Never Say Never.
Trip Start Feb 01, 2005
415Trip End Dec 31, 2020
Seven years ago we sat on the beach at Phillipsburg St Maarten and watched the cruise ship passengers pour off five massive cruise ships. We were travelling independently in the Caribbean and vowed that we would NEVER EVER be one of those passengers. No, you would NEVER see us hoarded into groups and given 5 hours in Port to "see" a country.
Whoops! - here we are arriving in St Maarten as cruise passengers on the very large MS Noordam. OK there is a reason and a story as to our change of heart and it involves an almost inaccessible Fjiord in Alaska, and extremely bad weather. Here is a quick recap. Step back to 2011 when we travelled all year and mapped out how we would complete the last few of the 40 sites we wanted to experience from a travel book. We researched how we could best get to College Fjiord and doing a cruise was really the only way, save hiring a charter plane
We alighted the ship on a mission. Our mission was to find the scene again of one of our oft told travel tales from 2005 of being threatened by a machette toting Carib while eating dinner. As we made our way through town, the smells and sights brought so many familiar memories;
"There's the beach bar we had a drink on the first day"
“There’s the hotel we stayed in – it still looks the same”
“Remember that little lane way we used to cut through to the beach”
But when it came to the actual restaurant where the event happened we could not agree on the place
It had been a lot of fun doing the memory lane wander but the day was getting hot and we had an “all onboard” time looming for our cruise ship so we fronted a beach bar offering icy cold guavaberry coladas heavily laced with rum and enjoyed a last taste of St Maarten.