Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Caribbean Princess in St. Maarten

Today was the umpteenth perfect day in St. Maarten. Just like last week - Here's the recap of that day. Actually, today was perfect up until the point we tried to get a taxi back to the ship.

The drinks were again good at the Bikini Bar on Orient Beach.
 They had raked the sea grass so there were paths to get to the water.
While the beach was busier than last week it still wasn't crowded.

Even when the afternoon winds and tide brought in more sea grass and I decided to stop going into the water, it was still a great day.

Great until the taxi driver approached us as we were ready to leave. 

We've visited many Caribbean islands and many places in Mexico and have seen taxi drivers being pretty darn aggressive with cruise ship passengers. I get that drivers have to hustle to get tourist dollars but they don't have to flat out hustle passengers to get the dollars. We recognize when people are being scammed and we had a driver today trying to scam us. (Hubby called it a shakedown.) Most tourists would believe him, follow him, and pay him. But we weren't having any of it. While we made it back to the ship in plenty of time (after finally getting a different driver) the entire experience made us just not want to go back again. We'll see. 

Tonight we have the Most Traveled Guest Cocktail Party up in Skywalkers. The 40 passengers on the ship with the most days on Princess Cruises are invited to this. Sometimes it's a party, sometimes a luncheon, sometimes a brunch. We just barely made the cut this cruise. In fact, one of those invited couldn't make it so we were next on the list. So technically we were #41 on the ship. So I'm guessing the  number of days cutoff was in the mid 400s. I may or may not take food pics. If so, I'll add them here later tonight.

Update to Most Traveled Party: No food pics, but look what was on my side of the bed when we came back to the cabin - compliments of our cabin steward who has been teaching me how to make towel animals.

Medallion™ Update:
To make the progression of the roll-out more clear I've grouped the posts by week. Today I'm addressing a few of the questions and comments you've been sending my way.

You can find the post here on the Sept 1-8 update page.
August 18-25 updates can be found here.
August 25-Sept 1 updates can found here.

Encouraging Word Money Pocket Drop Off:
In the restroom at Bikini Bar.

We've got two sea days in a row coming up.

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