Over the past two weeks I wrote a number of detailed articles about my August 1, 2017 cruise on the Regent Seven Seas Voyager. (You can read my article, which links to the others: Goldring Travel Revisits Regent Seven Seas Cruises (Seven Seas Voyager: August 1, 2017) – Caveat Emptor! Consistently Inconsistent: Not a “Six Star Luxury” Cruise Experience.)
Last evening a woman, Jackie Ross (known as TravelCat2 on CruiseCritic.com‘s message boards felt compelled to engage in some personal attacks on Facebook after reading the above article. Spreading her comments over two different postings of the article she wrote:
Have you noticed how few people are reading your posts? And almost no one is “liking” them. Perhaps you will take the hint!
You have blasted Regent for years and years. Give all of us a break and stop talking about them. Yes – the Seven Seas Voyager is an older ship. I would recommend trying the Explorer but you would likely criticize them as well. What kind of TA are you? All of us have preferences, but few people (almost no TA’s) are as bombastic and critical as you are. I am thankful that you will likely be not be cruising Regent again. Regent is simply too good for the likes of you!
It was also a point of frustration for me that somehow this small band of people that represent far less than one (1%) percent of the cruising public and who take a cruise once, maybe twice, a year somehow are unwittingly seen as providing “expert” or even accurate advice.
Long story short, after I was banned I decided to start what was a relatively new thing: A Blog. I would write honest, candid and opinionated articles where the truth matters, rather than some emotions (or, believe it or not, seemingly psychotic) based drivel ion CruiseCritic. And that is how Making Waves (formerly This Is My Yacht) was created.
Now with over 1,500 articles Making Waves is a resource that many people around the world use. My articles are distributed and found through a wide variety of social media such as subscribed emails, RSS feeds, visits to the Goldring Travel website, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and, without limitation, organic searches on Google, Bing and other search engines. And my writings have garnered me a reputation for being candid, fair and honest. Quite frankly, they have created bit of credibility and stature in the travel industry; something that I work hard to earn and honor every day.
So with that I figured I would, in good faith, take TravelCat2’s attack (I mean comments) and do what I never do: Look at CruiseCritic to see what others are saying.
If you want to rely upon her opinions – focused solely on making Regent (her choice) wonderful in everyone’s eyes, go ahead. Possibly Ms. Ross’ complaints about my writings are not about them being inaccurate, but rather that Regent Seven Seas Cruises is being called out for the lower quality cruise product they are, while pitching they are Six Star Luxury.
As I wrote about Regent: Caveat Emptor! (Let the Buyer Beware!) If you want to stay in the same corporate family, book a cruise on Oceania Cruises. It can be a much as half the price of a Regent cruise and the cuisine and service is better. Book one of its newer ships (Marina or Riviera) and your accommodations will be better too.
Goldring Travel has only one objective: Providing honest and objective information and opinion. Why? We want you to be so confident with what we say that you book your travel with us.