– 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 know my blog is read as a resource probably more than it is read to find the latest and greatest “sale”.
While that is, in part, because I believe the experience is more important that buying what you don’t really want because it is allegedly is “On Sale”, the main reason is that I love the travel business and don’t focus on “selling to”, but rather the “servicing of”, my clients.
However, sometimes I feel I need to remind readers of my blog and Facebook page that I actually am a travel agent and make a living selling holidays and that I just don’t talk about them. In fact, I always think about what I can do to make my client’s vacations better…even when (and you can ask my family about this) I am on vacation.
Rather than tell you all that I will do for you in the way of great pricing, great service and focusing on your desires and developing a long term relationship (things that I would hope you would insist upon when choosing your travel agent), I thought I would just give you a couple of recent (and I mean like in the past week) testimonials from two of my clients:
A guest on the 2012 Goldring Travel Food & Wine Cruise on the Seabourn Pride posted on The Gold Standard Luxury Travel Forum:
I have to say that Eric’s add-ons made an outstanding cruise a memorable and much more special experience.
Those of you who have followed my banter with Eric on this board must know how hard it is for me to acknowledge Eric’s significant contribution. I must momentarily step out of my role in trying to contain Eric’s rather large ego, a mission totally supported by Eric’s lovely wife, and acknowledge that his additions were fantastic, exceeding my expectations.
I have always suspected that Eric might be a tad prone to exaggeration. Having read his blog about the cruise, I think he might have even understated it. All the Goldring events were very special, and I say this in spite of the fact that I am the guest he tried to embarrass by asking me to fillet a huge fish at Chef Kurt’s private event.
We will relive & enjoy these experiences until senility finally takes full hold. (At the present rate, that won’t be long.) I’m sure Eric would appreciate me saying that his add-ons made this cruise a real travel experience.
And a repeating 2011 and 2013 Seabourn Full World Cruise Client wrote to me:
Good morning, Eric.
Now, should you think that Goldring Travel’s special handling is limited to only my clients that take high profile cruises, a client of mine just returned from a 12 day Caribbean Cruise on the Seabourn Quest in a Category V2 suite (and who even declined a Preferred Limited Upgrade to a V6 suite for $549 pp) messaging me on Facebook:
Before, during or after your holiday, Goldring Travel is there for you doing everything possible to assure you have the best experiences possible.
Interested? How about considering the 2013 Goldring Travel Food & Wine Cruise, the 2013 Silversea Silver Expedition Panama Canal Cruise or the 2014 AmaWaterways Vienna to Istanbul River Cruise? Please email me at email@example.com or telephone at (877) 2GO-LUXURY or in the UK: 020 8133 3450 or Australia: (07) 3102 4685 or elsewhere internationally: +1 732 578 8585.
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