How I found cheap business class tickets to Europe to save thousands of dollars getting to and from my cruise – in comfort.
Crystal Cruises Takes On Air Travel & Introduces Crystal Endeavor When you write about the cruise industry, you tend to see a lot of ship launches. You see keel-laying ceremonies, shipyard tours where the skeleton of the vessel is barely recognizable, and christening events that take place, as they have for hundreds of years, before… [Read More]
Our next installment of Avid Cruiser Voyages focuses on a destination that is unique in its own right, yet frequently lumped into a much broader geographical term that can describe cruises to nearly a dozen different countries. Typically marketed as a Middle East cruise, voyages departing roundtrip from Dubai, United Arab Emirates are the focus… [Read More]
Like people, companies define their reputations not only by how they handle situations when all goes right but also by how they respond when all goes wrong. Such was the case yesterday when a mechanical issue delayed my flight from Lyon to Dubai by more than five hours. The late departure from Lyon set in… [Read More]
Tomorrow morning, I board a Thai Airways jet in Stockholm bound for Denpasar, where I’ll embark on Silver Shadow. I’m flying on a Business Class ticket that was selling for $6,370. Yet, I paid less than $1,800. I used points (airline miles) that I had purchased last fall to buy the ticket, and yet I will… [Read More]
A lot of folks “Liked” my photograph from seat 1K on Lufthansa flight 431 from Chicago to Frankfurt this past Friday. I was sitting in that seat to get to my Christmas Markets river cruise, which begins in Frankfurt on Tuesday. I wrote about my First Class experience here. How did I afford such a seat… [Read More]
Wow! That’s how I would describe Lufthansa’s First Class product. I paid, with points and some cash and got a deal. It was Black Friday, after all. Last night’s flight could well be the pinnacle of my up-in-the-air experiences. It started at Chicago O’Hare with an escort past the long lines to the Boeing 747-400…. [Read More]
Today marks 56 years that I’ve inhabited this wobbling blue planet (yes, the earth wobbles, something I learned years ago in astronomy class). To put it another way, I’ve been in various stages of a carbon lifeform for 20,440 days or 490,560 hours or 29,433,600 minutes or, drum roll, 1,766,016,000 seconds. When looked at that… [Read More]