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At Sea – Saturday 21st February 2015

Finally catching up with my blogging now but if I have forgotten anything please just call it an aged moment.

Formal tonight in the main dining room so instead we are dining with Suzie & Lance at the Colonnade – neither Lance or Vance like formal attire.

It wasn’t too breezy so we sat outside at the back of the Colonnade and dined under the stars. Quite a good menu with a choice of ossetra caviar, twice baked goat cheese soufflé or white tomato cappuccino soup for starters and lobster or steak diane for mains and a classic crème brulee for dessert…oh…and plenty of good wine all around.

Hi Ted & Big Brother

Hi Ted & Big Brother

When we got back to our suite we found an anniversary card and a bottle of wine from the staff and crew – a day late but a nice thought – and Oggie our suite stewardess had made Ted a big bear brother out of towels…thank you Oggie.

Singapore – Monday 2nd and Tuesday 3rd February 2015

Monday 2nd – At sea on our way to Singapore…this morning is the final of the NFL Superbowl XLIX and Seabourn showed it on a big screen in the Grand Salon complete with burgers, hot dogs and all the bits… but I decided to stay in our suite and watch the last two quarters. The final was between the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks and with Seabourn being based in Seattle you can guess which team was being supported by the staff and crew…the Captain even flew a ‘number 12’ flag from the mast which he explained meant the Sojourn was the Seahawks 12th man. Unfortunately it didn’t work as in the last few minutes the Seahawks made a mistake and the Patriots won 28 to 24…I really enjoyed watching it although I wasn’t always sure what was going on.

Galley Market lunch today, so me & Vance, Suzie & Lance, Irene & Alan and Margaret & Reuben all met up at a table in the Restaurant and enjoyed one final meal together. At the entrance to the galley they were serving vodka shots and I was encouraged to try a mandarin vodka which was surprisingly good but very alcoholic…hic!!

At 15:00 we sailed into Singapore, but we decided to stay onboard although the crew were looking forward to the overnight so they could enjoy themselves ashore.

Tuesday 3rd – This morning we had to say farewell to Margaret and Reuben as their cruise had come to an end. Safe journey home to Australia, we’ve loved sharing the last 30 days with you both and we’ll miss you…but hopefully we will see you both in England sometime soon or in Puerto Vallarta next year.

We decided to take the underground (MRT) to Bugis Street (to do some shopping at the market there)…wow, what an experience the MRT is…we were a little hesitant at first but soon got the hang of it. It was a clean, fast and inexpensive way to travel across (or should I say ‘under’) Singapore and was a first for us. Anyway we arrived safely, walked the market, bought a watch and then on our way back to the MRT station who should we bump into…Margaret and Reuben…unbelievable, in the whole of Singapore they happened to be crossing that exact same road at that exact same time…must be Karma.

Back to the ship for lunch to find the ‘newbies’ are arriving. So the next 12 days of our journey start tomorrow.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – Sunday 1st February 2015

Kuala Lumpur, or KL as it is affectionately called, is one of Asia’s fastest growing cities. As well as being a city of temples and palaces it is also the home of the twin Petronas Towers which soar to 1483 feet.

A lift rises to the Skybridge which links the two towers 170 metres above ground before continuing to the summit. The Skybridge offers fantastic views over KL.

Having already been to KL we decided to stay on board for the day enjoying the peace and serenity of the ship and the fantastic weather – it hit 91f/31c today…thank goodness for the pool.

At 18:30 the chef’s team produced an Asian epicurean buffet at the poolside and we were entertained by the local Malaysian dance troupe.

Vance Tries To Contain His Excitement

Vance Tries To Contain His Excitement

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Phuket, Thailand – Friday 30th January 2015

Phuket is Thailand’s largest island. Known as the “Pearl of Thailand” it is a popular holiday destination with it’s beautiful white beaches, water sports and bustling night markets. It lies just off Thailand’s southwest coast and is surrounded by the warm waters of the Andaman Sea.

We decided to stay aboard today and as most people went off on tours we had the pool deck to ourselves for a few hours… so this is how the rich live, I could get used to this…Vance, I hope you bought a lottery ticket…

Some enterprising locals had set up a market on the quay side so after lunch we did a little shopping for an hour or so. A golf shirt and swimmers for Vance and a T-shirt for me. The funny thing was I thought the swimmers were Union Jack design but later that afternoon Reuben said to Vance… “what’s with the Aussie swimmers?” … duh!…I had wondered why they had stars on them. They look great on him though…

Wearing The Flag!!

Wearing The Flag!!

Tonight ‘s entertainment was ‘Sojourn’s Got Talent…Have They?’ where we watched several of the crew perform on stage and then we voted for our favourite act. The Grand Salon was packed, the crew had been canvassing support all week and their efforts paid off, there wasn’t an empty seat in the house. Several of the acts were really good but one was outstanding…Stewart, one of the bar staff did a cocktail mixing routine called flaring (like Tom Cruise in the film Cocktail)…he was so good and deserved to win…I think he’ll be asked by a lot of the guests to mix them a special cocktail.

Clocks go forward 1 hour again tonight…now we’re 8 hours ahead of UK time.

Colombo, Sri Lanka – Monday 26th January 2015

Happy Australia Day to all our Aussie friends on board and around the world. G’day mates…

Margaret & Reuben Celebrate Australia Day!!

Margaret & Reuben Celebrate Australia Day!!

Our big trip today was to walk in to Colombo and find a government pharmacy to buy some cough medicine and throat tablets…wow…we really know how to live.

Really hot today… 87f / 31c at eleven this morning, luckily the humidity was only 60%.

Colombo is the commercial capital and largest city of Sri Lanka with a population of five million and is located on the west coast of the island. Colombo is a busy and vibrant place with a mixture of modern and colonial buildings and lots of ruins!! The port ranks amongst the top thirty five busiest ports in the world.
There was a sail-away party at 17:45 but unfortunately due to one of the tours being very late back the party was over before we finally sailed away. Bet Captain Hamish was not a happy bunny….

Clocks forward half an hour tonight now six hours in front of UK time.

Three Days at Sea – Tuesday 20th, Wednesday 21st & Thursday 22nd January 2015

Tuesday 20th & Wednesday 21st – Still feeling dreadful and now Vance has caught the “lurgy” as well…so doing absolutely nothing, weather is bad again so we are staying in bed and having room service.

I can’t believe I’ve missed so many Baggo & Shuffleboard games…think of all those prizes I’m losing.

Thursday 22nd – Woke to bright sunshine and calm seas so all’s well with the world again – apart from the cough that neither of us can shake…yet!!

Clocks go forward one hour tonight so we will be five hours in front of UK time.

Techie bits …here they are:
Time: 17:30
Location: 03.20 south, 68.38 east
Speed: 16 knots
Temp: 28c 82f
Distance from Mauritius: 1202 nms
Distance to Male: 552 nms
Humidity: 72%
Sunrise: 05:28
Sunset: 17:45
Sea Depth: 6340 ft
Winds: 18 mph from North

Mauritius – Sunday 18th and Monday 19th January 2015

After four days at sea we finally reached an island where we were able to dock. Welcome to Mauritius!! Port Louis is the capital city and was named after King Louis XV.

After breakfast we walked into the Caudan Waterfront and Shopping Mall…it should have been an easy 20 minute walk but the humidity was so high, about 85%, it was a killer…and when we weary travellers finally got there most of the shops were closed as it was a Sunday. So it was gritted teeth for the return walk to the ship.

It's A Dogs Life!!

It’s A Dogs Life!!

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Back on board we stripped off all our clothes and sent them straight to the laundry…one of the benefits of being Diamond members is the complimentary laundry and pressing service…a definite plus factor.

Then off to the pool for a cooling swim and a cold corona…followed by lunch at the Grill, well I had a salad as I’m still not eating much.

As I’m still feeling rough I spent the afternoon in bed. I will definitely stay on board tomorrow, the 19th.

Hong Kong & Home

Saturday 9th March 2013

This morning we were invited to a 6:30am champagne breakfast sail-in party in Suzie & Lance’s suite.

The suite is at the very front of the ship so gave panoramic views from the balcony as we sailed in. We were joined by Irene & Alan and Sarah & Paul for this wonderful but last sail-in…for us!!

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We breakfasted on bucks fizz, croissants & pastries, fresh fruit and tea or coffee while watching the Kowloon & Hong Kong Island skylines appear. We even caught the sun rising at the side of the famous clock tower. From the balcony we looked down on the ‘worldies’ having their Pyjama Party sail-in on deck six…Irene said they looked like inmates from the asylum!!

After we docked we went for another breakfast on The Colonnade (Vance wanted his last full fry up – back to porridge & toast when we get home) and waited for the ship to be cleared for disembarkation…boo hoo.

Then it was back to our suite to collect our hand luggage (out valet luggage had already been collected the night before) and to say goodbye to Mari our stewardess. Thank you Mari for looking after us so well.

We then joined other guests who were disembarking in The Seabourn Square until it was time for us to finally leave the ship at 9:30am. This is always the bit I hate as we have to say goodbye to staff, crew and guests who have become part of our Seabourn family – however I am sure that we will meet some of them again when we take another Seabourn journey.

Before we handed in our passes for the last time Vitor, Handre, Heather and Heidicha were waiting to say goodbye and wish us a safe journey home and the Captain was waiting shore side to say his final goodbyes. I know that one day we will sail with Captain GA and his wife Juvy again.

Our limo was waiting for us on the pier side to take us to a hotel dayroom as our flight home to the UK was not until 11:30pm. Unfortunately this is where our six star Seabourn experience faltered as the hotel was a real disappointment…definitely not Seabourn standard!!

We spent the morning walking down Nathan Road looking at the shops (but not shopping as we have exhausted this pastime) and then ended up back at the port area and the harbour side shopping mall where not surprisingly we bumped into many of our Seabourn friends .

Our Last Noon Day Corona

Our Last Noon Day Corona

We then walked around to The Intercontinental Hotel hoping to have lunch sitting outside as it was a beautiful warm and sunny day but we were turned away as we were not residents at the hotel. So it was back up The Nathan Road as we looked for somewhere to stop for lunch. We found a little Bavarian restaurant where surprise, surprise we were able to order our noon day Coronas and share a very large plate of sandwiches & chips!!

Later it was back to our day room to bath and change before our limo returned to take us to the new airport at Lantau. Then it was back to the luxury of the business class lounge with other fellow Brit passengers to wait for the British Airways 11:30pm flight home. It was a brilliant flight with no turbulence and I slept for nearly eight out of the thirteen hour flight time.

Our friend Peter was waiting for us at Terminal Five Heathrow the next morning at 5am to drive us home…thank you Peter but next time please wear your chauffeurs hat…ha ha.

Before I finally finish this blog I would just like to say how much we’ve appreciated the new Seabourn Club points benefits…we were both lucky enough to be Platinum members for this cruise so were each able to choose 3 benefits. Vance chose the 15% savings on shore excursions (this covered both of us), the signature massage and the weekly complimentary bag of laundry. I chose the 40 minutes complimentary telephone (which meant I could talk to my sister throughout the cruise and could even phone her on her birthday while she was holidaying in Mexico), the signature massage and the weekly complimentary bag of laundry.

Having the complimentary laundry was great…between us we could have had 16 (although we only used 12) bags of complimentary laundry, one each for every 7 days onboard which meant that I didn’t have to spend time in the launderette on board either washing or ironing – the clothes came back beautifully pressed and on hangers.

And as we are now only 11 points short of becoming Diamond members (250 points) the next time we cruise we will get even more benefits…brilliant…

Thanks again to the crew, staff and guests who helped make this such a fabulous cruise and also for the great feedback from my blog followers onboard and around the world.

The blonde on a boat will definitely be cruising and blogging again so if anyone wants to be notified when I start a new blog please send your email address to helen@tigc.co.uk

Bye until next time!!

Techie bits: On the 9th of March 6am we were:
22° north and 114° east
Travelling on a compass course 308°
Speed = 5 knots
Wind speed = 1 knots from north east
Air temperature = 16°c (61°f)
Total nautical miles sailed =16981
Depth = 15 metres
Humidity 66%
Sunrise = 6:37am  Sunset = 6:29pm

Fourth Day At Sea – Galley Market

Friday 8th March 2013

Woke to another beautiful morning although a lot cooler than usual and finally after all these weeks we met Jake who takes our room service order every morning, as he delivered our morning tea himself today.  He said he had heard we were leaving in Hong Kong and wanted to come and meet us and say hello in person rather than just over the phone.

It was our last kinesis class today and Craig made it even harder than usual as we had to do 10 squats between each exercise on the second circuit…so that was 70 squats…my leg muscles were burning by the end of the class…nice way to have us remember you Craig! We said goodbye to the Spa girls and Calin (who has been giving Vance deep tissue massages on his back, neck and shoulders)and also to our kinesis class mates who are staying on for the next segment or even longer – lucky devils.

When we got back to our suite it was to find that Mari, our stewardess, had put our suitcases out ready for packing…are you trying to get rid of us already Mari?

After breakfast we went to the boutique again (still more credit to spend) and bought another pair of trousers for Vance and some face creams for me…at last I’ve managed to spend it all…success!!

Our Last 12 Noon Beers On Board

Our Last 12 Noon Beers On Board

Started packing…ugh…but sent Vance to the pool deck to get him out from under my feet as he is more of a hindrance than a help when it comes to packing but he did phone me at five to twelve to tell me to come up to The Patio Grill bar because yes…it was that time…so at twelve noon we had our final Coronas on board and were joined by Irene & Alan and Sarah & Paul for this auspicious occasion.

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Lunch today was Galley Market and I had fish & chips and also sushi…yes it was back on the menu…wonderful…thanks chef Thorsten.

I took some wonderful pictures of the waiting & bar staff and I know from your comments that a lot of you blog followers love to identify staff and crew from your previous cruises…can you spot anyone you remember?

After lunch it was back to finish the packing…ugh…ugh…but at least it was done now and I could have some leisure time in the sun on deck with Vance.

It was resort casual tonight and we met up with Suzie & Lance and Irene & Alan in the Main Restaurant for a ‘last supper’ as of the six of us only Suzie & Lance would be staying on for the rest of the cruise…they’re ‘worldies’ like Sarah & Paul.

After dinner we said goodnight to Suzie & Lance and then we went to The Sky Bar where the four of us were joined by Margaret & Brian for cocktails under the stars.

We were not too late to bed as we would have to be up at 6am the next day as we were invited to a 6.30am champagne breakfast party for the sail in to Hong Kong…zzzzz

Techie bits: On the 8th of March 7.20am we were:
17° north and 116° east
Travelling on a compass course 326°
Speed = 17 knots
Wind speed = 19 knots from north east
Air temperature = 23°c (73°f)
Total nautical miles sailed = 16660
Depth = 3960 metres
Humidity 67%
Sunrise = 6:26am  Sunset = 6:21pm

Third Day At Sea

Thursday 7th March 2013

Third Day At Sea

Third Day At Sea

Kinesis was really hard today but we must keep going as there is only one more class before we leave to go home. Craig said every exercise must count because he hadn’t got much time left with us and he wanted to hone our bodies into perfect specimens…sorry Craig, this body hasn’t been perfect in a long time.

We are still trying to spend our remaining onboard credit in the shop…unfortunately Seabourn don’t allow you to ‘carry forward’ unused credit to your next cruise, which is a pity as it would tie the guests in…if they didn’t cruise with Seabourn again they would lose the outstanding credit…seems an ideal marketing strategy to me!!

Anyway we spent quite a long time in the boutique trying to find clothes for me but either I didn’t like the designs or they didn’t have my size…most things left on the rails were really small sizes and I know Craig has been working me hard but there is no way I’d get into a size 10 or size 12…sigh, maybe next year…and no rude comments from you Vance.

Needless to say Vance found several things he liked (and they fitted him of course but then he is skinny…ok…athletically built!!)so we bought him shorts and trousers both Ralph Lauren Polo – both at a very good price. I forgot to tell you before but we passed a Ralph Lauren factory in Bali – perhaps we should have gone in there!!

Techie bits: On the 7th of March 7am we were:
12° north and 120° east
Travelling on a compass course 302°
Speed = 17 knots
Wind speed = 5 knots from west
Air temperature = 26°c (79°f)
Total nautical miles sailed = 16252
Depth = 260 metres
Humidity 67%
Sunrise = 6:09am  Sunset = 6:07pm