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For those curious about the beach in St Maarten (I still can't spell it right every time), here's a few pics.  You can rent those chairs and go beach lounge.  There's the ship's in the background.  The walk isn't bad but there is a ferry I think is around 5 bucks a person.

The bar below is a cool place to stop and chill. 

I have a few pictures of our zipline that I'll post later.

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Day 5 - St Maarten 

This cruise is going by way too fast.   I mean, it's supposed to be a 9 nighter ... should feel like a long vacation, right.   Guess when your cruising time flies faster than you imagine.   Oh well, it's a lot of fun and we still have a few more days.

It was an early morning, since we forgot to cancel our standing coffee order.   Oh well, we got the rest of the family up and dressed and headed up to CK.  I said we got dressed, I didn't say they were in a good excited mood.   Anyways, ordered up some waffles and French toast and bacon.   Yeah, should have ordered 2 of the French toasts because it was basically one slice of bread ... the waffles,  yeah skip those.   Had a weird texture and didn't taste that good.

We docked around noon and hooked up with Yen to get escorted off the ship for our excursion.   I can make her laugh every time, though sometimes I wonder if it's the polite laugh ... humm...

Our excursion was the zipline and ropes course... the bus drive was only about 20 or so minutes with about 45 of us.  We got there, geared up and took off on the course.   We tried to make our way towards the front since we move a little faster than some.   Took maybe about 45 minutes to do the whole thing, then waited on the bus for everyone else to finish. 

I'll have to work on the pictures later and dig out some decent ones.   The ride back was short and they even dropped us off near the main strip so we could shop for a few. 

The boys took off in search of The Yoda Guy and the girls went shopping.  Last time here we bought his book which he signed and he signed it again for this yeah. 

Nothing else major happening, so we met back up and got back on the ship.  We did have some of those strawberries waiting on us ... yes, put that as a standing order. 

Of to Jamie's tonight for dinner so watch for pictures.  The sun had already set, so I wasn't able to scope it ... maybe another night I'll scope the setting sun.    Of course, I have to wait for @Lovetocruise2002 to get home from work lol. 

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Thanks so much for doing this great Live Blog!  I'm looking forward to our identical cruise in a few weeks on the RC group cruise!  I really appreciate you posting the teen schedule as I have a son (12) and daughter (15)  that are looking forward to it.  We have the late seating scheduled, but now we are debating changing to either My Time or the earlier seating because of the activities for the kids that happen from 8:00-10:00 at night.  Are you or your kids noticing, in general, if those events are must do for teens?

Enjoy the rest of your cruise, and I look forward to the rest of your blog posts!

Chris

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33 minutes ago, cmsn0w said:

Thanks so much for doing this great Live Blog!  I'm looking forward to our identical cruise in a few weeks on the RC group cruise!  I really appreciate you posting the teen schedule as I have a son (12) and daughter (15)  that are looking forward to it.  We have the late seating scheduled, but now we are debating changing to either My Time or the earlier seating because of the activities for the kids that happen from 8:00-10:00 at night.  Are you or your kids noticing, in general, if those events are must do for teens?

Enjoy the rest of your cruise, and I look forward to the rest of your blog posts!

Chris

We found if we wanted our daughter to eat with us, we had to do my time or early seating.  This last Oasis cruise was more flexible (she's 16 and more people had specially dining to work around) but usually they would meet around 8.  Usually they didn't do the events but roamed around the ship, especially as she gets older.  At 12 she did alot of them, or they would do one and then leave.  The first night you definitely want them to be there at 8 for the meet and greet.  Jane

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1 hour ago, cmsn0w said:

Thanks so much for doing this great Live Blog!  I'm looking forward to our identical cruise in a few weeks on the RC group cruise!  I really appreciate you posting the teen schedule as I have a son (12) and daughter (15)  that are looking forward to it.  We have the late seating scheduled, but now we are debating changing to either My Time or the earlier seating because of the activities for the kids that happen from 8:00-10:00 at night.  Are you or your kids noticing, in general, if those events are must do for teens?

Enjoy the rest of your cruise, and I look forward to the rest of your blog posts!

Chris

I would recommend doing the any time dining.   We have tried to have a set time for dinner, but after the first couple of nights the kids really wanted to be out on their own.   They decided not to join us for Wonderland or Chef's table since they met friends they would rather hang out with.   Our kids are 12 (son) and 14 (daughter).  Or son is more into the different activities, while our daughter just wants to hang out with new friends and be on her phone #DontGetMeStarted.    So, we have just told them to check in every now and then and their curfew is midnight.   Also, they are not allowed to go to anyone's room or have anyone in our suite unless we are there. 

I will say, there are some activites they thought were lame and hardly anyone showed up. .. so they activities may be limited with participation.  I think it may depend also on how outgoing your kids are .... 

But, you may want to go with the idea of dinner being the parents and maybe the kids will join .. heh

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Just now, rjac said:

Have you ventured into the MDR for dinner yet? We're on the Anthem 7/13 for a 5 day Bermuda cruise. Really enjoying your blog, thanks! :27_sunglasses:

Glad you are enjoying following along.   Honestly, we haven't been in the MDR since our cruise on Independence back in 09.  Since we found the coastal we haven't wanted to go back. Lol. Do you want pictures or menu?

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44 minutes ago, TheHobbys said:

And for dessert .... hmm

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None are marked vegetarian.  Interesting.  Some of those options sure don't look like they have meat in them.

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Day 6 - San Juan

It's been a slow day.   Nothing much happening at port.   Quick breakfast at coastal then packed up for a walk around.   Took the kids up to the old fort then found a popsicle store with fruit pops.  Then meandered around into some gift shops for some trinkets.   Couple hours walking and we were back on board.   The kids ran off to play with friends while the adults went back to coastal for lunch.   Wanted a burger from JR, but they didn't open till 2.  After lunch it was nap time, of course.   Then back to eat... go figure.   

There was a magic comedy show that was really good.  We got reserved seats up front and I'll be dammed if I didn't get pulled on stage.   It was a lot of fun and the magician was great. 

Hung out at the casino for a little bit too donate to the ship's gas money, but still had fun.  Tomorrow is Labadee, so planning to snorkel and play around.   Amazing how tired you get vacationing.   Tomorrow is also Wonderland and trapeze class.... yeah that'll be interesting. 

Still have two shows coming up, Spectra and We Will Rock You.   Should have done those sooner in case we wanted to see then again.   Our son has been invited to sit with the director of Spectra to watch how he runs the show and robots.   That should be cool.   Our daughter gets to meet the cast of We Will Rock You and see how they get ready behind the scenes, so that'll be cool for her. 

Anyways ... of to catch a few hours of sleep before another day playing.   Trying to get time to slow down but it's not working.   So far, a great cruise.  I will say I think we prefer the oasis class ships better, especially the coastal kitchen environment.   More on why later  🙂

 

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8 hours ago, TheHobbys said:

Our son has been invited to sit with the director of Spectra to watch how he runs the show and robots.   That should be cool.   Our daughter gets to meet the cast of We Will Rock You and see how they get ready behind the scenes, so that'll be cool for her. 

How awesome for your kids! Is this a Star Class perk courtesy of Yen, or simply the crew going above and beyond with kids who expressed an interest?

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On ‎6‎/‎10‎/‎2019 at 7:22 PM, TheHobbys said:

For those curious about the beach in St Maarten (I still can't spell it right every time), here's a few pics.  You can rent those chairs and go beach lounge.  There's the ship's in the background.  The walk isn't bad but there is a ferry I think is around 5 bucks a person.

The bar below is a cool place to stop and chill. 

I have a few pictures of our zipline that I'll post later.

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What is the name of the beach?..does the ferry leave right from the port and drop right at the beach?

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54 minutes ago, JLMoran said:

How awesome for your kids! Is this a Star Class perk courtesy of Yen, or simply the crew going above and beyond with kids who expressed an interest?

We asked Yen about a tour and she was able to get us a private tour.   

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47 minutes ago, monctonguy said:

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What is the name of the beach?..does the ferry leave right from the port and drop right at the beach?

Don't know the beach name but it's on the main drag and walkable from the ship.  The ferry does leave from the port and takes you to that beach where all the shops are.   There isn't an excursion to this beach, those diamond international shops will take plenty. lol

I did a periscope of us in st maarten showing the beach and the ferry.   If my land genie, @Lovetocruise2002, could probably find the link for.  Ha

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1 hour ago, monctonguy said:

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What is the name of the beach?..does the ferry leave right from the port and drop right at the beach?

Just turn left outside the port and walk.  It really isn't far and very easy to find.  The hardest thing we found was getting out of the port area lol.  We kept dead ending at the ferry.  It really was a fun and inexpensive few hours.  Jane

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