Thanks for the St. Maarten info and the pix of Orient Beach. It looks like I will have a full schedule on St. Maarten with all the info I am getting. Judy said that the shopping may be even better on the Dutch side of the island than in St. Thomas V. I. which confirms what you said. I also have heard that a stop at the Wednesday Market is a sight to see on the French side and my ship is there on Wed. So the Market plus Orient Beach, will probably be my first stop. Shopping on St. Maarten may not be open when my ship arrives in port so I may head for French St. Martin first,see the Market, get some sun on Orient Beach then do my shopping in the afternoon in Dutch St. Maarten close to the ship.
You have shown me a couple of pix from your cruises. Are you, or your husband, the photographer in the family? I also take a sleu of photographs on my cruises. If I can find a way to digitize the 35MM prints, I'll have to put a couple of them in my future notes and return the photo-favor.