Seabourn: Let’s Talk About Days At Sea

Continuing our initial sailing pattern on the Seabourn Food And Wine Cruise of a day at sea after every port of call has provided some unique opportunities in our coverage of the premiere at-sea culinary event.  We’ll break that pattern shortly as we overnight in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) then visit back-to-back ports of call in Cambodia and Thailand, continuing our 14-night Taste of Asia itinerary. The topic of ‘days at sea’ brings a mixed bag of reactions from experienced cruise travelers.

Sailing to Saigon - 30

Some love the solitude of being completely surrounded by water as far as the eye can see, in all directions.  Others like a mix of sea days and port days and still more would like nothing but port calls with no time at sea at all.  Our sailing of Seabourn Sojourn provides a good example of why choosing the right cruise ship for the right traveler is…well…or reason for being here in this space in the first place.

On The Mekong River - 11

A day at sea can mean a blissful day to oneself; reading, relaxing, engaging fellow travelers and more.  Nicely appointed Seabourn Sojourn has a number of attractions for the well-traveled passengers who book this magnificent ship.  An important distinction to those attractions: they will require some thought and active participation to enjoy.

On The Mekong River - 36

This particular sailing of Seabourn Sojourn from Hong Kong to Singapore offers dynamic ports of call in Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand; surely bucket list items for many sailing with us.  Not to be passed over, forgotten or in any way given less than the understated importance they have: a number of passengers traveling with us visited Vietnam before, as members of the U.S. military.

memorial day

This is a topic we have touched on from time to time, always jumping at the chance join cruise lines in their support of military member.  We first saw just what a wonderful tribute is possible via sister cruise line Princess Cruise first Cruising For A Cause, benefitting the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund.  Later, we enjoyed paying tribute to military families as Carnival Cruise Lines began sailing from the port of Galveston on a cruise to benefit Operation Homefront.

I can’t help think of those Vietnam veterans who were there.

I can see their stories in the terrain and imagine a different time.  Today’s Vietnam welcomes us as any other nation on the planet has as tourists.  Funny, a tour guide referred to the Vietnam War as the American War; as easy to talk about as our Civil War.  It felt a lot like visiting Nuremberg and that difficult time for Germany.

We overnight in Saigon next and begin that extended stay Shopping With The Chefs.  That’s next.




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