Posted April 15th, 2012, 10:57 AM
One of our favorite ports of call. We LOVE St. Marteen. There is just something about this place.
We woke up a little late. No big deal, we’re on VACATION! After breakfast and the slathering of SPF 50 for everyone, we piled into a taxi van and headed toward Maho beach. There were five ships in port today so things were a little crazy. The ships were NCL Epic, Princess Grand Princess, Navigator (WOO!), Celebrity Constellation, and Fred. Olsen Brahemer (very small). I asked the driver what was the most amount of ships in one day and she said nine. NINE SHIPS?! WHOA! That’s a lot of people
We shared the van with some people from the Epic. They were telling my wife Terri how the ship seemed to be geared toward kids more. Interesting. Maybe we should look into NCL next time? The only problem is their ship is kinda ugly. It looks like they stacked a building on the front above the bridge. Said building is all of the fancy suites.
We arrived to find Maho PACKED with people. We swam in the clear water and played in the sand. If you don’t know, Maho sits at the end of the runway for Princess Julianna International Airport. You get to see the planes land and take off from the beach. The beach is in the landing path so it looks like the planes are going to land right on your head. WE LOVE IT! This time we got to see a 747 (KLM) land and take off. When the 747 was taking off people were standing at the fence to feel the jet blast. When the pilot kicked all four engines in people went running for the water. I saw a hat go flying through the air but no people. Fun stuff.
After three hours we went back to the ship. I had half of the beach in my water shoes. That made for a pleasant ride back. We had an interesting driver on the way back. She was hell bent to get us to the port as fast as possible. She took alleys and turned this way and that. At one point she went down a one way alley the wrong way. I didn’t see it but Terri told me about it.
We did a little shopping when we hit the port. I have a little place that I buy my Appleton’s rum from. Good price and what seems to be a good selection. I also picked up a bottle of Gentlemen Jack. I was actually able to buy a little better rum in port than on the ship. The ship had the standard Appleton’s for $18. I was able to buy the reserve in port for $15. The regular was $12 in port. There was one bottle of 30 year old rum that I wanted but Terri said “NO!” It was only $230. Seemed reasonable to me. But that’s why I’m not an accountant.
Back on board all clean and sand free we did dinner and then took the kids to the club (Adventure Ocean). We went to see the production show in the theatre. This time it was a show with pop music. I think they called it ALL ACCESS. Terri didn’t like it because she didn’t know many of the songs. “Who is Sly?” “That’s Sly and the Family Stone, dear.” Some of the artists were Abba, Sly & the family Stone, Bee Gees, and Madonna was at the end. The show was complete with one of the singers wearing a semi pointy bra.
Great day. Coming up, St. Kitts.
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