– Avalon Myanmar – Myanmar River Cruise – April 2017
Avalon Waterways – Myanmar – Part VI (Kya Hnyat to Kyauk Myaung)
Avalon Waterways – Myanmar – Part IX (The Ship: Avalon Myanmar)
Avalon Waterways – Myanmar (Burma) – Reflections: “Isn’t This Amazing!?”
*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)
As you know I have been concerned for the past year as to whether Silversea would financially be strong enough to accept delivery of the new Silver Spirit in December. Well…a little birdie has told me that it probably cannot.
So what does this mean?
One thing it doesn’t mean is that the ship will not sail. I understand that it will, but with Silversea chartering it from Fincantieri Shipyards, who will create a holding company supported by the Italian government, to own the ship.
IF, repeating “if”, this is true, I am very concerned about what it means in the way of operations. Regent Seven Seas has very successfully chartered the Paul Gauguin, so the chartering thing doesn’t phase me as much as you might think.
My concern is the lack of funds will cause a deterioration of the product and of the service. As I said about the Seabourn Odyssey, if the service wasn’t at the level it was, that outstanding ship would be nothing but hardware that provides a disappointing experience.
Unlike Seabourn, Silversea has already shown a slippage in service and a cutback in cuisine. With it ships sailing at a reported average of less than 50% of capacity, reduced cash flow and rather static operating costs, coupled with the huge expense of launching a new ship, makes me very nervous.
I hope Silversea will be a bit more forthcoming with information. I know the “old school” approach is to keep it all secret, but these are new times with new economic concerns. Being upfront rather than secretive would go a long way to comforting potential guests.
Silversea’s survival is important not only because variety is the spice of life, but competition keeps everyone at the top of their game. With no competition, even the most successful will have a tendency to…well, I just don’t want to go there.
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