Early mornings on Celebrity, for me, mean taking in the gym and then eating at one of my favourite places, the Aqua Spa Cafe. This is where you can get some breakfast (and at noon some lunch options) that are billed as more “healthy”. I love finishing at the gym, getting a tea or coffee and some breakfast inside the solarium. I want to be back there right now!
We had been looking forward to today as St. Maarten has always been one of our favourite islands, but again we were worried about the state of this beautiful country after the hurricanes. Unfortunately unlike Puerto Rico, the damage to St. Maarten has been much more severe and it is apparent every where you look. In fact, our cruise was only the second time Celebrity Equinox had returned to St. Maarten.
Immediately after walking off the ship you can see some of the buildings in a state of repair and spots where some structures once stood. They were doing extensive work on the road leading out of the port so traffic was backed up and the taxi process was very confusing and jammed. The better thing to do is immediately go to the ticket booth and grab your round trip ferry tickets to the beach. It’s quick and easy. We wasted about 40 min in the sweltering sun waiting for a taxi before we turned back to get our ferry tickets.
We ended up just grabbing some loungers on the beach for $10 each and it was lovely. On the way back we walked to look at the shops and it was really sad how much of the town has been destroyed but the locals are making the best of it and no doubt in a year things will be much improved. A note though that beyond the city we have heard that there is very little open yet from a tourism perspective (Orient beach has no facilities and is still rebuilding).
Once back on board we returned to our regular dining venue in the Silhouette restaurant with our amazing serving staff. The show tonight was called Topper which was similar in scope to the Elysium production. Again, very good effects and overall quite enjoyable.
Later that night a few of us took in the “Frisky Feud” which was a funny take on Family Feud in the Equinox Theatre. Our Cruise Director Rich was a hilarious host and we really enjoyed most of the adult / after hours shows.