Posted by: Gary Guertin | November 9, 2014

4. Susy’s 49 Birthday Cruise – Philipsburg, SM, Nov. 5, 2014

Hi All,

The third and last main port “we” visited was Philipsburg, Sint Maarten, the Dutch side of the island known as Sint Maarten or St. Martin if your on the French side of the island.  The island is the smallest land mass in the world (37 sq. miles) divided between two governments, 21 sq. miles governed by the French and 16 sq. miles governed by the Dutch.

Susy was not up to going ashore (too much partying), so I struck out on my own and was lucky to find a hot spot and get off the second post to you.  As I’m writing this on our last day at sea, it will now be Saturday, Nov. 8 before you see more posts.

Let’s look at Philipsburg.  The port:

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As I started out to the port I first encounter the ships port sign:


The Dutch side of the island may be smaller, but economically it is visited by most of the tourists because it was first established as a duty free port.  Philipsburg is only four streets wide and a mile long but manages to captivate most of the island visitors.  Let’s look at the port from the entrance:


Just to show I was there:


A map of the island:


As I returned to the ship I got this photo of some of the hill side homes:


and as we sail away a look back at the port:


Tomorrow, Thursday, Nov. 6th, we have a day at sea and then on Friday, Nov.7th our last stop, Half Moon Cay, the Holland American island, on the big day, Susy’s birthday.

Love You All,

Gary (alias Gagu)


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