This trip report is from our recent cruise onboard Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas, departing from Port Canaveral on the Eastern Caribbean itinerary. We stopped in Nassau, Bahamas, St. Thomas, and St. Maarten. We had 7 days of sun-filled fun and I hope you enjoy reading all about our adventures!
Day 5 brings us to St. Maarten!
St. Maarten was the entire reason we chose to do the Eastern Caribbean itinerary…we were looking forward to going to Maho beach to see airplanes land and take off directly over the beach at the International airport. However, Mother Nature had other plans…it was cloudy and rainy, boo!
Actually, the funny thing is that you could see the break in the clouds, with part of the island being rained on and part of it basking in sun.
We didn’t have an excursion booked, but all the family was going to just get a taxi van and head to Maho beach. We had looked up the flight schedule for that day and saw that there weren’t any larger planes until around 1pm, so we took it easy in the morning since we didn’t have to get off the ship for a while. We ate breakfast in the Windjammer, where I enjoyed my favorite new drink courtesy of the Ultimate Drink Package….fresh-squeezed orange juice! They literally put full oranges in the machine and squeeze your juice into your glass. So yummy!
You could also get champagne (or bring it on the boat) and mix your fresh-squeezed orange juice with it for a yummy mimosa!
It sure is empty up here!
We were next to the Anthem of the Seas and both ships had many people looking across at the other ship, probably wondering what it would be like to be on the other ship. Maybe next time!
The North Star would be so amazing to experience!
We all walked off the ship at the same time and headed to the information desk.
We had originally just wanted to ask the best way for our large group to get to Maho beach, but the person at the information desk really took the extra step to help us find a better way to experience the island. She called some connections of hers to organize a van to take us to wherever we wanted to go and also a few special spots. We just had to wait about 15 minutes for the van to arrive.
I bet this view would be better with sunlight…
The van driver gave us some history and facts about specific parts of the island as we passed them, like this is where the King and Queen stay when they are on the island.
When we arrived to Maho Beach, it was downpouring and no one wanted to get out, except Brett was brave and wanted to get the photos we came for, so he got out while we circled back to a store for a few minutes.
That beach was PACKED! But mostly because there are bars on both sides of the beach, people on the sand trying to see the planes, people in the water, and cars going both directions on the road that passes right through. It’s definitely not a relaxing place and the kids certainly would not have been thrilled for long, because the water was rough and there would not have been much place for them to play. They would have loved seeing the planes though.
Luckily, Brett caught a break in the rain just as some planes were coming in.
I would have liked to have been out there, but it was nice that Brett was able to get photos.
We then drove a little to a lookout spot. It was nicer on this side of the island, so we got to enjoy it without being rained on.
The kids loved seeing the horses in the distance.
I love the colorful houses.
Trent made a friend at the little shops near the lookout area. There was also a crazy cat lady there, but I’ll spare you the photos of that. 🙂
While the day didn’t turn out like we hoped, we are glad to say that we have visited St. Maarten!
This port provided a unique view of the ships in port.
While one of our family members was sitting on the ledge taking a photo, his sunglasses fell off and into the rocks below. So we had to initiate a rescue mission to retrieve them. Free rock climbing excursion??
Can I just hop over to your ship and ride once?
Brett captured a beautiful sunset while the kids and I relaxed in the room and waited for a snack from room service.
I was a little disappointed with how long room service took, but perhaps it was because many other people had the same idea once returning from port.
Watching sail away from the balcony.
Trent and I went to the Windjammer for ice cream to kill some time until the kids club opened back up. I had to take a photo of the taco bar…so many fixins.
A happy boy with ice cream.
Trent played at the kids club while we had dinner. Aubrey is still in the nursery that comes with an hourly charge, so we weren’t so quick to send her there. This was the first time Trent was in the kids club because we just weren’t sure he would like it (spoiler alert: he LOVED IT!).
The waiters knew the kids kept trying to steal the cherries from our alcoholic drinks, so they brought Aubrey a cup of cherries.
Thank you for reading our trip report so far! We have 2 fun-filled sea days coming up!