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Old 03-05-2014, 03:10 PM   #16
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Joining in as well!! I love how organized you are
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Old 03-10-2014, 02:09 PM   #17
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Hi Leanne

It was so fun to hang with you and your hubby! Thanks again for all of the organizing you did!
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Old 03-12-2014, 08:43 PM   #19
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Where did you get the cute DCL red sweatshirts the kids had on for embark?

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Old 03-17-2014, 09:13 AM   #20
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Hi Leanne

It was so fun to hang with you and your hubby! Thanks again for all of the organizing you did!
It was so nice meeting you Jen!! I miss our awesome cruise group!
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Old 03-17-2014, 09:14 AM   #21
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Where did you get the cute DCL red sweatshirts the kids had on for embark?

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We bought them onboard our Jan 2012 cruise, they only had 3 left, hence why one child isn't wearing one!

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Tuesday February 11th - St Maarten - Pirate Night!

We had no excursions booked for St.Maarten, our plan was just to explore and grab some chairs by the beach and that's exactly what we did! We knew it would be another late night for the pirate party so we wanted to take it easy.

Woke up about 8am, it wasn't long after that when they let us know people could disembark, it was sunny, warm, blue skies - gorgeous day ahead! We had a quick breakfast at Cabana's and then walked off the ship with no wait at all. We wandered around the port area before heading into downtown Philipsburg.



We had decided to walk into town, about halfway there I regretted it as there's nothing to look at and it's very crowded (and lots of people selling water, asking you if you want a taxi) we should have taken the water taxi.

We shopped a little bit, I was on the hunt for a new ring as a Valentine's day gift but didn't find anything I liked. It was nice to pop into the stores for their air conditioning, kids were already whining about heat so I knew my time was ticking. Walked up the boardwalk looking for chairs to rent, they have plenty of people bartering asking if you want chairs - feel free to ask them for a better price.



We ended up getting two chairs, wifi and an umbrella for $15.00. It was just down from a restaurant that had a bathroom we could use too, 6 pops and ice/cups cost me $10. I realized after that bartenders come around and could have gotten them for us.










The kids had a blast swimming, there was a steep drop off and plenty of waves for them to jump around in. The one thing we hated, was the vendors who came by every 20 minutes asking if we wanted a wrap or hair braiding, massage, it was the same people over and over. At one point, one vendor asked DH if he wanted braids (hah he has no hair) he took off his hat and said "good luck" they also approached DD (7) at one point and asked if she wanted braids, so just keep an eye out.



About 12:30pm we decided we had enough of the beach (er, the vendors) and made our way back to the ship via the water taxi.



We got back on board and had lunch at Cabana's, kids headed into the pool for a little bit, there was barely anyone on board. At 2:30, DH took DD to go to the Frozen sing-a-long in the theatre, apparently she loved it, it's her fave movie so any chance to sing along to it works for her. Once they took off, DS decided he wanted to go check out the kids club for a bit - so I took advantage of the kid free time and had a nap. Dinner tonight was in Enchanted Garden, pirate menu - I love the short ribs, so that's what I had tonight. After dinner, kids went to the club to pirate party prep so we went and hung out up on deck 13 enjoying the breeze and warm air.

We picked up the kiddos in enough time to secure a great spot on deck 12 for the party, the two older boys stayed with Edge friends to watch with them. Fireworks were great as usual, then we grabbed some buffet snacks to take back to our room. The kids knew we'd be in bed early tonight since we had a 7:45am meet up time for our excursion in St Thomas, so showers and bed for everyone without arguing - great day!!











Up next, swimming with turtles and closed for 5 minutes - island time.
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Question about water taxi

Cheerio, how much was the was the water taxi in Phillipsburg, per person and what currency did they take ?
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Thanks for the sweatshirt information. One DD has a cute one from our Oct cruise but the other opted to purchase a Dumbo pillow pet, while cute was a treat on an airplane.

I was hoping we could get two of the same before we go again. I like the idea if I lose a kid I can just point to the other and say, she is dressed like that!

Would you go to the same beach again? I was looking at ones where the travel time is a lot longer. I don't like all the travel but I could do without the vendors hassle.
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great TR...can't wait to hear/see more!!!
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Great update
Does the water taxi take long to get to downtown and are they pretty regular?
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Cheerio, how much was the was the water taxi in Phillipsburg, per person and what currency did they take ?
It was $7 round trip and $5 one way, we paid USD hindsight we should have just paid for round trip
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Does the water taxi take long to get to downtown and are they pretty regular?
Took maybe 5mins tops, including loading up - they run every 15 - 20 minutes, fairly often
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Thanks for the sweatshirt information. One DD has a cute one from our Oct cruise but the other opted to purchase a Dumbo pillow pet, while cute was a treat on an airplane.

I was hoping we could get two of the same before we go again. I like the idea if I lose a kid I can just point to the other and say, she is dressed like that!

Would you go to the same beach again? I was looking at ones where the travel time is a lot longer. I don't like all the travel but I could do without the vendors hassle.
They do have some pretty neat sweatshirts in the store at the orlando airport
We would totally go back to the same beach, the vendors weren't a deal breaker, just irritating but couldn't beat the price and the fact my kids just wanted to swim for a while, shop and we could be back on the ship 10 minutes later for lunch.
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