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Hi Redtravel,Reason ...Kids are in school...Sorry school vacations all over the world, united states and even the state are completly differnet now
That's just it! Seems 5 out of the 10 reasons do not apply for this cruise. Very strange.
Reasons 1, 2 and 3 do not apply here since there are 2 following cruises (in July) visiting the same ports that are much cheaper. And I thought kids might still be in school (final's week) when the ship sails so July would have been better (if one was to bring kids).
Reason 4: The airfare is obscene since it is 2 one way tickets: to Athens and out of Istanbul.
Reason 8: I have been keeping my eyes open for incentives for this particular cruise, but have yet to find one. And yes, I have tracked it for months in case a good deal pops up.
Only thing I can come up with as a lay person is that this cruise hit the popular vacation spots just before the height of the tourist season (July and August); but, shouldn't the shoulder season be cheaper? (Like Alaska cruises for example.)
Azamara's recent Europe summer cruise promotion is making me wonder if the line is having more trouble than some of the others in filling up their ships. Can any recent cruisers tell me if there were empty cabins on their cruises? I'd also love for people sailing in the next few months under the new Azamara Club Cruises pricing to report back and let us know whether ships are full or not.From what we can read on the web, many voyages are far from full. What we are wondering is whether their increased pricing can stick. As customers, we hope prices will return to where they were six months ago, or at least the increase reduced.
Unfortunately, this is exactly my feeling as well. Looking at several cruise lines for the upcoming months, Azamara shows plenty of availability where others are fully booked or nearly fully booked.My feeling is that Azamara over-promised and under-delivered.
It’s hard to tell why this is the case, but I do feel that Azamara is not taking her new Club upgrade very seriously. Their website is still (2 weeks after the official Club chance) not updated. Still it shows that suites are getting 3 complementary nights in a Specialty restaurant and nothing is mentioned on the inclusive soft drinks, wines, gratuities, etc. (other than a “take a peek” page) Also there are a lot of uncertainties with regards to their Club Voyage and the status you’ll get being a member of the Captain’s Club and Crown and Anchor.
All in all I do find the transition and transformation towards the Club not very professional. Especially since Azamara had over 3 months to have it all in order (after announcing the upgrade). New guests that are looking towards an Azamara cruise only do see huge prices and are not aware of what the product actually means or contains. Combined with the mixed reviews it will withhold people to book and wait and see.
In my opinion Azamara really has to deliver the upcoming months and show their status of a NEW AZAMARA being something different and special. Otherwise I’ll predict a not so long life for the Azamara Club. Especially since the competitors do have things in order and are at least one step ahead of Azamara right now.
We will give it a chance upcoming May and if it’s not fulfilling we surely will not reconsider Azamara as a serious option and move to Oceania instead.
Can you tell me how you know if the ship is full? We are on Quest May 15 Italy. Just curious if you can tell me.You can call Azamara and ask for your specific voyage. Or alternatively, go to their website and pretend to book for your given voyage. While it will not list the entire availability, you can get a hint by seeing how many categories are still available. Finally, ask your travel agent if you have one!