St Maarten port saw over a million cruise visitors in 2018
Port St. Maarten welcomed over a million cruise passengers in 2018.
A release from the country's tourism body said a total of 1,597,101 cruise passengers on 489 cruise calls visited St Maarten in 2018, reflecting a 29 percent increase in visitor arrivals year-over-year.
The acclaimed cruise port saw a 30.3 percent increase from May through July, when cruise visitations to the island are typically a bit slower.
“St. Maarten’s cruise port has always been one of the best in the Caribbean. These arrival numbers don’t only reflect that fact, but also highlight how quickly the island has bounced back,” said the Director of Tourism of St. Maarten May-Ling Chun.
The latter half of 2018 also brought about the return to pre-Irma cruise arrival numbers. Port St. Maarten welcomed 646,431 passengers from September to December, indicating a 17.87 percent increase in arrivals from the same time period in 2016, a full year before Hurricane Irma.
“St. Maarten as a tourism product is set to come back even stronger and better than ever,” said Stuart Johnson, St. Maarten’s Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport, and Telecommunication. “We look forward to continuing to welcome cruise passengers back to our shores with classic St. Maarten warmth and hospitality throughout 2019.”
Though 2017–2018 numbers year over year showcase a positive path of progression for Port St. Maarten, 2017 was generally a slower year for the port as it was not operational for the months of October and November.