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7th December, 2012

St Maarten

This is our last port of call for this leg of our ‘Caribbean Celebration’ cruise. The time in the islands has gone far too quickly, but as they say, ‘ all good things must come to an end’.

St.Maarten has become one of the most popular cruise destinations in the Caribbean in recent years, the results of the considerable investment in redevelopment of the port infrastructure - which is still on going. The 2 finger piers, which can accommodate 4 floating resort ships, have been built since I was last here on Saga Rose in 2002. In those early days all the visiting ships had to anchor off and run tenders to Bobby’s Marine. Now it’s a completely different scene. It’s only a short walk ashore to the shopping complex selling everything one could wish for.

St Maarten, famous for its casinos and party atmosphere, has an interesting mix of European cultures. The island itself is divided into two distinct sectors, the French to the North and the Dutch to the South, with each side holding a large degree of self-autonomy from the other.

A ten to fifteen minute stroll amd a water taxi ride, brought passengers to a fantastic beach, with a number of guests utilizing this opportunity to top up on their suntan.

Our time in port was extended today, due to a technical issue, not that anyone was complaining about remaining in such a beautiful place for a few extra hours. Plenty of shopping was done by all, and I’m sure a number of wallets returned a tad lighter then when they set out!

In the main lounge tonight there was an energetic performance of ‘Happy Days’ by the singers and dancers of “Explosive Productions”. It was time to relive the 1950’s and 1960’s in this rock and roll tribute featuring the greatest hits from this magical era.

Additionally, our classical consort, the ‘Belle Époque Quartet’ performed a delightful soiree In the Drawing Room. Their performance ‘A Trip Around Europe’ featured the works of Schumann, Grieg and Debussy, along with less well known composers.

The party didn’t stop there through, as the ‘Sunny Duo’ entertained all with another great set. Whilst downstairs in Cooper's, David Reed tinkled the ivories to the wee small hours of the morning.

All in all it was another night of fun and frivolity on board the floating palace that is Saga Sapphire.

Ahead of us lies 5 sea days as we head back towards home via the Azores.

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