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St. Maarten to guest host live Twitter Chat for Cruise Enthusiasts, Feb. 12, 2013, 2 PM ET

Use #CruiseChat to Join the Conversation!

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PRESS RELEASE #242


PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten (Feb. 11, 2013) - In an effort to connect and interact with cruise travelers, the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau will guest host a live one-hour #CruiseChat with MSC Cruises on Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 2 pm ET. Participants will gain valuable information about cruising to St. Maarten and the Eastern Caribbean and will have the unique opportunity to get their travel related questions answered the program's co-hosts.

"With thousands of tourists visiting St. Maarten each year while cruising the Caribbean, we understand how essential cruise travelers are to our island," said Edward Dest, interim director of tourism for the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau. "We believe this live Twitter chat with #CruiseChat will help us gain valuable insight into what cruise travelers really want to do and see while in St. Maarten and will aide us in better catering to their needs," he added.

Participants can join the live Twitter chat by searching the topic #CruiseChat and including the hash tag #CruiseChat in all tweets. During the chat, the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau and MSC Cruises will jointly tweet questions and answers to the public about cruising in the Caribbean.

CruiseChat is a weekly Twitter event dedicated to the discussion of cruise travel in a fun, informative and engaging format, and is the only Twitter chat dedicated to the cruise industry. Each chat reaches up to 900,000 Twitter users during the one hour live sessions.

Follow the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau on Twitter at @StMaartenTravel.

For more information on St. Maarten visit the official site of the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau at www.VacationStMaarten.com.

St. Maarten

St. Maarten is the smallest island in the world to be shared by two nations, Kingdom of the Netherlands and France, creating a European-influenced vibe with a Caribbean flair. As "the culinary capital of the Caribbean," St. Maarten offers an eclectic array of cuisine fusion for food lovers with more than 365 restaurants, one for each day of the year to satisfy the tastes of every palate and pocketbook.

Located at the northern end of the Lesser Antilles, the island's 37 square miles has 37 breathtaking beaches and is home to many historical and family-oriented attractions. During the day, watersport enthusiasts can take full advantage of the island's scuba diving and snorkeling facilities. The capital of Philipsburg offers duty-free shopping with a bustling city atmosphere, while 14 casinos and numerous nightclubs provide endless entertainment.

Accommodations are varied and include elegant private villas, family oriented resorts, quaint cottages and luxury spa resorts. Air service is available to Princess Juliana International Airport from numerous U.S. and Canadian cities as well as from Europe, South America and the Caribbean.

Find St. Maarten on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/VacationStMaarten and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/StMaartenTravel.

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