– 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 have been honored with an invitation to speak to FIAVET, the Italian Federation of Travel & Tourism, at its annual Congress being held May 27-31, 2011 in Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy.
At a time when the cruise industry is seeking ways to better penetrate into the European markets, I have been asked to speak to the issue of why the small or mid-size Italian travel agencies should remain in business and how to do it. (You may have heard that, for example, in England the mega-travel agencies have become so cut-throat that Carnival slashed their commission rate to a level that now requires them to compete, to a far greater extent, on service.)
Knowing me you can anticipate I am not going to be saying what the Congress expects!
It will also be very interesting for me to participate in the panel discussion, “How to be Competitive in the Market: Comparing Experiences”. As someone who, literally singlehandedly, took on the challenge of competing with the mega-travel agencies and succeeded in becoming one the the top selling travel agents – worldwide – of Seabourn Cruises with a wide-ranging national and international client base (and I am still growing) I am very excited to hear what others say and to learn how Italians view the “proper” way to engage in the travel business.
It is also going to be a great opportunity for me to visit Sardinia; a place that I have never been to and really do not know much about. It does look like there is a great deal of natural beauty and I, hopefully, will have time to explore some local towns. I will let you know.
Just to make things more interesting….after this speaking engagement I will be spending a few days in Rome at a new, ultramodern, hotel (stayed tuned for that!) before being Seabourn’s guest for the Seabourn Quest’s first cruise! (Stay tuned for that too.)
But before all of that, tomorrow I am off to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida for the American Superyacht Forum; an annual three day total immersion into the business, regulations and design of the world’s largest yachts from a more or less American perspective. (OK, you can stay tuned for that too.)