Carribean Cruise.. Honeymoon.. Need my fix..

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  1. MCallanan

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    So, in September my fiancée and I are getting married and we are being sent on a cruise for a seven day honeymoon.. Naturally I'm worried about getting "our" tennis fix while on vacation. The stops are:

    Nassau, Bahamas
    Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
    Philipsburg, St. Maarten

    The little research I've done online says its not looking good as the better tennis courts are at resorts for guests only.

    Any suggestions?
     
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  2. mikeler

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    Bring your ping pong paddle and try to win the cruise tournament.
     
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  3. cxw0106

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    Your best bet would be eat healthy food, work out everyday in gym, try not to gain weight. Forget about playing tennis.

     
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  4. MCallanan

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    Yea that's what I figured. Sucks considering some of these resorts look awesome for tennis. One of them in the Bahamas had replicas of all four grand slam surfaces.
     
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  5. ollinger

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    Generally true, there's certainly nothing close to the port areas of the three places you're disembarking. There's a public (moderate fee) facility near the geographic center of St. Maarten (just over the border in St. Martin, the French side) but you'd need a cab or car to get there and it's not very close to any beaches. It's your honeymoon!! Go a week without tennis and try to think of other ways to burn calories.
     
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  6. mikeler

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    Exactly! Give your body a tennis break.
     
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  7. Ronaldo

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    Should be easy to think of another way to burn calories on your honeymoon.
     
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  8. mikeler

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    Please elaborate in detail.
     
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  9. sureshs

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    Hitting the gym?
     
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    One could start practicing the Djokovic shirt ripping technique.

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  11. Ronaldo

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    May take seven whole days and nights. Took my stringer on my Honeymoon.
     
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  12. gavna

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    You can set up a day pass via the cruise ships for a day pass at the Atlantis - we have gone direct thru the hotel in advance (cost for adults was around $75 per).

    We have also done the Ocean Club for about $250 - $350 for a "1/2 day room" a few times - both are on Paradise Island - Atlantis has 3 Har Tru and 3 hard and the ocean club has 6 hard courts.

    In St Maartin your best bet is the American Tennis Academy - it's on the French side and Oliver Becaud kinda of a lcl legend - good pro - nice club with 2 courts and a great view!!!!!
    You can ctc then them direct at www.americantennisacademy.net
    He does stuff for folks coming off the cruise ships..........food is 100x better on the French side anyway AND

    I have a cousin that owns two Jewelry stores on the island..........if you are in the market for anything check out CARAT Jewelers!!!:):)
     
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  13. sureshs

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    Just this morning I saw a segment on the academy in the Destination Tennis program on TC! The head pro there was interviewed.
     
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  14. gavna

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    No kidding!!!!!! Oliver has been there with his 2 court academy for years and years.........I'm sorry I missed that.

    The dude is a solid pro and a character........
     
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  15. eelhc

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    We played Tennis on our last cruise to the Caribbean in St. Maarten at the Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort & Casino not too far from the cruise ships. It's an older resort and a bit rustic but all inclusive (all food and alcohol included) where one can pay a day fee and enjoy all the guest privileges (pool, private beach, tennis court...). The one court they had was probably the worst surface I ever played on (some sort of a plastic mesh over concrete... ripples and weeds growing through) but we still had a lot of fun...

    At Nassau... We didn't play Tennis but scouted for our next trip. You can pay a day fee at the Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort which gives you access to the two courts at the Westwind II Club next door (these were very nice courts). Call ahead and check... The private beach is nice and the day fee includes water sports (kayak, the tricycle thingy...)..

    I'd say your best bet is to find a resort or hotel with tennis courts you can pay a guest fee to play.
     
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  16. gavna

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    Good old Sport Court or Matiflex...........total crap!!!! Horrible stuff developed in Europe back in the 70s. Was used big time at resorts where tennis was way down on the list as its cheap to install and u can play mins after it rains. Stuff should be banned - China producing like 20 versions of this stuff now -
     
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  17. Ronaldo

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    Fast surface
     
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