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Port/City: Philipsburg, St. Maarten

Activity Type:
Destination Highlights | Culture

Approximate Duration:
3 hour(s) 45 minute(s)

Prices starting from:
*49.00 USD (Adult)
*39.00 USD (Child)
*0.00 USD (Infant)

Restrictions:  N/A

Please remember you have up to 2 days prior to your sail date to purchase your Royal Caribbean International Shore Excursions online. If you are within the 2 days, you will then need to purchase your Shore Excursions on board.

*Prices shown above are representative. Dates, times, and prices are subject to change and may not be available for your sailing. To purchase a Royal Caribbean International Shore Excursion, you must already have a reservation number for a cruise and have made a payment towards that reservation. Shore Excursions must be purchased in the same currency as your cruise reservation. Exchange rates are determined by a competitive pricing program and may be subject to change without notice. All monetary exchanges onboard are processed in U.S. Dollars directly to your SeaPass® onboard charge account unless otherwise specified.This tour requires a minimum number of guests in order to operate.
Shore Excursions
St. Maarten Art Tour - SM31

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This tour offers a fascinating insight into the world of some of the Caribbean's most brilliant artistic minds. You’ll have the opportunity to visit the homes and galleries of the island artists who have earned local, national, and international recognition.

- Visit the homes, studios and galleries and enjoy viewing the works of some of the island’s best artists.

Full Description:
This tour takes you around the island through St. Martin's / St. Maarten's most charming local districts to visit our island's own elite
group of talented artists. 

Your tour will begin in  the gated community of Les Jardins d’Orient Bay.  You will then enter the home and studio of, Francis Eck, where nature and particularly the sea are his inexhaustible source of inspiration.  Francis is always searching for a way to reach the profound essence of this subject.  His powerful colors and harmonious shapes shift the borders between the abstract and the figurative.

Your tour then heads to another gated community in French Cul-de-Sac where you will meet the painter Antoine Chapon in his picturesque home/gallery.  Famous for the luminosity and transparency of his watercolors and oils, the painter welcomes you to his breezy veranda, with breathtaking views of the bay.  In 2006, he received an award of excellence at the prestigious International Marine Art Exhibition at The Mystic Seaport Museum in Connecticut. The tour then heads to O'Reilly Hill overlooking Grand Case, where you will enter the home and studio of Minguet, whose lithographs, oils and watercolors burst forth in explosions of incredible colors. 

Your tour then proceeds to Concordia, a suburb of Marigot, where you enter AKinom’s Art Studio; where the Creole house is nestled in a delightful tropical garden.  In this charming place since 1992, AKinom invites you to a journey through time and space to discover the original and unique paintings.  Jazz rhythms, vibrations, and colors are connected in abstract line and space, punctuated by pallet knife and brushes in oil paintings and mixed media.  Forever, painting and music are to, AKinom, the universal language of man to spiritual rise.

Our latest addition to the tour is "Maximilian's Art in the Garden Gallery", located in Midtown Philipsburg, Dutch Sint Maarten.  This gallery in a garden setting is a unique feature on the island whereby original paintings (and prints) by artist, Maximilian, are being displayed amongst plants and flowers.  From realism to abstract, you will find original works in oil, pastel and/or acrylic.  Considered one of the most successful artists on Dutch St. Maarten, with numerous exhibitions locally as well as in Washington DC, New York, and Cuba, his work has been the target of international collectors as well as  local patrons.  This is an opportunity you don't want to miss.

Please note artists may vary.  Tours are available 365 days a year.

What to Bring:
- You should always take your SeaPass card (provided onboard the ship) and photo identification when in port.
- Camera
- Money for artwork / other shopping (prices range extensively from a few dollars for a set of postcards or prints to thousands of dollars for a single oil painting).

What to Wear:
- Recommend wearing light clothing and comfortable shoes.

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