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*Azamara Club Cruises – Azamara Journey – Singapore to Dubai (April 8, 2018)
* Azamara Quest – Southeast Asia and Japan (February 2015)
– How Close to Luxury Can Celebrity’s Smallest Ship Get? – Part I
– How Close to Luxury Can Celebrity’s Smallest Ship Get? Part II
– How Close to Luxury Can Celebrity’s Smallest Ship Get? Part III
– How Close to Luxury Can Celebrity’s Smallest Ship Get? Part IV
– How Close to Luxury Can Celebrity’s Smallest Ship Get? – Some Final Observations and Thoughts
– The Prologue to the Travelogue
– The Adventure Begins…With a Bump or Two
– Settling In Made Easy
– Luxury Touches Here, There and OK, Not, Everywhere…But There Are Lots of Them!
– Asian Flair Onboard and On Shore
– Private Tours, Israel and Conflicts in Perceptions and Perspective
Celebrity Equinox 2009 – Egypt…Impressive and Depressing
– Dining With the Captain and the Reidel Wine Seminar
– The Last Dinner (Tuscan Grille) and Disembarkation
– What Happens When A Class Act Meets Highly Discounted Cruise Fare
– Lisbon to Monaco: Crystal As a “Move Up” & “Move Over” Luxury Option – Part I
– Lisbon to Monaco: Crystal As a “Move Up” & “Move Over” Luxury Option – Part II
– Lisbon to Monaco: Crystal As a “Move Up” & “Move Over” Luxury Option – Part III
– Lisbon to Monaco: Crystal As a “Move Up” & “Move Over” Luxury Option – Part IV (Food & Wine!)
– Princess Cruises Doesn’t Treat You Like Royalty; Celebrity Cruises Does! Which is a Better Value for the Upscale Cruise Guest? Part I
– Celebrity Silhouette vs. -Royal Princess – Which Is A Better Value For The Upscale Cruise Guest? Part II: The Standard Veranda Staterooms
– Celebrity Silhouette vs. Royal Princess – Which Is A Better Value For The Upscale Cruise Guest? Part III: Treating You Right From The Start
– Celebrity Silhouette vs. Royal Princess – Which Is A Better Value For The Upscale Cruise Guest? Part IV: The Wine Lists Speak Volumes (As Do The Beverage Packages)
Regent Seven Seas Voyager – August 2017
– Italy and Corisca 2014 – Part I
– Italy and Corisca 2014 – Part II (Getting There, The Stateroom and First Impressions)
– Italy and Corisca 2014 – Part III (“You Can’t Teach Five Star Service” and Bonafacio, Corsica)
– Italy and Corisca 2014 – Part IV (Calvi, Monaco, Portofino, Porto Azzurro…and Stale Bread)
– Italy and Corisca 2014 – Part V (My Last Day…and How The Chef’s Team Makes It Happen)
On September 22, 2012 the 2012 Goldring Travel Food & Wine Cruise aboard the Seabourn Pride will set sail. I limit the small group event because it isn’t possible to have a truly unique and personal experience with a large group. Unfortunately, two clients recently had to cancel so there remains but two suites possibly available.
During our visits to ports of call in England, France, Ireland, Spain and Portugal we will, of course, be spending some time together enjoying the food, wine, culture and scenery of each distinct area. But, for some, it is all about the wine.
Last night, settled in my home in Colts Neck, New Jersey I was reading an article in the New Yorker Magazine, “Why Smart People are Stupid: Does All Wine Taste the Same?” . It was about the results of blind taste tests of wine from New Jersey (where I am from) and Bordeaux (where we are going). The result was – just as I suspected: Joisey wine tastes better!
Or does it?????
And this is where “travel” comes in.
Technically, wine is tasted blindly; that is placed in non-descript glasses with no markings. You just taste the wine and choose which is better.
But then you put a spin on it, you take the New Jersey wine and put it into a fancy bottle with a wonderful French chateau’s label and take the wonderful Bordeaux and put it into a House of Wines – Newark bottle and choose which is better.
I have another approach. Take the same wine and taste it in Maryann’s Bar in Colts Neck (scroll down the article and read the description: six bar stools – all adorned with duck tape patches, a beer-stained pool table and an old television) and then taste it at Chateau Marguax in Bordeaux. I don’t care what you want to think, that wine is going to taste a whole lot better in the chateau (though the accompanying pizza would not hold a candle to Maryann’s!)
You see, the trick to food and wine cruises, in my humble opinion, is not to get all wound up with which wine is better or which paring is the best (your palate is your palate…respect its wishes, but give it exposure!). The real magic is the experience of the areas’ cultures, scenery and, of course, travel.
To be sure, there will be some pretty interesting private events including Shopping with the Chef, Wine Tasting in Bordeaux, a Food & Wine Tasting aboard the Seabourn Pride and a special experience still being finalized…
Or we can hang out at my house and drink the same wines and eat the same foods.
If you are interested in this cruise, please give me a call at (877) 2GO-LUXURY or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org .