– 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)
On October 18, 2010 I warned everyone that Seabourn was going to be increasing prices. You can read the “I Told You So” here.
But you need to keep the price increase in perspective. Prices are actually not increasing, but normalizing. Over the past 18 months Seabourn’s pricing has been low to, in my opinion, a fault. You are going to be seeing “rational” pricing; that is pricing reflective of the luxury product you receive and, oh yes, the prices you previously paid.
To be fair, there will be sticker shock on some very strong selling cruises, but the sky is not falling. I will give you two examples:
1. A client sent me a very emotional email about how Seabourn just ran her off the ship with the new pricing. But, after taking a breath and looking at the cruises she actually was interested in…Seabourn’s pricing today for a 14 day Med cruise in September 2011 is lower than it was in September 2010 (at least for now: HINT HINT). She smartly booked her cruise.
2. Another client called with some concern, but admitted that they had paid for a cruise in 2011 and that Seabourn had priced it just at the top of what they would spend…only for Seabourn to slash the price saving them thousands of dollars which they were happy to not spend, but which had no effect on whether they would take the cruise. In other words, Seabourn lost thousands…and I have a few clients on that same cruise!
So remember: There is still great value and Seabourn is not raising its pricing on every cruise. It is actually normalizing its prices after offering so many cruises at ridiculously low prices. The key is still to book early because Seabourn is not going to engage in the same pricing strategies it has in the recent past.
If you have any questions, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at (877)2GO-LUXURY or one on of my international numbers or on Skype or on Facebook or…you get the idea.
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