Sunday, June 6, 2010

Seabourn Sojourn Inaugural and Maiden Voyage - Part V

After two days onboard the Seabourn Sojourn I am so very pleased to report (and enjoy) that all seems to be running extremely well.  Everyone from President Pamela Conover to Executive Chef Tony Eggar to the stewardesses and waiters have smiles and confidence in anticipation of the guests who will be arriving in just a few hours for the Maiden Voyage.  It is, honestly, everything Seabourn is about. It is a treat to see it from the "inside" as I get to observe things as both a partner and a guest...but before the guests arrive.

Last night was a charity gala for the 10th Anniversary of Breast Cancer Haven.  I had the true privilege of dining with Howard Frank, the CFO of Carnival Corp. and his wife, Mary.  What wonderful and friendly people.  I anticipated a rather strained and formal evening, but it was anything but that.  We spoke of everything from the start of Carnival and his fondness and respect for Ted Arison to grandchildren to Venetian art history.  The evening was both inspirational and a joy.  It flew by.

After an evening cocktail (or two) at the Sky Bar I retired to my suite.  After my wife fell asleep I just sat on my balcony watching the Thames drinking a nice whisky and smoking a Cohiba one of my dear friends gave me as a bon voyage gift yesterday.  Life is good aboard the yacht!

Starting later today the ship will be up and fully functioning, with all the venues open and cruising guests aboard.  I can't wait.  It does seem a little like Christmas morning...just waiting for everyone to wake up so you can watch them unwrap the presents and see their faces.