– 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)
Ever see those signs, “Child Onboard”…Silversea Cruises now has them available.
That’s right: Your elegant, luxury, cruise without children will not be happening on many Silversea Cruises. Those that booked their 2009 Silversea cruise as an adult luxury product are not going to have exactly what they expected. In fact, they are going to have pretty much was Ken Watson brought over from Regent Seven Seas. (And you know I have always placed Silversea in the luxury category and Regent in the faux luxury one.)
Silversea is going to be announcing that it is going to have a full-fledged children’s program on its ships, complete with youth counselors and discounts for children for 2009…And for all of you that have snapped up those highly discounted fares for Alaska and the Mediterranean for this summer, the program will be in place and actively seeking children to utilize it.
To me, the real issue is that I cannot think of a single client or even message board poster that had expressed a legitimate desire for such a program on Silversea. I know it is about “getting bodies in beds”, but to so fundamentally change a product smacks of disrespect for those that have booked adults only cruises and makes one wonder which market Silversea is seeking to tap into that is going to overcome all the cancelled bookings that are most assuredly going to occur…followed by all those that will now not book Silversea because of the children’s program.
Multi-generational cruises are not exactly the big thing this year and if Regent, with its larger ships and a long-standing program, can’t make it work well, how is Silversea going to do it? Possibly by tapping further into the European market? But there is a tremendous difference, culturally dependent, of what kind of behavior is expected of children and, importantly, who will actually use the program…rather than the hot tubs, etc.
Now, in respect of full disclosure, I have two children ages 13 and 10 (almost) and they have been on over 20 cruises. They truly enjoyed each of their Regent cruises as far as the youth counselors and individual attention. And, I selfishly just might now give Silversea a shot with them…for the right price. But…and it is a big but…I have seen the eyes of those angered by my well-behaved kids just being present. I have heard the compliments about “I am surprised how wonderful your children have been. You should be proud.” but wondered if it was really just an expression of relief. Check out pretty much any message board (other than mine!) and just look for any thread mentioning children…It is ugly.
So, to my mind, Silversea is making a big mistake…but it just may have to take the risk.