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Double Standards – Why Was Regent’s Sanitation Failure Buried and Now Downplayed (When Silversea Problems Were Highly Publicized)?

I am baffled as to how Goldring Travel seemingly was the first outlet publishing that the Regent Seven Seas Navigator significantly failed its Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Inspection.  On August 26, 2013 I wrote the article:  Regent Seven Seas Navigator Fails CDC Inspection on June 16, 2013 – Why Was This Not Reported? Regent

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Regent Seven Seas Cruises – “Ship Happens”…But You Are On Your Own: Inexcusably Poor Customer Service

Regent Seven Seas – again – lets down its passengers with poor customer service…again! Lousy Customer Service…Again The Regent Seven Seas Mariner was late arriving into Civitavecchia, Italy today due to a malfunction of some lifeboat equipment during routine maintenance the day before; so the last leg of the cruise from Livorno was delayed.  This

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Regent’s Former Head of Luxury Cruises Back to Silversea

It was announced to day that Christian Sauleau has rejoined Silversea as executive vice president of fleet operations, overseeing marine, technical, hotel, crewing, entertainment and land programs. He had been with Silversea in the mid-1990’s before taking a position with Radisson Seven Seas, which later became Regent Seven Seas…just as it was being marketed for

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It’s The Annual Awards Season – Yuk!

Last night I received an email from Crystal trumpeting that it was named the best large ship cruise line for the 13th year by Travel and Leisure Magazine. While I believe Crystal is, in fact, the best large ship cruise line, I take exception to the poll of some “readers” of that publication as being

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Cruising French Polynesia

A reader of this blog wants to know what is happening with luxury cruising in French Polynesia in the next few years. The answer is: Something…and it probably will be very good. Regent Seven Seas has announced, after rumors that 2009 would be its last year chartering the Paul Gauguin, that it is again negotiating

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Where Did the “Critic” in Cruise Critic Go?

As many of you know, I had posted for years on Cruise Critic under the moniker of Iamboatman. My postings have stopped essentially because the concept of “critical” discussion of cruise lines has become forbidden and anyone who dares challenge a poster’s comments could summarily have his/her posts removed, be suspended or banned. In essence,

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