Those of you who follow this blog know that my friends from Australia, Owen and Lesley Morrison, have been sailing with Seabourn for several weeks. They recently moved from the Seabourn Pride to the Sojourn and then encountered internet problems. I did not received any postings from them for a couple of weeks.
So, yesterday Owen sent all of the ones I missed. So I am going to resume posting them here as they are so interesting….
On Monday, May 9, we docked in Alicante, Spain, and went on a shore excursion. We found the city to be very clean and modern with many historical buildings. The city is historically and economically linked to North Africa.
We drove from the cruise terminal past the yacht club and there was a yacht with a winged keel ready for some yachting race later this year. Our first stop was the Castle of Santa Barbara, perched on Mount Benacantil, a rocky mass rising over 500 feet above sea level.
The image of the mountain from the beach resembles a face, hence the reason why it is referred to as “Face of the Moor” and it is the city’s icon. During the visit at the castle, you can admire some interesting Iberian archaeological artifacts as well as the most preserved features including the main tower (Torre del Homenaje) and the English bastions. I did not go up to the top as it was a little uneven and quiet steep in parts. Lesley did and took some great photos.
The drive up in the bus was a little hair-raising but the drivers made it very safe. We then headed back down to the city and were dropped off and saw a museum and historical center in the middle of town. From there we walked to the Cathedral of Alicante, better known as Church of San Nicolas de Bari. We then walked to the town hall and then Lesley had some horchata, a local brew which was very sweet and left a starchy taste. Some of the passengers liked it but not Lesley. We had some free time but there were no shops, just a lot of restaurants including Burger King and Subway and many pizza places.
We are enjoying our time on the Sojourn and starting to find different parts of the ship. The Observation Deck on Deck 10 is great. It has a 270-degree view and there a large seating area inside and a big veranda area outside where you can take some great photos but, boy, it is a long way off the water
I go up there every morning as that is the place for the early risers where there is tea, coffee and fruit juices together with danishes from 6:15 until 8 a.m.
At 7 a.m. I go the deck 7 and go to what is called Seabourn Square where you can book excursions, plan your day ashore and pay your accounts (you can check your account including your bookings for shore excursions on your TV in your cabin at any time which is great). The lounge has a coffee bar, a library and a computer center. They even provide photo copies of all newspapers and I read the Australian one every day. You can even get the photocopy of any newspaper delivered to your room for $7.50 a day or just simply read it in the lounge.
Our cabin is on deck 6 and this morning we found another observation area with lounges and a whirlpool at the front of the ship on this level. We are finding something new on the ship every day.
This morning we went through the straits near Gibraltar and the waves have picked up as we are now in the Atlantic Ocean, but there is not much movement in the ship.