Mom (FishAtHeart) took this of us on the water taxi.
We woke up to rainy, stormy weather. It really wasnâ€™t a pleasant morning on the ship. Dan and I attended stretch class with Joanne from Australia, who was just awesome. We all tried to do top deck â€śwalk-a-mileâ€ť but we were rained out. Instead, we all went to deck 4, walked completely around inside, the up the stairs to deck 5 and did the same... all the way up to deck 9. On RCI (Royal Caribbean International) cruises, you can earn ship shape coupons or â€śdollarsâ€ť and cash them in for things like backpacks, t-shirts, sports bottles, etc. Having a husband willing to attend these things with me was a real help in earning those coveted ShipShape dollars. (Have you ever heard the saying â€śIâ€™m ship shape! Iâ€™m in the shape of a ship!â€ťâ€¦ anywayâ€¦) Mom and I went to water aerobics in the covered Solarium pool.
Now, the seas were choppy, and the pool is on one of the topmost decks. Imagine filling a tub full of water and rocking it back and forth; what does the water do? It sloshes. Now, put things representing people in the tub; what do they do? Slosh around, too. That was water aerobics. It ended up being more of a comedy show than not. Imagine about 12 people ages 29 (me) to 70 something hanging onto the side of the pool for dear life and trying to kick like the instructor (who was NOT in the pool) wanted us to, but all of our butts sloshing around in sync with each other one way, then the other. We had more fun than exercise, but thatâ€™s what itâ€™s all about.
Mom (FishAtHeart) took this of us - pretty self-explainitory
The ship didnâ€™t pull into St.
Martin until about 3:00. By then, the weather had cleared out and we had 80 degree sunniness the rest of the day. This later time was unfortunate because the shops all closed at 6:00 and it got rather dark around that time as well. So, we had to make the choice of shopping / seeing the town OR snorkeling. We chose seeing the town. We took a water taxi (with was something like $3 USD one way) which was convenient, quick, and easy. NOTE: The more accessible shopping is off of TOWN PIER, not Bobbyâ€™s Marina. If you want to get the the heart of the shops, remember to get off at Town Pier. Many people got off at the wrong stop and had to pay another $3 to get back on. We walked around the shops and discovered that prices were pretty good, but I didnâ€™t think they were OUTSTANDING. Keep in mind, I buy souvenirs like paintings, beads, local crafts, and occasionally the local rum/tequila/wine.
Before the passengers can get off the ship, the local harbormaster must come aboard and the ship must clear customs. To speed things up, they come out in a boat as the ship approaches. See him crawling up the side? How would you like that job?
Iâ€™m not a jewelry, electronics, perfume, designer handbag kind of shopper. Those items may have been priced amazingly low, but I wouldnâ€™t know. I heard that St. Martin is the best duty-free shopping. Iâ€™m never even close to the â€śneed to declareâ€ť limit, so I canâ€™t help you much there.
Lesley meets the Yoda Guy, Nick Maley - "Met him we did!"
We did go to that Yoda-Guyâ€™s shop. Nick Maley designed Yoda in the first 3 Star Wars movies. (Before CGI and all that new stuff). Talk about an incredibly friendly man! He was more than willing to talk with us, autograph our purchases, and let us have a picture. When you purchase an item (over a certain dollar amount that I canâ€™t remember, but itâ€™s not overly high) he invites you into his small movie museum where he has authentic face casts (One of Abraham Lincoln; not an adaptation, but the real thing) and movie memorabilia.
It was worth the money, if you ask me. Nick Maley seemed like the kind of guy Iâ€™d like to sit down and have a couple drinks with. He was very interesting to talk with.
St. Martin from the ship
I want to go back to St. Martin simply because we were wrapped up and back on the ship before â€śall aboardâ€ť, and that RARELY happens with us. We didnâ€™t get to see the island other than the town which is unusual for me. However, people were VERY friendly even at the end of a very slow day for them. Some even stayed open a little later to accommodate the newcomers in the late ship.