St. Maarten / St. Martin
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read only one page " - St. Augustine

Cruise #5 Phillipsburgh, Dutch St. Maarten (Dec 2013)
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Phillipsburg, St. Maarten

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Bigger ships have already docked! We have to 'tender' in

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We drop several lifeboats to work as "tenders"

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Boarding the tender

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Heading to shore

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The ocean looks calm but 2-3 ft waves make for a bumpy ride in a small boat

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The Boardwalk is crowded with so many big ships, each with 3,000 or more passengers
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Lizzy's has everything

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The Courthouse

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Front Street

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Front Street

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The cruise lines feed you well

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Old Street

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The Boardwalk

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Big island, little island

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The little island

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One of the big ships is leaving

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Good-bye St. Maarten
The was no sailaway party since we were anchored so far out
 
Cruise #4 Phillipsburgh, Dutch St. Maarten (Dec 2012)
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The beautiful island of St.Maarten / St. Martin

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The pilot arrives

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With the pilot on board, we head into Phillipsburg, St. Maarten

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Ship traffic is heavy in Phillipsburg

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Two large cruise ships are already in port

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Two more cruise ships follow us into port

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NCL's 6,000 passenger Epic is docked on our port side

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Breakfast at the Lido affords a great view of the two ships behind us

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The larger ship begins turning around

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The smaller ship, Royal Carribean's Vision of the Seas, docks right behind us

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The larger ship is Royal Carribean's Adventure of the Seas. It backs into port next to the Epic

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Royal Carribean's 6,000 passenger Adventure of the Seas

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Phillipsburg, St. Maarten

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All these ships are in port
Left to right, the Majestic, Serenity, Adventure of the Seas and the Epic

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The Island definitely looks like a paradise

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Construction continues along the coast

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A panaoramic view

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Small boat harbors are abundant around the island

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Touring the island

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Cruise #4 Marigot, French St. Martin (Dec 2012)
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Crossing the border from the Dutch side to the French side of the Island

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Marigot, St. Martin

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Outdoor market

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Joan couldn't resist buying one of the cool T-shirts

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I regret NOT buying this T-shirt for myself

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Marigot, the capital of French St. Martin

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The Mall in Marigot on the French side, St. Martin

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Inside the Mall

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St. Martin's is known for vibrant, family-popular beaches as well as many secluded clothing optional ones

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There are some pretty fancy yachts docked in Marigot

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A closer look at one of my favorite yachts

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So I'm thinking 007 owns this yacht

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An old merchant ship beached during a hurricane

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The island has many beautiful sites

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This monument stands at the center of a round-a-bout

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A 100 year old house

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Back in Phillipsburg, it's time for a late lunch

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A Guiness, conch fritters and potato skins. The food was great!

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Time to go shopping in Phillipsburgh

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Old Street, Phillipsburgh

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A group of musicians make a last ditch effort to make money from passengers returning to their ship

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Back at the Serenity

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The crew was working while we were in port

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The Celebrity Reflection and RC's Vision of the Seas

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The Epic and Adventure of the Seas as we prepare to leave port

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St. Maarten/Martin on the horizon

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