The Sunworld proves to be larger than I had expected. Our cabin is at the front, with a double berth, good closet space and a good sized bathroom.
There is a dining, lounging and bar area below decks, enclosed for cooler weather, and a perfect seating spot at the front of the boat for watching the sun rise or set, and another protected one midships. Along the middle of the boat are rows of low sunbeds that look incredibly inviting.The most popular place, though, is the back deck with its lovely wide seating area, and that is where we end up spending a lot of time. This is also the dining area in fine weather. It is a simple, compact, comfortable and definitely sturdy boat and we all settle in quickly.
Our first night on board involves drinks and nibbles on the back deck as we sail out of the harbour at Bodrum. Once the boat is docked in a quiet bay along the coast, we unpack and dress, very informally, for dinner, which is served on the back deck as the sun sets. Dinner is full of local fresh ingredients – a seaweed salad, a potato salad, platters of tomatoes, cucumbers and lettuces, and grilled fresh sea bream, ending with baklava and Turkish coffee.
Our fellow passengers are a diverse and interesting group – a patent lawyer from DC with his girlfriend who is in telecommunications, two couples from NYC, one a lawyer, one a psychologist, one a professor, a retired Canadian couple who now live in San Miguel de Allende in Mexico, and a Canadian business woman from Ontario.
The conversation around the table is loud and lively, ranging from politics to history to pop culture.
I think we will all get along just fine.