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the St. Maarten Archaeological Center

(SIMARC) had a display in the St.

Maarten booth for local businesses

and non-governmental organisations

at the 21st Florida-Caribbean Cruise

Association Cruise Conference and

Convention. During the conference,

SIMARC highlighted the key role that

St. Maarten has played in uniting the

histories of Europe and the Americas

to representatives from the professional

cruise market. The venue also created a

display illustrating St. Maarten’s iconic

historical site, Fort Amsterdam, which

links Amsterdam in the Netherlands and

New York City in the US.

From 19-25 July 2015, SIMARC hosted

the International Congress for Caribbean

Archaeology (IACA), the largest gathering

of professional archaeologists specialising

in Caribbean culture and heritage. Partly

sponsored by Port St. Maarten and

chaired by archaeologist Jay Haviser, the

IACA Congress was attended by around

200 representatives from more than

23 countries. Delegates attended daily

research paper sessions, guest lectures,

field trips on St. Maarten and visits to

Anguilla, and in the evenings cultural

reception nights.

C&F

St. Maarten is able to berth multiple

ships at the same time

”Showcasing our cultural heritage is

part and parcel of Port St. Maarten’s

plan to reinvent cruise tourism”

St. Maarten is popular with large operators like Celebrity Cruises, Royal Caribbean International and Carnival Cruise Line