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Old May 4th, 2012, 08:43 AM
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Default ***Live from the Sojourn, 20-day Iberian and Celtic Sojourn***

Day 1: Embarkation in Civitavecchia, Italy

Hello once again from the Sojourn here in Civitavecchia, Italy!

I just flew in this morning into Fumicino and decided to do the "el chepo" transfer of train from Fumicino to Civitavvechi which took all of 1 hour for 11.80 euro with one person with a checked bag and one carry-on it is very doable and easy as well and no hassle. I left Fumicino at 11:45am and I was at the ships pier at 1:15pm after walking from the train station to the shuttle bus area and didn't have to wait.

I was onboard by 1:30pm and was quickly up to the Colonnade whereby there was a FULL ON ATTACK going on. Word has obviously gotten out that Seabourn starts embarkation now at 12:30pm. I had a nice spagetti a la Cassalinga with Pancetta, Capers and fresh arugual with some Petit Chablis and Peligrinno water. A quick look at the dessert bar and I had to have the Chocalte Torte with Chocolate Ice Cream...now I am stuffed.

I'll be having one of Kevin's great coffee's here in Seabourn Square and then head out to my Suite and unpack. I was very fortunate to be upgradec from a CAT V1 on a GTY on both sailings and received the same midship cabin assignment for both cruises in a CAT V6.

Will be posting later all the Activities onboard tonight and the menus as well for those diehards that just have to know.

The weather in Civitavecchia is stunningly beautiful with sunny skies and current 24C temperature. We sail at 5:00pm for Porto Venere, Italy.

More to come from the Sojourn about to set sail in 2.5 hours time from Civitavecchia.
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Old May 4th, 2012, 08:44 AM
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Default Itinerary for this 20 day cruise from May 4th to May 24th

Itinerary:Day Date Port Arrive Depart
0 04 May 2012 Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy 05:00 PM
1 05 May 2012 Portovenere, Italy TR 08:00 AM 05:00 PM
2 06 May 2012 Sanary sur-Mer, France TR 08:00 AM 05:00 PM
3 07 May 2012 Barcelona, Spain 08:00 AM 06:00 PM
4 08 May 2012 At Sea (Mediterranean Sea) CO
5 09 May 2012 Malaga, Spain 07:00 AM 08:00 PM
6 10 May 2012 Cadiz (Seville), Spain 08:00 AM 06:00 PM
7 11 May 2012 Portimao, Portugal 08:00 AM 05:00 PM
8 12 May 2012 Lisbon, Portugal 07:00 AM 05:00 PM
9 13 May 2012 Leixoes (Porto), Portugal 08:00 AM 04:00 PM
10 14 May 2012 A Coruna, Spain 09:00 AM 08:00 PM
11 15 May 2012 At Sea (Atlantic Ocean) CO
12 16 May 2012 Cobh (Cork), Ireland 08:00 AM 06:00 PM
13 17 May 2012 Dublin, Ireland 08:00 AM 06:00 PM
14 18 May 2012 At Sea (Atlantic Ocean) CO
15 19 May 2012 Invergordon, Scotland 08:00 AM 05:00 PM
16 20 May 2012 Leith (Edinburgh), UK 11:00 AM 08:00 PM
17 21 May 2012 Newcastle upon Tyne, England 08:00 AM 06:00 PM
18 22 May 2012 At Sea (North Sea) CO
19 23 May 2012 Delfzijl (Groningen), Netherlands 07:00 AM 03:00 PM
20 24 May 2012 Hamburg, Germany 07:00 AM

We currently have the MSC Splendida, RCCL Brilliance of the Seas and the Spirit of Adventure with us here in Civitavecchia.

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Old May 4th, 2012, 09:06 AM
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Default Activities Onboard Today;

Activities Onboard Today;

12:30pm Welcome Aboard Luncheon, the Colonnade Deck 8 until 3:00pm
1:00pm-4:00pm Spa Tours and Gym Orientation, The Spa Deck 9
4:30pm All Onboard
4:45pm Passenger Emergency Drill
5:00pm Departure, Sojourn sails for Porto Venere, Italy
5:15pm Sail-A-Way Social, Sky Bar Deck 9
5:30pm Friends of Bill W Meet, Conference Room, Deck 5

Onboard Activites Tonight;

Tonight's Attire: RESORT CASUAL

5:30pm Sabbath Service
6:30pm Panoramic Piano Moods, Nick Messina, Observation Bar, Deck 10
6:30pm-8:00pm Club Cocktails, The Club, Deck 5
9:30pm Nick's Late Night Piano Bar, Observation Bar Deck 10
9:45pm Welcome Night in the Club, The Club, Deck 5
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Old May 4th, 2012, 09:11 AM
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Do you happen to see the Holland Eurodam ship? Seabourn's own Johnny and Mr. "S" are aboard! Wave at 'em!

Have a grrrreat sailing!
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Do you happen to see the Holland Eurodam ship? Seabourn's own Johnny and Mr. "S" are aboard! Wave at 'em!

Have a grrrreat sailing!
Martita
Yes forgot to mention the Eurodam which is at it's berth at the far end.
Mrs. Witzke is onboard with us now on the Sojourn and has left the Quest to be on here until the ship arrives in Boston in early fall of this year.
Hope she observes the smoking policy in the Observation Bar or might I might have to carry a bucket of water with me at all times!

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Old May 4th, 2012, 09:27 AM
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I thought "Sister" A. Witzke was not transferring to the Sojourn until June....please visit with her, as she is a huge HOOT! We've been good friends for 12 years. A real, Southern (orginally, Kentucky) very classy lady! Knows almost everything going on aboard the ship!
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Old May 4th, 2012, 09:29 AM
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I thought "Sister" A. Witzke was not transferring to the Sojourn until June....please visit with her, as she is a huge HOOT! We've been good friends for 12 years. A real, Southern (orginally, Kentucky) very classy lady! Knows almost everything going on aboard the ship!
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Nope she has embarked today along with me.
I'll have to compare score cards for "what's going onboard the ship" for at least the next 20 days....stay tuned!
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Hello Seabourntraveller,
Wishing you a wonderfull 20 days. I`ll be hanging on to CC to read about your adventures. Have great fun and a lot of gossip!
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Activities Onboard Today;

12:30pm Welcome Aboard Luncheon, the Colonnade Deck 8 until 3:00pm
1:00pm-4:00pm Spa Tours and Gym Orientation, The Spa Deck 9
4:30pm All Onboard
4:45pm Passenger Emergency Drill
5:00pm Departure, Sojourn sails for Porto Venere, Italy
5:15pm Sail-A-Way Social, Sky Bar Deck 9
5:30pm Friends of Bill W Meet, Conference Room, Deck 5

Onboard Activites Tonight;

Tonight's Attire: RESORT CASUAL

5:30pm Sabbath Service
6:30pm Panoramic Piano Moods, Nick Messina, Observation Bar, Deck 10
6:30pm-8:00pm Club Cocktails, The Club, Deck 5
9:30pm Nick's Late Night Piano Bar, Observation Bar Deck 10
9:45pm Welcome Night in the Club, The Club, Deck 5

I hope this is not a silly question, but who/what are the friends of Bill W. ?
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I hope this is not a silly question, but who/what are the friends of Bill W. ?
Friends of Bill W. = Alcholics Anonymous meetings
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We will be joining you in Lisbon next Saturday for 12 days. Can you let us know before then if the house wines are the same as you posted on your earlier travelogue? I might want to try and pick up a couple of Portuguese wines in Lisbon before we board to add to our drinking pleasure. Unfortunately, in Oporto, most places for wine purchase will be closed because it is a Sunday.

I too am an early riser. Perhaps we will meet in Seabourn Square.
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Old May 4th, 2012, 11:06 AM
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We will be joining you in Lisbon next Saturday for 12 days. Can you let us know before then if the house wines are the same as you posted on your earlier travelogue? I might want to try and pick up a couple of Portuguese wines in Lisbon before we board to add to our drinking pleasure. Unfortunately, in Oporto, most places for wine purchase will be closed because it is a Sunday.

I too am an early riser. Perhaps we will meet in Seabourn Square.
CLOU will do! I am already on it and asked Robert the Bar Manager to send me the Wine List tonight to my Suite. As soon as I get it I will post it here.

Here's to early coffee in Seabourn Square!
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Default Update; After Boat Drill

Update; After Boat Drill

We just completed the boat drill without incident or no shows. Ms. Witzke was "walked dow" the aisle by Bobby the Cruise Director. I did manage to speak with her briefly in the elevator as she went up to Deck 5 and I went to Deck 7. Martita B. I did tell her you said a big hello from Texas and she asked how you were doing.

Might go up later tonight in the Observation Bar (her hang out) and chat her up some more.

We are about to get ready to set sail for Porto Venere, as we are waiting for our pilot to arrive. Captain Elliott has told us that we will be having smooth seas tonight and light winds from the southwest pushing us so slightly against the stern.

The ship is NOT full on this leg with several empty suites onboard.

More to come later today from the Sojourn about to set sail from Civitavecchia, Italy enroute for Porto Venere, Italy.
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Itinerary:Day Date Port Arrive Depart
0 04 May 2012 Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy 05:00 PM

8 12 May 2012 Lisbon, Portugal 07:00 AM 05:00 PM
9 13 May 2012 Leixoes (Porto), Portugal 08:00 AM 04:00 PM
10 14 May 2012 A Coruna, Spain 09:00 AM 08:00 PM
11 15 May 2012 At Sea (Atlantic Ocean) CO
12 16 May 2012 Cobh (Cork), Ireland 08:00 AM 06:00 PM
13 17 May 2012 Dublin, Ireland 08:00 AM 06:00 PM
14 18 May 2012 At Sea (Atlantic Ocean) CO
15 19 May 2012 Invergordon, Scotland 08:00 AM 05:00 PM
16 20 May 2012 Leith (Edinburgh), UK 11:00 AM 08:00 PM
17 21 May 2012 Newcastle upon Tyne, England 08:00 AM 06:00 PM
18 22 May 2012 At Sea (North Sea) CO
19 23 May 2012 Delfzijl (Groningen), Netherlands 07:00 AM 03:00 PM
20 24 May 2012 Hamburg, Germany 07:00 AM
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Please tell "Sister" A. I'm fine ~busy with 2 Grandkids graduating from Texas A&M on April 11th. I'll send her an e-mail ~(to her suite) Yes, please go and visit with her before dinner up in the Observation Lounge ~she always has an Officer or a Purser who join her for pre-dinner cocktails. She is soooo funny! I could tell you true saga tales, as to the "Witzke Sisters"~ would curl your hair.
Do you know if Chief Purser Ann-Cathrin is aboard? Or Crew Purser Thomas? Both charming and alot of fun!!!

Have a grrrreat sail-away
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Who could forget!
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Please tell "Sister" A. I'm fine ~busy with 2 Grandkids graduating from Texas A&M on April 11th. I'll send her an e-mail ~(to her suite) Yes, please go and visit with her before dinner up in the Observation Lounge ~she always has an Officer or a Purser who join her for pre-dinner cocktails. She is soooo funny! I could tell you true saga tales, as to the "Witzke Sisters"~ would curl your hair.
Do you know if Chief Purser Ann-Cathrin is aboard? Or Crew Purser Thomas? Both charming and alot of fun!!!

Have a grrrreat sail-away
Martita
I'll find out for you and get back to you on here shortly....stay tuned!
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Default Dinner Options Onboard Tonight;

Dinner Options Onboard Tonight;

The Restaurant

FIRST COURSE

Poached Jumbo Shrimp Ceviche, cilantro and lime
Bresaola, olive oil, braised vegetables
Pan Sauteed Crab Cakes, marinated cherry tomatoes, roasted bell pepper coulis
Vegatble Bouillon, smoked chicken tortellini
Tomato & White Bean Soup, tomato coulis
Mesclun Salad with Endives, seasonal herbs, citrus dijon vinaigrette
Duck Confit & Frisee Salad, sherry shalott dressing

MAIN COURSE

Pan Roasted Cod Filet, creamy asparagus risotto, roasted mushroom sauce
Bacon Wrapped Scallops, caramilized cauliflower, artichokes and salsify ragout sauce duglere
Pink Grilled Veal Mignon & Shrimp Fritters, soft polenta, oyster mushrooms, broccoli rabe
Duo of Aged Sirloin & Braised Short Rib of Beef, honey glazed turnips, mustard greens, red wine sauce
Vegetarian- Soy Glazed ****akes & Gingered Greens, crunchy vidalia onions and onion soubise


Restaurant 2:

Chef's Cocktail; Crispy Foie Gras, Port wine Splash

Lobster Roll, Yogurt Caviar Sauce
Bacalaito Fritter, Avocado & Tomato Salad
Seared Panela Salmon, White Bean Salsa, Piquillo Coulis

Shiraz Braised Oxtail Presse, Manchego Potstickers
White Asparagus Vanilla Cappuccino Mashed Potato

Dark Chocolate Ganache, Espresso Citrus Panna Cotta, Condensed Milk Ice Cream


The Colonnade- Surf and Turf

APPETIZERS

Poached Jumbo Shrimp Coctail
Avocado, Cocktail Sauce

or

Pan Sauteed Crab Cake
Marinated Fennel Red Onion Sald Truffle Remoulade
Arugula

or

New England Clam, Corn & Potato Chowder
Saffron Essence


MAIN COURSE

Grilled Filet of Salmon
Pommes Fondant, Braised Artichokes
Lemon Beurre

Or

"Surf and Turf" Beef Tenderloin & Broiled Lobster Tail
Roasted Potatoes, Green Beans, Bernaise


DESSERT

Layered Chocolate and Peanut Butter Cake


PATIO GRILL- Al Fresco

APPETIZERS (FROM THE BUFFET)

Buffalo Mozzarella, Roma Tomatoes, Aged Balsamic
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Salsify and Salami Milano Cocktail
Grilled Marinated Vegetables
Seared Beef Carpaccio, Pickled Artichokes
Pesto, Citrus Dressing

PIZZA (FROM THE BUFFET)

Frutti di Mare
Tomato Sauce, Mozzarella, Calamari, Clams and Shrimp
Garlic and Onions

PASTA

Fettucini Pesto, Red Bliss Potatoes, String Beans

FROM THE GRILL

Garlic and Herb Roasted Pork Chop
Pancetta wrapped Veal Tenderloin
Grilled Branzino
Lamb Rack Chops 10oz

SIDINGS

Asparagus, Tomato Paprika Ragout
Lyonnaise Potatoes

SAUCES

Bernaise, Balsamic Jus

DESSERTS

Assorted Cheese
Tiramisu
Lemon Panna Cotta
Fresh Fruits
Ice Cream and Sorbet
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