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Sunday, January 18, 2015

St. Maarten Or St. Martin?

Both actually.  The little Caribbean island has two sides, one Dutch (St. Maarten) and one French (St. Martin).  And both sides get along famously, more than many other countries can say.

It was a very early morning for us, getting up at 5:30 am (!!!)  but we wanted to see the Fantasy as she pulled into St. Maarten.  Peering out over the ocean, the island started to come into view.

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Getting closer, the houses on the sides of the lush green mountains became visible.

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Looking astern, we could see we’d be having some company in port.  The island’s economy is based mostly on tourism.  Looked like they’d be having a banner day.  All tolled, three other cruise ships were in port with us.

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Along came the pilot boat, we were almost there.

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Nice tall ship in port, too.

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The cruise ship alongside us was even bigger than we were.

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We left the ship for our tour by hiking through Cruise Ship Canyon.

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Yup, the cleaning crew was already busy scrubbing the ship.

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We boarded our bus for a very nice narrated ride around the island.  The guide was very knowledgeable and it was fun listening to her lovely Caribbean accented English.  In no time we were enjoying the views,

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interesting sights, like this hundred year old house,

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as well as modern, colorful homes.

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There were even signs of advanced civilization!  ;c)

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Beautiful flowers adorned the sides of the roads.

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Often times, there were brightly colored iguanas hanging out on the branches, but I was never fast enough to catch one on camera.

We stopped at the harbor on the French side of the island and walked around the town for a bit.

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Later after sampling some local pastries and looking in some of the local stores, we boarded a boat for the harbor part of our tour.

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There sure are a lot of people wintering over on the island in their  yachts and sailboats.  I guess they are the ultimate snowbirds.  :c)

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Then it was back to the ship after a wonderful day out, one we’ll not soon forget.

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Our next stop would be Puerto Rico.  Hey, wait for us!!!

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Thanks for visiting and feel free to leave a comment.

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13 comments:

  1. Glad you didn't miss the boat! :)

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  2. Oh dear we really are in trouble if McDonalds is a sign of advanced civilization. I imagine the mouse doesn't care for the nickname Micky D. Great looking tall ship. Glad you didn't wear yourself out in Cruise Ship Canyon.

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  3. If you had gotten on the wrong ship we'd really be in trouble. You probably be posting with an Aussie accent right now governor. LOL
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

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  4. One day you two are pirates, the next day you are island hoppers;o)) It looks like a great cruise!!!

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  5. Isn't it fun visiting these places? We've done about every port in the Caribbean and I don't care if we are considered "touristas"... it's fun and a day in a port here... a day in a port there... (and especially great if I find a geocache hidden there) ... we have a great time doing exactly what you're doing. Hope it's as fun for you!

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  6. I have to agree the Caribbean islands are definitely beautiful.

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  7. Very nice weather you had there. Love the colorful palette of the islands!

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  8. I wonder if Disney's scrubbers would come to Yuma??

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  9. Never been there. With all those cruise ships, you'd think the island would sink.

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  10. Such a great tour you had, love a good tour guide, make the whole experience over the top.
    We once sat at a bar in Cozumel waiting for our ship to depart when the other one pulled out. One couple was running down the dock and missed their boat. They chartered a small boat and hopped in to chaise theirs. Too close of a call, but I think they managed to board at sea. Probably an expensive charter.

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  11. Thanks for taking me along on your Caribbean tour with your terrific photos. I've never been on a cruise but I am getting tempted.

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  12. In any "foreign port" I'd always look for those golden arches, just in case I needed to go for a McSh*t. Wouldn't want to eat the food though, or I'd be right back in there.

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