Posted by: Gary Guertin | March 6, 2013

25. Caribbean – Brazil – Philipsburg, St. Maarten

Hi All,

Yesterday, Tuesday, Mar. 5, we visited our last port of this cruise, Philipsburg, St. Maarten.  I have to tell you up front, I didn’t go ashore, and Susy did, but just for a short while.  What happened is the stomach flue hit me bad in the morning and when Susy returned she went straight to bed with the same thing.  We’re better today and will be fine by Friday to go home.  If we were going to get sick St. Maarten was the best place for it to happen because we’ve been on this island several times and know it well.

St. Maarten is known as the smallest land mass to be governed by two nations, France and the Netherlands (36 miles).  The two sides of the island are like night and day.  On the French side it’s reminiscent of its colonial roots, excellent restaurants, outdoor cafes, and designer boutiques.  The Dutch side is slightly smaller and filled with casinos, nightclubs, and some of the best duty-free shopping.

I did get one photo of what I call “a peaceful, beautiful, Caribbean island”:


I sent Susy out with my camera and said to do the best she could to take pictures of the port.  Well, she got the ship’s port sign right:


That’s it.  No I’m kidding, she did get these other photos:




She did take a lot of photos of the cruise ships in the port because it was overwhelming.  There were three of the “giant” cruise” ships (4000+ passengers + 1000+ crew):


Our Captain announced later that the five cruise ships in port dumped no less than 21,414 passengers and crew in Philipsburg that day.

Well, that’s it.  This is the last post before we get home.  As usual I’ll wrap up the cruise and show you a little bit of the Maasdam sometime next week.  I hope you have enjoyed reading about the cruise as much as we have going on it.

Love You All,

Gary (Gagu)


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