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Old 04-04-2013, 02:18 PM   #556
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We got up at 6:30 am this morning because we needed to get out of here a little early so we can get off the ship.

We worked out on the elliptical machines and burned a few extra calories. Breakfast was the usual; it was 3 egg white, salmon, English muffin, and hot tea. Sounds so yummy, doesn’t it! Oh, I did have nonfat yogurt and figs.

Today is Philipsburg, St Marteen, and by 9 am we were off the ship and on the walk we see this windthings…. They are new since last year.






My ship is the one on the right, the big looking one, which is funny, b/c we are on one of the last small ships that Royal has…

We then headed to the taxi stand, it was J&M, B&P, and US, and we got a taxi for $8 each to Maho Beach. Looking out the taxi on the way…















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Old 04-04-2013, 02:19 PM   #557
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David and I had never been there before but everyone else had been there. When we got to the beach there was hardly anyone there. We had the place to ourselves. The cab driver explained that today was the last day of the regatta and that it was expected to have tons of people and lots of parties.







We went to the Sunset Beach bar, and staked out a great table that allowed us to see the sea, the sky, and some of the landing strip. We ordered a bucket of beer, and then sat in the shade waiting for the planes, and enjoyed the day.


They also have a surfboard, that is at the edge of the beach and they write up all the times for the planes coming in. We stood on the beach for a departure and it was pretty lame. We were told that some of the bigger planes will showboat for you and provide you with some great, blasts. But I was told that it could harm my camera and my glasses because it does literally sand blast you.







So I spent most of my time waiting for the arrivals, we had another bucket of beer, and then another bucket, some food was ordered.











A little plane coming in…





Here is another one



This is some of the regatta boats, there will be more later….












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Then the coast guard showed up…








This one is taking off, and spraying all the people of the beach with Jet Blast, that is hot and fierce; you could see towels and chairs all kinds of things flying into the water.















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After the big KLM came in we got ready to go and caught a taxi back to the port. The ride back was fun and our driver was funny.











We walked around and checked out the shops there at the port, then headed back to the cabin. We ordered some room service when we got back, within 40 minutes it arrived, and we had a fun there trying a few items, we got a seeded rye sandwich, Mediterranean salad, and cookies.















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After lunch, we watched some TV and then headed to the Diamond Lounge for drinks and friends prior to dinner.









Dinner was good, it was not amazing…


I had the creamed Wild Mushrooms, in a flaky puff pastry, sautéed wild mushrooms, cream and herbs.




David had his normal…


David and I both had the Aged Hand Cut Manahattan Strip Steak, grilled to order and served with Garlic Butter and seasonal vegetables…




I opted to not have anything tonight, and David tried the Sugar Free Almond Torte


Then the ice cream…
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Great update! We have been to St Marten like 5 times and haven't been to that beach yet! Maybe next time? It's just so easy to walk over to the beach right by port and shop there - lol

That pic of you 2 looks awesome!!
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Whoa! Those planes come close! Very nice pic of you two at dinner!
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Amazing plane pictures. That seems too close for comfort!
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Great update! We have been to St Marten like 5 times and haven't been to that beach yet! Maybe next time? It's just so easy to walk over to the beach right by port and shop there - lol

That pic of you 2 looks awesome!!
We also have been there many times, and had never made the trip out there either.

We had a great time, just chillin there on the beach, drinking beer and watching the planes.

Other ate there, and enjoyed the food, I thought it was way over priced. but to each his own.

I don't know if we will go back next time or not... I know Jim and Marylou only went b/c we had never been.
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Whoa! Those planes come close! Very nice pic of you two at dinner!
There are really close, the bigger ones are closer than the smaller ones, which is kind scary. They are really loud too.

You should search for Maho Beach Videos and watch some of these people standing in the jet blast, it is so crazy!
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Amazing plane pictures. That seems too close for comfort!
We were off the beach for the most part, so I only got the full effect twice and that was enough for me, but some of the people were out there the whole time.

It was pretty interesting.

The bigger planes require a longer period to drop down to the required altitude, so they come in lower and drop slower, the smaller planes just drop after they cross the beach.

So, the bigger ones were right over your head.
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Great update. Yep, those planes look too close for me! I love the sail boat pictures
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Great update. Yep, those planes look too close for me! I love the sail boat pictures
That is why I was sitting at the bar, enjoying my buckets of beer, not on the beach...
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David and I are back up at up our 7 am wake up call to go to the gym and I decide to stay in. I really do not care if I work out or not, I am super tired.

I met up with David, Marylou, and Jim at breakfast, 0830a.m., David and I have the same thing we always do, 3 egg whites, salmon, English muffin and jelly. After breakfast, we decided to meet up at 10:00am on deck and walk off the ship. There is nothing that we want really to do, but we are here at St. Thomas, we decided to buy 6 bottles of Jameson 18 year limited reserve, and have it delivered to our ship, I hope it is on here. Marylou is looking for a necklace that she saw on the last cruise, a silver omega chain so she can add dangle charms from previous cruises to it.

Then we walked over to the grocery store called pubelo and waited for the dollar cab.







We waited less than five minutes and the safari cab arrived and took us over to the shopping area. We stopped across the street from the official taxi drop off, and walked down the main shopping area, we stopped in the little Switzerland shop and found the tag watch that has the diamonds and sapphires around the face and the blue mother of pearl face, with diamonds on the band. Retail was 16k, it was marked down to 13,500 and then he gave us a special price of 9,150. David and I did walk away from the watch. It was sad but a little too much for a watch. After leaving the shop, we did walk and check prices in several places on alcohol we never saw the price for Jameson for less, we did find a place that was $20 a bottle more. The whole time we were headed for palm passage.




We of finally made our way to the bar, sparky was the bar tender again today. His real name is Rick, not sure why we can't remember that. David and I figured that we had been to see him 5 years in a row. He makes a mean bushwhacker.



When we order one, he starts us out with a half glass for all of us then makes a new batch, and tops us off, the we have another round, and then we are talking to Elaine and ??? And he ends up buying David another one, and then Jim has another one. When we left, the bill was only 60, not too bad really.



At this point, we headed for the bus stop, and took the dollar taxi back towards pueblo super market; we stopped one stop prior to the turn and walked back to the ship.







I was walking backwards and fell, but made sure that I protected the camera. So I feel on my Bum. Up I went and here we go. Back on the ship.



We came back to the cabin, but did not order any food, I think. We were just too full from the bushwacker's. at 5 we were dressed and ready for the diamond lounge.















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We met the whole gang up there, ate a few of the veggies, drank a few drinks, and then headed for dinner.



I had a salad, lettuce, tomato and dressing.


David had the cream of onion soup,


we both had the veal shank,




and some kind of pastry thing with corn and onion.






For dessert, we had a cobbler thing and some very melted ice cream.






The hostess’s had to escort me back to the table, they called me “Princess” every time they saw me…





After dinner to bed we go..
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