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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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Goldring Travel’s Ponant’s Le Commandant Charcot Svalbard & High Arctic Experience (June/July 2022)- Part VII – The Ship and Reflections

My experience on Ponant’s Le Commandant Charcot was extraordinary in many ways. Was it perfect? Nothing is. Is Ponant working – literally as I write this – to elevate the expedition product it offers? Absolutely. Do I recommend taking an expedition on this ship? Definitely. I’ve talked a lot about the experience, cuisine, and service,

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Goldring Travel’s Ponant’s Le Commandant Charcot Svalbard & High Arctic Experience (June/July 2022)- Part VI – Suite, Service & Cuisine

So far I have been discussing the expedition aspects of Ponant’s Le Commandant Charcot, but how does it measure up as a luxury travel experience?  An International Experience While Ponant is focused on making its brand more international and with significant increases in North American guests, the product is unequivocally and unashamedly French; or, better,

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Goldring Travel’s Ponant’s Le Commandant Charcot Svalbard & High Arctic Experience (June/July 2022)- Part V – Out of the Ice, Laissez-Faire and Bird Attacks

My expedition on Ponant’s Le Commandant Charcot continued after we ended our icebreaking journey (which is still fresh in my mind and still thrilling me) to Andreenset – the very northern island of Kvitaya; known as the White Island.  NOTE: In case you missed my last article – there was an issue sending it out

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Goldring Travel’s Ponant’s Le Commandant Charcot Svalbard & High Arctic Experience (June/July 2022)- Part IV – More Travel Challenges, A Blue Whale, Polar Bears and a Gorgeous Ship!

Le Commandant Charcot awaits!  Our charter flight was from Paris to Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway.  To clear up where I am going up, Longyearbyen is a town on the island of Spitsbergen, which is part of the archipelago known as Svalbard which, in turn, is part and off the coast of Norway.  The chaos in

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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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