Sunday, 8 January 2012

Florida Sun

Thursday 5th January - Day 1
Still on UK body time so awake by 3:30am local time...dark outside so back to bed to try to sleep to 5.30am.
Down to breakfast at 6:30am and surprise,  surprise most of the other Brits were there as well.
We had the usual Seabourn check in with passports, documents and photo pass then it was down to the newly swept beach for a long morning sandy stroll in the Florida sun...and I had my first paddle of the year. On our walk back to the hotel Vance managed to find what would have been a great boys night out venue 'Hooters' - sorry Vance our ship awaits.
Back in the hotel we spent a couple of hours on the 7th floor pool terrace catching the morning rays...UK weather already seems a long way away.
At 12:15pm our chauffeured limo arrived to take us to our Home Away From Home for the next two months - The Seabourn Quest. We arrived in true Seabourn style.
It really felt like coming home as the ship is a duplicate of our last year's ship The Sojourn making it a doddle for us to find our way around. After lunch in The Colonnade and a quick trip to deck 9 to book our first Kinesis class it was off to our suite to wait for our four cases. Three arrived very quickly so it was down to the chore of unpacking. Then we waited...and waited...and waited for our last case.
We were due to sail at 5pm but allowing that 1/2 the guest's luggage...including my case...was still on the quay we eventually set sail at 6:30pm much to the annoyance of the Captain. However the bonus was a very long sail away party!!
After a casual dinner in the main restaurant my bed was calling me again. zzzzzzzzzzz.


  1. Helen and Vance,
    Thanks for starting your Blog on Quest. We watched you sail out of Fort Lauderdale.
    Enjoyed your last one on Sojourn.
    We also msailed on Quest earlier in the year so I am sure you will love her just like Sojourn.

  2. Rex....we have now been onboard for 10 days and are absolutely loving it....a lot of days at sea this segment but we love sea days so no problem. Just come back from the Galley Market Lunch which was great as always. Hope you enjoy the rest of the's a pity it will end in Singapore where we get off...Vance keeps hoping we will win the lottery jackpot so we can stay on to the end so keep your fingers crossed for us.
    xxx Helen