Day CS6, Thursday, December 20, St. Marteen

Trip Start Dec 07, 2012
Trip End Dec 22, 2012

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Friday, December 21, 2012

I rose again about 5:45 and walked 1 1/2 miles on deck 11 as we made our way into the harbor, followed fairly closely by the Nieuw Amsterdam and somewhat later by the Freedom of the Seas, making a fairly crowded port.  This is my second visit here, the first almost exactly 10 years ago on the Crystal Symphony.  I believe the cruise terminal is new, and not much seemed familiar.

I had no specific plans for the day and took an early morning walk into Phillipsburg, returning to the ship while the day was still comfortably cool.

I met my brother at Noon and we took a cab over to Marigot on the French side of the island.  The ride seems like much more than the 5 miles or so it is on a straight line; the road is quite indirect and traffic tends to be heavy and slow.  The harbor at Marigot  is quite beautiful and we found a very nice bistro for lunch.    We returned to the ship about 3:15, and I wasted quite a bit of time fighting with the internet.  The problems seemed to be with the ship as I had no problems getting to a login page on the Freedom of the Seas network, but the Celebrity system kept telling me the internet was down.  I briefly got one email sent out about 5:30, but no really useful connection until after dinner.

For our second formal night we had several different arrangements. My brother and his significant other were booked in the Normandie Restaurant, and my great niece (aged 7) decided to stay with the kids club for a breakfast at dinner.  That left my great nephew (9), his parents, and me for a wonderful dinner.  On this cruise, at least, we have enjoyed cold soup on both formal nights, and we also had the baked Alaska tonight.  I outsmarted myself as I assumed Stars in their Eyes by the Celebrity Singers and Dancers would be at 7 and 9 as usual, but it started at 8:30 and I missed the first half.

As today's parting shot, this island is a pretty unique place.  It is the world's smallest island to be shared by 2 countries.  The way the 2 halves of the island work together should be a beacon to the world.

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