St. Martin Beach Break Excursion Reviews

Warm, white sand beaches are a Caribbean cruise staple. Do it all -- or do nothing at all -- on a beach break excursion in St. Martin.
Sail Date: February 2018
Horrible. Beaches shouldn't have been opened. Beach was so small that it was like sitting around the pool on the ship. Everyone was on top of each other. There is no way St. Martin should have been a destination.
Horrible. Beaches shouldn't have been opened. Beach was so small that it was like sitting around the pool on the ship. Everyone was on top of each other. There is no way St. Martin should have been a destination. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Sail Date: June 2017
very well organized with the best host we have ever had
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Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Sail Date: July 2016
From the beginning it started wrong: the ticket showed to meet at station #3. When I got there, I was told to keep walking to the first lamp post which had no sign. We all had to stand in line while the tour rep counted and recounted again ... Read More
From the beginning it started wrong: the ticket showed to meet at station #3. When I got there, I was told to keep walking to the first lamp post which had no sign. We all had to stand in line while the tour rep counted and recounted again and again. I kept seeing the rest of the tours walk by. It started raining heavily and the three tour reps didn’t care at all. Everybody started taking out our towels. When I told the rep we should move out of the rain, she barked at me (literally there is no other way to describe her tone and actions) “let me see your ticket, the tour leaves at 9:30, thank you very much” – in a very sarcastic tone. I told her I did not appreciate her tone and that she was going to get a bad review. And we were kept there in the pouring rain. After 10 minutes, we were told to walk to the buses. Right in front of the buses, there were roofs where we could have waited instead of been in the rain. Obviously, when we got in the bus the air conditioning made us freeze in our wet clothes, and the towels were soaked too. So, we were shivering throughout the whole 30 minute drive to the beach. Even the tour rep Vilma said she was freezing. All this could have been avoided with a little common sense from the tour rep who took her name tag off (the tour was on July 5, 2016 and it was not Vilma, nor the young tour rep). At the beach, the tour reps just sat on the bar and were more interested in selling the spa service, instead of telling us what to do with the lunch tickets. When I asked the waiter, he said “I don’t know, go ask the woman in the yellow shirt”. The food was cold, waitress never came back to offer another drink, it was like we were an annoyance to them. At the end of the tour, Vilma kept asking for tips for her and Charlie for like 5 minutes saying it was not included in the tour and extending the bucket when you got off the bus. It was not the relaxing experience a the beach I had envisioned. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Sail Date: June 2016
We went to the beach and later went shopping so lots of fun.
We went to the beach and later went shopping so lots of fun. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Sail Date: February 2015

So called "lunch on the beach" This excursion was terrible. The bus ride over, however was run very well, and our tour leader did a nice job telling us about the 2 sided of the island.

The lunch was a buffet. You had to fill ... Read More

So called "lunch on the beach" This excursion was terrible. The bus ride over, however was run very well, and our tour leader did a nice job telling us about the 2 sided of the island.

The lunch was a buffet. You had to fill up your plate only once, so salad, entree, fruit and desert had to be piled up on the plate all together Food was just OK.

You had to pay $3 just to keep the umbrella by your chair, and more if you wanted a little table.

This was NOT worth the money. No way. Very misleading description.

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Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Sail Date: January 2015

Jo Junie had the best tour of St. Martin/St. Maarten. We had been here fifteen years before but loved the trip for $40. We were gone 6 hours and had time at Orient Beach, Maho beach, lunch/shopping and stopping at some excellent photo ... Read More

Jo Junie had the best tour of St. Martin/St. Maarten. We had been here fifteen years before but loved the trip for $40. We were gone 6 hours and had time at Orient Beach, Maho beach, lunch/shopping and stopping at some excellent photo op points. There were drinks on board for the whole day including rum punch, local beer, water and soda. Our driver was Suday and Itzy was the tour guide giving us the background on the island. Super good value and we really enjoyed seeing the planes land right over us. The water was gorgeous and Jo Junie was easy to set up a tour with ahead of our trip.

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Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
Sail Date: December 2014

We took a trip over to the French side. It was a half day trip and was very nice. They provided us with the necessary beach equipment and of course rum punch. On the trip back to the ship we were given a very informative talk about the ... Read More

We took a trip over to the French side. It was a half day trip and was very nice. They provided us with the necessary beach equipment and of course rum punch. On the trip back to the ship we were given a very informative talk about the island and it was very enjoyable.

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Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Sail Date: October 2014

Visited Orient Beach for three hours. The tour included a light lunch and three rum punch (non-alcoholic). We were taken to "La Playa" restaurant and bar and given chairs, but had to pay $5 to rent umbrellas. The restaurant has changing ... Read More

Visited Orient Beach for three hours. The tour included a light lunch and three rum punch (non-alcoholic). We were taken to "La Playa" restaurant and bar and given chairs, but had to pay $5 to rent umbrellas. The restaurant has changing facilities and bathrooms, and even Wi-Fi. It was a nice experience overall, even though the beach had a lot of sea-weeds and the surf was kind of rough.

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Shore Excursion Provider: MSC Cruises
Sail Date: September 2014

We did an island tour with two stops at Orient Beach, one of the top 10 in the world and the Travel Channel favorite Maho Beach where the plane land just a few feet over the beach. In Maho we have lunch at the Sunset Restaurant and Bar ... Read More

We did an island tour with two stops at Orient Beach, one of the top 10 in the world and the Travel Channel favorite Maho Beach where the plane land just a few feet over the beach. In Maho we have lunch at the Sunset Restaurant and Bar and watch the craziness. It was 5 hours with time to shop I town and take the ferry back to the ship. We loved it and have done this tour twice.

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Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Sail Date: September 2014

No trip to St. Martin is complete without a trip to Orient Beach and Maho Beach. We did both three years ago and this year. We would do it again.

No trip to St. Martin is complete without a trip to Orient Beach and Maho Beach. We did both three years ago and this year. We would do it again.

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Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Sail Date: April 2014

enjoyed this excursion - 3 hours on Orient Beach, northern section - Waikiki bar?? - water was warm and not too rough - walked to the Mount Vernon. Included were a few Rum Punches - overall, nice day.

enjoyed this excursion - 3 hours on Orient Beach, northern section - Waikiki bar?? - water was warm and not too rough - walked to the Mount Vernon. Included were a few Rum Punches - overall, nice day.

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Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Sail Date: March 2014

We went to Orient Bay beach in St. Martin, and got 2 chairs and an umbrella for $20 in front of Kakao restaurant. Our French/caribbean lunch there was AMAZING, but priced in euros, it wasn't cheap. Beach was gorgeous, with fine white ... Read More

We went to Orient Bay beach in St. Martin, and got 2 chairs and an umbrella for $20 in front of Kakao restaurant. Our French/caribbean lunch there was AMAZING, but priced in euros, it wasn't cheap. Beach was gorgeous, with fine white sand and every shade of blue water. Taxi is $8/pp each way.

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Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
Sail Date: March 2014

Horrible! People were extremely rude, a huge waste of money. Very poor country. $190 for 2 adults and 1 child to go to Orient Beach with lunch. Never again.

Horrible! People were extremely rude, a huge waste of money. Very poor country. $190 for 2 adults and 1 child to go to Orient Beach with lunch. Never again.

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Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Sail Date: January 2014

St Martin - We booked independently with Bernard’s tours and were delighted with our day. We were picked up promptly by the lovely driver and taken to Orient Beach for a few hours. We stopped at an Iguana farm and to see sea ... Read More

St Martin - We booked independently with Bernard’s tours and were delighted with our day. We were picked up promptly by the lovely driver and taken to Orient Beach for a few hours. We stopped at an Iguana farm and to see sea urchins on the way that was interesting. Orient beach was great fun. We decided to sit at La Playa bar as one of our group knew the beach quite well and it was a great choice. Highly recommended. We took some beds and umbrellas right by the surf, which were about 10 Euros each - we had Euros on us but you can pay in dollars the same amount. Got a jet ski for 60 Euros, drinks were pretty cheap. It was great fun in the sea jumping over the waves. The sea was a bit rough but not too much.
After Orient Beach we went to the capital Marigot and had lunch for an hour and then headed off to Maho beach in time for the big planes to land. Stand at the Smugger’s Bar watching the planes. There is a great atmosphere even without the planes. We then headed back to Phillipsburg and some of us went back to the ship and some looked around Marigot. Great day & highly recommend Bernard’s Tours.

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Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Sail Date: December 2013

ST MAARTIN ROYAL CARIBBEAN EXCURSION "BEACH SENSATION" WAS HORRIBLE
Royal Caribbean admits in their ticket contract that they have nothing to do with the excursion companies they use as "independent contractors" to handle their ... Read More

ST MAARTIN ROYAL CARIBBEAN EXCURSION "BEACH SENSATION" WAS HORRIBLE
Royal Caribbean admits in their ticket contract that they have nothing to do with the excursion companies they use as "independent contractors" to handle their passenger activities. Except that they collect the money.

This was obvious from the start when we found our excursion was OVERSOLD, which forced us to ride in small UNCOMFORTABLE pull-out seats in what I would describe as a "chicken bus". If you've been in Latin America, you'll know what I mean by "chicken bus". Of the other 7 cruise ships in port at the same time, Royal Caribbean's Beach Sensation excursion was conducted in the smallest, nastiest bus when compared to the larger, nice buses used by the other cruise lines. Speaking of nasty, I reported verbal abuse to Royal Caribbean's Excursion Desk (in front of Sorrento's restaurant on the ship). The woman who took our tickets and then lost our group on the way to the bus. She had stopped holding up the sign halfway through the long walk to the "bus" and lost us in the sea of at least 4 cruise ships unloading at the same time. She never stopped to regroup. It took us about 15 minutes to locate our "bus" at which time the tall man also became verbally abusive to my party of three.

Riding this bus to Marigot was awful. We got dumped off the Bus from Hell in Marigot for 1.5 hours of shopping. At one point at the edge of the shopping tents I was alone when a man approached me and asked "would you like a young girl?". I looked over and saw what looked like marijuana cigarettes on the table next to him. The situation obviously looked like a police sting or some sort of extortion scheme. I just walked away and rejoined my friends nearby. Be warned.

Back on the Royal Caribbean Chicken Bus, we were off to Orient Beach for 3-4 hours of beach time which included "lunch". The "lunch" was horrible - nasty chicken and some sort of ribs (goat?) with huge piles of mashed potatoes and rice. YUCK! Best of all: the beer was cheap.

On the beach, we went swimming and generally enjoying the beach when the Wicked Witch from Hell suddenly reappeared right in front of our lounge chairs. She began waving her arms and screaming at us in front of other folks on the excursion. She was upset that we got separated from the group by yelling "WHERE WERE YOU?" I replied to her "where were you? … why didn't you stop and regroup? why did you stop holding up the sign?" My 2 friends with me agreed and she stormed off the beach, not to be seen again.

We advised Royal Caribbean's excursion rep that we didn't appreciate (1) being abused and insulted in front of other passengers and (2) the excursion had been oversold given the poor condition and discomfort of the "chicken bus" and (3) the "lunch" was inedible.

What did Royal Caribbean do for us? They refunded $15.80 of the $79.00 paid per person.

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Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Sail Date: October 2013

We went to Orient Beach. Beautiful beach, with plenty to do if you want to spend a bit more. We had beach chairs with $3 for an umbrella. The included food and one drink was okay. It is a topless beach, but very few were topless. The ... Read More

We went to Orient Beach. Beautiful beach, with plenty to do if you want to spend a bit more. We had beach chairs with $3 for an umbrella. The included food and one drink was okay. It is a topless beach, but very few were topless. The water was a bit rough they day we were there, but the water temp was great and plenty of sun. Nice relaxing day.

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Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Sail Date: April 2013
Tour was well organized and well timed. The food at the resort we were taken to was good but very expensive
Tour was well organized and well timed. The food at the resort we were taken to was good but very expensive Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Sail Date: March 2013
We caught a cab from the port area in the morning and went to Orient Bay beach. We spent the entire day at this beach and had lunch at one of the ocean side restaurants. It was really beautiful and our family really enjoyed it. We had ... Read More
We caught a cab from the port area in the morning and went to Orient Bay beach. We spent the entire day at this beach and had lunch at one of the ocean side restaurants. It was really beautiful and our family really enjoyed it. We had told the kids we were planning on going to this beach and that in St. Martin, European-style (topless) bathing was common on this island. After a few minutes of staring by my kids, they forgot about it and just enjoyed the beach and water. It was a great day and we headed back to the ship at around 3:00 to get ready for dinner. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
Sail Date: March 2013
Went to the French side of the island; all ok except at the bar - the coupon for a "rum drink" was only honored for one very watery drink whereas other drinks were $8.00 per drink.
Went to the French side of the island; all ok except at the bar - the coupon for a "rum drink" was only honored for one very watery drink whereas other drinks were $8.00 per drink. Read Less
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Sail Date: March 2013
Nice relaxing time on Orient Beach with an enjoyable bbq lunch. After the excursion we walked on our own around Philipsburg. A very lovely port city.
Nice relaxing time on Orient Beach with an enjoyable bbq lunch. After the excursion we walked on our own around Philipsburg. A very lovely port city. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Sail Date: March 2013
Bernard's Tour Including Orient Beach and Maho Beach. Interesting land tour with time spent at both beaches. Preferred Orient to Maho. Maho was crowded.
Bernard's Tour Including Orient Beach and Maho Beach. Interesting land tour with time spent at both beaches. Preferred Orient to Maho. Maho was crowded. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Sail Date: January 2013
This is definitely one of my favorite excursions! The lounge chairs are comfortable, the umbrella's are big, and the food is very good. Well worth the cost. On the way back to the ship they will drop you off in town which we do and then ... Read More
This is definitely one of my favorite excursions! The lounge chairs are comfortable, the umbrella's are big, and the food is very good. Well worth the cost. On the way back to the ship they will drop you off in town which we do and then take the water taxi back to the ship. Very good! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Sail Date: January 2013
Orient Beach was a relaxing day. Lunch provided which was good. Some topless woman (most should not be) but far enough from Club Orient to not deal with the totally clothing optional.
Orient Beach was a relaxing day. Lunch provided which was good. Some topless woman (most should not be) but far enough from Club Orient to not deal with the totally clothing optional. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Sail Date: December 2012
If you have time take a can to air port beach! The air planes are almost within reach, it's very cool if you happen to be there when a large plane is landing! It will blow everything away so be careful!
If you have time take a can to air port beach! The air planes are almost within reach, it's very cool if you happen to be there when a large plane is landing! It will blow everything away so be careful! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Sail Date: December 2012
Went to orient beach. Had a great time. Lots of activities. Bring cash if you want to o beach activities.
Went to orient beach. Had a great time. Lots of activities. Bring cash if you want to o beach activities. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International