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Silversea’s Silver Endeavour Arctic Expedition (Iceland, Eastern Greenland, Canadian Maritimes, and New York City): Goldring Travel’s Onboard! – Part IV (Prince Christian Sund, Aappilattoq, Nanortalik, Uunartoq Island, Qaqortoq, and Hvalsey, Greenland)

My expedition on Silversea’s Silver Endeavour continues to be a delight onboard the ship and worthwhile and enjoyable on shore, but not necessarily the most “expedition” experience I have had. I do keep in mind that this is a repositioning expedition, a transitional one from expedition to cruise and the last Arctic cruise of the

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The Maiden of a New Travel Brand: Explora Journeys…and The Maiden Voyage of Explora I – Part IV – The Culinary & Cultural Journey

My time on Explora Journeys’ Explora I hasn’t just been about the ship. It is also about the Journey. And it has been a journey, both with local experiences and, yes, more culinary masteries. In fact, the most incredible dishes and some breathtaking scenery have been part of this Journey. Hverfjall Volcano, Akureyri, Iceland My

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Explora Journey’s Explora I – Delivered!

Explora Journeys’ Explora I has been delivered! I do have to say that it has been quite a…er’ um…”journey”, but this gorgeous ship has finally been turned over from Fincantieri Shipyards to her owners. I am looking forward to boarding her on August 1, 2023 in Copenhagen, Denmark for her Maiden Voyage (and a trimmed

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A Guide to Silversea Cruises: A Look Back…and a Fresh Look Forward

It has been a while since I discussed Silversea Cruises and, to be honest, a lot has changed since then…and those changes have markedly improved both the ships and the service. So let’s dive in! Short Version: Silversea had floundered for many reasons through 2016, putting it near the bottom of Goldring Travel’s luxury cruise

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Seabourn Delays the Seabourn Venture, Cancels Seabourn Quest’s Antarctica 2020/2021, and Seabourn Ovation/Encore Sailings Until January 2021.

Seabourn announced today that due to COVID-19 construction and supply issues the Seabourn Venture’s Inaugural Voyage is being delayed from July 2021 to December 2021, with her delivery date now scheduled for December 1, 2021. Guests currently booked on the inaugural voyage for Seabourn Venture will be offered the opportunity to sail on the new

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Why is COVID-19 Showing Up on So Many Cruise Ships? TESTING

Based on all of the positive comments from my last two articles, I thought I would get more into the actual subject…and make it personal. (Mom and my kids: Read On!) So here we go! It seems like COVID-19 is showing up on many of the early startup cruises (SeaDream, Paul Gauguin, Uncruise and Hurtigruten).

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And Now: Frustrating Cruise News…Oh, and Wear a Mask!

“We have failed,” CEO Daniel Skjeldamn told a news conference. “I apologize strongly on behalf of the company.” Over the weekend, it was announced the Hurtigruten, the Norwegian shipping and cruise line, had an outbreak of COVID-19 on its ship, Roald Amundsen during its first and/or second cruise in Norway. As of this moment, there

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Seabourn and “The Thinning of the Herd”

Right up front: A very minor trade paper has spun a rumor that Seabourn and Cunard may be for sale. According to an extremely well-placed source there is no truth to this. If you were to head over to the rumor-monger, “Trade Winds” you can only read the headline and this sentence, “Carnival has denied

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Seabourn’s 2022 World Cruise!

As we all sit home craving to travel, Seabourn has announced a number of 2021 and 2022 cruises, including its 2022 World Cruise. And, I am really liking this one because it is very different from the past Seabourn World Cruises. The Seabourn Sojourn will not only visit 72 ports in 28 countries over its

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Goldring Travel’s 2020 Culinary & Cultural Cruise (Reboot)

Goldring Travel’s Culinary & Cultural Cruise is always something special and this year’s original version sailing through Greece and Turkey, with special events in Santorini, Greece and Istanbul, Turkey was cancelled by the cruise line due to a delay in the ship’s refitting. But when one door closes another opens and, thus, Goldring Travel is

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