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Celebrity Summit Cruise: Day 2: St-Maarten

Welcome to Day 2: St-Maarten!

St-Maarten/St-Martin (a small tropical island divided between the Dutch Antilles and France) was our first stop on the cruise, and was my first taste of a tropical paradise. We woke up fairly early in the morning to the sun and were able to have a breakfast full of smoked salmon, fruit, toasted bread, and anything else that we wanted; indeed, near the end even the smoked salmon was starting to get a little weary by the end of the trip… but thinking back… I wouldn’t mind going back at all or being there again, right now, and being able to eat as much smoked salmon as I want, again.

The island was stereotypically touristy, with the drummers playing on the steel drums and the typical vendors, taxi drivers, and tour guides you would expect on an island. It was also fantastically hot and sunny. The water itself was a little cold, but was refreshing in the heat.

Day 2 - On the boat (first full day) - St. Maarten
 
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21-Dec-2008 10:22, CASIO COMPUTER CO.,LTD. EX-Z600, 4.3, 6.2mm, 0.003 sec

 
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21-Dec-2008 10:22, CASIO COMPUTER CO.,LTD. EX-Z600, 4.3, 6.2mm, 0.001 sec

 
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21-Dec-2008 11:07, CASIO COMPUTER CO.,LTD. EX-Z600, 4.3, 6.2mm, 0.001 sec

 
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21-Dec-2008 11:20, CASIO COMPUTER CO.,LTD. EX-Z600, 4.3, 6.2mm, 0.002 sec

 
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21-Dec-2008 11:27, CASIO COMPUTER CO.,LTD. EX-Z600, 4.3, 6.2mm, 0.001 sec

 
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21-Dec-2008 11:40, CASIO COMPUTER CO.,LTD. EX-Z600, 4.3, 6.2mm, 0.001 sec

 
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09-Dec-2008 07:13, NIKON COOLPIX L10, 9.5, 15.3mm, 0.004 sec, ISO 64

 

At night, we had our first formal dinner and explored the different areas of the boat, like the casino. At night the boat feels like it’s driving (driving, not sailing, because this thing just pushes through the waves) through an eternal blackness, where it’s almost impossible to see anything as the glare of lights from the boat obstructs even the view of the stars above. As the boat travels fairly fast, and is in the middle of the open sea, it’s also very windy on the top deck. It would be scary to fall off the boat (something which apparently is not that uncommon), as you would already be in its wake in a few seconds, and completely out of sight and earshot in just a few seconds after that.

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21-Dec-2008 19:51, CASIO COMPUTER CO.,LTD. EX-Z600, 2.7, 6.2mm, 0.017 sec

 
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21-Dec-2008 20:06, CASIO COMPUTER CO.,LTD. EX-Z600, 2.7, 6.2mm, 0.033 sec

 
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21-Dec-2008 20:07, CASIO COMPUTER CO.,LTD. EX-Z600, 2.7, 6.2mm, 0.04 sec

 
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21-Dec-2008 20:31, CASIO COMPUTER CO.,LTD. EX-Z600, 5.2, 18.6mm, 0.017 sec

 
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21-Dec-2008 21:17, CASIO COMPUTER CO.,LTD. EX-Z600, 5.2, 18.6mm, 0.067 sec

 

Coming up next… Day 3 – Dominica.

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