– 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)
Last night I was honored to dine with Captain Karlo Buer, the captain of the Seabourn Odyssey. This was quite an honor as it was the first formal night – ever – on the ship and I was seated next to the captain. Once again I had to say to myself, “How cool is that?!”
For all those spreading rumors that there are some big problems or issues with the ship (not true!), let me make this simple observation: If all hell was breaking loose, Captain Buer would not have taken the time to have dinner with me on the night before the Maiden Voyage. In fact, not only did he have dinner with me, he was charming, funny and appeared relaxed. (I also ran into him this morning and he was, again, all smiles and took the time to chat for a minute or so.) But I digress…
The Captain and I spoke of the challenges in building the Seabourn Odyssey, the 82 steps up to his apartment in Genoa, the plans for him to stay with the ship until (oh, I guess I shouldn’t say that!) and then shifting over to the Seabourn Sojourn for its final construction stages, etc.
When I asked him if there any things he would like to have done differently on the Seabourn Sojourn or the third ship, he was rather certain to say nothing. But when I said, “I bet you have a wishlist…don’t you!” Captain Buer gave me that smile he gives and might have even blushed a bit. It was all good fun, but more than that. It was such a source of pride for the Captain not only as to the hardware, but the crew as well.
Once again Seabourn outdid itself in both cuisine and service. I won’t bore you with the entire menu, but I must mention two things:
First, if you ever have the chance to order the Nigerian prawns with truffled gnocchi and mushrooms order it. (And for those that want a little “Don’t have red wine with fish” thought in their head – it screams for a red wine to play off the earthiness and richness of the gnocchi and truffles. And Seabourn had a great selection!)
Second, and this is going to cause shudders everwhere: Seabourn did not have breadsticks! Yes, the waiter offered to swim to shore to get them for us, but I reminded him that those breadsticks would not be Seabourn breadsticks. It was the single greatest disappointment of my cruise. (Heck, I might even write a letter to the President about that one!) I was assured breadsticks will be available tonight.
Congratulations, Captain. You are the master of the most luxurious and innovative cruise ship in the world.