Philipsburg, Sint Maarten
St Maarten's Big 3: The Flying Dutchman, Schooner Ride & Canopy
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Approximately 6¼ Hours
St Maarten's exciting new thrill-rides invite you to satisfy your need for speed, height and fun as you take the Soualiga Sky Explorer chairlift, experience the world's steepest zip-line, and surf down the mountain in an inner tube.
Board air-conditioned transportation at the dock for a 30-minute ride to Rockland Estate. Step into the plantation house, built in the 1700s, to learn the powerful story of Trace Wilson, born into slavery on the estate in 1818. His descendant, Emilio Wilson, purchased the property to educate current and future generations about the conditions of plantation life as well as the customs, traditions and history of St Maarten.
Hop on a chair on the Soualiga Sky Explorer for a 25-minute ride to the top of Sentry Hill -- St Maarten's highest elevation at 1,125 feet. A series of platforms encircle the mountaintop show casing 360-degree views of the whole island. On a clear day, you'll see the neighboring islands Saba, St Eustatius, St Barths and Anguilla.
Next, get your thrills on at speeds of up to 56 miles per hour on the world's steepest zip-line. Called the Flying Dutchman, the zip-line features a 1,050-foot drop in elevation over 2,800 feet to experience. You're attached to a flight line in a secure harness chair, launching you on the ride of a lifetime.
Back on the Soualiga Sky Explorer, journey up to the transfer station. Gear up here for your Sentry Hill Zip-Line flight over the mountain ridge.
To complete your top-to-bottom adventure, head to the Schooner Ride. This involves surfing down the mountain in an inner-tube around the curves and along the straightaways of a specially-designed track.
After your fun-filled adventure, select your favorite photo and video (at your own expense); then, enjoy exploring the estate. You'll have time to purchase St Maarten delicacies, snacks and beverages at the restaurant (at your own expense) if you wish.
Board the air-conditioned shuttle to return to the ship.
Minimum height allowed is 52 inches. Maximum weight allowed is 275 lbs.