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Disney Cruise 2014: Day 4, part 1, St. Maarten

April 13th, 2014

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 was our first port day. We had a decent time in St. Maarten, but the best part of the day was pirate night back on the ship. I decided to split this day into two posts – pirate night deserves its own post! Here are our favorites from the whole day (with our top top top favorites starred).

Maddie’s Favorites

  • seeing Frozen

  • breakfast in the room
  • the carousel
  • ice cream [the gelato in St. Maarten]
  • seeing Minnie and Jake
  • chocolate coins
  • Mickey Bar
  • fireworks [she picked this favorite before they even started]
  • cornbread at dinner
  • her new turtle
  • *** having 4 desserts *** [gelato, chocolate coins, Mickey Bar, and ice cream at the fireworks]

Cullen’s Favorites

  • getting a Mickey Bar

  • his new lizard
  • the carousel
  • ice cream [the gelato in St. Maarten]
  • Pirate Minnie
  • Captain Jack Sparrow
  • Peter Pan
  • Captain Hook
  • seeing Frozen
  • Chip ‘n’ Dale
  • cornbread at dinner
  • chocolate coins
  • the Mickey pirate show
  • *** seeing the fireworks *** [which he claims is his favorite, but he totally missed the fireworks since he fell asleep in my lap]

Gabe’s Favorites

  • gelato

  • getting pictures with pirate characters, especially the kids with Captain Hook
  • seeing people around the ship dressed as pirates
  • seeing Peter Pan interact with the kids
  • Frozen Sing-a-long
  • Mickey pirate show
  • Meeting Jack Sparrow
  • *** pirate fireworks show ***

Kerry’s Favorites

  • gelato

  • getting pictures with the pirate characters
  • seeing people dressed up as pirates
  • seeing the kids with Peter Pan
  • Frozen Sing-a-long
  • Bruno leaving a note and the chocolate coins
  • getting more pics with our pirate garb
  • *** pirate fireworks show ***

Day 4 Summary and Photos

We woke up in time to get our breakfast delivery just before 7am, and then we snoozed a bit until the kids woke us up at about 7:30am (they had not adjusted fully to the time change, so we got to “sleep in” a little). The kids got a kick out of eating breakfast in the room. The breakfast room service is comparable to other cruises that we have done. We weren’t too impressed, but it was adequate. It’s certainly convenient on days when you have an early excursion!

We met up with Mick and Debbie after eating breakfast and went with them down to the Buena Vista Theater to meet for our Under Two Flags tour. I liked how we met somewhere on the ship and then were escorted to our tour versus trying to find where the tour is meeting after getting off the ship. That was pretty convenient.

We thought that the bus would make more stops than it did. That seems to often be the case for excursions. I expect more photo opportunities than they usually offer. Our first stop was in Marigot, and we had time to walk around the market. We bought a little stone turtle for Maddie, a wooden lizard for Cullen, a Caribbean dress for me, and a Caribbean shirt for Gabe. The dress and shirt may have been impulse buys, but we’ll be able to wear them again on future cruises, right? We thought that we might fit into pirate night, but um, no. Caribbean wear is a bit too colorful and cheery for pirate night. Next time, we’ll know…and we’ll be ready for beach or Caribbean wear day, at any rate.

We wandered around the various stalls. The pressure to buy wasn’t too great unless you lingered at a stall for too long. We were able to barter a little since we bought most of our stuff at one stall. They all had about the same stuff.

We got back onto the bus to head to the next stop. We sat almost in the very back of the bus, and it was a little uncomfortable. The guide did tell us about the island, but it was hard to keep the kids from going stir crazy. They were a bit restless.

The next stop was at the carousel at Simpson Bay. The tour included a ride on the carousel. I swear, I have had enough carousel rides to last the rest of my life in these first few years with kids. I happily passed up my free ride and watched Gabe, his mom, and the kids go round and round.

The kids always love the carousel, of course.

The best part of this stop was the Carousel Gelateria Bar. I didn’t even know that there was such a thing as a Gelateria Bar, but it was fabulous. We each opted for different flavors, and they were all fantastic. I especially thought that Debbie’s choice of passion fruit gelato was unique and wonderful. I believe that the gelato here at the carousel is probably the best thing in St. Maarten.

We had one more scenic stop at an overlook. I was the only one to get off the bus as we certainly didn’t want to bother with taking the kids off and on the bus! It was a pretty enough scene.

Many people opted to get off the bus at Phillipsburg, including Gabe’s parents. We headed back to the ship. Mick and Debbie ended up spending a little time in a casino (though they were not impressed with it!).

We took a few photos, including the same sign we posed next to last time.

I also like the opportunity to get photos of our ship!

We headed back to the ship for lunch at Cabanas. After lunch, the kids put on their pirate costumes in preparation for pirate night, and we wore our new Caribbean wear. When we got to our room, we found another surprise from Bruno and our pirate bandanas for the evening’s festivities. Bruno left us a small treasure chest of gold coins.

It’s cute when the cabin attendant lines up the kids’ buddies.

We had planned to see the Frozen Sing-a-long this afternoon since it was only showing a few times during the cruise. This was the only showing that worked with our schedule.

Seeing Frozen turned out to be one of the best decisions that we had made on the cruise. It was nice downtime for the kids, and they love the movie. Maddie wanted to bring her Anna and Elsa dolls to act out parts of the show. They enjoyed a popcorn snack. This downtime was good as we had a late, late night ahead of us with pirate night!

…and after the movie, we started our fun with meeting all the pirate characters. I’ll save all the pirate fun for my next post! Pirate night was one of my top favorite times of the whole cruise!

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