Sunday, September 11, 2011

Cruise 2011: Day 8

St. Maarten (or St. Martin) The smallest land mass in the world to be controlled by two different countries, the French and the Dutch.
Advice: Don't ever ask foreign-ish people to take a picture for you in front of a sign that spells something. For example, you ask them to get a picture of us all in front of the "St. Maarten" sign but they get a picture of you in front of the "St. Maart" sign.

After taking some pictures at the port, we ventured out and got ourselves a taxi to Mahi beach (or in the words, the famous beach where the airplanes literally fly RIGHT over you).
Us girls in the back of the van taxi!
We got to the "airport beach" and the guys immediately ran out and headed for the beach and set the stuff down and started waiting for planes to come in. The day started with just us at the beach and only small propeller planes coming in to the beach being almost full of tourists and huge commerical planes flying right over us. The guys were having the time of their life. It was pretty fun and it was a way nice beach with decently strong waves.
Not a good sign when there are these signs are all by the beach
The Plane Schedule at the local bar

Crazy, it seriously felt like they were going to hit you!

This video is of a plane coming in, and the next one is one of the boys standing along the airport fence and getting blown. So much sand blown in your face and hats and towels flying everywhere!

As you can tell, the guys were very into the planes (I was at first but an hour after watching them, thanks I am done...I guess I know how guys feel when they go shopping with ladies now). So much video and pictures here. I am just posting some of my favorites.

Us girls on the other hand were just chillin', keeping cool in the water, and video taping for the guys.

We were playing crack the egg when the waves came (I know, child-ish) but it was so hard to not crack! I had to crack so I wasn't stuck under the water unable to breathe.
After Mahi beach, we grabbed us some food and went to the flea market. We had fun shopping here-there was some different stuff than the other islands. We then walked back to our cruise ship and on our way stopped at this Star Wars museum/store (kinda random for being in the Caribbean but apparently the creator of Yoda lives there).
me walking down the main street of St. Maarten

Matson by the cruise ship.

We had to get another person to take our picture by the St. Maarten sign because as you all saw earlier the morning picture taker people for us did not do so well.
We got back on the cruise ship and had a fun last night of dinner and fun! Matson was very sad to go because it meant work and school and no more vacation. We also got pretty tight with our waiters so we were sad to say goodbye to them. 
Our bar waiter (in other words our soda pop waiter) made Matson this cute heart on the straw. Too funny that every single night that he KNEW exactly what Matson wanted and would bring it. He had it down and he knew by the 2nd night of us saying no to alcohol that we weren't drinkers.

The guys with the bar waiter

The whole group with our waiters on the last night!
 Tip for future cruisers: Carnival adds a tip to your bill per person, so be aware of that added cost. But Matson and I were very happy with our service and truly was amazed at these men leaving their families in Nicaragua and (I forget where JR was from) so anonymous country, so we tipped them some more and Matson almost let a tear out when Mario (our head waiter) was handed the money he wouldn't take it and said that we did not need to. But Matson insisted and Mario was very honored and thankful. Too cute!
Matson with Mario. Every night Mario joked with Matson and said something like, "You are my dream", as in Matson was his dream body? We think that's what he meant...haha

Matson really got along with the waiters. Too funny. Matson with JR and Mario sneaking in the back.
The rest of the night we played games, packed, hot tubbed, and went to bed kind of early-ish so that we could wake up early in the morning for our last YUMMY breakfast and get off the ship.

NEXT POST: ALL about our last day of our trip which happened to be our anniversary!

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