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A Day Aboard in Sint Maartin and Shopping in Tortola


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Monday 24 January 2011

Headland across the harbor

Headland across the harbor


This was our third visit to Sint Maartin. The first time we took two ship tours, and last time we took the shuttle over to Phillipsburg and rented a car. I had wanted to rent a car again and go out to Grand Case and sample some of the French food there, but car rental is very expensive. Last time with the car there was so much construction that we never did get to the French side of the island. Since I can't take the wheelchair off anymore, we decided that we didn't need to get off this time
Dock area

Dock area


They have redone the docks and now there are TWO docks and instead of the water taxi leaving from right by the entrance it is way over on another dock.
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New ferry dock from the ship


We went up to lunch
Lunch in the Lido

Lunch in the Lido


and then after a suitable interval, I went for a swim. They were painting the retractable roof over the solarium.

We are across the dock from Explorer of the Seas
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Returning to Explorer of the Seas


and across from us on the other dock is Ventura
Ventura

Ventura


which is a P&O Cruises ship. She has multiple balconies
Multiple balconies

Multiple balconies

Man with a tattoo on the phone

Man with a tattoo on the phone


and about 9 satellite antennas.
Antennas

Antennas


Tug and barge

Tug and barge


Our room steward doesn't get to our room in the morning until late in the day. Since I don't usually come back to the room right away after dinner, I don't know when he does the room then. He does always fill the ice bucket.

We've finally gotten to new menus that are not a repeat of the previous cruise.
English cheddar cheese sticks

English cheddar cheese sticks

Baby shrimp salad

Baby shrimp salad

Mustard crusted roast beef

Mustard crusted roast beef


Poached peaches

Poached peaches


It was extremely loud in the Centrum when I was working in the computer area after dinner. After I finished it was so loud that I could not hear the elevator when it came.
Leaving St Maartin

Leaving St Maartin

Lights of Phillipsburg

Lights of Phillipsburg


Our towel animal was a somewhat unsuccessful alligator.
Towel animal

Towel animal

Tuesday 25 January 2011

Caribbean islands

Caribbean islands


We arrived in Tortola fairly early - not surprising since we had a very short distance to go. When we went up to breakfast at about 7:45 we could see that there was another ship next to us - this proved to be the Caribbean Princess.
Tortola from the ship

Tortola from the ship


I found out why some of the dining room chairs are armless when a very fat man came to sit at our table at breakfast. He would not have fit in between the arms of a regular chair. He and his wife were from Bel Air.
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Passengers walking in to town

Moorings marina - charter sailboats

Moorings marina - charter sailboats

Sailboats

Sailboats

Commercial docks

Commercial docks

Ferry

Ferry


We had to pass two Caribbean Princess gangways on the way to the end of the pier which made the walk much longer for us.
Dock between the ships

Dock between the ships


There were a couple of places I would have liked to go in Tortola, but it was hot and I didn't really have the energy to do it, so we got a cab to Sunny Caribbee. On our first trip to the Virgin Islands, I bought some nice gifts on Tortola. I like to buy things that are made locally, or at least not in Taiwan (unless I'm in Taiwan). Sunny Caribbee is one place to do this.
Sunny Caribbee

Sunny Caribbee

History of the Sunny Caribbee building

History of the Sunny Caribbee building


Inside of shop 1997

Inside of shop 1997

Paintings on the plate rail

Paintings on the plate rail


The first room had various spices and other food type items -- spices, sweets, recipes, herbs, and the like, and also cosmetics and other such items.
Inside Sunny Caribbee

Inside Sunny Caribbee


In the second room were various types of art and craft items - at least made in the Caribbean if not in the BVI.I got a birthday present for our son and had it mailed to him. On a previous visit, I bought a picture to give to my daughter-in-law.
Art - Gift

Art - Gift


The artist lives and works on Antigua. Some craft items include metal sculptures, pottery and ceramics, hand woven baskets, and wood carvings. There are also original paintings, art prints, pottery, West Indian maps, and jewelry.

The rest of the things I bought I had sent to our address.
People leaving Sunny Caribbee

People leaving Sunny Caribbee


We managed to flag a cab back to the dock - the price was $4.00 each for each trip.

We got back on the ship and I looked up our son's address and I realized I had mis-remembered his area code for his zip code, so I got out my phone, and called to correct it. First time I've used it all trip. Unfortunately Sunny Caribbe screwed up the orders and sent the package I meant to go to our son to us and vice versa

Posted by greatgrandmaR 11:12 Archived in Sint Maarten Tagged shopping tortola sint_maartin Comments (0)

Leaving the Caribbean and Sailing back to Baltimore

Two Sea Days


View Summer, 9-11-2001 - and then the 2nd time down the ICW & 2011 Back to Back Enchantment of the Seas and Lighthousing Driving South & Bermuda on greatgrandmaR's travel map.

Tuesday 25 January 2011 - continued

After we looked around from deck 10 for a bit,
Hillside houses

Hillside houses

Sailboat

Sailboat

Sun on the Tortola hills

Sun on the Tortola hills


we went down and had lunch. The lunch buffet is getting worse and worse. We normally go up and then one of us sits at the table while the other one gets something to drink. Then we go for food one at a time. The man at the next table came back empty handed and told his wife that he couldn't find anything to eat.

This time they had something labeled borscht which was a very salty beef, cabbage and potato soup --- but NO BEETS. And of course no sour cream.
Salty soup called borscht

Salty soup called borscht


I tried to get a small part of the beef pie, but all of it was at the far end, and it was too hot to put my hand in there and it was also quite salty. I got some shish kabobs and the meat was good and tender, but the pieces were huge. They actually had pb&j sandwiches on white bread (with the crusts cut off) today. . And those were good.
My lunch - pb and J, shish kabobs, and plain white rice

My lunch - pb and J, shish kabobs, and plain white rice


And they had plain white rice this time, but nothing to put on it. Bob usually gets a hamburger.
Bobs lunch

Bobs lunch


Desserts

Desserts


From the Windjammer

From the Windjammer

Big boats

Big boats


We noticed a lot of tenders coming in to the pier in front of us and figured that there must be a boat anchored out. We also saw Speedy's ferry come in.
Speedy's (ferry to Virgin Gorda)

Speedy's (ferry to Virgin Gorda)


Bob pointed out to me where he said Don told him the CSY yard used to be.
Where the CSY yard was located

Where the CSY yard was located


We saw a Windstar ship on the way out.

The waiters did the Macarena around the dining room.I really see no reason for this.
Mac doing the macarena

Mac doing the macarena


They sang on the 23rd. Why do it twice?
Joe and the other Bob

Joe and the other Bob

Betty and Jean

Betty and Jean


Especially since some of the people at the table eat double portions and it takes longer so we didn't get finished until almost 8. Then it is too late to get to the show because you have to go an hour early to get a seat. (Another result of the stretch)
ivory chocolate fondue

ivory chocolate fondue


This new entertainment director seems to be concentrated on different kinds of trivia which we don't want to do. British TV Theme Song Trivia. Beatles Song Trivia.
Sumo wrestler towel animal

Sumo wrestler towel animal

Wednesday 26 January 2011 - Sea Day

At breakfast they put us at a table for four and then didn't put anyone else with us. I don't know why. Bob goes to the buffet in the dining room and gets apple juice, one prune and a very small amount of muesli. I ordered oatmeal and a few pieces of bacon and got a plate of about 10 pieces. I guess I will have to go back to specifying two pieces in which case I get four.
A few pieces of bacon

A few pieces of bacon


They advertised a sale in the shops of jewelry and scarves
Scarves on sale

Scarves on sale


and I thought I might get some, plus they said there would be T-shirts 2 for $20. But they said the T-shirt sale was for tomorrow, even while they were announcing over the loudspeakers that it was today.
Flowers sold in the lobby

Flowers sold in the lobby


Then when we went to trivia, one of our partners decided to confront them.
Heinz - Progressive Trivia

Heinz - Progressive Trivia


I don't know what the outcome of that was. The first 11 questions in trivia were from a previous cruise, and there were some of those questions that I knew anyway (when was the Montreal Olympics, and who played Rich Cunningham on Happy Days and the currency in Germany). They also asked some new ones that I knew (who wrote "The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe"). We missed 5 (among them the location of the first winter Olympics, the number of James Bond films with one word titles, and what can you not do after 10 pm if you live in apartment in Switzerland). (The answers were France, 5 and flush the toilet). Bob figured out the number that when written out had the letters in alphabetical order. Anyway we got 15 right which puts us in the lead.
Carmen - the dance instructor that we sat with last cruise

Carmen - the dance instructor that we sat with last cruise


Yesterday the computer took a long time to boot up, so I deleted the programs that I downloaded in hope of being able to see the videos that I took of the whales, and then defragged the hard drive and did a complete virus scan of the computer. That took most of the day.

It is formal night tonight.
Jane the assistant waiter

Jane the assistant waiter

Bob and Jean

Bob and Jean


Lettuce wedge

Lettuce wedge

Breaded shrimp

Breaded shrimp


The menu was really bad - nothing that I wanted to eat for a main course. They had pan fried salmon and I tried that, but what I got was the regular salmon.

I think the waiter asked me if I wanted the fried salmon or the salmon that was on the menu each night and either I didn't understand the question or he didn't understand my answer which was "Yes .." that I wanted the salmon on the menu meaning the fried salmon that was on menu that night. I didn't even take a photo of it.
Lime basil parfait

Lime basil parfait

Chocolate marquise

Chocolate marquise


Our towel animal was a ninja again

I don't care for this cruise director and his wife AT ALL. There is nothing for us to do on sea days. There is nothing to watch on the TV.

Thursday 27 January 2011 - Second Sea Day

We had breakfast with some nice people, and then went to the progressive trivia. This was very hard as we knew almost none of the questions. We got 10 out of about 28 correct. I think the most anyone got was 13. I think some of them we should have gotten credit for arachnidutyrophobia we said was fear of peanut butter but Ricky the person running the trivia said it was fear of having peanut butter stick to the roof of your mouth. I said the middle finger was the medial phalanx and he said the medius was the correct answer.. He said that they drive on the left in Korea and not Japan, and I thought they drove on the left in Okinawa and that was part of Japan. Anyway we now have 56 points. We had 46 points before today and the most anyone else had was 34 points, so even if one of the two teams that had 34 got 13 points, they would have 47 points now and we would still be ahead.

I used all but 2 minutes of the computer time I bought on Bob's card last night, so I am now using the ones that their computer thinks I have left on my account. I know I don't have any more minutes because their computer did not count correctly, but I can't get them to remove them from my account either by pleading or insisting. They say they can't be removed except by my using them so that's what I will do.

I posted some pictures of our trivia partners and our assistant waiter on Picasa and also Leslie wanted to see pictures that I've been taking of the food, so I posted them too after lunch.

Then we went to hear the captains talk.
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Auditorium

Captain Rob on right and hotel director answering questions

Captain Rob on right and hotel director answering questions


After that I went to register for the drawing for those people that shopped at the 'approved' shops. Sunny Caribbee was one of the approved shops. It was supposed to be yesterday (according to the program) but yesterday's program was completely screwed up and had almost everything wrong on it - the wrong dates and the wrong sale times and the drawing registration times were wrong too.

Tonight was lobster night.
Lobster and shrimp

Lobster and shrimp

Chocolate peanut butter 'tart'

Chocolate peanut butter 'tart'

My dessert

My dessert


We had a strange floppy eared animal for a towel animal last night - maybe a dog.

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