– 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)
Goldring Travel’s office, as well as my home, is located in Colts Neck, New Jersey which was hit quite hard by Hurricane Sandy.
With no power (save a small generator at home), no water (we have well water), no heat and very limited mobile phone service for over a week, things were a bit taxing and frustrating…after the shock of the enormity of the storm began to wear off.
But with all of that, the dozens of emails, calls and Skype messages I received from friends and clients from all over the world was (and remain) very uplifting. More than anything it let me know that my caring for everyone’s vacations…taking it personally, if you will…really does matter. And, to be sure, it has given me a bit of boost to do things even better.
Now, to keep things in perspective, my family has been very lucky. A week of some inconvenience pales in comparison to what is going on around us. Devastation occurred a literal 20 minutes down the road in my old homestowns of Sea Bright and Atlantic Highlands, and in Asbury Park, Point Pleasant, Belmar, Seaside Heights, etc.
It really touches just about everyone around here in some fashion:
As Goldring Travel is back up and running, I hear from some folks that they feel a bit guilty planning or paying for their vacation. Don’t!
Life goes on. And as one who has lived his life with sand in my shoes, I know that with all of the joy that comes with living on the shore, so do the risks. And the term “Salty Dog” doesn’t mean that they those who chose to live there are soft, but rather they are resilient and tough, people.
However, right about now those Salty Dogs (and those that thought they were) could use some help to get themselves back on their feet. So if you feel the desire, need or guilt to donate money (there is enough food and clothing for now and lending a helping hand isn’t an option for most), pick a worthwhile charity of your choice that assists the affected communities.
How much to donate? I leave that to you.
But as a bit of encouragement to do so, any client of Goldring Travel (old, present or new) send Goldring Travel a confirmation of your donation and Goldring Travel will match it…up to $100 per family.
Once again: THANK YOU!
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