Friday, December 3, 2010

Seabourn Sojourn: At Sea

Nothing defines cruise travel like a day at sea and we have two of them to start our sojourn through the Caribbean as well as two to end it, with daily port calls in between. Although Seabourn Sojourn sailed “full,” with only one empty suite (someone missed the embarkation in Port Everglades), it’s never a problem finding a spot to relax, either by the pool or in the lounges. We arrived fairly last minute for the show last evening and seats were still plentiful. Performed by the Seabourn Singers & Dancers, the show was “I Write The Songs,” a tribute to the songs of three beloved singer/songwriters: Billy Joel, Elton John, and Barry Manilow. The Grand Salon is an ideal setting for staging this style of cabaret as the audience can closely connect with the artists.

The daily schedule consists of only a dozen or so daytime activities and nighttime entertainment is low key, but the staff is working their magic to make everyone on board feel right at home. As first-time Seabourn passengers, I was a bit concerned that we might feel a bit out of place among a high number of repeaters. While there are many repeat passengers aboard, a whopping 65% of us are sailing with Seabourn for the first time and we’re loving it. It’s impossible to pass a crewmember without a smile and a greeting.

In a bit of a misunderstanding, our pre-cruise documents stated there would be one Black-Tie Optional evening, but the schedule actually includes two formal nights. With my tendency to over-pack, we’re prepared, but it’s something you might keep in mind when booking a Seabourn cruise. Last evening was formal and not many tuxedoes were in evidence. With the luggage weight restrictions imposed by the airlines, most men packed a dark suit or sport coat instead and women leaned toward cocktail attire instead of gowns. It was a most comfortable and festive evening, with delicious Maine lobster tail on the menu.

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