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Old 11-11-2012, 10:13 PM   #121
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Wow!

This is an awesome review! I am drinking vicariously through you! Now that I will be cruising with wee ones.....that life is so long ago (I may be able to take a glimpse into the life thanks to the kids programs?)
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Old 11-12-2012, 07:11 AM   #122
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Awwww, so sorry you didn't like the excurison as much as you thought you would. Chuck and I did that same one on the M.E. cruise in '05 and just loved it. Now, remember, it was our first cruise and our first excursion ever and we did take it in the afternoon so we were VERY easy to please. Yes, the rum punch flowed easily but this rookie drank her Guavaberry Smoothie a little too fast right before we headed onto the bus so I was ready for anything.

Yes, the hearding of the cattle to "Lina's" was tacky, even for me. We also ditched the group and agree that there wasn't enough time to look through the shops.

Now from that point, because there was some confusion, we took the Explorer back to where our bus was. This meant more rum punch had to be served and the Explorer must have set a record getting back because they didn't want to serve us more.

We were also told a story about that same mansion you posted. But, we were told that Bill Clinton was hiding there waiting for the Monica Lewinsky scandal to cool off. We were also told it was owned by Sandra Bullock. Since I was sitting close to the "captain" I said "really"?. He just laughed and said, "Oh, if you are on this boat tomorrow, I'll have an entirely different story for you". LOL


Now, as for The Guavaberry Emporium...wasn't that place awesome? We stopped in with Tony and Stacy in 09' and the lady that worked there was a hoot! She had Tony 3 sheets to the wind in about 20 minutes flat with all the samples. He also walked out with a nice stash.

Nice job on the pedometer, B. Chuck and I walked to the straw market and back in 05' too, but found out about the water taxis after we got back. It was a nice walk though, wasn't it?
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Old 11-12-2012, 08:54 AM   #123
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Love it!!! and I still cannot believe we contained ourselves until she had taken her photos and left!!
I thought we were pretty polite considering how much we'd had to drink!

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I love St. Maarten its such a beautiful Island.... still not sure if we will do Remy or not...so I can't wait to hear your report on "The House Of The Crystal Rat".....
I will do my best to get Remy posted this week ... a lot will depend on issues at the ol' place of employment. We love it there ... wonderful dining experience!

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This is an awesome review! I am drinking vicariously through you! Now that I will be cruising with wee ones.....that life is so long ago (I may be able to take a glimpse into the life thanks to the kids programs?)
Thanks for joining in! I'm sure you will get a chance to experience some liquid joy on your next cruise ... it would be a shame if you didn't since they've started making such great mixed drinks.

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Awwww, so sorry you didn't like the excurison as much as you thought you would. Chuck and I did that same one on the M.E. cruise in '05 and just loved it. Now, remember, it was our first cruise and our first excursion ever and we did take it in the afternoon so we were VERY easy to please. Yes, the rum punch flowed easily but this rookie drank her Guavaberry Smoothie a little too fast right before we headed onto the bus so I was ready for anything.

Yes, the hearding of the cattle to "Lina's" was tacky, even for me. We also ditched the group and agree that there wasn't enough time to look through the shops.

Now from that point, because there was some confusion, we took the Explorer back to where our bus was. This meant more rum punch had to be served and the Explorer must have set a record getting back because they didn't want to serve us more.

We were also told a story about that same mansion you posted. But, we were told that Bill Clinton was hiding there waiting for the Monica Lewinsky scandal to cool off. We were also told it was owned by Sandra Bullock. Since I was sitting close to the "captain" I said "really"?. He just laughed and said, "Oh, if you are on this boat tomorrow, I'll have an entirely different story for you". LOL


Now, as for The Guavaberry Emporium...wasn't that place awesome? We stopped in with Tony and Stacy in 09' and the lady that worked there was a hoot! She had Tony 3 sheets to the wind in about 20 minutes flat with all the samples. He also walked out with a nice stash.

Nice job on the pedometer, B. Chuck and I walked to the straw market and back in 05' too, but found out about the water taxis after we got back. It was a nice walk though, wasn't it?
Hiya Nancy! We talked about stealing our way back onto the Explorer for the cruise back to Philipsburg but it was filled with really old people from a European cruise ship and we stood our like sore thumbs!

And we love guavaberry ...
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Old 11-12-2012, 10:55 AM   #124
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That is funny, we wanted to avoid Pirates Night too, so we booked Palo for that evening, then we relaxed at currents and watched the fireworks FAR away from the chaos! I can't wait to hear your Remy review! I'm guessing we were at Meridian at the same time, we got there around 6:30!
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Old 11-12-2012, 01:21 PM   #125
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Sorry to hear about your excursion B
Would it have been better had they stuck to the plan and took you to Marigot by bus? Would that have gotten you there a little later than 10 AM?


Next trip we will have to make our way to the HRC too but we will gladly feast on a (North) American lunch there ...yup, we have lower standards when it comes to food, that's how we roll

Not being a foodie, however, I do know about the amazing authentic French and Dutch restaurants all over that island, I am just surprised you and Jay didn't customize a tour for yourselves to visit as many of them as you could Then again, you might need an entire week
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Old 11-12-2012, 02:56 PM   #126
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We were on the same cruise, think we were in the same mixology class as well!

Great to read your report so far, brings back the memories!

We did Remy dinner that same night as to avoid the pirate night stuff, and then watched the fireworks from Currents also!

Loved the food there (both dinner and brunch!)
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Old 11-12-2012, 02:59 PM   #127
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Like Brenda we booked Remy to avoid Pirate night - we honestly hadn't discussed our reservations in advance! But for some reason yet again we both closed the restaurant down and avoided all the Pirate stuff even the fireworks!! However I did manage to catch the Aquaduck before midnight - I had obviously drunk so much that I didn't think it was a bad idea!!
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Old 11-12-2012, 05:30 PM   #128
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That is funny, we wanted to avoid Pirates Night too, so we booked Palo for that evening, then we relaxed at currents and watched the fireworks FAR away from the chaos! I can't wait to hear your Remy review! I'm guessing we were at Meridian at the same time, we got there around 6:30!
You didn't happen to order the creme brulee martini while you were at Meridian, did you? There was a lady there that evening who ordered one and I was eyeballng it ... that's the only drink on their cocktail menu that we haven't tried.

We were still stuffing our faces while the fireworks were going off ... one of these days we may actually see them. I like your idea of watching from Currents (noting for future cruise).

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Would it have been better had they stuck to the plan and took you to Marigot by bus? Would that have gotten you there a little later than 10 AM?


Next trip we will have to make our way to the HRC too but we will gladly feast on a (North) American lunch there ...yup, we have lower standards when it comes to food, that's how we roll

Not being a foodie, however, I do know about the amazing authentic French and Dutch restaurants all over that island, I am just surprised you and Jay didn't customize a tour for yourselves to visit as many of them as you could Then again, you might need an entire week
I think even if they had stuck with the original plan we'd have gotten to Marigot too early for a lot of things to be open. And you're right about my not planning ... the only excuse is things were so nutso this summer at work with screwed up loan portfolios and mass systems conversions that I just didn't have a lot of extra time to research Marigot like I normally would. We took the easy way out with an excursion but not next time!

And we actually would like to visit the island for an entire week - we like it that much there that I think we'd really enjoy that kind of experience (at least once).

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We were on the same cruise, think we were in the same mixology class as well!

Great to read your report so far, brings back the memories!

We did Remy dinner that same night as to avoid the pirate night stuff, and then watched the fireworks from Currents also!

Loved the food there (both dinner and brunch!)
Thanks for reading along! Hope we weren't too obnoxious in Mixology ... we arrived two sheets to the wind so I know I had the giggles for sure. Remy is just amazing, isn't it? And now that's two nods for Currents for fireworks ... I'm writing that down ... again!

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Like Brenda we booked Remy to avoid Pirate night - we honestly hadn't discussed our reservations in advance! But for some reason yet again we both closed the restaurant down and avoided all the Pirate stuff even the fireworks!! However I did manage to catch the Aquaduck before midnight - I had obviously drunk so much that I didn't think it was a bad idea!!
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Great minds Wendy! And I must confess .... two cruises in twelve months (Dream and now Fantasy) and we have yet to ride the Aquaduck. Looks like we need to leave the bars a little more often.
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Old 11-12-2012, 05:48 PM   #129
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You mean you didn't eat at that wonderful bakery in Marigot - Sarafina's? OMGoodness it was yummy!

We did the Bernards Tour and really enjoyed it.

Love your Trip Report.
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Old 11-12-2012, 06:46 PM   #130
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Loving your trip report. We'll be cruising with you through the Panama Canal in Sept next year, I believe. All those sea days were too much for us to resist!

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Old 11-13-2012, 06:04 AM   #131
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You mean you didn't eat at that wonderful bakery in Marigot - Sarafina's? OMGoodness it was yummy!

We did the Bernards Tour and really enjoyed it.

Love your Trip Report.
I think we found Sarafina's with about 10 minutes of "free-time" left. We didn't want to take anything to go so we just kept on walking. Thanks for the suggestion on Bernards ... I may look into that the next time.

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Hi Kathy - thanks for reading along! We love the days at sea, too ... really looking forward to that PC cruise next year! It will be good to meet ya!
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Old 11-13-2012, 09:03 AM   #132
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Enjoying your trip report!

We were on the same cruise not far from you (8610) and were at the same Remy Champagne Brunch (i sliced ham with the fancy device)

Oh how I miss our days as DINKS - for 10 years we had much the same lifestyle as you - then we had a kid who's now 2 yrs old and accompanies us everywhere. The best part of DCL is their nursery which allowed us to enjoy Meridian, Palo, Remy, Skyline and the other bars (like you, didnt like service in La Piazza)

We had our own liquor in out stateroom so didnt try as many drinks as you so really like reading about them.

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I now find myself humming House of the Crystal Rat to the tune of House of the Rising Sun, and it's all your fault.
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Old 11-13-2012, 12:30 PM   #134
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Enjoying your trip report!

We were on the same cruise not far from you (8610) and were at the same Remy Champagne Brunch (i sliced ham with the fancy device)

Oh how I miss our days as DINKS - for 10 years we had much the same lifestyle as you - then we had a kid who's now 2 yrs old and accompanies us everywhere. The best part of DCL is their nursery which allowed us to enjoy Meridian, Palo, Remy, Skyline and the other bars (like you, didnt like service in La Piazza)

We had our own liquor in out stateroom so didnt try as many drinks as you so really like reading about them.

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Hi there - thanks for reading! I remember you ... wasn't the lunch at Remy divine? I'm glad you had a chance to enjoy some of the adult areas of the ship ... mom and dad deserve a break too!

You know what's funny ... we had liquor in the room, too. I still say that's why we didn't have any motion sickness issue with the storm later in the week.

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I am now laughing out loud humming that tune!!! Just what I need after parents evening at school!

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