We’re happy to share a few photos of our annual President’s Cruise, which is currently taking place aboard Seabourn Sojourn. Seabourn President Richard Meadows is on board and mingling with guests, as well as enjoying the sights and sounds of Northern Europe. For more pictures, check out our Facebook page, and follow us on Twitter for updates from the cruise!
During the Gala Reception, Seabourn President Richard Meadows pays a special tribute to the longest serving crew members on Seabourn Sojourn. Pictured here with Meadows are: Arnel Zablan (Laundry Master) – joined in 1997 Francisco Hubahib (Able Seaman) - joined in 1996 Danilo Ondoy (Linen Keeper) - joined in 1995 David Santos (Assistant Electrician) - joined in 1993 Jose Noel Jontongo (Sous Chef) - joined in 1991 Domingo Dilla (Butcher) - joined in 1991 Miro Marino Enriquez (Bosun) - joined in 1988
Seabourn Sojourn arrived into Helsinki, Finland, and the day could not be any more picture perfect as the ship was greeted by plenty of sunshine.
Many guests were out and about and enjoyed the sights and sounds of the wonderful capital city of Helsinki. Standing in front of the very famous Sibelius Statue are Seabourn President Richard Meadows with Seabourn Club Members Lin and John Kohler.
Both Richard Meadows and Pamela Conover hosted a special party for all the mid-level and senior management and toasted to everyone's efforts. They thanked the entire team for the staff’s efforts in creating and delivering the special Seabourn experience to guests. Left to right: Ship Doctor Sam Slishman; Nurse Rachel Obra Lagrimas; Training Manager Cathy Meyer; Seabourn Brand Ambassador - Pamela Conover; Chief Purser Ann-Cathrin Nilsson; and Executive Housekeeper Debbie Smith.
All smiles from some of Seabourn Sojourn’s staff!
St. Petersburg could not have been any more spectacular! Everything about the visit was just perfect - sunny blue skies formed the perfect backdrop at our Exclusive President’s Event hosted by Richard Meadows and Pamela Conover at the Mikhailovsky Theatre. World-famous choreographer Boris Eifman presented a medley of scenes from his most famous work, and the show left the audience in awe! "This is the type of magical moments lasting memories are made of," said Seabourn Sojourn Cruise Director Handré Potgieter. Here is a picture of guests entering the theatre.
Seabourn Sojourn overnighted in St. Petersburg, allowing guests ample time to explore this opulent city. Left to right: Brent Boylan, Patty Edwards (the only guest to sail on all five Seabourn President’s Cruises), Richard Meadows, Marie Fisher and Carol Armstrong
Vera David, Richard Meadows and Antonia Ryan
Enjoying St. Petersburg are Pamela Conover, Mark Elovitz and Michele Merkel.
Prior to the ship's departure, the St. Petersburg Military Ensemble performs a local song and dance, showcasing a colorful collage of Russian art and culture. This leads to a spectacular sail away party with music and dancing continuing as the ship sails up the Neva River.
It's a very lovely evening as Seabourn Sojourn departs St. Petersburg. The staff serves up champagne and caviar during the sail away party. Left to right: Waitress Annie Michalsky; Chef Alex Zillessen; Assistant Maitre'd Bart Durand; and Sommelier Gareth Cronje.
After a few days in St. Petersburg and Talllinn, Estonia, guests enjoyed a beautiful day at sea to relax. That morning, Richard Meadows hosted his “Seabourn Today” presentation, where he shared some insight into the history of Seabourn, highlighted some of our very exciting itineraries and noted that we have more than 50 maiden calls in 2012-2013. The Grand Salon was packed, and guests were listening intently and deciding where and when their next Seabourn cruise should be.
That evening Seabourn Brand Ambassador Pamela Conover co-hosted the Seabourn Club Party with Seabourn Club Representative and Cruise Sales Specialist Pierre Van Breda. They honored 282 Seabourn Club members who sailed a combined total of 17,229 days, which equates to 47 years! They also honored Lorraine Thompson, who has the most days sailed with 1,362 days (and counting!). That’s a lot of champagne and caviar! Following the celebration, most guests were off to The Restaurant, where Chef Marcus de Jong prepared his seven-course Chef's dinner. Left to right: Pierre van Breda, Captain Karlo Buer, Pamela Conover, Lorraine Thompson, Cruise Director Handré Potgieter
Pamela Conover and Lorraine Thompson