I am going to try my absolute best to come up with words sufficient enough to explain this beautiful experience so, pardon me.
I went on a Caribbean cruise over the summer break and it was one of the most amazing things I have ever experienced in life, so far. It was a very refreshing yet fascinating experience. I did not know what to expect but I was pleasantly surprised.
Growing up, Titanic was the only way I looked at ships and, though it seemed like a glamorous experience, the quick tragedy that followed was something that constantly came to mind when I thought of cruises. What a ridiculous way to think… I know! Thank goodness I know better! 🙂 I am sharing my cruise experience with you because I believe it is an experience one must truly have if one has the opportunity to do so. In my opinion, it draws you closer to The Most High, it is truly humbling and inspiring in so many ways.
So, my family and I embarked on a 7 day cruise from Fort Lauderdale. We set sail for Sint Maarten (Saint Martin), Puerto Rico and Haiti. These individual islands are all distinct and unique. The loving and kind spirit of everyone I encountered still lingers on… I loved it and I cannot wait to tell you all about it!
Our first stop was Philipsburg, the capital of Sint Maarten and as you can imagine, it was scorching hot. Tip: If you can, go make up free, it is not worth your make up melting and after all, it’s a holiday!!!
Honestly, I have never in life come across vibrant, blue, clean and clear waters. There was not a single dirt, it was absolutely crystal clear. The only explanation was the presence of God. PS: This is the part of the cruise you want to actually swim if you can and get your feet wet!
So, the island consists of two separate countries: the French side called Saint Martin and the Dutch side called Sint Maarten. The ship stops at Philipsburg which is on the Dutch side, Sint Maarten. I believe you can also book a taxi to take you to the French side if you’re feeling adventurous. I did not do this so I can’t say much about it 🙂
We spent a little over 6 hours on this beautiful island and in that time, we were able to go into town to do a little duty free souvenir shopping, chill at the beach, interact with the locals, grab a local cuisine and have a taste of the national drink – Guavaberry (which by the way, I have been searching for EVERYWHERE!)
Another tip, you can get massages on the beach by a local masseuse and there’s NO fixed price. I guess they expect you to use your discretion!
The country is very picturesque and if not that I was so busy enjoying the moment, this post would be filled with pictures of me LOL
It was a truly humbling experience and I would love to go back to Sint Maarten sometime in the future!
Have you visited Sint Maarten? or been on a cruise before? Tell me everything in the comments! I want to hear from YOU!!!! Also, ask me anything and I’ll be more than happy to share with you 🙂
PS: Stay tuned for the rest of my cruise experience!
Love & Light,