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Goldring Travel’s Ponant’s Le Commandant Charcot Svalbard & High Arctic Experience (June/July 2022)- Part III – Travel Challenges & Rewards

Disaster-proofing Travel with Patience is Required Getting there used to be, at least for me, amusing for others as my various travel ordeals seem to entertain.  For many it was an exciting time to enjoy sipping champagne and lie-flat business class seats. But times are different and there is just nothing amusing or joyful about

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Goldring Travel’s Ponant’s Le Commandant Charcot Svalbard & High Arctic Experience (June/July 2022)- Part II – Getting There

I depart on Sunday, June 26, 2022, to join Ponant’s Le Commandant Charcot – which is a very cool, very high tech, very environmentally responsible, very much luxury, true icebreaker expedition ship for my 14-day Svalbard and High Arctic expedition.  To say that I am excited about this expedition would be an understatement! Yes, I

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Inaugural of the Stretched Windstar Star Pride – June 9, 2022 – Part IV (Impressive Impressions…With Understated Elegance)

First impressions matter and both my first…and sustained…impressions of the Windstar Star Pride are excellent.  The thing that has struck me the most is something I was told even before I was ever on the older version of this ship: “It isn’t about the hardware, but the software!”.  The staff and crew on the Star Pride

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Inaugural of the Stretched Windstar Star Pride – June 9, 2022 – Part II – Getting There (a/k/a Oh Vey!…But So Worth It!)

As always, I look forward to my time aboard the Windstar (formerly Seabourn) triplets; especially now that the three have been truly refit and stretched – which I have discussed often. (You can get a detailed rundown of the extensive work done in this article and by following the links in it:  Windstar Star Breeze Inaugural:

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How Can A Travel Advisor Travel So Much Yet Fully Service His Clients?

Let’s face it, Goldring Travel has been traveling…and traveling a lot over the past year.  In fact, on June 7, 2022 I am flying to Athens, Greece to join the Windstar Star Pride for its post-stretch and refit nine-day Inaugural. And that is followed by my flying to Ponant’s true luxury expedition ship, Le Commandant

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Seabourn Cruise Line is, IN FACT, For Sale

Yes, Seabourn Cruise Line is for sale.  No, it is not my being “anti-Seabourn”. Seema Mody, of CNBC, tweeted today,  Carnival in discussions to sell Seabourn brand to the Saudi sovereign wealth fund, per sources. Talks are still ongoing, no deal finalized as of yet. Comes <1 week after Carnival went to the debt market to

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