St. Maarten is one of the busiest cruise ports in the Caribbean. In 1980, 105,000 cruise passengers visited the island. By 2002, that number had grown to over one million cruise passengers a year -- and that was before St. Maarten constructed a second cruise ship pier.
Today, the island has a state-of-the-art cruise ship complex. It is named after Dr. A.C. Wathey, who foresaw that tourism was the key to transforming the island's economy.
Located on the eastern side of the Great Bay, the complex includes two large piers and numerous duty free shops. There is also an area for taxis and an area for shore excursion vehicles (often mini-vans).
The cruise complex is located about a 20-minute walk from downtown Phillipsburg. There is a sidewalk that takes you from just outside the cruise complex to the Bobby's Marina area at the eastern end of downtown Phillipsburg.
Another popular alternative is the water taxi. It runs from the cruise complex to Bobby's Marina and to the Town Pier in the center of the Phillipsburg boardwalk. As of this writing, the fare is $7.00 for an all-day pass or $5.00 for a single ride.
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