POINTE BLANCHE:— On June 3rd, 2019, Port St. Maarten celebrates 55-years of cruise. It was June 3rd, 1964, that the A.C. Wathey Pier in Point Blanche was inaugurated. Thereafter, over a period of 16-years cruise tourism slowly started to grow as the global cruise industry started to develop and in 1980 the island welcomed 105,000 cruise passengers.
As the industry continued to grow, the destination hit the one millionth cruise passenger mark in 2002 and thereafter has catered to more than a million cruise passengers for the past 17-years.
The development of the harbor facilities over the past 55-years