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June 7, 2010

Seabourn Sojourn sets sail on maiden voyage

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The luxurious Seabourn Sojourn set sail on its maiden voyage on Sunday. The evening departue afforded wonderful views of London in the distance (we embarked from Greenwich) as we cruised down the Thames towards the North Sea.

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Seabourn President and CEO Pam Conover called the sailing a “momentous occasion,” and said it was particularly significant to her since she is British and the ship was doing its first sailing out of London. “You can take the girl out of Britain, but you can’t take Britain out of the girl,” Miami-based Conover said. She then led a countdown, signifying the official start of the cruise.

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And then the drinks flowed, including green martinis (my pal Jennie enjoying one in photo).

Suddenly the sound of drums and a surprise, the Royal Marine Guard came marching across the pool deck playing songs (including “Rule Britannia”).

One passenger, Arline Moore of Florida, said she was so touched she was almost teary. “Isn’t this wonderful,” she exclaimed.

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And then, another treat – fireworks over the Thames.

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A crew member proferring more drinks told me those working on the ship were excited to have the first guests onboard. “We have put a piece of our hearts in this ship,” he said.

June 1, 2010

London bound to see new Seabourn Sojourn

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I’m heading to England this week to see the new Seabourn Sojourn. Can’t wait. British supermodel Twiggy will be the godmother of the ship, so I’m expecting a very chic naming ceremony (note to self: pack a mini skirt).

Then I’ll be cruising on the ship to Scotland (haven’t been there since I was a wee lass, seriously) and the Faroe Islands (part of Denmark) and then to Iceland. It’s an unusual itinerary on an ultra luxurious 450-passenger ship, that promises to be fab.

Stayed tuned for details. Oh, and do pass the champagne, please.

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