Port St. Maarten welcomes Princess Cruises Rhythm of the Caribbean Program

Princess Cruises will start their summer’s cruise itinerary off with ‘Rhythm of the Caribbean,’ a new immersive cultural experience on Caribbean sailings which will include regional cuisine, signature cocktails, theme parties and presentations from regional experts.
The program allows cruise passengers to be inspired by the wonders of the Caribbean and instills a passion for discovering new cultures and destinations. Guests will also receive inside tips on must-do excursions at each port.
Port St. Maarten Management would like to commend Princess Cruises on their new program that will celebrate vibrant island life through entertainment, gastronomy and authentic Caribbean offerings.
“Each destination has its own unique offerings of heritage and culture, and the only way to experience such is by visiting the island. Princess Cruises via its program gives a taste to their guests of what they can expect once they disembark the vessel,” Port St. Maarten Management said on Tuesday.
Acting Minister of Tourism & Economic Affairs Cornelius de Weever hailed the program as an eye-opener for cruise passengers into the region’s variety of colorful experiences.
“This is what re-discovering destination St. Maarten/St. Martin is all about, diving into island life. Cruise passengers will get a true experience of what the destination has to offer as they explore and experience the ‘Friendly Island,’ both North (French) and South (South)” Minister Cornelius de Weever said on Tuesday.
‘Rhythm of the Caribbean’ launches aboard Caribbean Princess in May and is scheduled to roll out to additional ships for the upcoming fall/winter Caribbean season.
The program includes a Caribbean Festival; authentic island dishes like Puerto Rican mofongo, Jamaican jerk chicken, creole black mussels, red snapper, colorful Caribbean tropical drinks, mojitos, coladas and rum punch, party like a local, parrots in the Piazza, Pirate themed activities, and stories from Deep Sea Explorers.
Princess Cruises is part of Carnival Corporation (NYSE: CCL and CUK), one of the largest vacation companies in the world. Princess Cruises first set sail in 1965 with a single ship cruising to Mexico. Today, the line has grown to become the third largest cruise line in the world, renowned for innovative ships. Princess Cruises is a recognized leader in worldwide cruising, carrying 1.7 million guests each year to destinations around the globe ranging in length from three to 114 days.
Princess’ more than 150 different itineraries offer travelers the opportunity to literally cover the globe, with sailings to six continents that call at more than 300 ports and destinations around the world. Destinations include the Caribbean, Alaska, Panama Canal, Europe, Mexico, South America, Australia/New Zealand, South Pacific, Hawaii, Tahiti/French Polynesia, Asia, India, Africa, Canada/New England and world cruises.
Princess’ 17-ship fleet offers a range of sizes and amenities. The line’s largest vessels include Majestic Princess (2017), Regal Princess (2014), Royal Princess (2013) Caribbean Princess (2004), Crown Princess (2006), Diamond Princess (2004), Emerald Princess (2007), Golden Princess (2001), Grand Princess (1998), Ruby Princess (2008), Sapphire Princess (2004), and Star Princess (2002). Mid-sized vessels consist of Coral Princess (2003), Island Princess (2003), Sea Princess (1998), and Sun Princess (1995); while the line’s small ship features a more intimate cruising experience aboard Pacific Princess (1999).
The most recent additions to the fleet, Majestic Princess, Regal Princess and Royal Princess, introduced a new generation of ships to the fleet in 2013, 2014 and 2017.