November 12, 2014 by adannunzio
The Church of San Martino (Picture: Malcolm Andrews)
Author inspired rich and famous
HAD Australian-born author Elizabeth von Arnim been around today we’d probably be calling her best-selling books ‘chick lit’. Not that she would have been pleased with such a description. Such marketing was unknown when she was writing her best books in the late 19th and early 20th century and was a household name in the United States and Britain.
She was self-deprecating in the extreme. Not for her the author’s name splashed in bigger letters than the title of the book itself. Indeed, never did her full name even appear.
She was born Mary Annette Beauchamp in a cottage on the foreshores of Sydney Harbour in 1866, before heading with her family to England three years later.
And when she later pursued a literary career she only used pen-names. Mostly it was “by the author of Elizabeth and Her German Garden” the title of her first best-seller, reprinted eight times in the first year after its release in America in 1899, or more simply “by Elizabeth”.
In general her books were auto-biographical, including stories of two unhappy marriages – one to a fellow she called “The Man of Wrath”. But a book, written in 1922, was very different. It was called The Enchanted April and inspired by a month-long holiday in the Italian Riviera. Over the subsequent nine decades it has been adapted as a couple of Broadway plays, two Hollywood movies and a stage musical.
PORTOFINO – Elizabeth von Arnim
It was set not just anywhere in the Italian Riviera – but in the beautiful, secluded village of Portofino. Elizabeth had reached the hamlet by travelling in a horse and cart over 50km on a winding, frightening, one-lane coastal road from Genoa via another village, Santa Margherita Ligure.
The literary success of The Enchanted April is universally recognized as the reason why Portofino is today the vacation Mecca for society’s rich and famous. Now they drive there in their Ferraris and Lamborghinis on the one road into town (when the locals deign to allow cars to use it).
Or they sail into the crescent-shaped harbor in luxury yachts, unmoved by the mooring fees at the 14 available berths which are among the most expensive in the world – at around € 2500 ($US3100) per night. The likes of Steven Spielberg, Coldplay front man Chris Martin, pop diva Rihanna follow in the footsteps of Greta Garbo, Sophia Loren, Grace Kelly, Marlon Brando, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton (they got engaged there the first time around … or maybe it was the second).
But the smart tourists stop by on the small boutique cruise vessels.
Recently the SeaDream Yacht Club polled their guests about their favorite Italian destination. And Portofino won hands down, even though the award-winning SeaDream I and II visit such wonderful places as Positano on the Amalfi Coast, Sorrento, Capri, Taormina in Sicily, the Cinque Terre and Venice.
Everyone who is anyone visits Portofino to shop. Even if they can’t afford it – and, rest assured, few of us can! Along the Via Roma which leads from the waterfront there is every concievable shop and boutique wooing the tourists like the mythical sirens of the ancient Mediterranean. Local craftsmen and women are there with the top-end boutiques such as Dior, Armani, Ferragamo and Gucci. The smart visitors leave their credit cards back in their SeaDream staterooms.
But it is worth spending $10 for a cup of coffee, or even more for an ice-cold beer, and sit at a table at one of the sidewalk cafés and watch the passing parade of well-heeled folk. The beauty of the village makes it all so worthwhile. We don’t mean the azure waters of the Mediterranean. There are the pastel colors of the houses and shops. And the classic architecture of the San Martino church, whose bell-tower peers over the buildings between it and the waterfront.
It is all Charm. Charm with a capital C. There are virtually no cars. The locals like it that way and so, too, do the visitors once they realise they can stroll to their hearts content without having to dodge a host of Vespas and Fiats like they do in Rome, Naples or Genoa.
And why not join the queue outside the bakery for some steaming hot focaccia, topped with locally-grown olives and herbs, straight from the oven? Buon Appetito!
Ask anyone who has visited Portofino why they like it so much and you will probably be greeted with a shrug of the shoulders. “Why?’ he or she will reply. “It is just because I do!” And who can argue with that?
Malcolm Andrews is an Australian author and former Sydney daily newspaper columnist. He has been a regular SeaDreamer since his first voyage in 2006.
PORTOFINO – SeaDream
September 24, 2014 by adannunzio
SeaDream’s New Tea Service
This summer SeaDream rolled out a new tea service. We believe we now have the best tea service in the industry. Our new upgraded tea service is our standard – every time we serve tea.
A brief description of the tea service:
The tea menu offers 12 blends of SeaDream teas. These are prepared by a master tea blender in Kent, UK and were blended with the thought of SeaDream’s onboard lifestyle, age and nationality demographics, wealth of the guests, and a little bit of funk.
SeaDream’s Tea Menu
A robust blend of whole-leaf tippy Indian Assam black tea and Sri Lankan Dimbula black tea for a strong and flavoursome liquor and of refreshing Ceylon orange pekoe black tea resulting in a bright and malty brew. A classic pick-me-up at any time of day.
Classic Earl Grey black tea with a sophisticated twist. Ceylon Orange Pekoe scented with Bergamot oil for distinctive citrus flavour is blended with aromatic first flush Darjeeling with notes of muscatel and a splash of bright blue cornflowers. A refreshing accompaniment to breakfast or afternoon tea.
Pure premium first flush aromatic Indian Darjeeling prized for its grape-like or muscatel notes. Pairs perfectly with sweet and savoury light afternoon snacks.
This classic Chinese black tea is bursting with smoky flavour and subtle tobacco aroma. Fortifying and robust, this tea is a particular favourite with the gentlemen. A perfect match to cheese and biscuits and other strong, savoury foods.
Light and refreshing Ceylon black tea is bursting with flavours of sweet mango, pineapple, smooth coconut, hibiscus, rosehip and sunflower petals, this blend is the perfect warm or iced refreshment. Simply paradise.
Sencha Green Tea
A light and delicate ‘Fukujyu’ steamed green tea from Japan. Crisp and invigorating with subtle vegetal character and sweet grassy aroma.
Honeymoon Blend White Tea
This exquisite Jasmine silver needle white tea from China, which contains only the youngest buds of the tea bush, is scented by carefully layering the tea with fresh Jasmine blossoms overnight and then painstakingly removing the Jasmine once the aroma has been absorbed. This process is repeated up to seven times. We have blended this delicate tea with exotic orange blossom for a sweet honey aroma and perfect rose buds for a touch of romance. A luxurious blend, perfect for special occasions. This is truly wonderful served iced.
Rooibos is a South African herb which is a popular, naturally caffeine-free alternative to tea. This indulgent blend will sooth you with wave after wave of smooth, sweet vanilla flavour and a cheering splash of sunflower petals.
For those who feel they have over-indulged, this soothing herbal blend will help to gently calm your stomach and cleanse your system. Cooling peppermint and spearmint are blended with herbs that are traditionally used as digestive tonics, like fennel, liquorice and milk thistle. Ginger has long been used to ease sea sickness and milk thistle is thought to support liver function.
A beautifully elegant, floral blend of relaxing chamomile, refreshing lemon verbena, luxurious rose petals and fragrant lavender with a sprinkle of passionflower for a blissful moment of tranquility. These ingredients have been especially selected to promote restful sleep and sweet dreams.
Rhubarb Ginger Rose
We have used vitamin-rich hibiscus as the base for this distinctly different herbal blend. Tangy, tart rhubarb and spicy, warming ginger are complemented by a sprinkling of sweet, fragrant rose petals resulting in a thirst-quenching taste sensation.
Red Fruit Dream
This vibrant, colourful blend is brimming with a medley of sweet summer berries. Vitamin-rich and caffeine free, kids will love this one too. A wonderful blend of hibiscus petals, apple pieces, rosehip peel, elderberries, pineapple pieces, Morello cherries, orange peel, strawberry pieces, and rose petals.
- All tea is served in individual “Bodum” 0.5l teapots, with plunger tea diffuser.
- When the water is poured into the teapot by the waiter, he immediately ‘starts’ the tea timer so that the correct time is indicated to the guest upon being served. When the desired time has expired, be it 3,4 or 5 minutes, the guest can depress the plunger to stop the diffusing process.
- All tea is served with 2 homemade tea cookies which are all gluten-free, to ensure that all guests can enjoy them.
Fun fact: Coffee consumption has dropped since we introduced our new tea service.
September 15, 2014 by adannunzio
BONUS Evening activity, weather permitting: At Sea Under the Stars
Join Greg Redfern for a night sky viewing on a darkened deck to show guests the night sky. You will learn about the constellations and associated sky lore.
Sail aboard SeaDream I, voyage # 11438 from Malaga, Spain to Barbados this October 25 – November 6, 2014. You’ll be entertained and educated with a special guest lecture series by guest, Greg Redfern.
Greg Redfern has been an adjunct professor/instructor of astronomy for different colleges since 1984. As a NASA JPL Solar System Ambassador since 2003, he has shared NASA’s missions to the solar system with audiences in person as well as on TV and radio in the Washington D.C. media market. Greg’s daily astronomy blog, “Whats Up?: The Space Place”, has had tens of thousands of readers from around the world and is carried by WTTG Fox 5.
Greg has been observing and photographing the sky for over four decades and collecting meteorites for years. He’s used telescopes of all kinds and visited observatories, NASA facilities, and geological sites. As a result, Greg has brought the wonder, beauty, and excitement of our universe to audiences for decades in a one-on-one style that resonates with his passion and knowledge.
So, You Want to be an Astrophotographer?
Join Greg Redfern for an engaging presentation that will show you the basics of how to photograph the sea and sky. You will be able to use this information to try your hand at taking pictures of your own during the voyage. You will also see stunning pictures – including solar and lunar eclipses – taken by Greg at sea of the sea and sky and learn about what you are seeing.
The Sky is Falling – Space Rocks and You
Join Greg Redfern to learn about space rocks and observe real meteorites, including a piece of the Chelyabinsk meteorite that fell over Russia in February 2013 and a piece of Mars and the moon.
The Chesapeake Bay Impact Crater – The Inside Story of America’s Largest Impact Crater
Many people do not know that the USA’s largest known impact crater is under the Chesapeake Bay at Cape Charles, VA. Learn all about it from Greg Redfern’s firsthand experience with the deepest dig ever into the heart of this 57-mile wide beast. You will see actual geological samples taken from within the crater.
The Future of US Manned Spaceflight
Discuss the story of where NASA is headed, literally, with new spacecraft and rockets to launch the next generation of American astronauts to the moon, Mars, and asteroids.
This isn’t Your Granddaddy’s Moon
We have learned a lot about our nearest neighbor in space since the Apollo missions to the moon in the 60s and 70s. Join Greg Redfern to learn the latest from the missions sent to the moon by NASA, China, and India.
September 15, 2014 by adannunzio
Enjoy a stimulating guest lecture series aboard SeaDream I during it’s crossing voyage from Malaga, Spain to Barbados. This 12-night voyage sails Oct. 25 – Nov. 6, 2014 with special guest, Rick Staehling.
Rick Staehling was a film critic at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation for over three decades, a radio/television career that began with a review of Alfred Hitchcock’s Family Plot and concluded 34 years later with Toy Story 3. A founding member of the Vancouver Film Critic’s Circle, he has taught communications at the University of British Columbia, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, and Capilano University, and lectured on film for Radical Games Ltd. and Corbis Images.
After graduating from the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, Rick worked behind the camera as a production assistant for The Petersen Company, designed posters for B-movie producer Roger Corman, and wrote, directed, and produced two short and now-forgotten films.
Rick has written extensively about movies for Rolling Stone, Vancouver magazine, and numerous Time Inc. publications, and his work has appeared in the anthologies King’s of the B’s: Working Within the Hollywood System and The Final Four of Everything. Staehling has also worked in publishing as a writer/designer and as the editor of Travel Etc., a magazine that regularly covered cruise travel. His work has been recognized by numerous organizations including the National Magazine Awards and the Society of American Travel Writers Lowell Thomas Awards. In 2005, Rick received the Western Magazine Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
Thumbs Up: Film Critics and How to Read a Film
Start the voyage with a history of film critics, gossip columnists, and celebrity journalists and learn how you can combine the pleasures of film-going with the satisfaction of film criticism.
Casting Call: Actors and Acting
Meet the talents whose names grace the multiplex marquees and discover the differences between acting for stage and screen and what makes a supporting actor, star and superstar.
Master Shots: Cinematographers and the Visual Design of a Film
Learn the aesthetic and technical terms of cinematography and see how lighting, camera angles, and camera movement affect storytelling and the way a film works emotionally.
Power Player: The Director and the Auteur Theory
Discover what directors do—from development to distribution—and why their personal style and vision sometimes makes them the “author” of their films.
Kid’s Stuff: Why Hollywood Ignores Adults and What to Do About It
Find out why in an era of mega-million-dollar, international blockbusters few films are made for or about people over 40.
Note: Space is still available on this voyage with fares starting at $3,999 per person. Please contact your travel professional or SeaDream for details.
September 15, 2014 by adannunzio
SeaDream II sails from Lisbon to San Juan this October 28 – November 9, 2014 with special interest lecturer, Mr. Steven “Steve” Friedman aboard.
At a young age, Steve Friedman started impressing audiences with his lyrical tenor voice, in turn developing a love of musical theatre. With a background as a trained classical tenor, Steve attained the passion to present from a vantage point of once having performed many roles from “Camelot” and “Damn Yankees” to “Sweeney Todd.” He has studied with leading teachers nationally and has enhanced his perception of theatre by not just performing but by looking at its’ roots from an historical perspective.
Steve has performed in many venues over the years including the Kennedy Center, and was a soloist for 35 years in a local choir. He has studied with teachers of national repute from those at Carnegie Mellon and Michigan State University to former divas of the Metropolitan Opera. Steve’s love of theatre has enabled him to be on the board of nationally recognized non-profit theatre in Washington, DC. Steve believes that music creates emotional reactions and prides himself on helping audiences enjoy the perspective of musical theatre history.
Tin Pan Alley to Broadway: 1927-1939
Steve Friedman will discuss how the American songbook was integrated on Broadway, how the legacy of Jerome Kern, the Gershwins, Cole Porter, and Rodgers and Hart impacted the Broadway musical, and why the musicals of the time created the American songbook.
How Oklahoma Changed the Broadway Musical: 1940-1949
The Broadway Musical scene was seeing change. The music alone was not enough to satisfy the audience; they wanted an integrated story and meaningful plot. Discuss how the musical evolved and how Rodgers and Hammerstein among others created the modern art form.
The Golden Age of the Broadway Musical: 1950-1960
The musical golden age started in 1950 with glorious, wonderful musicals changing the Broadway scene. No story was unable to be told to music and this evolution plus the emergence of television created what is now referred to as the “Golden Age.”
The Cherished Golden Age Ends: 1960-1969
The decade marked the end of the cherished golden age of the Broadway musical. Steve Friedman will explore the time period of 1963-1965 regarded as the last two major creative Broadway seasons and why this era in time created some of the most memorable musicals of any era.
The Concept Musical and the Evolution of the Musical: 1970-1980
With the rise and success of Sondheim and the development of A Chorus Line, the musical had changed from being plot-driven to now being mostly sung with a storyline based upon one idea.
Space is still available on this 12-night voyage. Attractive rates starting at $3999 per person! Contact your travel professional or SeaDream for details.
Note this voyage has an additional Guest Lecturer, Dr. Tinberg. His lecture series focuses on DNA & forensic science.
September 15, 2014 by adannunzio
SeaDream II, Voyage #21438 sails from Lisbon to San Juan this October 28 – November 9, 2014. If you, like so many, are hooked on CSI and the numerous other murder/mystery/detective programs, then you’ll particularly enjoy the Guest Lecturer sailing aboard this 12-night voyage.
Dr. Hal Tinberg earned his BA and PhD degrees in zoology from the University of California, Los Angeles (areas of expertise in biochemistry and cell biology). He was a medical diagnostics research and development manager at a Fortune 100 company in the Chicago area for 17 years. He has conducted training sessions for domestic and international sales and marketing personnel and delivered technical presentations at national customer meetings. After adopting forensic science as an avocation in 2007, Dr. Tinberg has presented lectures on forensics and DNA testing to public and private adult enrichment institutions in the Chicago area.
Onboard Lectures include:
The CSI Phenomenon Dr. Tinberg will describe the talented people and remarkable series of events behind the creation of “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”, the most successful television franchise of the past decade. Explore the “CSI effect”. Are juries influenced by the public’s new awareness of forensic science? Are criminals also watching forensic shows? Several case histories are discussed.
Forensic DNA Testing: Landmark Cases Modern DNA testing was discovered and developed in the United Kingdom. Since then, the United Kingdom has led the world in advances in DNA forensics. Learn how DNA fingerprinting was discovered and how this new technology was used to solve a baffling series of murders. Dr. Tinberg will also describe the various forensic applications developed in the UK, such as ultrasensitive DNA testing and familial DNA testing, that are now being used successfully around the world.
DNA Testing: Cold Cases Solved Cold cases decades old have been solved using sophisticated forensic DNA testing. Learn how this technology and work of dedicated police detectives has solved baffling cold cases such as the Helena Greenwood murder, the Southland Strangler, and the Grim Sleeper murders. The oldest DNA cold case in US history will be discussed.
Forensics and History: The Mystery of the Romanovs The Russian Revolution ended 300 years of rule by the House of Romanov. Learn how state of the art DNA testing was used to identify Tsar Nicholas II and his family, the last of the Russian royals. Did Grand Duchess Anastasia Romanov survive the execution and reappear as Anna Anderson? Dr. Tinberg describes her incredible story and how science was used to solve this decades-old mystery.
Forensics and History: The Lost Dauphin of France Following the French Revolution, the Dauphin (Crown Prince), Louis-Charles was imprisoned and reportedly died in captivity. Over a hundred individuals – including some very famous people – have claimed to be the Lost Dauphin, supporting the claim that the Royal Prince escaped his fate. Dr. Tinberg describes the use of forensic testing to find out the true fate of the son of Marie Antoinette.
Forensics and History: The Search for the Unknown Titanic Child The world’s most luxurious and advanced ocean liner – The Titanic – sank in the North Atlantic 100 years ago. Many of the victims have never been identified. One such victim, The Unknown Titanic Child, went unidentified for almost a century. State-of-the-art DNA testing and the tireless efforts of a team of genealogists finally put a name to one of the many children who perished during the disaster. Dr. Tinberg describes the twists and turns that finally led to the solution to this enduring mystery.
September 12, 2014 by adannunzio
SEADREAM YACHT CLUB ANNOUNCES NEW WINE EDUCATION
CERTIFICATION AT SEA
SeaDream Yacht Club has been approved by the British Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET) to deliver wine courses, exams and certifications under the organization’s prestigious umbrella beginning in the Spring 2015. The accreditation is the latest example of an emphasis on wine and cuisine onboard the two mega-yachts SeaDream I and II.
“WSET is the world’s most prestigious and well-respected wine education organization,” shares Atle Brynestad, owner and CEO of SeaDream Yacht Club. “It was an obvious choice to align our brand with the best organization as we refined and enhanced our onboard wine program.”
The British Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET) offers courses in four levels from one to four and guests may now take the first two levels onboard SeaDream. The aim of the Level 1 is to give a basic introduction to wine followed by food pairings.
“The interest among consumers obtaining an education in wine is at an all-time high in the United States as well as Scandinavian countries,” explains SeaDream Yacht Club Wine Director Erica Landin. “Our guests may elect to attend a course to gain formal qualification or simply a desire to enhance their knowledge of the immense variety of wines produced in the world today.”
Level 2 is a comprehensive 12-day program program only offered on dedicated Wine Education Voyages, starting with the 12-day San Juan, Puerto Rico to Malaga sailing departing April 18, 2015. It focuses on the key grape varieties and growing regions of the world as well as what factors influence a wine’s style and quality. The all-around course is ideally suited for the interested beginner or aficionado wishing to strengthen their knowledge.
Additionally, SeaDream recently announced exciting Wine Voyages beginning fall 2014. These experiences add to the two mega-yachts’ innovative culinary and beverage program, which features the first and only full raw cuisine menu onboard as well as showcasing local delicacies from ports of call. Each voyage will offer heightened experiences for beginners and veteran oenophiles with itineraries that have been expertly developed by SeaDream’s Wine Director, Erica Landin, one of Sweden’s most internationally recognized wine writers. Activities onboard the Wine Voyages include visits to high-quality vineyards in the world’s most exclusive wine destinations; informal and formal tastings of local varietals; wine master classes and a special Winemaker’s Dinner, in which a local grower or winery owner shares treasures from their own cellars.
For more information on SeaDream Yacht Club, contact a travel professional, call 1-800-707-4911 or visit www.SeaDream.com.
About The British Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET) The Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET) was founded in 1969 in London to provide high quality education and training in wines and spirits. Since then, WSET has grown into the foremost international body in the field of wines and spirits education, with a suite of sought-after qualifications. For more information about WSET and the levels, see www.wset.co.uk.
August 26, 2014 by adannunzio
SEADREAM YACHT CLUB HIGHLIGHTS SHORE SIDE CASUALS
FOR 2015 CARIBBEAN SEASON
SeaDream Yacht Club announces crew-led excursions for the fall and winter 2014/2015 season in the Caribbean’s most beautiful islands. Known as “shore side casuals” among past guests, the veteran crew onboard the 112-guest twin mega-yachts leads complimentary shore tours to their favorite spots in the Caribbean islands. The 1:1 crew-to-guest ratio of SeaDream and casual elegance onboard SeaDream I and SeaDream II affords flexibility to explore where large ships and formal tours seldom venture.
“The intimate size and casually elegant service onboard SeaDream gives guests a true yachting experience in the Caribbean,” shares Bob Lepisto, president of SeaDream Yacht Club. “That experience is equally delivered shore side as our the crew shares their favorite activities in the islands through one-of-a-kind shore excursions.”
With 10 mountain bikes onboard each mega-yacht, guests can bike to the secluded beaches including Flamenco Beach in Culebra, the intimate coves in Esperanza and Shoal Bay in Anguilla. Nature preserves like the Turtle Sanctuary in Bequia and watching the dolphins at Soper’s Hole are led by crew. For the most ambitious, a tour circumnavigating the island of Nevis or mountain biking to the bottom of Saba are popular ways to work off a delicious lunch. Guests on SeaDream this season can enjoy crew-led hikes on many of the smaller islands in the Caribbean.
One of the many highlights of shore side casuals includes an incredible hike on the tiny island of Culebrita. Part of a wildlife refuge and located approximately one mile east of the island of Culebra, this tiny island is a nature lover’s paradise. Led by a knowledgeable crewmember, guests will hike to the only remaining Spanish-era structure in the Culebra archipelago, which is also the only permanent structure on the island. After taking in the views, guests will head to Playa Tortuga (Turtle Beach), which is named for the many sea turtles that use the beach for breeding grounds and surrounding waters for grazing.
SeaDream Yacht Club offers a myriad of crew-led, complementary shore excursions in numerous destinations giving guests many opportunities to explore their surroundings. A walk through Old San Juan to the El Morro Fortress offers guests the chance to explore the region’s rich history, while a circumnavigation bike ride on the tiny island paradise of Nevis is one of many ways for guests to enjoy the unspoiled serenity of natural Caribbean settings.
With an emphasis on relaxed luxury, guests can take advantage of the SeaDream Spa, with the highest therapist-to-guest ratio at sea. Both SeaDream I and SeaDream II are also equipped with wave runners, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards and many other watersports activities, all of which can be launched directly from the yachts’ Marina. While passengers sailing with other lines fight the crowds in larger ports, guests sailing with SeaDream Yacht Club will enjoy an experience like none other, visiting ports that only they can access.
Fully inclusive yachting fares begin at $3,999 based on double occupancy.
For inquiries, contact a travel professional or SeaDream Yacht Club at 1-800-707-4911 or visit www.SeaDream.com.
August 25, 2014 by adannunzio
SeaDream II recently sailed a voyage from Venice to Athens with less than 112 guests onboard. Indeed, with only 56 staterooms (and not always sold-out), the intimate size of SeaDream is perfect for guests to mix & mingle and make new friendships. While we often have quite a mix of international guests, imagine on this particular voyage, 20 different nationalities were represented!
The guest nationality list was a mini-United Nations of sorts:
August 22, 2014 by adannunzio
It happened during the SeaDream I sailing, July 26 – Aug. 8, 2014 from Bergen, Norway to Copenhagen, Denmark.
SeaDream guest, Carole Serine Einarsen Alfriend shares her special story with SeaDream blog readers.
This trip was especially meaningful for me, as I am Norwegian on my father’s side. The voyage stopped in Lillesand, Norway where my paternal grandmother’s family lived (my great-grandparents came to America from there.) I worked with a genealogist in Lillesand and on our stop there, I met cousins that I never knew that I had! It is a most remarkable memory and it was a fabulous afternoon that we had there. I am attaching the Lillesands-Posten newspaper article about my visit and an English translation. Thank you to SeaDream for this most memorable trip.
-Carole Carole Serine Einarsen Alfriend
(newspaper article below was translated from Norwegian to English. Pardon possible errors)
Discovered a new family Carole Serine Einarsen Alfriend had a friendly meeting with her relatives in Norway and had the opportunity to visit her ancest0r’s homes, when the mega yacht, SeaDream was visiting Lillesand on Sunday. The Stangeby family had large parts of their family tree in place, thanks to John Gustav Johansen. It all started with the fact that the local history team got a somewhat unusual request from the USA. Could they help Carole Serine Einarsen Alfriend with some information about her ancestor’s history? The result was a tour in Lillesand and Høvåg, meeting distant relatives in this little town & people not knowing that they had family across the ocean. John Gustav Johansen was put on the case. As an experienced producer of genealogical tables, he got tabs on Carole´s family tree. One of those who showed up was Kurt Stangeby from Lillesand. Stangeby, a local man interested in history, agreed to help John Gustav and his wife Bergliot Øie Johansen in organizing the visit for the distant relative from the United States. “This is something I will never regret doing”, Stangeby says, because he, his wife Evy and his sister Irene too, had an unforgettable day. Stangeby not only got to know that he had relatives in the United States, John Gustav Johansen worked out most of the genealogical tree on his mother’s side as well. “I did not know that I had family in the United States”, Stangeby says, and he tells us that Aanon Anderssen from Ågerøya is his and Carole´s common great-great grandfather. Aanon lived from 1819 to 1904 and was married to Oline Marie Andersdatter (1821-1900) from Åmland. Their son Aanon Olevinius (Aanonsen) Andersen (born 1859 in Høvåg) and his wife Severine (born Børresen, 1863 in Lillesand) emigrated to the United States and became Carole’s great grandparents.
Carole Serine Einarsen Alfriend had also visited Lillesand in 1976, but had no contact with anyone at that time. This time, however, Stangeby had worked out a full program for Carole, her husband, Malcome and friends Rob and Bill to visit the places of interest in Lillesand. John Gustav Johansen and his wife had come up with all the information that was needed about their ancestors and for the journey. During the five hours SeaDream was docked in Lillesand, the four visited the school, in which the great grandmother was a student, they visited the churches in Vestre Moland and Høvåg , and they also visited the houses at Åmland and in the Oddekleiva where, respectively, the great grandfather and great grandmother grew up. It was a great experience for both the Norwegians and the Americans. “It was great fun. We learned a lot about the whole family and about the American family in particular”, Evy Stangeby says. She has a long time been doing research on her husband´s family tree. Now she’s got most of the pieces on her husband’s mother’s side in place, thanks to information provided by John Gustav Johansen. “The funny thing about this, is that suddenly half of Lillesand´s inhabitants were related to each other”, said Kurt Stangeby laughing, referring to the Commerce Manager and the Minister of Development, and a whole lot of other well-known Lillesand names, appearing on the family tree.
A successful visit
Kurt had agreed in advance with the owners of the homes on Åmland and Oddekleiva that the group could pay a visit there. Together with his sister Irene, he was the driver for the group. The group was invited into both locations and both Erik Florvaag and Johan Chr. Gunnufsen were genuinely interested in meeting the Americans. “They talked about the homes and even got new information about who had lived there”, Kurt Stangeby said. “So it was a pleasant experience for us all”, Kurt Stangeby says after delivering the Americans to the Dybvannskaia dock and waved goodbye to his newly discovered relative. Carole for her part will never regret getting in touch with the local history team and selecting this cruise which came alongside the dock in Lillesand.
SLEKTNINGER: Carole Serine Einarsen Alfriend met her relatives Irene Stangeby and Kurt Stangeby in Lillesand. Alfriend was a guest aboard the cruise ship, SeaDream I.
MIDDELSKOLEN: John Gustav and Bergliot have taken her to the «Middelskolen».
FIKK INFORMASJON: Carole gets information about her ancestors´ house at Åmland by Erik Florvaag.
PÅ KIRKEGÅRDEN: The Americans were surprised that the ownership of a grave ends after 20 years. In USA they last forever.
I KIRKEN: Carole gets information from Bergliot Øie Johansen in Høvåg Church.
ÅMLAND: The group was heartily welcomed at the house of Carole´s ancestors in Høvåg. THE JOURNEY: They all agreed that the trip had been a success.