Seabourn Sojourn Cruise Review by Paminflorida: Amazon River Cruise from Manaus
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Amazon River Cruise from Manaus
Just returned from 15 days on the Sojourn -- was delighted with the service and food. DH was nervous about being on a bigger ship but he was amazed to see the same level of service with almost twice as many guests. Suffice it to say we put a deposit on our next cruise before we left! Took notes on my iPhone and thought I'd share -
Day 1 - Local tour company flubbed transfers. Seabourn needs to send a rep to the hotel to assist. Not a good start. Tropical Hotel old, musty but good breakfast with mantioc omelette
Great caprihana in observation bar. Outdoor surf and turf in Collanade. I had crab cake and DH had clam chowder. Cheese for dessert. Need lessons for iced coffee.
Day 2 - Room service breakfast. Meeting of rivers excursion. Awesome tour not much wild life but meeting looked like a river of expresso mixing with a river of latte. Collonade lunch but no pisco sours
Bridge tour and sail away. Formal dinner with caviar, beef and vanilla souffle with berry sauce. More In bed by 9:15 lol!
Day 3 - Cruised down the amazon and anchored about 11 am. Boi bomba show was pretty amazing and so was dinner at R2!
Day 4 - Meeting of waters in Santarem - totally different than the other. Saw houses and birds, water buffalo, dolphins, monkeys but didn't catch any piranha! Wine note - Cote du Rhone was too sweet. We prefer Brass field Syrah and Sirius merlot blend! Magician and dinner at Patio Grill - fries were awesome! Dessert by pool and then Rock the Boat party.
Day 5 - Went to Ancho de Chao instead of the pacoval village due to Good Friday. Tendered into a little resort village - much cleaner than Santarem. Got some souvenirs and back to the ship for lunch. Too much wine at lunch and went down to the marina to dip my foot in the Amazon - beware of the slippery fish! Nap time then another amazing dinner at R2 with Melinda.
Day 6 - Cruising on the Amazon all day. Pedicure at 9:15 and cooking demo at 11. Chef Graeme made coffee creme br'lee and crab cakes. Went to a boutique sale at 1 pm and bought DH a sports jacket, two shirts and a bathing suit for $130! Catholic Mass at 5 and then enjoyable lecture on the amazon creatures and yummy Indian dinner in the Collonade.
Day 7 - Happy Easter! Yoga at 7:30 followed by a massage for me and a haircut for DH. Lecture on Devils Island and DH made me watch Pappilion! Crossing of the equator ceremony and got lots of funny pix! Another lecture on the Caribbean - boring! Dinner at sky grill with Nigerian shrimp!!
Day 8 - Anchored by Devil's Island, French Guiana. Took the tender in and walked around - saw peacocks, macaws, toucans, big rats and a family of about 20 monkeys! Relaxing afternoon and another nice dinner at R2.
Day 9 - Started the day at sea with yoga and a massage! Lecture about pirates at 11 am, followed by lunch at the Collonade. Hung out on Deck 7 all afternoon, reading and napping a little. Seabourn Club members cocktail party, then Chef's dinner at the Restaurant.
Day 10 - Docked in Barbados next to a massive carnival ship. Walked about a mile into town and saw lots of British style buildings. Bought some rum cakes and pirate stuff. Back on the ship for lunch, sun, nap and beautiful sail away. Dover sole and pistachio ice cream in the Restaurant.
Day 11 - Anchored in Terre de Haut in Guadeloupe. Cappuccino on the veranda before going into town. Very cute, a rustic St. Barth's. Didn't take Amex so we couldn't buy anything. Hung out on deck 5 after Mexican lunch. Tuscan market in the Collonade and tried to stay awake for the comedian but didn't make it!
Day 12 - Anchored in St. Barth's. Yoga on top deck and tendered into town at 10 am. Walked around Gustavia and bought my mom a house warming gift. Tendered back with Karl Eckl and Chef Graeme. German spaetzle for lunch and hung out on deck 5. Sail away Epicurean Delights which were champagne, caviar, sushi, salmon and prosciutto. I think this is like caviar in the surf without the surf! Pre dinner entertainment with Lazlo and Claudia - amazing violinists! Too full for dinner but had a Cesaer salad and onion rings! Skipped the 2nd rock the boat party which didn't start until 10 pm!
Day 13 - Last port of Jost van dyke. Fruit and coffee in Collonade and over heard a gentleman complaining that there were no mangoes. Server said Chef felt the mangoes weren't ripe - he replies "Seabourn is 3 star, not 5 star!" Over a mango! Marina was deployed for the 2nd time today. Plus Caviar in the Surf - two days in a row! Seabourn had shuttle taxis take us to the Soggy Dollar (unlike SilverSeas which only tendered us last year) and deployed marina on the beach and caviar! We took ours in the room lol!! Yummy pain killers both at Soggy Dollar and on deck while steaming home to FLL! Thai dinner in the Collonade and early to bed.
Day 14 - Full day at sea, starting with another massage with Gerald. Picked up our passports and hung out on deck 5 and on our veranda. Captains farewell party and dinner in the Restaurant. Boursin cheese souffle, lobster, beef Wellington, and grand marnier souffle for dessert!
Day 15 - Last day! Yummy cappuccino and hanging out by the pool for some sun before the 12 noon Galley Market lunch! Shot of Absolut mandarin at the entrance, fantastic shrimp/prosciutto soup, cheese fondue, pasta, suckling pig and the best soft shell crabs I've ever eaten! More Latour Chardonnay, baked Alaska, some crazy dessert beginning with a K!
Last lecture with Niki sepsis on ghosts and rogue waves. Final dinner at the Patio Grill.
Day 16 - Very efficient transfer to our car to take us home. Less
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