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St Maarten Continues Cruise Rebirth With Five Inaugural Calls

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St Maarten’s cruise rebirth is going strong, with more and more new calls to the island’s port.  That includes five inaugural port calls in the last month, including two so far in January: AIDAbella and Celebrity Apex, which both visited […]


Caribbean Photo of the Week: A Superyacht in St Maarten

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The latest Caribbean Photo of the Week comes from Caribbean Journal reader Jenni Bergen, who sent in this lovely shot of a superyacht between St Maarten and Saba. Have you taken a great photo in the Caribbean? Send it to […]


Carnival Celebration Kicks Off First Caribbean Cruise Season

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Carnival Cruise Line’s new flagship has kicked off its first-ever sailing to the Caribbean.  The new 6,000-guest cruise ship made its first stop in Grand Turk on a Thanksgiving-week cruise.  That was followed by stops at the Dominican Republic’s Amber […]


A Cruise Renaissance in St Maarten 

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It’s been the number one cruise destination in the northern Caribbean for years.  But after the pandemic, it’s been a struggle for St Maarten to match its once-strong numbers.  That’s starting to change, however.  This week, nearly 15,000 cruise passengers […]

JetBlue Just Made Caribbean Island Hopping Much Easier 

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The serene, mountainous charm of tiny Saba. The spectacular hiking and endless hospitality of Statia. The boating fantasies of Tortola. They’re some of the most sought after little destinations in the Caribbean, but they’re not exactly the easiest to get […]

The Winners of the CJ Caribbean Travelers’ Choice Awards 2022

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They are the world’s foremost experts on Caribbean travel: Caribbean Journal readers. They travel to the Caribbean multiple times each year, scouring the region for the newest and the greatest, searching out hotels, beaches, restaurants and experiences.  And each year, […]


The Caribbean’s First International Heliport 

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One of the British Virgin Islands’ most exclusive resort communities has added a major new amenity: a new heliport.  Virgin Gorda’s Oil Nut Bay has added a new heliport certified for international arrivals, the first of its kind in the […]

Caribbean Photo of the Week: Little Bay, St Maarten

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The latest Caribbean Photo comes from Caribbean Journal reader Clifford Singer, who sent in this lovely shot of Little Bay in St Maarten. Have you taken a great photo in the Caribbean? Send it to news@caribjournal.com with CPOTW in the […]

The Caribbean’s Makana Ferry Is Expanding to St Kitts 

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One of the Caribbean’s best island-hopping options is adding another new destination. The popular Makana Ferry is expanding to the island of St Kitts, Caribbean Journal has learned.  The ferry is already sailing across Statia, St Maarten and Saba, is […]


The Newest Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship Just Set an All-Time Record

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It has not yet even hit the water yet, but Royal Caribbean’s new Icon of the Seas cruise ship already has a place in history.  The new ship, which just revealed its first look earlier this week, reported the single-largest […]

St Maarten Is Removing All Testing, Vaccination Rules for Travelers 

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There’s been a significant shift in the Caribbean’s testing policies, with just about every destination in the region having lifted its entry rules.  And now you can include St Maarten.  Effective Nov. 1, the Friendly Island will no longer require […]

St Maarten Forecasting 1 Million Cruise Passengers

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Port St. Maarten Group is forecasting one million cruise passengers to visit the island from November 2022 through April 2023, Caribbean Journal has learned. The high season forecast arrivals are tied to the occupancy levels of cruise ships stabilizing overthe […]


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