Saturday, March 13, 2010

Azamara Cruise - Day 5- St. Martin

Linda was sitting on the balcony reading this morning when she spotted a large sea turtle swimming just off the side of our ship the Azamara Journey. By the time she called me, the turtle had disappeared into the depths of the Caribbean—so I guess we have to call it an alleged sighting.
St Martin is a split island with half speaking Dutch and the other half speaking French. We anchored off the French side of the island outside of its main town of Marigot. We were tendered the into shore and the seas were very bouncy and Linda got to sample some of the salt water from a wave that wanted to come into the tender and greet her personally.
It was quite warm in St.Martin with a temperature of about 85 degrees. Marigot is a bustling town with a definite appeal to separating tourists from dollars or Euros. Many beautiful yachts and large sailing vessels could be seen in the various marinas around the town. Most of the development on the island is situated along its coastal plain and its beaches are a $10-20 taxi ride away from the main town.
Linda and I climbed to the top of the steep hill where the ruins of Fort Louis could be seen. It was a hot and many staired climb up to the top. From the ruins it was possible to get a great panoramic view of Marigot, the harbor and even across to the island of Anguilla about 10 miles in the distance.
Our friends Bill and Teresa Rinegal from the Williamsburg, Virginia Cruise Holidays store caught the ship in St. Martin. And it was nice to have dinner with them and talk about the cruise biz and life in general. We told them how impressed we were with the food and service and after a nice dinner they were in agreement. After our meal we saw a very nice show featuring Doug Cameron, a classical and jazz violinist who performed a show based on hot jazz. He was good and received a standing ovation at the end of his performance.
On another note, every morning we receive a news summary recapping the previous days news events. I notice when it comes to sports whoever is putting the newsletter together has an east coast bias because they never include any scores from the west coast, including the Pac 10’s basketball tournament or spring training for baseball—just a little bit of a pet peeve. If that’s the worst complain from this cruise I would say that Azamara still hits a home run with us.
Tomorrow Linda and I have signed up for an island tour of St. Kitts, a first-time visit place for us both. I noticed that the weather in Seattle was 46 degrees with rain—maybe some of our warm weather pictures might help warm things up a bit.

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