Chelsea and Kyle Johnson, the winners of our “Seabourn Moments” Facebook contest
, just returned from their seven-day cruise aboard Seabourn Sojourn in Northern Europe. Not only was this their winning cruise, but it was also a special trip to celebrate their anniversary!
Chelsea and Kyle in front of Catherine’s Palace in St. Petersburg. They attended Seabourn’s exclusive, intimate evening featuring a private tour of the palace, followed by a champagne reception and a live orchestra.
They had a fun time discovering the treasures of the Baltic, and St. Petersburg, in particular, was their favorite port on the itinerary. They explored the city as much as they could, visiting the Hermitage and Catherine's Palace, walking through the Church on Spilled Blood, watching the ballet, seeing Peter and Paul's Cathedral and experiencing the “White Nights.”
“We left the city feeling a sense of accomplishment I do not believe we have experienced, at least to that extent, when traveling previously,” said Chelsea and Kyle. “Two of the most enjoyable activities we did were browsing the market behind the Church on Spilled Blood and stopping for pelmeni (Russian dumplings) off of Nevsky Prospekt,” she added.
We also asked them if they experienced any new “Seabourn Moments” during the cruise, to which they replied, “We have a lot!!” They rattled off a few unforgettable experiences, including the moment they stepped onboard and staff greeted them immediately with champagne in their suites. By day two, the staff was addressing them by their names – even those they hadn’t met yet! Chelsea and Kyle were impressed by the never-ending exceptional service and meeting and getting to know different members of the staff.
“In particular, we met Dani, a bartender at the Sky Bar above the pool, and we told her our story about winning the trip. She immediately asked if we liked caviar, to which we responded we had only sparingly tried it in the past. Without hesitation she ordered us a huge portion of caviar and poured us two glasses of champagne,” said Chelsea and Kyle.
Seabourn Sojourn staff surprised the couple with a wonderful cake and bottle of wine to celebrate their anniversary!
It didn’t end there. Knowing they would be celebrating their anniversary, the staff went above and beyond to make the occasion even more special … and to give them another “Seabourn Moment” they will never forget. Chelsea and Kyle happily shared this story with us:
“The Restaurant Manager surprised us at dinner in Restaurant 2 with the most delicious cake! Our actual anniversary isn't until July, but we were celebrating a bit early on this trip! We were having the best time experiencing the tasting menu in Restaurant 2 when the staff brought over our special cake. We had a full plate of deserts to try on the tasting menu, so they delivered the cake to our suite for us to have later. When we returned to our suite later that night, there was a note from the staff and a bottle of wine along with our cake. It certainly was another Seabourn Moment!
Overall, we just had the most amazing time on our cruise. We are already looking at cruises for 2013 to see if it might be possible to do another! :) I'm also working on convincing my parents they need to go on one. We are definitely Seabourn fans for life, and we won't even consider going on another cruise line. You have lifelong Seabourn customers!“
Thank you, Chelsea and Kyle! We’re thrilled you had a wonderful time and look forward to welcoming you aboard again soon!
for more photos from their cruise.