– 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)
“The Yachts of Seabourn”, “This Is My Yacht”, “Yachting Lifestyle”. Is it gone? Is the party over?
Not to worry. Seabourn is discussing eliminating the phrase “The Yachts of…” and referring to itself – again – as “Seabourn Cruise Line.” (Seriously, how many times have I or yourselves every called it “The Yachts of Seabourn”?) While the final decision actually has not yet been made, someone leaked this to the press and now it is out there as purportedly being the final decision.
Personally, it doesn’t make a bit of difference to me…or, I am sure, to you.
Why the possible change? The reason, at least to me is simple. Back when the Big Sisters (Seabourn Odyssey, Sojourn and Quest) were announced and the “This Is My Yacht” concept was floated, I said to Pamela Conover, Seabourn’s President, that Seabourn had better make sure it was going to be delivering a “yachtlike experience” rather than a luxury cruise experience…for they are, to be sure, different experiences.
Well, guess what? Seabourn has been providing, and will continue to provide, probably the best luxury cruise experience out there…but it isn’t (and never really has been) a yacht experience. The reality is that the “yachting” concept was more directed to the Seabourn triplets (Seabourn Pride, Spirit and Legend) as they were (and remain) three of the smallest cruise ships in the industry; both in size and passenger count. There really is no way to call the big sisters “yachts”. The triplets are 440 feet long/10,000 gross tons and big sisters are 650 feet long/32,000 gross tons. By comparison, one of the worlds largest yachts, owned by Paul Allen of Microsoft is 416 feet and Larry Ellison’s Rising Sun is 452 feet long…and technically sleep only 12 guests….not 208 to 450 guests.
Does this mean there is going to be a change in the Seabourn Experience? It is an unqualified, “No!” The fact is that the experience hasn’t changed and is not planned on being changed…except to make it better. By way of example, Seabourn is in the midst of an extensive revision of its Past Passenger Program. While the details are still being finalized, I have been assured that the amenities and benefits will be in addition to the current ones.
Again, personally, I look at it as Seabourn being more accurate in the experience it provides. While the “yachts” concept is (was?), in reality, what in the legal business we call “mere puffery”, it is refreshing that Seabourn is looking at the accuracy of its name vis-a-vis product. (Compare, for example, cruise lines that claim that are providing “free air”, “free tours”, etc. when you, obviously, are paying for those things. In fact, just this morning one client tried to use a luxury cruise line’s “free air” and, frustratingly wrote back to me, “