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Why is COVID-19 Showing Up on So Many Cruise Ships? TESTING

Based on all of the positive comments from my last two articles, I thought I would get more into the actual subject…and make it personal. (Mom and my kids: Read On!) So here we go! It seems like COVID-19 is showing up on many of the early startup cruises (SeaDream, Paul Gauguin, Uncruise and Hurtigruten).

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Regent Seven Seas Announces Major Upgrades to Two Ships

Regent Seven Seas Cruises announced that the refurbishments it has been contemplating will commence in December 2008 with the dry-dock of Seven Seas Voyager, followed by Seven Seas Mariner in January 2009.  (The Seven Seas Navigator will not have any of the upgrades until the first half of 2010 and details of those upgrades will be

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Travel Consortiums: Ensemble Travel, Virtuoso, etc.

Ensemble Travel Group calls itself, “An International Collection of Expert Travel Agencies with Exclusive Offers That Make Your Travel Dreams Come True“.  Virtuoso takes that a step further and has established an impressive international network of high end/luxury providers and, admittedly, is the tops when it comes to marketing itself and providing the ultimate in

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How Private Is Your Cabin? A New U.S. Court of Appeals Decision

So you board the ship for your cruise, unpack your personal belongings, place your valuable items in the safe and then begin loading up on souvenirs and other purchases as you travel along.  You know security screens your bags (presumably for guns, knives and, at least on some cruise lines, liquor) and that your steward(ess) comes into

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Seabourn Odyssey Top Officers and Staff Announced!

Here is another bit of news which you probably cannot find elsewhere…yet. Seabourn has selected its top officers and staff. All of them have a tremendous amount of experience and will please many of you to see they have been recognized. Captain – Karl BuerHotel Manager – Guenter SteinbrunnerChief Purser – Andrew Thompson Restaurant Manager

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Seabourn Upgrades On The Way

Yesterday was some somewhat disappointing news (at least for some) regarding the discontinuation of most of the complimentary Seabourn Experiences. I told you it was really not a cost-cutting measure, but rather an evolution of Seabourn’s upscaling its overall experience for its guests. Sooooooooooo…… I can now let you know of a couple of very

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How to Handle…And Not Handle…A Hurricane

With hurricane season well and truly upon us (Thanks to Fay, Gustav, Hanna, Ike and…) there are a few things which need to be mentioned; highlighted by the USA Today report about the Mutiny on the Carnival Miracle. First, any passenger traveling to the Caribbean between August and October must (that is “must”) understand that

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