Island News

Ritz Carlton Yacht Inaugural Itineraries include St.Maarten


Ritz Carlton Yacht Collection, the newest entry into the world of luxury cruising, has released the itineraries for its first full season in 2020 and they include sailing to St. Maarten as well as to almost all corners of the world. 

The line will open up its inaugural Caribbean season with five night round-trip sailing from Fort Lauderdale on February 1, 2020 a 10 night Fort Lauderdale to Barbados sailing February 5; a seven night Barbados to Cartagena sailing February 15 and a seven night Cartagena to Barbados sailing February 22.  During the rest of the season, the line will journey to St. Lucia, San Juan, St. Maarten, Cozumel and more. 

Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection chief executive officer Doug Prothro said he sees growth potential up to six yachts. 

The vessel is designed to transit the canals that connect the St. Lawrence into the Great Lakes, and he expects in the future itineraries will include places like Chicago and the various resort areas of the lakes.


News courtesy Caribbean Gems

Survivors Troupe Sweeps Carnival Children's Parade


Jasmine Philips’ Survivors troupe won Best Troupe and Best Individual Piece in the 2018 Carnival Children’s parade on April 15, 2018.  The parade started at L.B. Scott Sports Auditorium and made its way through the street of Philipsburg before ending inside the Carnival Village. 

Even though the parade was relatively small this year, Carnival Tropical troupe had a large group and was able to make the parade a bit longer.  Mo Fantasy also contributed to the parade by having its children troupe take part.  St. Marten Carnival Foundation Parade Coordinator Gina Illidge thanked the groups that participated and hopes to get more groups for next year’s 50th carnival. 

SCDF has been looking to get the schools involved and hopes to work with Government to get public school groups to come out and make the parade a spectacular showcase.

K-1 Britannia Receives $7500 from Heineken Regatta

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With the successful conclusion of the 38th annual Heineken Regatta, the organizers have announced that they raised a total of US $7500 throughout the Regatta weekend for relief and rebuilding.  Due to the massive hit St. Maarten took during the 2017 hurricane season, the Regatta committee decided that the 2018 edition would focus on helping the island to recover.   The “Serious Fun” Slogan was changed to “Serious Fundraising” to reflect the purpose of the event, raising funds for community organizations.  

“We would like to thank the Heineken Regatta crew for the opportunity to be a part of such an important event on the island.  As a non-profit, we appreciate not only the fundraising done on our behalf but also the opportunity to showcase our projects to those attending the event.



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Roxxy Beach Restaurant to Bring French Savior-Faire to Kim Sha

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Kim Sha Beach will soon be welcoming a new restaurant on this golden strip of sand in the heart of Simpson Bay by the name of Roxxy Beach, a restaurant that promises to add a touch of sophistication and French flair but tempered to meet the tastes of an international market.  An unnamed American investor and frequent visitor to the island is behind Roxxy Beach which is due to open in November/December of this year. 

“It’s a traditional beach restaurant concept of restaurant, bar, watersports, chairs and umbrellas and open for lunch and dinner,” Ravel owner of the restaurant revealed. 

The sports concession will be run by Mark Sollinger who has a lot of experience and knowledge and that’s very important for us.


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St.Maartener's 'Wanna B' Wins St.Maarten/St.Martin Cup

Wanna B, skippered by local sailor Jan vanden Eynde won the St. Maarten/St. Martin Cup for Most Worthy Performance Overall of the 38th St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, racing in Caribbean Sailing Association class 4.  Facing a fleet of 11 boats in seven races spread out over the three days.  Vanden Eynde and crew recorded three first-place finishes, one second, one third, one fourth and, as one race is tossed, the one fifth place did not count.  The score of the place finishes are added and low score is the winner.  Wanna B, at 8.5 metres long, had 12 points.  Second place went to Solstice from the United States with 16.5 points and third place went to Whistler of Barbados with 19 points.  


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Fewer Trucks, but more Fun for Jouvert Jump-Up 2018

The annual Jouvert Morning Jump-Up took place on Friday April 27, 2018 with thirteen musical trailers on the streets making sure that revelers kept fit with their musical selections.  The event had fewer bands than last year’s 22, but Carnival lovers did not seem to mind as they went to jump behind the different trucks. 

The Jump-Up began just minutes after 4:00am.  Police and emergency officials were out in full force with every truck and hundreds started to gather alongside the streets in Philipsburg to start jamming.  The Jump-UP ended at the Carnival Village just before 11:00am and revellers, as customary, flocked to the Carnival booths for coffee, bush tea or some good old fashioned Johnny cakes with chicken leg, not forgetting a variety of soups. 

St. Maarten Carnival Foundation thanked all stakeholders for taking part in this year’s fete and looks forward to their participation in 2019 events, which will be the 50th anniversary of Carnival in St. Maarten. 


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One Love Reggae Concert will 'Move and Groove' for Carnival


St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) has put together a reggae line-up that it says will “groove and move you all in the right ways” for Carnival 2018.  This is the third consecutive year that SCDF has taken it upon itself to host the popular reggae concert for Carnival.  The line-up will feature love reggae crooners Sanchez, Etana and Christopher Martin, complemented by dancehall stars Aidonia Ishawna.  “We wanted to give lovers of the genre beautiful reggae music to groove to and hot dancehall artistes to jam to.  Sanchez, Etana and Christopher Martin will bring the love vibe for One Love while Aidonia and Ishawna will turn the heat up with dancehall.  We are very excited about the concert,” SCDF President Alston Lourens mentioned last week.  


News courtesy of Caribbean Gems