– 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)
I just returned from Newport, Rhode Island and the American Superyacht Forum. While it was, as always, good for business and good for a bit of fun, it was also rather depressing because of the state of the industry. There was significant discussion about yacht chartering and, truth be told, I was quite consistent in discussing The Yachts of Seabourn in relation to product delivery, marketing and potential client base.
A room full of skeptical (and a few jaded) yachties eventually…slowly…started to get it. Then a well known yacht broker brought up SeaDream Yacht Club in relation to the charter market. And that, in turn, lead to some talk between professionals about the differences between Seabourn and SeaDream…and the overall impressive nature of the Seabourn product.
But then the skeptics were more of the “Goldring can’t be a yacht lawyer, because he is a travel agent!” mindset…right up until I explained who I would be dining with on the Seabourn Sojourn during the Inaugural events. You will have to wait to hear who it is 🙂 Instant credibility…Well, I actually already had that. Better: silence of the skeptics!
So today, in typical Seabourn fashion, my Cruise Documents were waiting for me as were the confirmations for my private transfer and day room at the Four Seasons Canary Wharf, the schedule of events, etc. And the confirmations for my private adventures in Iceland were also delivered. Icelandic horseback riding, a boat tour to observe the puffins, flight back to the mainland from Heimay Island, a stay at Radison Blu 1919, dinner reservations at Sjavarkjallarinn (The Seafood Cellar) and more also arrived.
This caused me to reflect back to yesterday when I was at Derecktor Shipyard in Connecticut, where I toured M/Y Cakewalk, a 281 foot superyacht being built there and, while nice, actually doesn’t have the style of the Seabourn Sojourn or Odyssey. While the design has nothing to do with the shipyard, but rather then owner’s designer, the design did make me think about how “brown” the Silversea Silver Spirit is.
In short, the superyacht made me look forward to the maiden voyage of the Seabourn Sojourn and to be even more impressed with Seabourn’s focus on style and detail…detail that exceeds that found on a 281 foot superyacht….a very nice 281 foot superyacht.