Caribbean, due to the abundance of restaurants. On return to Philipsburg the bus will drop you downtown and you will be given a water taxi bracelet to return to the pier at your leisure. Note: The shops in Marigot are closed on public holidays. The order of the tour may be reversed/changed depending upon tour time and traffic conditions. In case of holidays, delay, changes in the water taxi schedule after the shopping the return to the ship will be by bus.

Price per person $49.00 Adults $44.00 Children

   


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 SMT05 - Harley In Paradise (3 hrs) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Limited seat  You will be in “Hog Heaven” for this ride through both the Dutch and French sides of St Maarten. After a short bus ride through the capital of Philipsburg arrive to the staging area where you’ll pick up your Harley Davidson motorcycle and complete the necessary paperwork. Once briefed and issued a helmet your guide escorts you for a bike ride through the island. The convoy arrives in French capital Marigot, home to Fort Louis, built in 1767 to protect the town from the English. The ride continues through the island and the local countryside. Eventually, arriving back to the staging area, transfer to the bus which will take you back to the ship. A unique way to see this fascinating island, shared by two countries. Note: There will be a guide in front. Make sure to bring your credit card and valid current motorcycle license to complete the rental contract. Driver must be 25 years and no person under 18 can participate. The tour price includes CDW insurance with a $2500.00 deductible. The deductible is fully or partially charged to the driver’s credit card in the event the motorcycle is returned damaged. Participants should wear long pants and closed shoes for their protection. Tour price is based on a per vehicle rate ( vehicle can accommodate up to 2 persons including driver, you can go as a single or take a companion along for free). The tour should only be reserved by one person per vehicle and the rate will be charged to that person’s credit card. The tour payment cannot be divided amongst multiple participants , it can only be charged to one account. If you are taking a companion it is only necessary that you register their name with the ship’s shore excursion office upon embarkation.

Price per person $239.00 Adults  Not AvailableChildren

   


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 SMT09 - Golden Eagle Catamaran (4 hrs) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Snack included  Drink included  Go First Class, enjoy great snacks and an open bar while sailing in the sparkling waters. Sail aboard the Golden Eagle! An unforgettable experience while our crew pampers you, as you laze in the shade of Golden Eagle’s hand painted sails, lie in the nets or sit back in the captains’ cockpit watching action as we troll for kingfish. Maybe spot a dolphin, flying fish or the enormous whales in season. Golden Eagle will anchor off the fabulous golden sand beach, explore the island, look for shells or snorkel in the crystal clear waters. Our friendly crew will provide you with free flotation and snorkel equipment, together with any help you may need. Enjoy fresh sandwiches and champagne, with onboard music, sailing back in the azure waters of St. Maarten. Notes: An alternate venue may be visited depending on sea conditions at the time.

Price per person $85.00 Adults $77.00 Children

   


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 SMT10 - Explorer Cruise & Grand Island tour (4 hrs) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Drink included  This is the only tour offering a great party cruise on the lagoon with open bar, Calypso entertainer as well as shopping time in Marigot. The tour leaves from the cruise ship pier past the Great Salt Pond on a narrated tour with the guide pointing out places of historic interest explaining some of the colourful history of the island. Join the Explorer double decked party boat which waits while you spend time browsing in Marigot, or just relax sipping an ice cold drink enjoying the views of Marina Royale. From the Marina, you cruise the Simpson Bay Lagoon passing the luxury villa’s and mega yachts which visit the many marina’s situated in the calm waters of the lagoon. With music and great drinks we cruise past Port de Plaissance to Simpson Bay Marina docking at the Explorer private dock where the coaches wait for the short return drive with views of the cruise ships and Philipsburg.

Price per person $61.00 Adults $55.00 Children

   


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 SMT11 - “America's Cup” 12 MT Yacht (3 hrs) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Limited seat  Sign up this week to experience the thrill of racing multi-million dollar “America’s Cup” race boats in the warm blue waters and brisk trade winds of St. Maarten. Dennis Conner’s America’s Cup winning Stars & Stripes, Canada II and True North are yours for this once in a lifetime adventure. Our expert crew will show you exactly what to do in your “crew members” position. Then it’s off to the racecourse…grind a winch…trim a sail…punch a stopwatch, or just sit back, relax, and enjoy the complimentary refreshments. For this unique adventure…this highlight of your holiday, previous sailing experience…is NOT necessary! After the race enjoy the complimentary victory rum punch party, while you browse through our museum souvenir boutique. Notes: The minimum age to participate is twelve years old. A waiver is required for participation. As these boats are pure race boats, they have no toilet facilities aboard. All guests should be asked to wear soft-soled running shoes. T-shirts and shorts over a swimsuit are ideal. There is ample storage space below for beach bags, etc, and a small plastic bag to prevent a camera being splashed is a good idea. A waiver is required for participation.

Price per person $94.00 Adults $85.00 Children

   


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 SMT12 - Panoramic Tour of St. Maarten and Beach Tour  (2.5  hrs) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Possibility of swimming  Best seller  During this tour, you’ll drive from today’s modern Dutch capital of Philipsburg past the Great Salt Pond, which served to make the island “worth its salt” attracting the French. On the way to the French side, you’ll pass the Border Monument. Between 1948 and 1816, this border changed 16 times. The tour continues through the island, passing through Marigot, bustling small capital of French St. Martin. Then the true meaning of the term “Best Of” comes through with approximately one and half hours at one of the island’s best beaches. Your troubles will blow away like ashes in the breeze. All too soon its time for the drive back to be dropped off at the pier. Note: Bring a towel, sunscreen and sun glasses. The order of the tour may be reversed depending upon local conditions. Traffic can be heavy at times. All beaches are public so please do not leave your personal belongings unattended. There are no lifeguards, so swim at your own risk. Chairs, umbrellas etc are not included but may be available for rent from local vendors. The beaches have bars, restaurants, local vendors and activities and things to do. These all have a charge Remember where the bus drops you off as this is where you will pick up the return. Check your watches as the buses will only wait a few minutes if you are late . Otherwise the return will be at your expenses.

Price per person $45.00 Adults $41.00 Children

   


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 SMT13 - Sea World Explorer (2.5 hrs) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Limited seat  View the stunning sea life and tropical fish of St. Martin’s marine world, in the cool comfort of our cruising, underwater observatory. Departing Philipsburg, your over-land transfer takes you through the mountainous “Middle Region”. A vista of the pristine Caribbean Sea, dotted with islands, presents itself, for your panoramic pleasure, preceding your arrival into French Grand Case. Once on board the Seaworld Explorer, the semi-submarine – where the vessel doesn’t submerge – you do! Your guide will entertain you en route to “Rocher de Creole”. Here, a daring diver surrounds himself with clouds of brilliant-colored fish, leading them alongside the viewing chamber, to share the spectacle with you. Sea turtles, eels, barracudas, and stingrays are just some of the reef residents that you’ll spot if they’re feeling bold and you’re lucky! Have your camera ready for some unique vacation photos! A cruise back to shore completes the “sea” portion of your excursion – relax on the upper deck while enjoying the scenery across the channel to Anguilla. On your return to Philipsburg, you’ll view the French islands of Pinel, Tintamarre and St. Barths before you re-cross the invisible border into Dutch St Maarten.

Price per person $49.00 Adults $44.00 Children

   


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 SMT14 - Power Rafting Adventure, Snorkel, Shop & Beach  (4hrs) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Possibility of swimming  Limited seat  Drink included  This great combo tour offers a snorkel experience at a calm south coast location, followed by one hour of shopping and finished off with time at a great beach!!! The comfortable high speed vessel gives you the best snorkel of the day. No traffic, just cool breezes as you whisk across Simpson Bay Lagoon with great photo opportunities, and exploring/shopping time at Marina Royale in Marigot. Then, it is time to cool off, find a calm beach with crystal clear waters and crisp white sand for an hour of sunbathing and relaxing before returning to the ships pier. Do all, in this 4 hour combo tour. Notes: All snorkel gear included – mask, snorkel, buoyancy vest and fins.

Price per person $79.00 Adults $71.00 Children

   


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 SMT26 - Sea & See (3.5 hrs) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Limited seat  This tour combines the best St. Martin has to offer on land and beneath the ocean's surface. You leave Philipsburg, on the Dutch side of the island, and drive up the eastern side to the second largest town in St. Martin, Grand Case, a quaint, unspoiled fishing village surrounded by an idyllic bay. Here at Grand Case Pier, you board the Seaworld Explorer, a semi-submarine, which takes you on a 45 minute narrated tour of the coral reefs surrounding Creole Rock. Seaworld Explorer is a state-of-the-art semi-submarine developed in Australia for use on the Great Barrier Reef. The vessel does not submerge; you descend into the hull of the boat and sit in air-conditioned comfort five feet below the surface of the water, exploring sea life in this cruising underwater observatory through large clear glass windows. Acknowledgeable marine experts will provide you with information on the amazing underwater world, and will be happy to answer questions. On the return trip to shore you can relax and enjoy the magnificent view of Grand Case Bay and Creole Rock. Your tour continues to the French capital of Marigot, where you will have time to explore this attractive port city with its sidewalk cafes, open-air market and duty free shops.

Price per person $55.00 Adults $50.00 Children

   


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 SMT27 - Rhino Rider (3 hrs) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Possibility of swimming  Limited seat  Drink included  Experience on-the-water excitement, with these two-man RHINO RIDERS – zippy little 10’ inflatable motorboats, which are yours to command for a couple of hours of fun in the sun…! At the RHINO RIDER base in the calm waters of Simpson Bay Lagoon, you’ll be welcomed by the enthusiastic staff, who will offer basic instruction, and then the opportunity to acquaint yourself with the boats, prior to starting off your adventure. Following a guide, you’ll manoeuvre safely through anchorages for hundreds of boats, and alongside mega-yacht marinas, before exiting the lagoon into Marigot – the French capital. View historic Fort Louis, which overlooks the bay, before continuing along the picturesque coastline, and relaxing at Happy Bay – your final destination…It’s your choice, whether you hike the trail, snorkel the reef (gear is provided!) or build sandcastles on the secluded beach – this time is yours to enjoy the beautiful surroundings…

Price per person $94.00 Adults $85.00 Children

   


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 SMT32 - Historical Philipsburg by Bicycle (3 hrs) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Limited seat  Your guide will meet you at the entrance to the cruise ship terminal and give you a short lesson on the operation of your Trek bicycle. You will start riding along the Point Blanche road to the start of the Boardwalk in the capital, Philipsburg. Your first historical stop will be at the Passangrahan Hotel, St. Maarten’s oldest inn, which was originally the Governor’s House and then the Royal Residence when St. Maarten’s Queen Beatrix would visit. Continue along the Boardwalk for your next stop at the Captain Hodge’s Wharf which is the center of this bustling & colorful town and was the original fishing and shipping venue in the early 1900’s. Walk over to the Philipsburg Courthouse which was built in 1793 and see the lawyers and judges congregating every Wednesday for cases as they have been doing for hundreds of years. Get back onto your bicycle and continue pedaling along the Boardwalk until you come to the end of the beach and cross over to Back Street, one of the three one-way streets which make up the routes through Philipsburg. Pass the oldest traditional West Indian (Gingerbread) cottages, and start your first climb up the Little Bay Hill where you can stop and rest at the Look Out Point which offers an incredible view of the town. Enter the beautifully located Divi Little Bay Resort and begin your second short incline to the historical Fort Amsterdam. Built in 1631, this strategic point was the place of many battles between the Spanish and Dutch fleets in the 17th century. The remaining walls and cannons offer a glimpse into St. Maarten’s rich history as well as a sense of tranquility while you view Philipsburg and the Cruise Ship Terminal from this spectacular vantage point. Notes: Please bring walking shoes, sunglasses, hat and sunscreen.

Price per person $56.00 Adults $50.00 Children

   


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 SMT33 - Kayak Snorkel Adventure (3.5 hrs) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Possibility of swimming  Limited seat  The tour leaves from the clean sandy Kim Sha beach after a short paddling technique demonstration by the guide. You will paddle through the beautiful Simpson bay and you will reach a small beach at the Pelican Resort where you will pull up your kayak and have a snorkeling instruction by your guide. You will then swim along with your guide for 5 minutes to the shallow reef at Pelican Rock, where you will spend approximately 45 minutes looking at the beautiful world undersea. Elegant Angel Fish, brightly colored Parrot Fish and hundreds of reef fish are just a few of the amazing creatures you will glimpse in this serene location. There is a beautiful sandy beach where you can rest if you feel the need to as well as an accompanying guide on a kayak who can assist you while snorkeling. On the way back along the Pelican coast, the guide will point out the neighboring islands of Saba, St. Eustatius and St. Kitts that can be seen clearly from this southern side of St. Maarten. Please note: guests wishing to take part in the tour should be in good physical health.

Price per person $69.00 Adults $62.00 Children

   


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 SMT35 - Discover St. Martin by Jeep (4 hrs) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  This tour gives a chance to the adventuresome to get away from the crowds and share with fellow guests a 4x4 experience on off – trails and some regular island roads to enjoy wonderful views of incredible St. Maarten. The convoy will explore several rustic areas with special emphasis on popular island attractions including the famous gourmet mecca at Grand Case and the scenic lookout at Cole Bay Hill offering a view of the famous Simpson Bay Lagoon and neighbouring islands….Enjoy a scenic drive past Oyster Pond and Dawn Beach. There will be a time to explore the shops, markets and restaurants at the French capital, Marigot after spending an hour on world famous Orient Beach, where guests may enjoy a walk on the beach or sit back and relax! You will then head back towards the cruise ship pier via Cole Bay Hill Look-Out Point. Notes: Driving responsibilities can be rotated and guests planning to drive must be 23 years of age or older and have a valid driver’s license. All vehicles must remain with the group throughout the tour. Minimum age is six. Optional food & beverage services, along with beach chairs and umbrellas are available at an additional charge. Jeeps have automatic transmission.

Price per person $99.00 Adults $89.00 Children

   


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 SMT39 - Orient Express Beach Break & Shopping (3 hrs) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Possibility of swimming  Limited seat  Drink included  Tiny though Saint Martin is, the beautiful Caribbean island is presided over by two nations: the Netherlands and France. This excellent excursion gives you a chance to see both the Dutch and French sides of the island, whose border division changed location a total of 16 times between the years of 1648 and 1816. After boarding a comfortable coach at the pier, your sightseeing tour will take you from today’s modern Dutch capital of Philipsburg past the Great Salt Pond, which once served to make the island “worth its salt” and, in consequence, attracted the attention of the French. On the way to the French side, you will also pass the monument built to commemorate the border division, after which a stop will be made at Orient Beach in French Saint-Martin. A welcoming drink will be served on arrival, after which you will have about 2 hours’ time to enjoy the beach, including use of a beach chair. On your return to the port, you will be dropped in the downtown area and issued with a water taxi bracelet for your eventual return to the ship when you are ready. Please note: you are recommended to wear swimwear under your clothes and bring a towel, sunscreen and sunglasses. The tour may be run in reverse order depending on local conditions. Traffic can be heavy at times. As all beaches are public without life guards, you will swim at your own risk and are advised not to leave personal effects unattended. The price of the tour includes use of a beach chair, but not umbrellas, which may be available for rent from local vendors at additional cost. On public holidays or in the event of delays or changes in the water taxi timetable after the shopping leg, you will be returned to the ship by coach.

Price per person $55.00 Adults $50.00 Children

   


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 SMT40 - Viva Orient Beach Break (4.5 hrs, incl. lunch) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Lunch or dinner included  A sun-drenched tour awaits you that teams a scenic trip through both sides of this bi-nation island, whose border division between the Dutch and French halves changed location no less than 16 times between 1648 and 1816, with a chance to spend 3 relaxing hours at a stupendous beach. A modern coach will take you from today’s Dutch capital of Philipsburg past the Great Salt Pond, the place that once made the island literally “worth its salt” and served to attract the attention of the French, and through the island’s attractive countryside. On the way to the French side, you will also pass the Border Monument before continuing on to Orient Beach on French Saint-Martin. You will then have plenty of time to savour all this picture-perfect beach has to offer, which includes a refreshing welcoming drink, a light lunch and use of a beach chair. A scenic return journey then awaits you back to the pier and your ship. Please note: you are recommended to bring a towel, sunscreen and sunglasses. The tour may be run in reverse order depending on local conditions. Traffic can be heavy at times. As all beaches are public without life guards, you will swim at your own risk and are advised not to leave personal effects unattended. The price of the tour includes use of a beach chair, but not umbrellas, which may be available for rent from local vendors at additional cost. Please make a mental note of where you are dropped off so you may return for the pick up when it is time to leave. Please be punctual as transport will only wait for a few minutes before departing. Guests who arrive late would then have to take a taxi back at their own expense.

Price per person $59.00 Adults $53.00 Children

   


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 SMT42 - SAINT MARTIN SIGHTSEEING AND SHOPPING (approx. 2.5 hours) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Wheelchair and disabled friendly tour - Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.  The tiny Caribbean island of Saint Martin is not only known for its great natural beauty, incredible beaches and a large variety of wildlife, it is also home to two nations: the French Saint Martin in the north and the Dutch Sint Maarten in the south. This all-round orientation tour will let you discover how French and Dutch influences have shaped the island, which has become an extremely popular holiday destination. To begin with, you will travel through the Dutch side and the capital of Philipsburg, which was founded by John Philips, a Scottish captain in the Dutch Navy, in 1763. You will then continue on up through the hilly interior of the island to Marigot, the capital of French Saint Martin. You will have some time to explore Marigot’s picturesque streets as well as enjoy the quaint houses and outdoor cafés on your own. Your return journey will take you past the seaside town of Grand Case, known as the Caribbean’s “gourmet capital” due to its many fine restaurants. A short stop will be made at Cole Bay Lookout for photos at the panoramic view of Simpson Bay. On return to Philipsburg the bus will drop you just outside downtown where you can spend some free time before taking the bus back to the pier. Please note: shops are closed in Marigot on Sundays and public holidays. The order of the tour may be reversed/changed depending upon tour time and traffic conditions. This tour is foreseen only for MSC Musica. This tour is not available for the call of Musica of December 26th, 2013.

Price per person $59.00 Adults $42.00 Children

   


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 SMT43 - GOLDEN EAGLE CATAMARAN (approx. 4 hours) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Snack included  A first-class sailing experience awaits you on the Golden Eagle catamaran as you slice through the Caribbean waters on your way to a wonderful beach. Order a drink from the open bar and enjoy a tasty snack while you relax in the shade of the Golden Eagle’s hand-painted sails or spend some time in the Captain’s cockpit and watch out for passing dolphins, flying fish and sometimes even whales. A stop at a wonderful golden beach is also on the itinerary, where you can explore the surroundings, swim or snorkel – with free gear and instruction provided by friendly guides. Your luxury excursion also includes fresh sandwiches, sparkling wine, on-board music and any amount of pampering from the crew. Please note: an alternative destination may be visited depending on the sea conditions on the day of the tour. This tour is only available for guests on board the MSC Musica.

Price per person $90.00 Adults $62.00 Children

   


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 SMT44 - EXPLORER CRUISE & GRAND ISLAND TOUR (approx. 4 hours) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Drink included  Take some time off the ship and join this party cruise on a beautiful lagoon, with plenty of time to enjoy the open bar, the calypso entertainer and shopping in Marigot. The excursion begins with some sightseeing, during which your guide will point out places of interest and tell you a little about the island’s colourful history. You can then board your double-decker party boat and enjoy the view while sipping on an iced drink or spend some more time exploring Marigot before the pleasure boat sets sail. Leaving the beautiful Marina Royale, you will then cruise through the Simpson Bay lagoon, passing luxury villas, sleek yachts and Port de Plaisance on the way to the Simpson Bay Marina. Your party boat experience is rounded off by great music and drinks. The tour comes to a close with a short coach drive back to your ship, giving you a chance to enjoy further lovely views of Philipsburg. Please note: this tour is only available for guests on board the MSC Musica.

Price per person $64.00 Adults $44.00 Children

   


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 SMT46 - SINT MAARTEN SIGHTSEEING & BEACH (approx. 3 hours) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Drink included  Combining sightseeing and some time at the beach, this coach tour will take you from Philipsburg, the modern-day capital of the Dutch Sint Maarten, over to the French side of the island of Saint Martin. En route, you will pass the Great Salt Pond – an enclosed body of saltwater separated from the sea by a narrow stretch of land – on the banks of which Philipsburg is situated. In days gone by, the pond certainly made the island “worth its salt” and served to attract the French. On the way to the French side, you will also pass a monument that commemorates the modern border between the French and Dutch sides of the island, which was finally and lastingly established in 1816 after much strife. You will also pass through Marigot, the bustling small capital of French Saint Martin, before arriving at one of the island’s best beaches for approximately 1.5 hours of pure relaxation time. Your tour ends with a scenic drive back to the port and your ship. Please note: you are recommended to wear a swimsuit under your clothes and bring a towel, sunscreen and sunglasses. The tour itinerary may be reversed to suit local conditions. A beach chair will be provided free of charge at the beach. This tour is only available for guests on board the MSC Musica. This tour is not available for the call of Musica of December 26th, 2013

Price per person $64.00 Adults $44.00 Children

   


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 SMT47 - UNDERWATER ADVENTURE (approx. 2.5 hours) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Possibility of swimming  Limited seat  The coastal waters and coral reefs around the Caribbean island of Saint Martin support a hub of spectacular marine wildlife, which this tour in an underwater observatory gives you a chance to experience – but without even having to get your feet wet. After leaving the port, the tour begins with a scenic drive through the hilly interior of the island to reach the seaside resort of Grand Case in the French half. You will then board a semi-submarine, a clever vessel with a submerged passenger cabin and an unsubmerged deck. Your guide will provide interesting facts during your trip to Rocher de Creole, after which a diver will interact with shoals of brilliantly coloured fish and lead them close to the windows for your viewing pleasure. Common species include sea turtles, eels, barracudas and stingrays. Bring your camera to take photos of this unusual show. A leisurely cruise back to shore completes the sea leg of your excursion, with time to relax on the upper deck and enjoy views of the islands of Anguilla (British) as well as Pinel, Tintamarre and Saint Barthélemy (French) in the distance. Please note: this tour is only available for guests on board the MSC Musica.

Price per person $53.00 Adults $38.00 Children

   


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 SMT48 - POWER RAFTING & SHOPPING (approx. 4 hours) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Possibility of swimming  Limited seat  Drink included  Variety is said to be the spice of life and this three-in-one tour is sure to keep you entertained with a chance to first go snorkelling in the calm coastal waters off the Dutch southern coast, then spend an hour doing some shopping and finally taking some time out on a sandy beach. As you make your way to the best snorkelling site in a modern high-speed vessel, you can enjoy wonderful views of Simpson Bay lagoon – a photo opportunity you shouldn’t miss – and the feeling of the gentle Caribbean breeze on your face. The pretty Marina Royale in Marigot, the capital of the French side of the island, is a joy to explore and is awash with enticing shops and boutiques. Then look forward to the beach leg of the tour, during which you can spend an hour enjoying the soft white sand and the refreshing Caribbean Sea. The tour comes to a close with your return to the pier and your ship. Please note: all snorkel gear will be provided. This tour is only available for guests on board the MSC Musica.

Price per person $77.00 Adults $53.00 Children

   


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 SMT49 - UNDERWATER WORLD & MAGNIFICENT VIEWS (approx. 3.5 hours) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Limited seat  Leave your ship for a while and discover the best the island of Saint Martin has to offer, both on land and at sea. Departing from Philipsburg, the capital of the Dutch Sint Maarten, you will first head up the eastern coast to the idyllic bay that harbours the quaint fishing village of Grand Case. You will then board the semi-submarine for a narrated trip through the coral reefs surrounding Creole Rock. The semi-submersible features panoramic windows in the hull that afford you wonderful views of the surrounding wildlife, which will be explained by an expert in marine wildlife. Feel free to ask questions – your guide will be happy to give you all the facts. On your return trip to shore, you can simply relax and enjoy magnificent views of Grand Case Bay and Creole Rock. Your tour then continues on to Marigot, the capital of the French side, where you will have time to explore this attractive port and its sidewalk cafés, open-air market and duty free shops. Please note: this tour is only available for guests on board the MSC Musica.

Price per person $64.00 Adults $44.00 Children

   


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 SMT50 - FUN ESCAPADE ON RHINO RIDERS (approx. 3 hours) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Limited seat  With a name as evocative as Rhino Riders, you could be excused for thinking of people cantering on large, horned animals that live in Africa. But you’d be wrong. Designed to deliver bags of fun on the water, the two-man Rhino Riders are actually zippy little inflatable motorboats, which are yours to command for a couple of hours. After receiving basic instructions from the staff at the Rhino Riders base on the shores of Simpson Bay lagoon and acquainting yourself with the boats, you can head off on what could well be the ride of your life. A guide will safely navigate you through the hundreds of moored boats before exiting the lagoon. As you travel through the water, you can enjoy views of the historical Fort Louis that overlooks the bay before following the picturesque coastline to Happy Bay, your final destination. This is an ideal spot to sunbathe, go for a walk, swim, snorkel or even build sandcastles – the choice is entirely yours. The tour ends with your return to the ship. Please note: all participants are required to wear life vests as well as follow all safety instructions. You are recommended to wear a swimsuit under appropriate clothing and footwear suitable for wet conditions (Teva-type sandals, etc.). Please take sunscreen and sunglasses. Participants must be able to swim and should be in good physical condition. This tour is not recommended for guests with back problems. Pregnant women and children under 10 may not take part. Under 18s are not permitted to operate the boat. Weight restriction: 400 lbs per boat. Snorkel gear is provided. This tour is only available for guests on board the MSC Musica . This tour is not available for the following calls of MSC Musica: December 12, 2013, January 9, 2014, February 13, 2014 and March 6, 2014.

Price per person $98.00 Adults $69.00 Children

   


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 SMT51 - EXPLORING PHILIPSBURG BY BICYCLE (approx. 3 hours) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Limited seat  After meeting your guide and being shown how to use your trek bike, this pleasant cycling tour around Philipsburg, the capital of Dutch Sint Maarten, begins at Pointe Blanche – a vantage point providing gorgeous views of the surrounding area – and then takes you down to the seafront Boardwalk and into the city. The historical Pasanggrahan Royal Guesthouse, the oldest inn in Sint Maarten, is your first stop on the route. This wonderful old beachfront guesthouse started life as a chicken farm, then progressed to governor’s residence and later even accommodated the Dutch royal family on visits to Sint Maarten. Next up is Captain Hodge Wharf, which forms the centre of this bustling and colourful town and was the original fishing and shipping venue in the early 1900s. After a short walk to see the late 18th-century Philipsburg Courthouse, you will get back on your bike and continue down the Boardwalk, then turn into Back Street and pass the oldest and most picturesque of Philipsburg’s traditional cottages. A climb up Little Bay Hill to the lookout point then follows, where you will be rewarded with incredible views of the town. A second short climb will then take you the early 17th-century Fort Amsterdam for a glimpse of Sint Maarten’s rich history and wonderful views of Philipsburg and the cruise ship terminal. Please note: please wear closed walking shoes and take sunglasses, a hat and sunscreen. This tour is only available for guests on board the MSC Musica

Price per person $64.00 Adults $44.00 Children

   


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 SMT52 - SEA DISCOVERY BY KAYAK & SNORKELLING (approx. 3.5 hours) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Possibility of swimming  Limited seat  An exciting kayaking experience awaits you on this half-day tour, which begins at the pristine Kim Sha Beach – one of the most popular on the island – for an initial demonstration of paddling techniques. You will then kayak through Simpson Bay Lagoon to reach a small beach at the Pelican Resort for a snorkelling lesson, after which your guide will accompany you on a 5-minute swim to a shallow reef located at Pelican Rock. You will then have about 45 minutes to explore the beautiful undersea world at this special spot. The wildlife you are likely to see includes elegant angel fish and gaudy parrot fish as well as numerous other rainbow-coloured reef dwellers. A guide in a kayak will remain on hand while you snorkel in case you need any assistance. Later, you can relax on the sandy beach before heading back down the Pelican coast, from which you can also enjoy great views of the neighbouring islands of Saba, Sint Eustatius and St. Kitts. Your kayaking tour comes to a close with your return to the port and your ship. Please note: this tour is only available for guests on board the MSC Musica.

Price per person $64.00 Adults $44.00 Children

   


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 SMT53 - 4 X 4 JEEP ADVENTURE (approx. 4 hours) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Get away from it all for a few hours and embark on an exhilarating (self-drive) 4 x 4 drive through the less visited parts of Sint Maarten. Team up with fellow guests, board your jeep and off you go in convoy to explore the island, with a special emphasis on such popular attractions as the seaside resort of Grand Case, considered to be the “gourmet capital” of Sint Maarten due to its many excellent restaurants, the scenic lookout at Cole Bay Hill, which overlooks and affords gorgeous views of Simpson Bay Lagoon, as well as Oyster Pond and Dawn Beach. After spending an enjoyable hour on Orient Beach, you will also have time to explore the shops, markets and restaurants in Marigot, the capital of French Saint Martin. The return route back to the port and your ship will again take you via the lookout point at Cole Bay Hill. Don’t forget your camera to capture the amazing scenery and wonderful views along the way. Please note: driving can be shared among guests; drivers must be at least 23 years of age and be in possession of a valid driver’s licence. All vehicles must remain with the group throughout the tour. Children must be at least 6 years of age to take part. Food, beverages, beach chairs and parasols can be made available for an additional charge. All jeeps feature an automatic transmission. This tour is only available for guests on board the MSC Musica.

Price per person $98.00 Adults $69.00 Children

   


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 SMT54 - HARLEY DAVIDSON TOUR (approx. 3 hours) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Give yourself a taste of “hog heaven” on this Harley Davidson motorcycle tour through both the Dutch and French sides of Saint Martin island. A short coach ride will first take you through Philipsburg, the capital of Dutch Sint Maarten, to arrive at the staging area to pick up your “hog” and helmet as well as complete the requisite paperwork. Once you have been briefed, your guide will head the convoy as you ride around the island. On the way, you will not only pass the 18th-century Fort Louis, which was built to protect Marigot – the capital of French Saint Martin – from the British, but also get to see much of the island and its beautiful countryside. This unique and exciting way to see Saint Martin island comes to a close with your return to the staging area, after which a coach will take you back to the ship. Please note: your tour guide will head the motorcycle convoy. Drivers need to be at least 25 years of age, bring a credit card and be in possession of a valid driver’s licence to complete the rental contract. Other participants need to be at least 18 years of age to take part. The price of the tour includes CDW insurance and a US$2,500 deductible, which would be charged wholly or in part to the participant’s credit card should the motorcycle be returned in a damaged state. Guests are recommended to wear long trousers and closed shoes for their protection. The tour price is per vehicle (max. of 2 persons, incl. driver, per vehicle); you can ride on your own or take a companion (no extra charge). Per vehicle, only one person can book and pay for the tour by credit card. The price of the tour can only be charged to one account and cannot be divided among several participants. If taking a companion, please register their name with the ship’s shore excursion office prior to the tour. This tour is only available for guests on board the MSC Musica This tour is not available for the call of Musica of December 26th, 2013

Price per person $285.00 Adults  Not AvailableChildren

   


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 SMT55 - BEACH BREAK & SHOPPING (approx. 3 hours) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Possibility of swimming  Limited seat  Drink included  Spend some quality time off the ship and first soak up the Caribbean sun on one of the best beaches on the French side of the island and then indulge in some “well-earned” retail therapy on the Dutch side in Philipsburg – a perfect combination if ever there was one. The route up to the French side of the island will take you past Great Salt Pond, a beautiful lagoon that served to make Philipsburg literally “worth its salt” and attracted the French in days gone by, and the monument that commemorates the border between the island’s two nations, one that changed many times in the years from 1648 to 1816. An approx. 1-5-hour stop will be made at Orient Beach in the French Saint Martin, time enough to enjoy the surroundings while sipping a welcoming drink in your complimentary beach chair. On your return journey, you will then be dropped off just outside the downtown area of Philipsburg for you to browse through the shops and do some shopping. A coach will return later to take you back to the ship. Please note: as various vehicles are used for transportation during the tour, please ensure you always take all personal belongings with you. At the end of the tour, please be punctual as the coach will only wait for a short time before departing. If you missed the coach, you would then be responsible for getting back to the ship by yourself. This tour is only available for guests on board the MSC Musica. This tour is not available for the call of Musica of December 26th, 2013

Price per person $59.00 Adults $42.00 Children

   


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 SMT56 - Afternoon Beach Bash (3 hrs) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Drink included  How about this as a recipe for a perfect day in paradise: sleep late in the morning, enjoy a leisurely breakfast, pack a beach bag and then spend a few postprandial hours unwinding on one of the best beaches in the whole of the Caribbean: Orient Bay on the beautiful French Saint Martin side of the island. A short drive in air-conditioned style will first take you to the gorgeous bay, where you will then be met by a friendly guide who will familiarise you with the resort’s facilities. You’ll be shown your own personal beach lounger – plus a comfy cushion – in an area reserved only for you and then left in peace to luxuriate in the wonderful surroundings for about 2 hours. Keep hydrated with unlimited rum or fruit punch while relaxing in the sun, go for a swim or walk along the half mile sweep of fine golden sands. Paying a visit to one of the co-located gift shops may yield the perfect souvenir before the tour wraps up with your return to the pier and your ship. Please note: sun umbrellas are available for hire at the beach; the tour departs in the early afternoon.

Price per person $49.00 Adults $44.00 Children

   


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 SMT57 - St. Maarten Islan Tour (3 hrs) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Treat yourself to a few hours of fun off the ship by joining this thoroughly laid-back tour of Saint Martin island. After meeting your guide at the pier, the fully narrated outing begins with a drive through Philipsburg, the attractive capital of the Dutch Sint Maarten, as you head for Cole Bay Hill, where gorgeous views of Simpson Bay Lagoon await you. On a clear day, you may even catch a glimpse of St. Kitts, Nevis, Sint Eustatius and Saba in the distance. You’ll then travel through Cole Bay and Simpson Bay, two fishing villages, and past the airport to reach Maho Beach. A stop at the lovely stretch of shoreline – also known as Airport Beach due to its proximity the runway – will give you a chance to take photos before you move on to Marigot, the capital of the French Saint Martin. You’ll have some time to explore the coastal town on your own. Check out the sidewalk cafés, open-air markets, fashionable shops and trendy boutiques before the scenic return drive takes back to the pier and your ship.

Price per person $50.00 Adults $45.00 Children

   


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 SMT58 - Sightseeing, Shop & Beach Getaway (5 hrs) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Drink included  Score yourself a personal hat-trick on an island outing that succeeds in teaming a chance to see the sights with time to go shopping and then relax on a beautiful beach. Starting at the pier, the fully narrated tour begins with a drive through the pretty port of Philipsburg, capital of the Dutch Sint Maarten, before heading up to Cole Bay Hill for spectacular vistas of Simpson Bay Lagoon and – on clear days – even of the neighbouring St. Kitts, Nevis, Sint Eustatius and Saba. As you travel on to reach the capital of the French Saint Martin, Marigot, you’ll pass through picturesque villages and also get to see the monument that marks the border between the French and Dutch sides of the island. The appealing cafés, open-air markets, lovely shops and fashionable boutiques found in the French capital will make your free time in town a certain pleasure. Next up is a scenic drive across to a simply sublime Caribbean getaway: Orient Beach overlooking Orient Bay. Relax in a beach chair at the water’s edge while sipping a complimentary welcoming drink to round off your perfect trio of relaxation, entertainment and pure enjoyment. Your drive back to the pier and your ship brings your tour to a close.

Price per person $45.00 Adults $41.00 Children

   


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 SMT59 - YACHT RACING ADVENTURE (3 hours) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Drink included  Designed to appeal to experienced sailors, absolute beginners and everyone in between, this tour delivers the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to enjoy your very own America’s Cup experience on one of Dennis Conner’s cup-winning racing yachts. Once you’ve boarded your boat, you can choose to simply relax, watch the proceedings and enjoy some complimentary refreshments. Or, if you prefer, you can get involved for a more hands-on race, in which case a crew member will assign you to your post and show you exactly what to do. Then it’s up to you to grind a winch, trim a sail or perhaps punch the stopwatch as you slice through the warm blue waters of Sint Maarten with the brisk trade winds in your sails. On completion of the trilling race, you can look forward to some complimentary rum punch and time to browse around the gift shop of the America’s Cup Museum before you head back to the port and your ship. Please note: guests must be at least 12 years of age to take part. A waiver will have to be signed by or on behalf of every guest prior to participation. Since the yachts are purpose-built for racing, they are not equipped with toilet facilities. Guests are required to wear soft-soled running shoes and recommended to wear a t-shirt plus shorts over swimwear. There is ample storage space below deck for beach bags, etc.. Guests are further recommended to take a small plastic bag to keep cameras and other sensitive items dry. The tour is available only for guests cruising on the MSC Musica.

Price per person $103.00 Adults $72.00 Children

   


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 SMT60 - THE BEST OF SAINT MARTIN ISLAND (3 hours) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Treat yourself to a few relaxing hours off the ship soaking up the best highlights on the Dutch and French sides of Saint Martin island. On leaving the ship, you’ll be met by your guide and escorted to a modern coach, after which your outing kicks off with a fully narrated drive around Philipsburg, the capital of the Dutch Sint Maarten. Then it’s on to Cole Bay Hill for superb views of Simpson Bay Lagoon and – weather permitting– even the neighbouring islands of St. Kitts, Nevis, St. Eustatius and Saba. As you then head for the beautiful Maho Beach, you’ll first drive through the villages of Cole Bay and Simpson Bay, one of the oldest on the island, before passing Saint Martin’s international airport. Also known as “Airport Beach” due to its proximity to the runway, Maho Beach provides an idyllic subject for the following photo stop. You’ll then cross the border to reach the French Saint-Martin and the capital of Marigot. Look forward to exploring this charming coastal town and its sidewalk cafés, open-air markets, fashionable shops and trendy boutiques at your own pace. A scenic drive through the lovely countryside and quaint villages then awaits you on your return drive to the port and your ship. Please note: shopping options are likely to be limited on 26 December 2013, since this counts as a public holiday. The tour is available only for guests cruising on the MSC Musica.

Price per person $59.00 Adults $42.00 Children

   


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 SMT61 - PHILIPSBURG, SHOPPING & ORIENT BAY BEACH (5 hours) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  This perfect cocktail of a tour features equal parts of sightseeing, retail therapy and time at the beach on the beautiful island of Saint Martin – and is guaranteed to leave you hangover-free. An enjoyable and fully narrated drive through Philipsburg will first show you the sights of the island’s Dutch capital, before moving on to Cole Bay Hill for glorious vistas of Simpson Bay Lagoon and – weather permitting – the nearby islands of St. Kitts, St. Eustatius, Nevis and Saba. You’ll then travel through pretty villages and pass the monument that marks the border to reach Marigot, the capital of the French Saint-Martin. You’ll then have some free time to indulge your shopping gene while you explore the open-air markets, stylish shops and sleek boutiques. Round off your visit to Marigot by sipping a drink in one of the many cafés before you set off again on a scenic drive to the last leg of this outing: the beach at Orient Bay. After being served a complimentary drink and shown to your beach chair, you can lounge at the water’s edge and simply enjoy the moment. A relaxing return drive through the island’s appealing countryside finally brings the outing to a close. Please note: shopping options are likely to be limited on 26 December 2013, since this counts as a public holiday. The tour is available only for guests cruising on the MSC Musica.

Price per person $64.00 Adults $44.00 Children

   


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 SMT62 - PARTY CRUISE & BEACH GETAWAY (approx. 4 hours) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Drink included  Take a break from the big ship and prepare to set sail on a modern catamaran to explore the lovely coastal waters around Saint Martin island. As you skim over the waves and savour the sunlight glinting on the water, you can enjoy the party mood with a delicious drink and a light snack from the complimentary open bar. Or try out the on-board water slide – a sure hit with adults and kids alike. You’ll also be issued snorkelling gear and provided with brief instructions so you can spend every moment looking around the underwater world beneath the boat during the first stop. You’ll also have a chance to spend some time on a palm-fringed beach before the return sail begins. Soak up the sun, relish the glorious views, sway to the infectious rhythms of Caribbean music and take a few photos to add to your memory book at home. Your return to the pier and your ship brings the outing to an end. Please note: guests under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a paying parent or legal guardian. Access to the beach may have to be via the water. Depending on prevailing weather conditions, alternative venues may be visited. The tour is considered to be unsuitable for pregnant women and guests suffering with cardiac or respiratory conditions, asthma, diabetes or epilepsy. Guests are recommended to bring a towel, sunscreen and sunglasses. The tour is available only for guests cruising on the MSC Musica. This tour is not available during the MSC Musica’s call on 13 March 2014 & 24 March 2014.

Price per person $77.00 Adults $53.00 Children

   


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Shore Excursions programs and Itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events in relation to the timing on the day of the tour. Some excursions are very popular and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, It is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment.