– 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)
I am baffled as to how Goldring Travel seemingly was the first outlet publishing that the Regent Seven Seas Navigator significantly failed its Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Inspection. On August 26, 2013 I wrote the article: Regent Seven Seas Navigator Fails CDC Inspection on June 16, 2013 – Why Was This Not Reported?
|Regent Seven Seas Navigator|
In that article I mentioned the following failures, among others:
Three days later, on August 29, 2013,.Cruise Critic finally reported this June 2013 failure of the Navigator, but sanitized the article by eliminating all of the foregoing and claiming the failure was really more about bookkeeping errors: Two More Upscale Cruise Ships Fail June CDC Inspection.
Last night I received my copy of Cruise News Daily, normally a very reliable (and enjoyable) daily newsletter on the cruise industry…and once again there was a whitewash. In fact, it wrote, “But none of the infractions were anything like what was found on Silver Shadow…” Actually, other than efforts to hide food (which was high on the stupid scale…and stupid is now off that ship!), the actual sanitation issues were pretty much the same or worse on the Regent Seven Seas Navigator. (I am not sure how the above are not considered serious.)
Excuses seemed to focus on “the paperwork wasn’t correct”. Wait a second! The paperwork is required to assure things are being done properly. No paperwork = No documentation = No record of errors, problems or issues. To me that is a BIG problem; not just merely “crossing t’s and dotting i’s.) Possibly it is because of my legal background, but I always look at what isn’t there harder than at what is.
My question is, “Why?”. Why is it that Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ failure have been reported belatedly and softly and with excuses? I don’t have the answer, but I do have my suspicions.
What do I suspect? I suspect there is a combination of a much higher advertising budget (Regent Seven Seas Cruises is owned by Apollo Management…which also owns Oceania Cruise Line and a good portion of Norwegian Cruise Lines), far greater leverage with journalists and, to be sure, a significantly different approach with the media.
What does it mean? It means don’t believe the hype, but get all of the facts. Silence, to be sure, is NOT golden.