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A Guide To Atlas Ocean Voyages: “Luxe-Adventure” Expedition Cruises

You probably have not yet heard of Atlas Ocean Voyages; a new luxury expedition cruise line. But I believe you will be hearing quite a bit about it in the coming months. With there currently being 39 expedition vessels currently operating and another 67 on the way…that’s right 96 expedition ships to choose from!…I want

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Seabourn’s 2022 World Cruise!

As we all sit home craving to travel, Seabourn has announced a number of 2021 and 2022 cruises, including its 2022 World Cruise. And, I am really liking this one because it is very different from the past Seabourn World Cruises. The Seabourn Sojourn will not only visit 72 ports in 28 countries over its

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Goldring Travel Quoted In Travel Market Report Article on Luxury Travel

Eric Goldring, of Goldring Travel, was recently interviewed by Travel Market Report on the trends in luxury travel.  It is an interesting article (of course!) and I hope you enjoy it. http://www.travelmarketreport.com/content/publiccontent.aspx?pageid=1365&articleID=11439 For Luxury Cruise Sellers, Times Are Good by Andrew Sheivachman August 06, 2014 As the consumer market for luxury cruises matures – and

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Luxury Travel Agents and Their Consortiums: Do They Make A Difference to Your Seabourn, Silversea, Crystal or Regent Seven Seas Cruise?

Preface: I.  Goldring Travel clients have a “cancellation after deposit rate” of less than 2%…and most of those are as a result of extraneous personal issues.  In contrast, Mark Conroy, president of Regent Seven Seas Cruises recently spoke at a conference and stated that Regent Seven Seas Cruises has a 25% cancellation after deposit rate. To me

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Budget Cruises Pitching Luxury: You Don’t Get What You Pay For, You Only Think You Do…Because You Have a Bad Travel Agent!

Yesterday I performed a ship inspection of the Norwegian Cruise Lines’s Norwegian Gem in New York City.  It was, to be sure, both interesting and educational, but more importantly, frustrating and even depressing.  I am not talking about the ship or the staff of the Norwegian Gem. Everyone was pleasant…at least the ones that acknowledged

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Is Virtuoso Hitting a Sour Note?

There have been grumblings within the travel agent world that Virtuoso has become a less attractive option for many of its member travel agents with, it is reported, significant numbers jumping ship to Signature and other consortiums.  (Full disclosure:  I am a member of a “competitor”, Ensemble Travel consortium.) Yesterday Virtuoso announced plans to reorganize its

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