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6 hours ago Delta Fuel - Roadtown? [by BoatDrinks2]
Has the Delta fuel dock reopened in Roadtown? Are they planning to?
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7 hours ago Best beaches thread? [by the captain]
I feel like I ran across a thread a few weeks back about the "best " beaches that we recommended too one another but I can't seem to find it.

By best , I recall specifically that someone was using CALMEST waves and waters as their benchmark for best beach(perhaps it was Pat or Carol?)

looking for the beaches with the calmest waves (La Galion is out) Thanks! Or at least what thread was it? I've gone as far back as Jan 1 and cant find the thread..
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20 hours ago Ocean Point at Maho [by KGB]
We just went through the Maho area and decided to go check out the construction. Here is what we’ve seen: Sonesta Maho is nowhere near the opening, it looks like the workers are there 24 hours, all Chinese. But the Ocean Point has been rebuilt and is open. They did a pretty good job there, the place looks beautiful ! They even have a bistro bar on top of the building were guests rooms are and there was a live music two men band playing tonight. It was very cosy and the singer was pretty good!
The grounds are very nicely done, with artificial beach (pool) with a great view. There is a restaurant that was opened and with quite a few people dining inside, it was also very well decorated and overhanging the ocean, beautiful settings and view.
We went there at around 9:30pm, it was dark so we couldn’t see much of the details but what we were able to see did impress us.
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21 hours ago Island green? [by the captain]
IIRC, this is a specific type of a Johnnie Walker, with a smoky sweet edge. It is not the usual Johnnie Green.

Has anyone seen this for sale on the island? Or better yet, at duty free At SXM Airport?
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Yesterday at 11:36 PM Orient Beach looking for the Latest Info [by TomA]
Hello Forum Members,

I know this must be annoying question to the ones that are on St Martin all the time. So is orient beach still fairly slow? I am coming the last week of March, I am all for a very chill time with less people. All we need is a grocery store and a few restaurants. We are staying at Esmeralda and plan to walk down to club o every day.

It looks like the recent pictures of Orient Beach still have few people on the beach. Club O beach looked like it had about 20 or so people. Does anyone have a cruise ship schedule link for St Martin?

Thank you in advance.
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Yesterday at 11:02 PM Rotary Raffle [by SXMScubaman]
Island friend posted this on her facebook page.
Help Us Help Our Island! We are raffling a Hyundai Creta donated by Motorworld St. Maarten / St. Martin and the lucky ticket will be drawn on the Sunday night before the Jacksons take the stage at the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta. The funds raised will be added to our other fundraising efforts and will put us over the target to purchase a much needed Cherrington 5500 Beach Cleaner to help with the Sargasso Seaweed, Beach Litter, and Hurricane Debris. Tickets are only $10 and are available from any Rotarian of the Rotary Club of Sint Maarten or Rotary Club St. Maarten-Mid Isle or at the The Sint Maarten Yacht Club. Whether you win or don't win the car, your donation goes to such a needed cause and our island's best attraction.....our beaches!
Here is the full link to the pictures and raffle info.
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Yesterday at 10:42 PM All beach parking document [by Britt Husman]
We're going back to St. Martin after 5 years away for our 3rd visit. I remember initially researching the island and finding a document that listed all 36 or 37 beaches on the island. It gave some pretty specific information on how to get to the beaches and where to find parking and how to walk to the beach after parking. Of course, I have no idea why I didn't keep such a thing. Is there one that the Forum has like it? I'd like to visit the ones I haven't seen in my last two trips. I know those would be the most difficult to find parking and walking to.

Thanks in advance for any recommendations!

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Yesterday at 10:14 PM Harmony of the Seas Caribbean Cruise [by RobT]
In February 2019 we took a 7-day cruise on the Harmony of the Seas. I have been on cruises with as low as 20 passengers, but this the first trip on such a large ship (6,600 passengers). It was more about enjoying the ship than the port calls. We started out of Fort Lauderdale on Sunday evening. it is a 30 minute Uber ride to the port so we have a lot of flexibility when to arrive. Check in started at 11:30. We got there at 1:30 and just walked quickly through the process. Royal Caribbean has streamline the check in process to the extent that our room card was not given to us at check in, but awaited us at the our stateroom.
No balcony, but the window looked out on to the helicopter deck at the bow of the ship. Because of the slant of the forward bulkhead, it made for a larger room. The bathroom was a little larger than previous ship. The shower had a clear, floor-to-ceiling curved wall. This really helped keep water off the bathroom floor. The only issue I had with the bathroom was the very small and very narrow sink that resulted in water landing on the floor or myself as I washed my face.

The boat is so large, that you really feel like you are walking on streets. The pool deck is so large that instead of the usual 2 pools, there were 4 pools, with enough room for two pools to be side by side. That does not include the various hot tubs around the boat. There seemed to be a lot of kids on the boat, but they had a lot of activities to keep them busy.

Because the ship is so large, they can afford to have large scale production numbers for the show. Each show averaged about 16 cast members. We saw Grease, a headline performer, and a special show in the main theater, an ice show in Theater B, and two different productions in the aqua theater at the rear of the boat. All shows were wonderful. The timing was a little difficult. Typically cruise ship have a early show for those on the late dinner seating and a later shop for those on early dinner seating. We saw Grease at 10:00. But other times were like 7:30 or 9:00. Also they take reservations for the shows. Their new App makes it easy to do once you figure it out. If you have a reservation, you can enter any time. They open the shows up to everyone else 15 minutes prior to the show. We went to half of the shows without reservations and did not have a major problem.

Royal Caribbean has a new App that works on a cell phone even without paying for internet access on the ship's internet system. We had to get help from the crew to get the system working, but once it was set up, it worked fine. We made all our reservations on the App.

The first two days were sea days. Lots to do on the ship, and plenty of sun time on the upper decks. It had a nice fitness center, with a running/walking track that circled the entire boat deck (2.4 laps per mile). The second sea day was a formal night. We got our pictures with the Captain.

Our first port call was St Martin. We rented a car at the port and drove to Marigot to visit friends. Traffic getting to the French sides was awful, and traffic leaving Marigot later in the day crawled almost all the way to Grand Case.

The next day was San Juan, Puerto Rico. We had to be back on the ship by 1;30, so we did not have a lot of time to see much of Old San Juan. With the early departure, they had a second formal night.

The final port call was at Labadee, Haiti. There is a lot of turmoil in Haiti right now, but we saw none of that at Labadee. I was with a group of about 20 Haitian from Montreal. I was taking a nap after lunch and noticed the music was really getting loud. When I looked up, a local Haitian band was playing about 20 feet from me and most of the people in the group were dance. Great time.

Next was the final sea day. It was a little more windy on deck as we headed North. But the boat was pretty stable, so they had a special show at the aqua theater. The weather was mostly clear for the duration of the cruise. Every once in a while, I could feel the rocking of the boat, but most of the time you would not even know you were on a ship at sea.

We were not in a hurry to get off, so we selected the 9:00 departure, to give us time for a good breakfast. That was about when we were told to leave the ship. Our bags were ready for us, but the line to get through immigration was pretty long and slow. I would have rather waited on the boat, but I am sure they wanted to get us off so they could get ready for the next cruise. It was after 10:00 by the time we cleared immigration. Getting an Uber at the port is pretty difficult, so we took a cab home for the extra cost. We still had to wait about 15 minutes for a taxi.
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Yesterday at 09:01 PM Diamond email update [by SXMScubaman]
Just got this email today.
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Yesterday at 03:45 PM Kim Sha Beach Illegal Construction Roxxy Beach? [by ruralcarrier]
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