The Cuban Missive Crisis, Big Ships, & Defining ‘The Seabourn Difference’ — In Video

Aaron Saunders had planned to file Live Voyage Reports as he sailed around Cuba on the Louis Cristal this week, but Wi-Fi access — or the lack of — has challenged him, so Aaron is stuck simply enjoying the cruise instead. Look for his reports to begin when he is back in the land of reliable internet. We’ll let you know when his missives begin — crisis averted.

Should Aaron have wanted to be assured connectivity (and at no additional cost), perhaps he should have sailed with Regent Seven Seas Cruises, which is giving (some of its) guests up to 500 free minutes of Wi-Fi, beginning later this year. Logging on without paying comes with a catch, though: You must be booked in Concierge-Class or higher categories. Already, one reader cries “Foul,” noting that free internet access was one of her repeat guest perks. See our story about Regent’s Free Wi-Fi, What Took So Long?

Thank you for your enthusiastic response to our reader survey. I’ll be compiling your comments and summarizing the interesting parts for you, dear readers, this week. For those of you who suggested we report more on the big ships, have you seen our reviews on Carnival Breeze, Royal Princess and a bunch of other big ships? We’re trying.

If you haven’t done so, please consider adding your voice to our survey by answering three questions. Click here to launch the world’s simplest survey.

Finally, we’ve produced yet another video. That makes more than 300 — and counting. This week, we take a look at “The Seabourn Difference.” Is there one? You bet. In fact, there are several aspects that distinguish Seabourn. Click here to watch the video.

By the way, some of you noted in the survey that sometimes our links do not work. The fix: Stop using Internet Explorer, which belongs in an antiquities museum along with fax machines. Use any other browser, and our links should work fine.

A lot of you are waiting for our video featuring Antarctica. It’s ready, but not yet posted. Stay tuned. Have I said Antarctica on Silver Explorer was one of the best trips of my life? About 100 times, but who’s counting?

In the meantime, check out something completely different, river cruising on our sister-site River Cruise Advisor. I’m astounded by the rate of growth for our free newsletter subscriptions, which features the best of River Cruise Advisor delivered to your already overflowing inbox. Maybe the enthusiastic uptake is because our newsletters are free? If you’re not a subscriber, sign up for River Cruise Advisor by clicking here.

As always, thank you for being a loyal reader. — Ralph Grizzle

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