DEPARTURE DAY FROM ST. MAARTEN

Arrive St. Maarten | Windstar Wind Surf | Setting Sail

Traveling to the deep Caribbean requires a full day of airplane travels. We recommend arriving a day in advance for cruises to avoid unforeseen issues. "Do as we say, not as we do" - in this case. A busy schedule (and concert the night before) did not permit this luxury. So we arrived at the port to disembark in the late afternoon.

We arrived in the crowded cruise terminal surprised to see so many impatient-looking people. We, however were guided directly to a counter where we were warmly greeted and check-in was accomplished in no time flat. Quickly we were guided out of the waiting area and accompanied directly onboard. The crowd it seems was there for the Seabourn cruise, docked next to our ship. We spent a total of 10-minutes from port arrival to cabin and most of that was just walking the short distance from the terminal to the ship.

We arrived too late for lunch but the Yacht Club had plenty of tasty sandwiches, wraps, deserts and more. Plus the bar is open. Toured the ship, inspected the Suites , and took lots of great photos of it all. Very pleased with the cabin. We have multiple port holes for our outside view. To learn more about cabins, suites and life onboard the Wind Surf - Read our Wind Surf Review.

Soon after the mandatory safety drill which was held indoors in the Lounge, we returned to the Lounge for a Welcome Aboard Talk and tips for tomorrow's port of call, Barbuda.

Dinner in the AmphorA was excellent. I opted for and enjoyed the Mango Irish Sea Sole Roulade in honor of our trip to Ireland last summer. Other options included Roasted Chicken, Black Angus Strip Steak, Scallop Risotto, Stuffed Pork Loin, and Beet  Risotto. Additionally there are Classic entrees and plenty of sides to select from.

Today was a long day preceded by a short night before. So it is off to bed and lot's of anticipation for tomorrow and the full week ahead as we sail (literally) to some exotic Caribbean ports.

DRINK OF THE DAY: Bon Voyage
Vodka, Citron, Pineapple, Juice, Cranberry Juice, and topped with soda. $7.75.

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