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Goldring Travel’s 2022 Culinary & Cultural Cruise on the Windstar Star Legend – October 2, 2022 (“Inuit to Istanbul”: Getting There & Getting Started)

As I head out on my 2022 Goldring Travel Culinary & Cultural Cruise on Windstar’s Star Legend, visiting Turkey, Greece, and Israel, I find myself to be hyper-focused on the “cultural” aspects of this journey. And, for me, it is a journey…”From Inuit to Istanbul”. Just two weeks ago I was immersed in the Inuit

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Goldring Travel’s Northwest Passage Expedition & Inuit Culinary Experiences on Quark Expedition’s Ultramarine – August 2022 – Part VII – Reflections and The Ship

It is a real joy when a ship and an expedition team (the hardware and the software) exceed one’s expectations. And that is exactly the case with my experience on Quark Expedition’s Ultramarine! First, here are my prior articles about my expedition, cultural, and culinary experiences on Quark Expeditions’ Ultramarine: Goldring Travel’s Northwest Passage Expedition

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Goldring Travel’s Northwest Passage Expedition & Inuit Culinary Experiences on Quark Expedition’s Ultramarine – August 2022 – Part VI (Beauty, Solitude…and People)

My time on Quark Expeditions’ Ultramarine is coming to an end, but even though this is a longer journey, I’m not happy about it.  Quark’s ship and expedition team have exceeded my expectations…and there is still more to come. I had heard that Disko Bay, Greenland was a “must-see”, so I was – because it

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Goldring Travel’s Northwest Passage Expedition & Inuit Culinary Experiences on Quark Expedition’s Ultramarine – August 2022 – Part V (Serious Cultural & Culinary Experiences!)

My journey on Quark Expeditions’ Ultramarine continued with a bit of a change. Upon our departure from Beechy Island, we pretty much left the European exploration focus and embraced nature and Inuit history and culture. With this change I personally experienced, in a significant way, the reason why I “TRAVEL”. We headed back east, retracing

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Goldring Travel’s Northwest Passage Expedition & Inuit Culinary Experiences on Quark Expedition’s Ultramarine – August 2022 – Part IV (Passion, Obsession…or Amazement)

Quark Expeditions’ Ultramarine My Northwest Passage Journey on Quark Expedition’s Ultramarine was truly enriched with the “detour” to the previously unscheduled Inuit community visit.  And as I would discover within myself, the history and heritage of the Inuit people are, for me, far more interesting and emotional than that of the Europeans searching for the

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Goldring Travel’s Northwest Passage Expedition & Inuit Culinary Experiences on Quark Expedition’s Ultramarine – August 2022 – Part III (Let the Expedition Begin…And a Memorable Moment?)

Our first full day onboard Quark Expeditions’ Ultramarine was basically an orientation day, not unlike those on an Antarctica expedition. After two days of travel, plus a very early morning Northern Lights experience, it was good to have some downtime and adjustment rather than jumping right into the expedition.  By the way, this is why

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Goldring Travel’s Northwest Passage Expedition & Inuit Culinary Experiences on Quark Expedition’s Ultramarine – August 2022 – Part II (Anticipation…and Getting There)

l have been anticipating my Quark Expeditions journey for a long time…and it is finally here!  Back in 2020, I was contacted by Quark Expeditions about experiencing it’s brand new, not yet even completed, Ultramarine and I was very excited for two reasons: Quark, after it was purchased in 2016, was now at the culmination

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Explora Journeys – A True Culinary Experience!

Explora Journeys has so many impressive elements and you know I wish I could tell you about everything all at once. I’ve been, ‘er um, biting my tongue about the exciting culinary experiences, but I can tell you all about it. (OK, almost all about it!) Explora I will have six (6) restaurants, eight (8)

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Dropping Covid-19 Requirements? Be Careful What You Wish For!

NCL, the parent of Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Oceania Cruises, and Norwegian Cruise Line, has just announced that it is dropping almost all Covid-19 protocols. There will be no testing except for unvaccinated guests who must still provide a 72-hour negative test. While I appreciate Covid testing has caused many to be reluctant to travel

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