– Avalon Myanmar – Myanmar River Cruise – April 2017
*Azamara Club Cruises – Azamara Journey – Singapore to Dubai (April 8, 2018)
* Azamara Quest – Southeast Asia and Japan (February 2015)
– How Close to Luxury Can Celebrity’s Smallest Ship Get? – Part I
– How Close to Luxury Can Celebrity’s Smallest Ship Get? Part II
– How Close to Luxury Can Celebrity’s Smallest Ship Get? Part III
– How Close to Luxury Can Celebrity’s Smallest Ship Get? Part IV
– How Close to Luxury Can Celebrity’s Smallest Ship Get? – Some Final Observations and Thoughts
– The Prologue to the Travelogue
– The Adventure Begins…With a Bump or Two
– Settling In Made Easy
– Luxury Touches Here, There and OK, Not, Everywhere…But There Are Lots of Them!
– Asian Flair Onboard and On Shore
– Private Tours, Israel and Conflicts in Perceptions and Perspective
Celebrity Equinox 2009 – Egypt…Impressive and Depressing
– Dining With the Captain and the Reidel Wine Seminar
– The Last Dinner (Tuscan Grille) and Disembarkation
– What Happens When A Class Act Meets Highly Discounted Cruise Fare
– Lisbon to Monaco: Crystal As a “Move Up” & “Move Over” Luxury Option – Part I
– Lisbon to Monaco: Crystal As a “Move Up” & “Move Over” Luxury Option – Part II
– Lisbon to Monaco: Crystal As a “Move Up” & “Move Over” Luxury Option – Part III
– Lisbon to Monaco: Crystal As a “Move Up” & “Move Over” Luxury Option – Part IV (Food & Wine!)
– Princess Cruises Doesn’t Treat You Like Royalty; Celebrity Cruises Does! Which is a Better Value for the Upscale Cruise Guest? Part I
– Celebrity Silhouette vs. -Royal Princess – Which Is A Better Value For The Upscale Cruise Guest? Part II: The Standard Veranda Staterooms
– Celebrity Silhouette vs. Royal Princess – Which Is A Better Value For The Upscale Cruise Guest? Part III: Treating You Right From The Start
– Celebrity Silhouette vs. Royal Princess – Which Is A Better Value For The Upscale Cruise Guest? Part IV: The Wine Lists Speak Volumes (As Do The Beverage Packages)
Regent Seven Seas Voyager – August 2017
– Italy and Corisca 2014 – Part I
– Italy and Corisca 2014 – Part II (Getting There, The Stateroom and First Impressions)
– Italy and Corisca 2014 – Part III (“You Can’t Teach Five Star Service” and Bonafacio, Corsica)
– Italy and Corisca 2014 – Part IV (Calvi, Monaco, Portofino, Porto Azzurro…and Stale Bread)
– Italy and Corisca 2014 – Part V (My Last Day…and How The Chef’s Team Makes It Happen)
Today Cruise Critic, one of the most irresponsible sources for alleged cruise information on the internet, posted an attention grabbing headline that is just plan false and intended unfairly stir and inflame innocent people.
Now, let me show you why Eric Goldring is one of the top travel agents out there: I find the truth and let you know about it. And then you rely upon me to assure you that the rumor you heard is not true and the ridiculous claims you read on Cruise Critic are fabrications. (Trust me, I do this pretty much every day!)
So Cruise Critic post the headline “Windstar Purchases Half of Seabourn’s Cruise Ship Fleet”. It is just not true. Windstar purchased three smaller older ships while Seabourn announced it was building a fourth Odyssey-class ship thereby reducing its capacity by a mere 8% or less…not now, but in over a year.
Let’s first do the math: Seabourn has 1,974 berths and will retain that number until April 2014. Seabourn then retains 1,766 berths until the Spring of 2015. But Seabourn is also building a new ship which will have around 450 or so berths, so when that happens Seabourn will have (or will be about to) have 1,800 berths or slightly more.
So, while Seabourn sold three ships, it is never reducing its berths below 1,800 if everything goes according to plan and will have four essentially brand new ships.
Now, let’s ask the question: Why would Cruise Critic make it sound like Seabourn was cutting its capacity in half?
Let me see. Can it be that hard? Could it be to sell advertising while prostituting the very basis for its alleged existence? Why yes. Yes it is.
I recall quite vividly Cruise Critic’s comments regarding the Carnival Triumph ordeal and how it was so quick to blast the cruise line…inaccurately I might add, “’I can’t think of a worse way they could have handled it, whether as a maritime issue or as a PR issue,’ said Carolyn Spencer Brown, editor-in-chief of CruiseCritic.com” as quoted by The Huffington Post.
It is time to call Cruise Critic what it is: A rag that prostitutes itself for the almighty marketing dollar by exploiting the fears and emotions of people just trying to enjoy going on a cruise.
Oh, but if you want to get together with other people that read Cruise Critic, it will also give you the opportunity to do that…and to buy Cruise Critic gear so you can recognize each other.
Just as its sister entity TripAdvisor has been ordered by regulators to eliminate any reference to be being a “trusted” source, any notion that Cruise Critic is trusted needs to be…buried at sea.
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