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Seatrade Cruise Shipping Conference

Today I received my quarterly Seatrade Cruise Review and I was pleasantly surprised when the Supplement had a photograph of me on a panel (State of the Superyacht Industry) as the lead in to announcing the 2008 Conference in video and transcript will be available online at http://www.cruiseshipping.net/ later this summer. When it goes online

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Seabourn World Cruise Update – Extraordinary Seabourn Land Experiences

Seabourn made the following announcement yesterday: Shoreside Spectaculars Set For Seabourn Odyssey’s Inaugural World CruiseRelease Date: Jul. 9,2008 – Experience nature, culture and exotic customs during five complimentary and exclusive shoreside experiences – July 9, 2008 (Miami) – The Yachts of Seabourn has announced an exciting selection of special shoreside experiences planned to entertain and

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It’s The Annual Awards Season – Yuk!

Last night I received an email from Crystal trumpeting that it was named the best large ship cruise line for the 13th year by Travel and Leisure Magazine. While I believe Crystal is, in fact, the best large ship cruise line, I take exception to the poll of some “readers” of that publication as being

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Cruising French Polynesia

A reader of this blog wants to know what is happening with luxury cruising in French Polynesia in the next few years. The answer is: Something…and it probably will be very good. Regent Seven Seas has announced, after rumors that 2009 would be its last year chartering the Paul Gauguin, that it is again negotiating

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Travel, “Life Lists” and Why Check It Off

Yesterday I was talking with a client about to depart on a Regent Seven Seas cruise on the Paul Gauguin around French Polynesia. We discussed taking a jetski tour around Bora Bora and the relatively unbelievable cost to do it. While I hate jetskis (as they are painfully noisy not only to the driver, but

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Seabourn Complimentary Upgrades – With a Catch!

Seabourn is extending an offer to its most productive travel agent, who are designated Pinnacle Club members, the ability to have clients purchase upper category oceanview suites and be upgraded to balcony suites. If your travel agent is not a Pinnacle Club member, member you cannot take advantage of this promotion. The two available sailings

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Where Did the “Critic” in Cruise Critic Go?

As many of you know, I had posted for years on Cruise Critic under the moniker of Iamboatman. My postings have stopped essentially because the concept of “critical” discussion of cruise lines has become forbidden and anyone who dares challenge a poster’s comments could summarily have his/her posts removed, be suspended or banned. In essence,

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