I will refer to my DDs as DD1, DD2, DD3, and DD4 (14, 12, 8, & 6) Day 4 St. Maarten April 4, 2006 We awoke at 7:30. After seeing nothing but water since Saturday afternoon it was very eerie when I turned on the bridge channel and saw these steep mountains in front of the ship. (Cat 10s/no view) We dressed in swimwear and cover ups and went to breakfast on at Topsiders to take in the view. We were up a little ahead of others so as we entered TS there were not many people there. BUT as we were finishing it was getting more crowded. We went back to the cabins and sunscreened up and got our things together and left a little after 9:00. The temperature was very comfortable. We took the water taxi to Great Bay Beach for $5 for everyone 12 and older. They gave us a wristband that was good all day. The ride over took 5 minutes. The first stop was more for shoppers we were dropped off 2 minutes away a little farther down on the beach. We were immediately approached by locals offering various things from trips, taxis, to chairs, hair braiding, and shirts/bags/etc. to buy. A firm no was needed. (4 DDs with long hair drew comments all day Tuesday and Wednesday on both islands.) We walked down the beach and every 10 to 20 yards a different local offered chairs. I am not sure how to find the very best deal. Id heard on report before that said they got free drinks and a restroom included. It seemed nicer down a ways so we walked on. When we stopped we paid $5 per chair and an umbrella came with every 2. (We paid for 4, but did not use all 4 at the same time.) Locals came by all morning but were not too aggressive. I actually bought a cheap tropical shirt for DH to wear at Pirate Night since Id left is at home. The water was nice. There were small waves and there was a little drop off. (from ankle deep to thigh deep very quickly. All around us were people off the Magic. There were water trampolines for the children $5 for all day. We did not do this. Id brought some snacks and water. We ate these near noon and headed back to the ship by 1:00. We ate lunch on deck 9 and the younger girls swam in the Mickey pool that was not crowded at all. Older DDs and then myself showered and threw something on. We put DDs 3&4 in the kid programs and we went back to do a little shopping. We are not gold/jewel people and we had to walk past a lot of these store to find other suvies. I bought 3 shirts for $20. A Polo for DH and 2 that changed color in sunlight. We headed back to get ready for Pirate Night. We were able to get pix with Pirate Mickey yeah. Dinner was fun and festive. We ordered a lot more food. I got the crab cake and it was super, salad, tenderloin AND tried the seafood pasta. Dessert the cheesecake. The show was great, better than at AP the night before. We tried to get DD4 to rest and she seemed to be getting overly tired from so much activity. We went to the Pirate Party on deck 9 a little early and got a good spot. It was a lot of fun and the cast members on stage were great. It was going very well when DD4 crashed and I took her back to the cabin and she and I got ready for bed. SO, after 14 months of anticipation, I really missed most of it. (I so wanted to see the fireworks.) The rest of the family returned later.