Overnight there was a powercut; we woke up boiling alive without any air con and unable to shower which was a bit of a bummer since today we had planned a trip to Philipsburg, the Dutch Capital of Sint Maarten, to scope out the Oasis of The Seas.
The Oasis is the largest cruise ship ever and today was her second visit to SXM. This has caused a great deal of excitement locally and never ones to miss out, we popped along to see it with our own eyes.
The first thing was that as soon as we left our lagoon-side apartment, we could see a cruise ship docked where we had never seen one before. On consulting the map, we think this was probably at Marigot, the French Capital.
Although extensions to the Philipsburg cruise port have been made to accommodate the big new ship, presumably there was overflow today.
We could see the Oasis long before we arrived at our chosen viewing point as she is ENORMOUS. There’s no nice way to say this. That’s a Mother!
She holds 6,000+ passengers and 1,000+ crew. My instincts are that this is obscene in so many ways. But my business head tells me its great. We read that the island is chuffed to bits to host the cruise liner and the Royal Caribbean Line is thrilled that St Martin provides such excellent facilities for the passengers. Win win, always lovely.
We drove along Front Street which is tense at the best of times, there is no parking at all in that neighbourhood and so we just had to keep moving. We tried to get into the port but were not allowed. We took the coast road and found some great viewing spots but nowhere to stop and take photos. We did take the odd photo nevertheless and none do justice to her so here’s one I have borrowed from the web.
This doesnt do it justice either as you need to see it alongside a normal cruise ship for the perspective so you are just going to have to trust me on this one. Our eyes popped out on stalks. Our jaws dropped as the the word O-MI-GOD fell from our gaping mouths.
Have you ever thought about going on a cruise? No, me either. However, I do have a friend visiting here on 29th who is cruising and I am really looking forward to hearing her experience.
My brother has taken his family cruising the last two Christmasses and their experience was that there was always something for everyone, to do, to eat, etc.
To me that’s rather anathema; holidays are about doing nothing except reading, sleeping, eating, drinking, and a bit more of all of the above with a smattering of laughter, love, and sight-seeing thrown in. Do I want to do that with 5,999 other poeple? No sirree!
But I’m interested, so if you have been on a cruise, want to go on a cruise, or better still have been on the Oasis of the Seas, do share your story here.