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Walker & O’Neill – Bad Attorney Conduct Again – Turning the Holland America Alaska Flightseeing Tragedy Into Hyperbole and Hype

The recent flightseeing accident killing eight people on an excursion from the Holland America Westerdam was a real tragedy. What attorney Jim Walker, of Walker & O’Neill, the Florida based law firm has done is, in my opinion, nothing short of disgusting.  I perceive it as yet another attempt by him to self-promote by exploiting

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Regent Seven Seas vs. Holland America – Really? Let’s Talk Ethics.

One of the most read articles I have ever written is Seabourn vs. Silversea vs. Regent – Forget Loyalty; Which Provides the Best Luxury Cruise Experience? .  The reason is obvious:  People want to know what is the difference between the various luxury cruise lines.  (Crystal Cruises now that it is more inclusive and has

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The Yachts of Seabourn and Holland America – Goldring Travel Offers a $500.00 Discount Per Seabourn Suite to Holland America Mariners

I know there are some worried about what the announcement that The Yachts of Seabourn move to Seattle and sharing support with Holland America means.  Personally I think it is an excellent move that will strengthen Seabourn as a cruise line, establish a method to improve Seabourn’s marketing and accelerate positive changes such as more

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Seabourn and Silversea Cruise Lines – Are They Really Competitors?

At first blush this may seem like worse than a naive question, but one that is just silly. I mean, how could the two largest true luxury cruise lines not be direct competitors? Yesterday I learned some very interesting statistics. Silversea claims that it actually has more former Princess passengers on it ships than Seabourn

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Cruise Lines’ Fuel Supplements Suspended by Carnival Corp.

With oil prices having plummeted to $46 a barrel, Carnival Corp. has suspended (not eliminated) its fuel supplement for all of its major brands: Seabourn, Cunard, Holland America, Princess, Costa and Carnival. This is how it will work:  A refund of the fuel supplement will be made in the form of a shipboard credit for all

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Carnival Corp.’s Response to Anticipated Cash Flow Reductions: Shareholders, Not Passengers, To Feel the Pinch

Carnival Corp. (owner of Carnival, Princess, Costa, Holland America, Cunard and Seabourn) announced yesterday that it was suspending the distribution of dividends for 2009; not because of a lack of profitability – Carnival’s products are, and are projected to remain, profitable – but because of a change in cash flow and cruising habits on most

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Carnival Brands Drop Fuel Surcharge For New 2010 Bookings- UPDATED

In a move that I felt was long in coming…as I felt was the drop in oil prices…Carnival Corp. has announced today that effective October 31, 2008 it will eliminate the fuel supplement charge on all new 2010 bookings on any of its lines (Seabourn, Cunard, Holland America, Princess, Carnival and Costa) and will, instead, institute a

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