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A Luxury Cruise: What is the “Industry Accepted Definition of ‘Luxury'”? Does One Exist?

iWith Seabourn Cruises having a major back-office shakeup, Crystal Cruises joining the “inclusive” cruise lines and Regent Seven Seas seemingly joining the premium/mass market lines with its segregation of luxury suites into Concierge (Regent’s term) and Second Class (my term)…and my having commented rather directly on each’s big move…someone fairly high up in the cruise

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Cruisemates.com No More! Why Do Message Boards Attract & Foster Vermin?

A while back I started The Gold Standard Luxury Travel Forum as “This is the place to have intelligent discussion and discourse about cruising, travel or just about anything related to having great experiences.”  It has a great deal of information and, to be sure, has been a place for “intelligent discussion and discourse”. A few

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The NEW Gold Standard Luxury Travel Forum

After too many months of frustration, courtesy of the “geniuses” at Ektron (the developer of the forum software Goldring Travel was using), totally new forum software has been installed and the new forum is up and running. There will be a bit of lag as I transition over all of the prior posts, so please

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Do Cruise Critic and Other Message Boards Have An Obligation To The Public?

There is an obvious struggle between the ultimate and honest reason almost every message board exists (profit, whether it be cash or promotion) and what the public perceives the message board to be. There are boards which are essentially technical support assistances for software. You read a thread about a question and hopefully you see

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