A day at sea on the Sun, then onto St Maarten (shopping)

St_martenWell it was quite a day today on board the Norwegian Sun, cruising like a Norwegian. I want to start with what we did in the morning but neither of us can remember, what the heck we did. Is it age or just plain relaxing without a care in the world?

OMG.. throw us a lifeline, geeze. Must be the hypnotist thingy cutting in or the sangria (three big glasses for $15.00) last night.

Ah yes..  we played two for one bingo in the morning, only cost us 39.00 for three cards. We shared (shhh..not supposed to) and we won 120.00 but had to share with three other people…darn! So I guess we were even. We are at sea today and wanted to stay out of the sun for awhile, I know, but we have been hitting it pretty hard.

Hypnotist in the afternoon showroom was a mass hypnotizing and I think I fell asleep. All I know is that I haven’t had a cigarette since, nor do I crave one, oh right, I don’t smoke! I feel like if I golfed my game would be much improved and I am not the least bit stressed.stmarten2

I am taking the stairs more (sure it is all going down but it is much easier..) I feel
so good!

I have quit biting my nails, I was never nail biter anyway but I know if I went into sports I would surely excel at whatever I try! All this good stuff is happening to me and it only cost me $135.00 for the tape.. but I saved the $700.00 off the full price :  )

But wait.. there’s more! We went to the twelfth floor tapas lounge for supper and they happened to have Karaoke hour. That is where we tied into the three big sangria drinks.. and no I did not sing,  but..

Gladys Cherryblossom (my alter ego) decided to take a stab at it! After much cajoling by the three people in the lounge.. she belted out a Lady Ga Ga tune.. yep.. P P P P Poker Face.. omg some-one stop me now!

But there is a god, Sharon did not have her camera! Gladys got a standing ovation from all three people and the staff (who were desperate for anyone to participate). Sharon said Gladys wasn’t that bad.. hmmmmm, na.

The weather has been exceptional this whole trip and we are more than happy with the ship. Our broom closet room is even not that bad. Some of the challenges are.. to shave or not to shave? Legs are getting a little prickly, but we are sleeping solo so we won’t hurt anyone.. lol.

The shower is one of those corner deals with a round metal rod jutting out.. this almost reminds me of the showers over the toilet.. remember those in the RVs? If we keep our stuff put away it helps. The ‘ride’ is unbelievably smooth, being near the waterline has advantages, insert smiley face here!

Day eight of our ten day cruise..  finds us in St Martin, population 80,000 and what a beautiful place this is! Education here is similar to Aruba, except kids only need three mandatory languages and two optional, healthcare and education is free. Torism is alive and well.

We decide to take some money and our credit cards into town, subconsciously we are preparing ourselves to make up for a lost opportunity in Curacao. We almost bought an emerald ring but realized that we didn’t have enough time and we had left our credit cards on the ship.. hahahaha not gonna make that mistake today!

Well.. it seems we are finding all sorts of stuff we can’t live with out. Did I mention that my suitcase weighs 51.4 lbs on the trip over? oh.. and United charged me 25.00 to check it. We have to be careful.. it is another checked bag if I can’t wear everything. lol (it’s really not that funny and we sure don’t like this one bit). We are doing our best to contribute to the global economy.. just sayin.

stmarten3This place has everything.. even leather coats and jackets from Turkey. We know this because we were in Turkey this time last year. We mention this and the owner comes out to meet us and he is from Istanbul and there is the same coat I bought there.(it is $300.00 more here!) We buy a fashion leather jacket that will probably get very little wear, and leave with a big smile on our face.

Remember my resolve to only pack three pair of shoes ? (well I did wean it down to five which included my winter boots). Turns out I needed a new pair of sandals but had to buy two pairs to get a deal. DARN, now how the heck am I gonna wear two pairs of sandals over my boots?  ah well.. I have two more cruises to figure that one out.

The emeralds are still calling our name so we check out the Diamonds International jewelry stores, where we picked up a few baubles. After spending all day shopping we are spent.. literally.

Back to the ship and into the pool, the hot tub.. then the steam room (we found that little gem last night).

Oh yes.. and we have the rings! A wise man once told me “money is only stuff you haven’t bought yet” well that stuff is money we don’t have to worry about anymore. We are really enjoying this holiday..  insert smiley face here.

We meet up with the professor and his wife for supper, they are quite the eccentric couple.. they had a cat that talked regularly on the phone to her mom and her sister. They also had a dog named Wendal that had his own life. When their cat passed away her sister called and when informed of the ‘passing’ she couldn’t believe I, she had just ‘talked’ to her the day before.

All that walking and shopping lead us to the bread pudding for dessert, life is good. A Banjo player on steroids is playing in the showroom tonite so we take a pass and turn in early.