Friday, November 18, 2011

St. Maarten: Day 13

     Today is Thursday and we have docked along with four other cruise ships in Phillipsburg, on the Dutch side of St. Maarten.     This is the smallest island in the Caribbean to be ruled by two countries, the French and the Dutch.     As we disembark the Celebrity Summit, we pick-up a water taxi to take us around the harbour to the beaches and the town.    

     Wandering through these narrow streets, there are a multitude of shops, restaurants and bars to take care of your needs.    The taxis are everywhere if you need to go across island and see the rest of this 37 square mile island.

     We stopped for a rum tasting at the Guavaberry Emporium, where we sampled their Republic Rum and their many flavored liqueurs.    Their rums and liqueurs were all of a sweet nature and were very flavorful, boasting the true tastes of the infused botanicals.    

     We decided to make our visit to St. Maarten a short one, feeling the effects of our long scooter ride on Wednesday in Antigua.     Back to the ship we wandered visiting several shops on the way.   We had lunch on the ship, an afternoon enjoying the amenities of the ship’s aqua spa, plus sunning on the pool deck.     Tomorrow it is St. Thomas and a chance to revisit some friends before heading back to Puerto Rico.    :o)

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