Day Two - St. Maarten

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Approaching Philipsburg, St. Maarten. Looks like we won't be the only cruise ship in port!

On day two, we awoke to rain!  For some, this may be a bummer, but we are always looking for the positive.  The ship's program - Walk a Mile - was rained out, but we modified it to include steps and decks - walk completely around one deck, then climb the steps to the next deck, and so on and so on for 5 decks.  Probably more than a mile, but we each earned those coveted "ship shape" dollars.  A leisurely breakfast in the Windjammer Cafe, a quick water aerobics class which was more of a comedy act than exercise, and a short soak in the hot tub followed.  We met our group at lunch to make plans for the day in St. Maarten. 

Due to the docking time (3:00 pm), we had to choose between shopping or exploring the island as our stay was limited on time.

Town Pier Drop Off Point from the Water Taxis.
  Our group decided to shop with the stores only open for the first part of our stay in St. Maarten.  A short water taxi ride ($3 USD per person) was necessary to access the best places.  Once there, bars and restaurants lined the beach area, and shops were located a block over.  One can find just about anything on the main street - anything from clothing, jewelry, liquor, accessories, T-shirts, souveniers, etc.  Prices were about average for duty free shopping.  A pair of Tanzanite stud earrings could be found starting at $175 USD on up, or rainbow sapphire rings from $300 USD.  One of my favorite shops - Del Sol - was running special pricing on discontinued items.  I picked up a cheap T-shirt, one regularly priced, and a $10 pair of sunglasses (regularly priced at $40 USD).
We set sail from Philipsburg. A beautiful almost full moon rising.
  One good thing about Del Sol, where items all have color changing features in UV light, is that all their items are guaranteed or they replace them free of charge.  These shops are located around many countries - check them out!

Most of the stores closed between 5 and 6 pm which left little time to do much else due to darkness.  My husband and I took time to leisurely stroll back on board just in time to make our 6:15 dining room arrangements.  Again, it is so much fun listening to our tablemates excursions.  The beauty of a cruise is that everyone in the group can choose to do their own thing or stay together for nightly activities. 

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Approaching Philipsburg, St. Maart…
Approaching Philipsburg, St. Maar…
Town Pier Drop Off Point from the …
Town Pier Drop Off Point from the…
We set sail from Philipsburg.  A b…
We set sail from Philipsburg. A …
Smile - tourist photo in front of …
Smile - tourist photo in front of…
The way to the water taxis.  One o…
The way to the water taxis. One …
Shopping Haven - Duty Free!
Shopping Haven - Duty Free!
A restaurant and bar right on the …
A restaurant and bar right on the…
The main street filled with shops
The main street filled with shops
The moon rising over Philipsburg
The moon rising over Philipsburg
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photo by: Andy99