– Avalon Myanmar – Myanmar River Cruise – April 2017
*Azamara Club Cruises – Azamara Journey – Singapore to Dubai (April 8, 2018)
* Azamara Quest – Southeast Asia and Japan (February 2015)
– How Close to Luxury Can Celebrity’s Smallest Ship Get? – Part I
– How Close to Luxury Can Celebrity’s Smallest Ship Get? Part II
– How Close to Luxury Can Celebrity’s Smallest Ship Get? Part III
– How Close to Luxury Can Celebrity’s Smallest Ship Get? Part IV
– How Close to Luxury Can Celebrity’s Smallest Ship Get? – Some Final Observations and Thoughts
– The Prologue to the Travelogue
– The Adventure Begins…With a Bump or Two
– Settling In Made Easy
– Luxury Touches Here, There and OK, Not, Everywhere…But There Are Lots of Them!
– Asian Flair Onboard and On Shore
– Private Tours, Israel and Conflicts in Perceptions and Perspective
Celebrity Equinox 2009 – Egypt…Impressive and Depressing
– Dining With the Captain and the Reidel Wine Seminar
– The Last Dinner (Tuscan Grille) and Disembarkation
– What Happens When A Class Act Meets Highly Discounted Cruise Fare
– Lisbon to Monaco: Crystal As a “Move Up” & “Move Over” Luxury Option – Part I
– Lisbon to Monaco: Crystal As a “Move Up” & “Move Over” Luxury Option – Part II
– Lisbon to Monaco: Crystal As a “Move Up” & “Move Over” Luxury Option – Part III
– Lisbon to Monaco: Crystal As a “Move Up” & “Move Over” Luxury Option – Part IV (Food & Wine!)
– Princess Cruises Doesn’t Treat You Like Royalty; Celebrity Cruises Does! Which is a Better Value for the Upscale Cruise Guest? Part I
– Celebrity Silhouette vs. -Royal Princess – Which Is A Better Value For The Upscale Cruise Guest? Part II: The Standard Veranda Staterooms
– Celebrity Silhouette vs. Royal Princess – Which Is A Better Value For The Upscale Cruise Guest? Part III: Treating You Right From The Start
– 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)
Regent Seven Seas Voyager – August 2017
– Italy and Corisca 2014 – Part I
– Italy and Corisca 2014 – Part II (Getting There, The Stateroom and First Impressions)
– Italy and Corisca 2014 – Part III (“You Can’t Teach Five Star Service” and Bonafacio, Corsica)
– Italy and Corisca 2014 – Part IV (Calvi, Monaco, Portofino, Porto Azzurro…and Stale Bread)
– Italy and Corisca 2014 – Part V (My Last Day…and How The Chef’s Team Makes It Happen)
As you, my readers, well know it is no surprise to me that Mark Conroy was just been ousted as President of Regent Seven Seas Cruise Line.
Regardless of my disdain for his marketing practices (shouting “free”, “free”, “free” when you are actually paying a premium and his dishonest and misleading comparison of rates to Holland America), the fact is that Regent Seven Seas Cruises has been living with two facts that simple could not support his existence as president any further.
First, over the past years I have seen a continued Oceania-fication of Regent Seven Seas Cruises. My most recent article, Oceania Cruises New, Creative, All-Inclusive Approach (The Oceania-fication of Regent Seven Seas Cruise Line – Another Chapter) explains and documents how Frank Del Rio, the Chairman of Prestige Cruise Holdings has very consistently placed Oceania systems and personnel into the Regent operations and how the products have continued to meld closer and closer together. Mark Conroy was the last significant vestige of the “old” Regent and even the older Radisson Seven Seas Cruises connection.
Second, Regent Seven Seas Cruises has been boasting about its essentially full ships, but it is also bleeding money. The all-inclusive packaging and premiums just haven’t worked financially. This was made oh so ever clear in its recent financial reportings. I have discussed them in some detail in my most recent articles, Regent Seven Seas: Ships Fuller, But Very, Very Slim Profits – Part II and Regent Seven Seas Cracks Are Showing: Beware and Be Careful of the “Dirty Little Secret”.
When you add those two things together, toss in Mark Conroy’s continual unfulfilled claims of a new ship coming on line and a few other things, and his departure is just as I have predicted.
To be totally fair, however, Mark Conroy had been at the fore of the development of the luxury cruise market and has survived over two decades in an industry that eats up people fairly quickly. His efforts have most certainly helped push the luxury cruise market to try new things and to make a wonderful cruising product a bit better.
But now is the time to look forward to Regent Seven Seas Cruises righting it ship, hopefully returning to a more honest and forthright approach to its marketing and, hopefully, returning to be a product that I can enthusiastically endorse.
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