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Maarten was feeling its way with respect to its national development, and how this should be pursued, whether it would be agriculture, fisheries or the export of salt. Nine years later that number had recorded a six-fold increase to 616,910 and with close to 900,000 cruise passengers visiting St. In June 2014, the destination celebrated 50 years of Cruise. Milestones have been made thereafter one after the next with the two (2) million cruise passenger mark (2,001,996) being made on 31 December 2014. Weighing over 220,000 gross tons each, and having a capacity of more than 6,000 passengers and crew, two such vessels can be accommodated on Pier 2 (445 m). That tropical feeling on the “Friendly Island” begins! Six 4KW vertical axis turbines were installed in April 2012.
In 1980, 105,000 cruise passengers visited the island. Opened in 2009, the Harbour Group of Companies upgraded the port by building a second pier. Maarten is now one of the few ports able to accommodate the world’s largest cruise ships – the Genesis-class vessels. Immediately upon coming ashore, passengers are welcomed to the Harbour Point Village to the sound of steel pans. Anything that can be done at the port to minimize this impact will reflect favorably upon the industry. Maarten is the sole Caribbean port to incorporate wind turbines in its environmental strategy.
The accommodation offers FOUR bedrooms: 1 double with additional single bed, 1 king-size with additional single and 1 king-size with en-suite shower and WC. Lounge: with woodburner (first basket of logs included), TV and DVD. Bed linen, towels, electric, central heating and Wi-Fi included. the cottage was everything we needed (4 couples) and more!
On the ground floor 1 super king-size zip-and-link (which can be made as a twin on request). Conservatory, Kitchen/diner: well-equipped with American-style fridge/freezer, electric oven and gas hob, microwave and washing machine/tumble dryer. the owner was very accomodating and the whole holiday was fab from start to finish.
Definitely recommend even though has to travel a little further for the beaches it was worth every minute. Absolutely fabulous cottage, everything you need for a wonderful holiday, very comfortable beds, fully equipped kitchen and great log burner.
The hot tub was the icing on the cake after long walks with the dogs, will definately be returning. Fantastic views from all the rooms (and the hot tub! Lovely local welcome pack and only a short walk along a country lane to the local pub! This cottage is very large, well equipped, comfortable and clean and tidy.
Maarten's economic pillars and over the years the constant and unprecedented growth of the industry has resulted in tourism being the foundation for the island's economy. This will lead to both better working and living environments and to an even more pleasant experience for cruise passengers.Reviewed by Raymond, 14th July 2017 Booked for location and size.