A Shore Thing

Events announced for Odyssey World Cruise

By: By Marilyn Green

The Yachts of Seabourn has announced a series of special shoreside experiences for the new 450-guest Seabourn Odyssey's inaugural world cruise. Visiting 42 ports between Ft. Lauderdale and Athens, the cruise is 108 days (from Jan. 5 to April 24, 2010).

Full World Cruise guests on the Odyssey guests are invited to stay overnight and attend a gala Bon Voyage Ball at the St. Regis hotel in Fort Lauderdale the night before departure, followed by five complimentary events exclusively for them. Those guests embarking in Los Angeles for 92 days will enjoy four of the full World Cruise events. An additional seven ports will feature complimentary Exclusively Seabourn shoreside experiences for all guests, regardless of the length of their voyages. Segments from 16 to 69 days are available, several of which also offer value-added benefits. 

The full world cruise events begin on Jan. 18, 2010, with a catamaran cruise from Cabo San Lucas, at the tip of Baja California, to seek some of the six species of whales that gather each year in the Sea of Cortez. 

On Feb. 6, full world cruise guests will be greeted by a conch shell salute and fragrant flower leis as they walk a candlelit path into a garden at Papeete, Tahiti for an evening of cocktails, Tahitian music and a feast.

In Sydney, Australia, on Feb. 24 a private sunset dinner cruise of scenic Sydney Harbor will end at the Opera House, where guests will enjoy the featured performance.

Hong Kong will be the site of the world cruise event on March 15. The waterside Aberdeen Marina Club will be transformed into a Chinese bazaar with craftsmen's booths, traditional fortune-tellers and calligraphers, a Chinese musical ensemble and a spectacular Lion Dance.

The dramatic climax of will unfold on the island of Phuket on March 29. Greeted by a Thai long drum troupe, Seabourn guests will enter a cultural village with women in traditional costumes, decorated elephants and exhibitions of classical Thai dance, traditional boxing, floral decorations and fruit and vegetable carving. 

The Exclusively Seabourn experiences for all guests on board will include an afternoon tour of Cultural Cartagena in Colombia's port city, A UNESCO World Heritage Site; a re-creation of the classic Aloha Boat Days at Honolulu's Royal Hawaiian Hotel; a Maori cultural discovery experience at Lyttelton (Christchurch), New Zealand; an introduction to the arts and cultures of Borneo's 32 diverse ethnic groups at Kota Kinabalu; a visit to the Sanctuary of Truth at Pattaya, Thailand from Bangkok; an evening at an oasis near Dubai; and a sortie from Sharm el Sheikh into a sheltered valley in the mountainous Sinai desert for tea and traditional folkloric music at a Bedouin encampment.