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Netherlands Antilles

Royal Princess

St. Maarten

sunny 80 °F

We arrived in St. Maarten on a beautiful day. We got off the ship at about 7:50am to participate in our second dive expedition, again booked through Shoretrips, as Princess offers no certified diver shore excursions. The water was clear, but there were about 8 foot seas, which makes getting out of the water with about 40 pounds of equipment challenging. There were a variety of reef sharks, some rays and many other fish to be seen. Compared to St. Thomas, St. Maarten is much better diving. I am not sure I will dive St. Thomas again, as there is only one dive/snorkel site that you can get to, and it isn't very good.

The Adults only pool area:

The Sanctuary - a reservations only adult retreat - charges for use:

Deck 5 patio outboard of Crooners Bar:

The Seafood Bar - extra charges depending on what you order - tapas prior to dinner

Posted by rpickett 06:37 Archived in Netherlands Antilles Comments (0)

Oasis of the Seas, Eastern Caribbean

St. Maarten

sunny 85 °F

We arrived in St. Maarten early and I was off the ship by 8:15 for a two tank certified dive trip. The water was choppy, but the reefs were fresh and growing. Were entertained by a couple of sharks, several sting rays, one lion fish, several really large langoustes, a moray eel, several sea turtles and a bunch of the usual reef fish. The ocean was a little choppy, but that didn’t detract from the enjoyment. Those that had dived yesterday in St. Thomas said that this dive was better. Departure is at 4:00pm as we head back to Ft. Lauderdale. Doing the Ice Show tonight!

Posted by rpickett 11:00 Archived in Netherlands Antilles Comments (0)

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