|08/03/2012||Port Everglades, USA||Taxi from Miami Holiday Inn|
|11/03/2012||Bermuda||Medical evacuation via Rescue boat|
|18/03/2012||Funchal, Madeira||Toured town in morning|
|20/03/2012||Malaga, Spain||Toured town in morning & afternoon|
|21/03/2012||Cartagena, Spain||Murcia||Church, Cathedral & Casino|
|23/03/2012||Monte Carlo, Monaco||Asian Art Museum at Nice Airport|
This was a fantastic cruise, my first time on one of the Yachts of Seabourn - all suites and all inclusive! I had my very own suite on deck four with a large marble bathroom with separate shower, bath and two belfast sinks! The walk-in closet was big enough to use as a dressing room. The main room had twin beds, a sofa and two arm chairs with a dining table by the picture window.
When I had got back from my previous cruise, I had received an email from the Seabourn office asking for three more lectures, so I had just four days in which to research and write them up in spite of being jet lagged! My laptop crashed ten minutes before my first lecture, thank God for my backup and their laptop! In the event I gave four enrichment lectures and three destination lectures which were all well received. They were shown live on the suite TVs and then could also be watched later via the interactive system.
I got up at 6 am and left home at 7 am for the drive up to Ealing where I parked on Brian's drive. The American Airlines flight was an hour late taking off because of the air traffic controllers at Heathrow, so I didn't get to the Holiday Inn at Miami International Airport until 9 pm that evening after a very long day, but I did get to see the excellent Kenneth Branagh in the film "My week with Marilyn". At 10 am the next morning I took an $80 taxi ride to Port Everglades to join the Seabourn Sojourn. Later the Purser reimbursed me and signed off my Bahamas Seaman's Book.
I hosted a different table in the main restaurant most evenings before watching the show in the Grand Salon. Unfortunately before and after the shows, the orchestra only ever played in the (Night) Club, so very little dancing for me! I did however attend all the dance classes given by the professional Ukrainian dance couple. By the second Argentine Tango class only the Chief Engineer's wife and I remained! I breakfasted and lunched in the Colonnade buffet most days, ocassionally al fresco when the weather allowed. Unfortunately the weather was not very good with strong trade winds and choppy water most days until we got to the ports of call where the weather was lovely!
In the Bermuda Triangle we rendezvoused with an abandoned yacht. It had been in a race from Newport, RI to Bermuda last November. The wife had been swept off by a wave and the husband had been rescued by a merchant ship. We were the first ship to have spotted it since then, so now the Bermudan authorities have a location and can either tow it in or sink it! The next day we had a medical evacuation by rescue boat off Bermuda, but it looked more like some crew members being repatriated!
In Funchal, Madeira I took the first shuttle bus into town and caught the 9 am changing of the guard. I used the free wi-fi outside the not-yet-open McDonalds before touring the town taking photos, but being a Sunday most places were closed. That afternoon I led my one and only line dance class on board.
In Malaga in Andalucia, I walked into town in the morning but took the shuttle bus in the afternoon. Again I used the free wi-fi outside of McDonalds!
In Cartagena, I was tour escort on the trip to the provincial capital of Murcia for the first time. We visited the BVM spring and church overlooking the city, before touring the Cathedral and Casino downtown. After a late lunch back on the ship, I went into Cartagena and found the free wi-fi in the main square.
In Monte Carlo we left the quayside at 10 am and got to Nice airport just after 11. My BMI flight wasn't until the evening so I dumped my suitcase in the left luggage and went walkabout. I discovered the interesting and free Asiatic Art museum opposite Terminal one. I investigated the local railway station, so I could have travelled into Nice or Cannes if I had known about it earlier. Thankfully the airport had free wi-fi available, so all I spent on the internet was £25 on the ship crossing the Atlantic. I drove home from Heathrow finally getting back at 1:30 am!