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Port of Call of the Week – St Martin

A video says a thousand words!!  Need I write more?

Some people say “I have already done that itinerary.  I want to see other islands.”

I say that the great thing about going to the same port many times is knowing exactly “What” you want to do when you get there.  It really is much more enjoyable when you don’t feel pressured to see everything and you can spend all day doing your favorite thing on the island.  In St Martin, our favorite thing to do is spend the day at Orient Beach…more specifically “Coco’s Beach”.   Of course you can go on an excursion to Orient Beach, but then you will be like a herd of cows (not a literal picture!) and not feel special.  Take my advice…take a cab to Coco’s and feel the difference!

Sure…you could go to Kontiki’s, Waikiki (totally expensive!) or Bikini Beach, but you won’t feel the intimate friendly service.  As with any restaurant or resort, service is always key…and at Cocos the employees really care.  You can feel it.  And I attribute that to the owner Sophie.  She is hands on and a part of the experience.  You can always count on the food being fabulous, the service being top notch and the “after lunch specialty rum” being …oh how can I say “rumilicious!” (is that a word?!)

Look for the Periwinkle umbrellas and THAT is Coco’s.  I recommend the lobster salad, the Rigaletto Pizza or the grilled chicken (devito style!).  Ask for Phillipe, Roman and Sophie and tell them Janet & Frank sent you…and don’t forget to say “Bonjour!”

Take a cruise to St Marten, stay at one of our fav hotels (Alamanda or Esmeralda) or renta villa (Casa Lana, Coccinelle or Dolce Vita – depending on your budget)….but just GO!  I have been going there for over 25 years and love it!

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Who says "Bigger is Better"?

Bigger is not always Better!
Americans tend to want everything BIG! Big houses, big cars, big sandwiches….(Okay, get your mind out of the gutter!) …and big cruise ships. But is “Bigger really Better?” I think when people put an emphasis on wanting something “Bigger”, they loose sight of the special qualities that make “smaller” things amazing. For example:
Expedition vs Porsche
Mansion vs Small Cottage by the sea
Boeing 747 vs Brazillian Jet
Big Mac vs Sliders
Hot Dog w/the Works vs the Cocktail Weenie

Get my point? Small things are just as special (if not MORE) than Bigger things…it just depends on what you want to get out of it. Cruise Ships are the same. Sure, GINORMOUS Cruise Ships such as Royal Caribbean’s “Oasis of the Seas”, Celebrity’s Solstice or NCL’s “Epic” do offer amazing options. The size of the ship is enticing, and they really are incredible.

I have often said to friends that “If someone goes on a Super Size Cruise Ship and doesn’t have a good time, they must be a drag… because there is something to please everyone”. Entertainment, dining, sports, shopping, gambling, spa & more! So easy to have fun, relax and do whatever you want. The Newest, Biggest Cruise Ships are definitely awesome. But what about the smaller ships?

At one time, THEY were the Biggest & Best. Now considered “Small” and “Older”, do they stand up to the task of impressing guests? (Again, Keep that mind out of the gutter!) I say “Absolutely!” Smaller ships offer the same activities that Bigger ships offer & many attributes that larger ships don’t. In fact, smaller ships actually go overboard (no pun intended) to impress guests. One big plus – Service tends to be a bit more intimate (bartenders & waiters know your name & your favorites!) and special. And Cruise Lines do pamper the “Old Girls” with facelifts to keep them young and fresh, while retaining the classic style we know and love. Some of my favorites – “The Celebrity Century”, Royal Caribbean’s “Majesty of the Seas” & “Grandeur of the Seas” & The “Sun Princess”. I have sailed on these ships many times before and each time more impressive then the last!

So, don’t be fooled by the size of the ship, after all, Small Ships stand right up to the Big Ships, offering a slightly different, but equally impressive vacation experience!

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