This excursion was a highlight moment for our cruise. The only unfortunate part about it was that it was our first stop of five so it set the bar extremely high for the remainder of our trip.
The ship was located just a 5 minute walk from where our cruise docked and was extremely easy to spot: just look for the pirate ship! We were greeted by our two "captains" (whose names I can't remember but they were the BEST!). Once getting on, we began to pull away and within a short 5 - 10 minute boat ride, we were at our first stop for an hours worth of snorkeling. The snorkeling spot was one of the best I've been to, for the simple fact that it had some really cool structures to look at (a treasure chest, a sunken boat, a sunken helicopter). We were also allowed to jump off the front of the ship which was really fun.
Up on the ship, our crew of two served complimentary drinks (rum punch, margaritas, or really anything else you could think of). After an hour at this spot of snorkeling, swimming and drinking, we continued on for a sail along the coast of St. Maarten. At this point, lunch was being served - an endless supply of barbecued chicken and ribs which were AMAZING!! They have a grill on the back of the ship so it's not like you're getting a pre-cooked meal. It really was delicious and there was enough to eat until we were stuffed.
The sail along the coast was really a lot of fun. If you wanted to relax, you could sit on the deck and enjoy the ride. For those that are seeking a thrill, we were allowed to stand on the front of the ship holding on for a crazy ride. The front of the ship would rise and fall as we went over the waves, it was so much fun.
At the end of the ride, you arrive back into port. Simply put, this was not only the highlight of our cruise, but one of the best excursions I have done (and this was my 5th cruise). If I ever find myself in St. Maarten again, there is no question that I will be booking this again. If you're thinking about booking this excursion, STOP! Just do it, I promise you won't regret it.
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