This morning I received a blog post from Jackie Finch, one of this website’s prolific writers, telling about her upcoming cruise on the Regal Princess. That was coincidental, as I was just sitting down to write my article about my upcoming cruise on the Seabourn Odyssey.
To explain: Before one of our writers leaves on a trip, we publish a pre-cruise article that tells a bit about the ship and the cruise itself. We typically include a map of the cruise itinerary. The reason we run this pre-cruise article is so that we can get the blog set up properly in advance on AllThingsCruise.
Here’s how we set up our travel diaries
That first article is given a unique “tag” – like CindyOdyssey – that is attached to all stories in that series. Then a new promotion line is put with the blogger’s photo on the home page, like, “Cindy Janssens travels across the Atlantic on the Seabourn Odyssey. Follow her here.” Readers who click on that link will then be able to read the entire series.
After the cruise is over and all stories have been filed, then that collection of posts goes into a permanent file that can be accessed on this website months and years later. For instance, if you search for the term “Seabourn” on the ATC home page, it will show you a number of posts about the company including a link to my last trip on Seabourn in 2010 (an exotic trip from Dubai to Singapore). Read about it here.
In fact, if you click on my photo on the home page, it will show you a page with all of my most recent posts (in this case, the cruise we did on the Viking Star in September) and … most valuable…the archive of all my sailings since becoming editor of AllThingsCruise in 2009. Fourteen of them!
So what are we doing on this trip?
Sometimes we get invited by cruise lines to send writers on their vessels. Other times we seek out cruises, by asking the company’s public relations team about the availability of a press cabin – either complimentary or at a reduced rate. Sometimes we join a short inaugural sailing, as I did recently on Holland America’s new Koningsdam.
I always seek out trips that offer me new experiences to write about. I love to dig for interesting itineraries.
This one was quite intriguing: Tomorrow we fly to Lisbon, Portugal, where we spend one night (just to make sure that the bags have time to arrive and to acclimate ourselves to the time change) and we set sail on the Odyssey on Wednesday. After one day at sea, we spend Friday in Funchal on the island of Madeira, Portugal, before setting off for nine days across the Atlantic, ending in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., just two hours from our Florida home.
Chet and I have done four transatlantic cruises already, and each has been different than the others. Believe me, this is the first time that we will have nine consecutive days at sea.
I am looking forward to this opportunity to delve into what makes Seabourn tick. Let’s share the journey.
Images courtesy of Seabourn