My friends Owen and Lesley Morrison of Australia are have been sailing on the Seabourn Pride in the Mideast and are now transferring to the new Seabourn Sojourn where they will visit the ports of Florence, Alicante, Lisbon, Porto, Southampton, Kiel Canal, Warnemuende, Tallinn, St Petersburg for two nights, Helsinki, Copenhagen, Flamm, Aalesund,Olden, Stranger, Oslo and Copenhagen. Whew! They love to cruise!
Today is the day that they change ships. Here is their report:
By Owen Morrison
Special to AllThingsCruise
We arrived here on the Seabourn Pride about 6 a.m. and had a quick breakfast as we had to be out of our room at 8 a.m. We could have stayed on but decided to get off and wait in the terminal.
The terminal is just a long covered walled area with some porta loos and people do not normally wait there for the transfer to another ship. But we did not mind, however, unbeknownst to us Seabourn had arranged for a car to take us to the other ship just about ½ a km away and when we got to the new ship, the Sojourn, we were taken on board straight away, where normally you have to wait until about 2 or 3 p.m. to board.
We met some staff from a previous cruise and the captain and a couple of senior officers came down to meet us and we were given the royal treatment. We were taken to the area where new guests sign in, our photos taken for our identity cards and a short time our stateroom was ready and all our bags were in the room. They certainly looked after us.
This cabin is a little smaller than our other room, but we have a better walk-in wardrobe and to our great approval the safe is very easy to use. It is in a great position and you do not have to stand on your head to use it. One small problem, the safe would not lock so we called up and they came up and told us the buttons were stuffed, so they simply just took one out and replaced it with a new one. It works fine.
We have been looking around the ship and it is much bigger than the other one, but much nicer and everything is larger. On the Pride you could borrow DVD’s from the library, here they are all on the TV in you room, some 200 movies.
It is 3 p.m. here now and we have a lifeboat drill at 5 p.m. and all the newbies must go, but is the one and only time we have to go, because there will be additional drills at every embarkation port — Lisbon, Southampton and Copenhagen.
We have noticed that there are many English passengers and many are older than us who are doing a 18-day round trip from Southampton to Rome and back stopping at different ports on the way to and the way home. They all have very white skin.
There are four places to go for dinner, but we have not made up our mind where we will be going.
Tomorrow we are going to see the Leaning Tower of Pisa and someone said it does not lean any more. We will find out tomorrow
May 6, 2011