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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)

Now a word about wines on Celebrity versus Princess. I am traveling as a single adult with my daughter, no different really from a couple where one does not drink or may not during meals, purchasing a bottle of wine is generally not a good option (unless I dined in the same restaurant each evening)

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Celebrity Silhouette vs. Royal Princess – Which Is A Better Value For The Upscale Cruise Guest? Part II: The Standard Veranda Staterooms

Tomorrow I board the Celebrity Silhouette for a seven day Caribbean cruise.  I was, however, supposed to be sailing on the Royal Princess on her  April 13, 2014 seven day Caribbean cruise. For reasons I previously wrote about I am confident I made the right decision.  (For those who don’t want to read that article now

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Princess Cruises Doesn’t Treat You Like Royalty; Celebrity Cruises Does! Which is a Better Value for the Upscale Cruise Guest? Part I

There is an old saying: “Don’t Bite The Hand That Feeds You”  Goldring Travel’s motto is: “Be Treated By Your Travel Agent As You Will Be Onboard” My very poor experience with Princess Cruises proves both are very valuable. And it is why Goldring Travel strives to make sure your experience is an excellent one

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Cunard and Princess Have a New Heavy Handed Cancellation Policy – Yikes!

I generally do not post the day to day changes in the dealings with the various cruise lines including such things as Carnival slightly shortening each penalty period.  But I had to write about this one: Effective Wednesday, December 1, 2010, ALL Princess Cruises and Cunard Line bookings will automatically cancel as soon as the

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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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