Saturday, December 4, 2010

Seabourn Sojourn: A Day in San Juan

One of the beauties of our Seabourn Sojourn itinerary is that we are in port on days when other cruise ships aren’t. We’re sharing the dock in San Juan with only one other ship, Regent Seven Seas Voyager, and there isn’t a mega-ship in sight. With beautiful weather and Old San Juan totally uncrowded, we took the opportunity to visit to both forts, San Cristobal and El Morro, and do a bit of window shopping. While the city is very walkable, there is also an on-and-off trolley that stops at most spots of interest.

After a few hours ashore we were happy to be back home aboard Seabourn Sojourn. Something I’ve never encountered before is that each passenger has been issued a Port Identification card with passport information and the security picture that was taken upon embarkation on it. Used as a photo ID for seamlesss admittance when returning to the terminal gate to reboard the ship, it’s very handy. And, inserted into the case that also holds our room key, it’s all we need ashore. Well, except for some spending money and a credit card, of course.

One of our favorite spaces aboard Seabourn Sojourn has turned out to be Seabourn Square on Deck 7. The coffee bar at the entrance is popular not only for the assortment of freshly brewed coffee drinks and tea, but also for small sandwiches and baked treats available throughout the day. The library shelves are well stocked with a variety of books and the computer center, Guest Services, and Destination Services are located there as well. However, the most sought after person in Seabourn Square is the Cruise Sales Specialist, who is available to assist passengers with booking their next Seabourn cruise.

Aft of Seabourn Square is an open deck area with comfortable seating and a view of Seabourn Sojourn’s wake. One side is the lone designated cigar-smoking area and it has become quite a popular spot with smokers all day and into the evening, although there is no bar service there after 6pm. Whenever I lose track of Mel, I know where to find him.

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