– 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)
OK, you know I am not a fan of Regent Seven Seas Cruises. It is not that it is a bad experience or the suites aren’t nice. It is because Regent hypes the ordinary and charges a super-premium to its guests as a result.
Regent announced it has new Cruise Documents. Those documents, it seems, are pretty similar to what Seabourn has been providing as Pre-Cruise Documents for years. It includes such things as frequently asked questions, tour information and, get this: Pre-Printed Luggage Tags. (Yeah, exciting, huh? Seabourn has provided pre-printed luggage tags, well, for years. And is that really something that should be an improvement on a cruise line that charges what Regent Seven Seas charges?!)
Further, Regent has gone to a huge…and I mean huge…over 8.5″ x 11″ format that is about 1/2″ thick. I mean how many people want to schlep a big book like that (as opposed to the Seabourn, Silversea, Crystal type of travel wallets)? OK, do you want to know why? Because Oceania Cruises uses a similar sized format and has the templets for all of the information now included…sans the binder. So as the Oceania-fication of Regent Seven Seas , which started in 2008, continues…
By contrast, I recently took a look at Orion Expeditions cruise documents. They are excellent. Within a leatherette zip-up folio is a two ring binder, with dividers, that provides you with tons of information in an easy to find, easy to read, format and with room for you to include your other documents in a way they will not fall out. And, of course, they are half the size of the “new” Regent Seven Seas documents.
But you know what really boggles my mind: Regent loyalists on Cruise Critic are thrilled that there are Pre-Printed Luggage Tags and a huge format. I mean not a single negative word…not even, why the heck didn’t Regent provide something so simple at its high prices. Is this the kind of perspective you are looking for or feel comfortable relying upon?
Earlier this week, I had a client ask me about a family cruise to Alaska on Regent or Celebrity. I kid you not, this is what I found:
For example, I could put you in a Royal Suite (over 570 square feet + 195 square foot balcony w/separate bedroom) for under $9,700.00 total for two full retail price and four in a Celebrity Suite (462 Square feet with a separate bedroom for the parents) for under $10,100.00 – the top available suites…
On Regent the price [taking the air and hotel credits] for a window suite (no balcony) of only 300 square feet is $8,333 for two people and Regent does not permit four in the standard suites, so you are looking at one for Mom and Dad and one for the kids…So you would be looking at well over $27,000 for 3 basic suites on Regent vs. under $20,000 for two very large suites. Yes, you have to add in gratuities, drinks and tours, but it isn’t even coming close to the cost no less the functional benefits. (And, of course, you don’t have to go with the most expensive option on Celebrity. I just used it for comparison.)
Of course on Celebrity you no longer get printed travel documents, but rather e-documents. Oh well.
Sometimes Pre-Printed Luggage Tags just shouldn’t get you too excited. Just sayin’!