Vacation almost over / Star Wars

With our vacation almost over and having just returned from a stunning 7 day Caribbean cruise from Ft. Lauderdale via St. Maarten, St. Thomas and Princess Cays I am looking forward to get back home. But I do miss this:

St. Maarten had the most stunning beaches. Even better was, that we bumped into Nick Maley – the creator of Yoda:

Nick is now “chilling” in St. Maarten where he is busy building his Starwars museum. He is still busy in the movie-industry and he and his wife are now running an awesome gallery on the island. It was just natural for us to get one of his pieces and ask for a photo – awesome.

The cruise was great and we had a great time. We had to restrain ourselves many of times, while noticing the majority of american passengers going through their natural dumb times (such as asking what direction a lift goes without noticing that fat directional arrow or the level of obesity – I have never seen fat people in wheelchairs chasing the buffet line).

Cruise time was great with plenty of fun. We bumped in several South African cruise-staff, such as Callie (“The blonde bombshell”) and the service on the Caribbean Princess was incredibly good. We have been also lucky enough to get an upgrade to a personal suite with private balcony, two TVs (which we never used), large king-size bed, jacuzzi-bath, shower and well-stocked mini-bar.

All the islands are stunning with St. Maarten having the most beautiful water and Princess Cays having the nicest beach. St. Thomas was fun – we went snorkling in the turtle coves and had a great time on The Dancing Dolphin. The crew was straight out crazy and their ship-drinks (lovingly called Painkiller) kicked in quickly.

We also went on The Screamin’ Eagle, a twin-700 hp turbo-charged jet boat which took us on a 40 minute cruise with exciting 180 degree “handbrake-turns” in the ocean. Was truly a blast and within the first 2 minutes we where completely soaked.