– 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)
Later today I am flying to Iceland for a five day visit as part of a Iceland, Faroe Islands, Greenland, Finland…and anywhere else there are cold dark winters trade initiative. The first thing people say to me is, “Why?” to which I say…as a traveler…”Why Not!”
I visited Iceland for three days during the Seabourn Sojourn Maiden Voyage. After a beautiful, if not painful, ride through the countryside on Icelandic horses (I got one without the famous fourth gear that smooths out the ride!), Seabourn had a special event recreating a Viking village and then a fantastic dinner with local entertainment. After re-boarding the ship for the evening we sailed to Heimay Island, an island almost consumed by a volcanic eruption only to find out the seas were too rough for the tenders so the island was being skipped. The problem was that I was to disembark the ship at Heimay Island and the fly back to Reykjavik…and the next airport was 5 days away!
Well, Seabourn organized a pilot boat to come out for me and my wife (embarrassing, but very cool) and we explored Heimay Island (you can read about it by searching this blog) and the flew to Reykjavik and had a wonderful evening with a 14 course dinner to die for (sadly the restaurant is now closed) following by a lazy day strolling and enjoying the city before flying home that evening.
Apparently just like me everyone who visits Iceland wants more…and I want more and what could be better than seeing Iceland in a totally different light (to the extent there is light!): In the Winter.
As it stands now, other than the organized events, I am going to be taking a nice 4 hour drive doing the Golden Circle with an Avis rental car with an audio tour programmed into the GPS (much better than doing it on a bus tour with a bunch of other people only being able to stop where the bus is designated to) followed by an evening with a local operator that intrigued me. (I was going to have dinner by myself at one of the finer restaurants, but you know me: Fancy dinner vs. local flavor – I go with the local flavor every time!)
I am also scheduled to a day of Glacier Hiking and Ice Wall Climbing. I know what you are thinking, “Iamboatman is happy in the Seabourn whirlpool, but with crampons and an ice axe engaged in truly physical labor?” To that I have to say, “It is better to have tried and lost (not my life) then never to have tried at all”.
Other than the something like 20 meetings I have set up and the event dinners and cocktail parties I am also going touristic. Last time I did not visit the Blue Lagoon because I just am not into spending hours in a crowded area set up for tourists. Ah, but this is winter and I doubt there will be nearly as many…so I am going to give it a shot on the way to the airport. (It is a package that you can buy through Flybus if you are flying out that day.)
And if I am lucky…really lucky…I just might be able to take some nice photographs as one of my clients did in his very recent visit to Iceland.
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