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World Famous Harbor Tour

Day two of the christening weekend started off bright and early at 8am with the first of several harbor tours aboard the Saint Robert.  There is not much to write about doing five slow laps of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, so instead, for posterity’s sake, I am going to post a copy of the email that was sent out with the Schedule of Events for all the guests attending the Christening:

 

AHOY!

The teak has been polished, the brass has been shined, the deck has been swabbed and the lines have been coiled- we are getting very close to party time!  So let the countdown begin- only one month to go to the grandest boat christening of the year! 

We hope everyone’s travel plans are coming together, and to help out we wanted to pass along some of the fine details for the party weekend that we have finally hammered out…

 

Saint Robert Christening

Schedule of Events

Friday, May 23rd

The Great Beer Exchange

8pm – 10pm – Smaltimore- 2522 Fait Ave. in Canton  Map

To break the ice for the celebratory weekend, we will be hanging out at Smaltimore for some good ol’ supply and demand beer drinking.  Here is how it works: prices on beers are based on real-time sales, updated every 30 seconds. The laws of supply and demand dictate how much each beer costs. The more pints of beer X that are sold the higher the price goes and the price of beer Y and Z goes down respectively. There are periodic “market crashes” where all the beers prices “crash” to an all time low for a designated amount of time.

If your travel itinerary puts you in Charm City by Friday evening, come join us for a pint or two and a little insider trading!

 

Saturday, May 24th

World Famous Baltimore Harbor Tour aboard the Saint Robert

Experience the sights and sounds of Baltimore the way it was meant to be- from the water!  Fells Point, the Inner Harbor, the Domino Sugar Factory, Federal Hill, and perhaps even Fort McHenry if time permits, the inspiration for our nation’s national anthem.

  • Beverages, life jackets and interesting historical commentary are provided complimentary.
  • First voyage casts off at 8am from the Lighthouse Point Marina, followed every 2hrs after that with the last voyage leaving at 2pm.
  • We are able to accommodate up to eight passengers per voyage.  Signup for each 2hr time slot is on a first come basis.  To reserve your spot, for you or your group, please email the captain at: harbortour@thegoodshipsaintrobert.com
  • Please plan to arrive at the marina gate promptly at your allotted reservation time.

Admiral’s Happy Hour

7pm – DogWatch Tavern- 709 S. Broadway in Fells Point Map

Come eat and drink were the real sailors do- the DogWatch Tavern has a long tradition of catering to the nautical minded soul of Baltimore’s busy harbor- it is the preferred pub of off duty water-taxi skippers!  Enjoy unique fare whipped up special for the guests of the Saint Robert, or order off the “never a letdown” regular menu.  If you can’t make it for dinner or have already indulged at a different location, stop by for a pint of Loose Cannon, or a Jolly Roger Jello shot.  But put your clogs on, because this one is going to be Dutch treat!

 

Sunday, May 25th

Saint Robert Christening

Lighthouse Point Marina aboard the Saint Robert- Nautical attire recommended

High noon- Let the party start!  Drinks, music and tours of the boat.

12:30pm - Lunch is served- preview of selections from the menu:

  • Captain D’s famous slow and low shredded brisket sliders
  • Insalata di Ammiraglio- flash boiled fusilli pasta, vine ripened cherry tomatoes, fresh sweet summer basil, Mt. Nebo olives, Vidalia onions, and other seasonal ingredients
  • Ali Baba twice baked barbeque legumes, pre-soaked in National Bohemian Pilsner, the pride of Baltimore
  • Selection of choice fried crispy potatoes, baked maize chips, and a variety of complementary dipping sauces

2pmChristening Ceremony

In the time honored tradition of the sea, we will call on Neptune, Poseidon, and all other omnipresent authorities to purge the nautical records of the former name of the ship, and formally bestow a new and better name upon her, for all the wind and waves and monsters of the ocean deep to know and respect.

2:30pmDockside merrymaking continues

As the day roles on, it is everyone’s responsibility to watch out for wobbly legged crew who might topple off the dock.  Lets all keep the drinks in the sailors, and the sailors out of the drink!

6pm or when the drinks run out- Christening is officially complete- Final nod to Neptune and Bon Voyage!

*Please Note: No contingencies for the weather are available.  A boat christening must, by definition, take place on the boat, therefore, please be prepared for inclement weather and pack accordingly.  If things get really wet or cold, all hands will be provided two drams of the ship’s whiskey to warm up.

 

Monday, May 26th

The Longboat Brunch

10am to 12pm- Lighthouse Point Marina aboard the Saint Robert

For those lucky guests still in town, all are invited to a casual open-house style light brunch.

 

 

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The Christening

It’s been another long hiatus here on the website, but nonetheless, our life of Saturdays continues to role on.  Let’s leave the Aegean Expedition where it is for the time being, and jump ahead a year or so to a much more pertinent photo exposé…

There are a few events in a man’s life which stand as milestones, which rank as the most important, the most memorable, the most significant experiences in his life- be it graduating from college, getting married, eating a 72oz steak, winning the lottery, etc.  Well, I just so happened to be lucky enough to have had such an event recently and I’d like to share it with you all…

As you may or may not know, Kacey and I have had a long standing dream of owning our own sailboat.  And not just any sailboat, but a big, strong, blue water, ocean crossing, take-you-to-Tahiti kind of a sailboat.  And no, this dream doesn’t stem from spending our childhoods in Nantucket or having boats in the family, or any particular desire to become pirates more than the average person.  No, it is more practical than any of that- after years of doing our best to travel around this big blue marble by car and bike, and by train and airplane, it has become increasingly clear to us that the best way to see everything on a big blue marble might be to go by boat, over the ocean, over the endless globe covering BLUE, dare I say as god intended!

And, so it is that one sunny day last June, we finally bit the bullet and bought one!  It was everything we had dreamed of and more.  It promised to be a comfortable home, a reliable, easily sailable ship, and a stalwart passage-making nautical legend, that will take us to the ends of the world and back!  The only thing it was missing was a suitable name…

Long standing nautical tradition says it is bad luck to re-name a boat, but considering the previous name of our boat was pretty lame, we decided to temp the fates, scrape off the old one, and slap on a new, better, and far more catchy sobriquet.  Luckily we were not the first foolhardy sailors to become disenchanted with their vessel’s moniker, and as such, the tradition says that even though you shouldn’t rename your boat, if you have to, there is strict protocol to follow and an elaborate ceremony that must be performed- else the wrath of Neptune, Poseidon, and all the other gods of the winds and waves will fall on you with biblical furry.

Well, we didn’t want that to happen. So, almost before the ink of our signatures was dry on the purchase contract, we were thinking about where and how we were going to fulfill the requirements of the re-naming tradition.  Ours plans started off modestly at first: maybe a few friends, a bottle of champagne… but before we knew it, they had ballooned into an epic five day event, with baseball games, booze cruises, a pre-party, a pre-pre-party, an after-party, birthday cakes, gob hats, swords, cases and cases of champagne… and with as many invitations as were sent out for our wedding!

All in all, it was a smashing success (quite literally, considering the home run hit Kacey delivered to the bow of our boat with a fine bottle of bubbly).  And so it was, with that fateful swing, we officially christened our floating future:

A great big thanks goes out to all our family and friends that helped us celebrate this momentous occasion, all of whom travelled hundreds, if not thousands of miles to come stand on a crowded dock in the Baltimore harbor, on a hot day in May, and cheer us on as we welcomed the newest member into our little family (a family that is actually going to get a little bit bigger in a month or so, but that’s a story that can’t be told yet, and is actually why I needed to get on the ball and get this one posted and out of the way :) ).

So, as a warning, this is going to be something of a photo bombardment.  I have split it up into a few different posts: we’ll start with our night out at the Orioles game, and the pre-pre-party at Smaltimore’s great Beer Exchange.

I hope I have thanked you all personally, but just in case, a special thanks to all who sent me their pics of the weekend!

 

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Milano

Leaving Siena on the morning train, we were excited for our next destination, Milano.  It was a place that we initially had no intention of visiting, but found that the route of the iron rails we were tied to not only detoured to the city, but we would be required to change train stations as well to continue our journey north to the tranquil shores of Lago di Como, our ultimate goal.  More often than not, when confronted with an inconvenient road block such as this, we try to flip it round, and show it who’s boss, rather than the other way around.  Thus, we converted what would have been annoying layover into a deliberate 24-hour stay to give us a chance to see what this new and bustling city had to offer…

The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, one of the oldest shopping malls in the world.

The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, one of the oldest shopping malls in the world.

Milan, it turns out, is the second largest city in Italy.  And though it can’t compete with its big brother Rome when it comes to ancient ruins, grandiose monuments, or shear historical pertinence, it does do a fair job in entertaining the curious traveler with a day to kill- the massive cathedral is quite impressive; Leonardo De Vinci put his stamp on the city, most notably with the Last Supper; and for the consumers among us, the famous Galleria is a must see- shopping and fashion being Milan’s greatest attractions.  Though Jake and I’s better halves do love a good shopping spree, by some miracle we managed to keep them out of the stores, and most of our euros in our wallets- it might have been because the prices were as extravagant as the designer labels, or the fact that we were only three days into a month long vacation, but in the end we were all contented with some casual window shopping followed by a cold gelato to cap off our day.

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