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  1. My favourite was Athens to Dubai, or was it Singapore to Borneo followed by a side trip to Siem Reap, oh no it was the Greek intensive........... in other words my favourite cruise is always the last time we were on Azamara, never had a bad one, sometimes a few little niggles like the way Pursuit doesn’t open the rear deck for breakfast until 7.30am, apparently because the type of chairs they have upset the suite guests below. Never had had a problem with food , love the White Nights and Azamazing evenings, and as for the staff.....superb. we also sail Seabourn occasionally and our comments are the same for them, but AZ is our overall favourite
  2. There are heaters on the Sunset deck, hopefully they are man enough for Alaska.
  3. Hi Odd. You are quite right, the current turmoil in Istanbul following the recent rerun of the mayoral elections comes to mind and likewise it’s entirely possible this itinerary could again change. We are travelling with friends on this cruise so unless we are all of the same mind, it is unlikely that we would cancel, after all the primary reason for choosing this cruise was the reopening of the Black Sea. We booked this cruise when it first went on sale to take advantage of, on board booking benefits and LCV discount and to secure a suite in a good location. As of now the price has gone up and all the suites are sold out, so we are still in a reasonable position financially. It’s the itinerary change that bugs us.
  4. It’s not often that I post on these boards to complain about Azamara, but I’ve been moved to do so thanks to a significant change to the itinerary of our forthcoming Black Sea Cruise next year. OK I know it’s a long way out and theses things happen, but it would have been nice to have been advised beforehand that the Greek Isles we were looking forward to visiting were going to be replaced by two separate days in Istanbul and a visit to Kepez From a personal perspective having already visited Istanbul and Kepez on cruises a couple of times, it’s not somewhere we’re particularly looking forward to revisiting instead of the previous itinerary. I suppose we should be thankful that at least most of the other ports haven’t changed in the Black Sea, although Trabzon in Turkey has also gone. There’s only so many times you can visit the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, the Grand Bazaar etc! We only found out about the change because it was raised on our Roll Call, to date neither we nor our Travel Agent has received notification from Azamara, although Bonnie has posted the content of the email/letter as below. We wondered why there were very few shore excursions showing on the cruise, now we know why. We love Azamara ships and their crew, and will likely continue to sail with them in the future, but they do frustrate us at times. We also now find us overnighting in Piraeus at the end of the cruise, again, whilst we love Athens, it was not our plans to visit there again, particularly as we are starting from there and we are there on a land tour later this year. The letter hopes we are excited about these changes, sadly we are not. Host Grandma, please don’t move this to the Roll Call, I’ve already vented our feelings there. Dear Azamara Guest, We’re writing with some exciting news about your 14-Night Black Sea Voyage aboard the Azamara Journey, set to depart Athens on July 18, 2020. Favorable new developments have allowed us to add some of our favorite ports of call in the region to your itinerary. You’ll now enjoy two stops in Istanbul, a call on Canakkale, Turkey, and an overnight among the ancient treasures of Athens. These additions have required us to make a few important adjustments to your voyage. We’ve removed the previously scheduled calls in Trabzon, Kavala and cruising through Bosphorus Strait, and shifted each of the remaining destinations forward by one day. The details are clearly shown in the charts below. We apologise for any inconvenience these changes may cause, however, when the opportunity to bring you two days Istanbul arose, we knew we had to make it happen. This is a hallmark destination and we’re confident this new itinerary is the absolute best way to experience the treasures of the Black Sea. Of course, you’ll receive a full refund for any shore excursions booked in the cancelled destinations. Those booked in other ports will automatically be shifted to the new call date, so you don’t need to worry about a thing. More importantly, it’s time to start thinking about amazing experiences in Istanbul, Canakkale and Athens. We’re ready to help you plan everything. Istanbul, Turkey Discover this exotic city where West meets East and the streets are overflowing with local experiences and epic history. Visit Topkapi Palace, the former home of Ottoman Sultans, and the awe-inspiring Blue Mosque, covered by more than 20,000 shimmering blue-green tiles. For a taste of local life, shop the legendary Grand Bazaar and indulge in some of Istanbul’s world-famous street food. This is a must-do destination and we have countless ways to immerse you in it as only Azamara can. Better yet, you’ll have two days to see and do it all. Canakkale, Turkey This quite Turkish port is best explored on foot. A stroll along the waterfront and charming streets can be done in just a few hours, highlighted by a replica of the legendary Trojan horse, used in the 2004 movie starring Brad Pitt. Canakkale is also the gateway to the ancient ruins of Troy and the historic peninsula of Gallipoli, where one of the most epic battles of World War I is remembered in moving memorials. Choose from a variety of excursions that invite you to discover Canakkale based on your individual interests. Athens, Greece You’ll now enjoy a full afternoon and an overnight in Europe’s oldest city. Journey back to the age of ancient Greece among the ruins of the Acropolis, dominated by the iconic Parthenon. Then, perhaps, head to the Central Market to mix and mingle with the locals and enjoy some fresh Greek cheeses and other savory treats. Come nightfall, explore Athens under starry skies and look up to see the Parthenon illuminated in majestic light. It’s a sight to behold and you’ll be there to witness it on this Azamara voyage. We hope you’re as excited as we are about these new additions to your Black Sea Voyage. Once again, now is a great time to explore shore excursions to ensure you get the most out of our new destinations. To do so, or if you have any questions regarding these changes, please contact 0344 4934016 or email azamaracustomerserviceuk@azamara.com. We look forward to welcoming you aboard in July of 2020. Warm Regards, Azamara Club Cruises
  5. I agree, one of our forthcoming holidays is to a luxury resort in the Maldives, they use dispensers for obvious reasons of keeping pollution to a minimum in the marine environment. It’s whats in the dispensers that counts.
  6. We received the pack of toiletries last week and have both been ‘testing’ them, still got some more showers/baths to go but Elemis is coming out on top, can’t abide the Peppermint soap and shampoo of Malin + Goetz, but each to their own. Of course we have favourites, like the Molton Brown on Seabourn but applaud Azamara for the idea of using dispensers and choosing a known make to use in them. I personally hate fiddly little bottles with small writing that can’t be read in the shower when I haven’t got my glasses on! I also agree that getting rid of the plastic water bottles would be a great step forward, on Seabourn this year we were given cardboard Tetrapack type water bottles instead of plastic(at least until they ran out and then it was back to plastic). We now take aluminium bottles on our holidays and refill them without issue in many resorts, but on the ship they currently get filled from the plastic bottles in our stateroom. A proper refill station would be a great improvement and I like the idea of replacing the tote bag with with a branded aluminium water bottle instead.
  7. We checked into the Pursuit last week using the new boarding passes, it was a very easy operation having already uploaded photos and credit card details, they took the boarding passes and swiped our passports. All very simple.
  8. Yes, the Spa deck is included with suites and drinks can be ordered by phone. You also get the waiter coming through regularly.
  9. Having now sailed past the damaged dock at San Basilio, there is certainly more damage than expected, such that part of the roadway near the terminal is badly affected. We ended up using a water taxi from outside our hotel to get to Marittima and were surprised we were able to check in early then waited for boarding to commence at 11.30. For info, the water taxi cost was €120 for eight of us, but was very convenient as the porters took our luggage direct from the taxi to the ship, rather than having to drag the cases along the dock to the terminal drop off. A very easy experience after all the worry beforehand about the changed dock location. very happy with Pursuit as well.
  10. I can now confirm, the breakfast buffet at the Palazzo Veneziano is beyond belief, it is excellent and there is a nice courtyard to sit in. There is also included Prosecco for early morning Bucks Fizz etc.
  11. Beautiful, there are three of us and we have a lovely room with a mezzanine floor for the third person which has its own en-suite (room 204) which we booked as a triple room expecting a single bed in the same room. Very nice indeed, yet to have the included breakfast but were told it is a very good buffet. Very handy for San Basilio, if only MSC Opera hadn’t ruined that experience☹️
  12. It has indeed, we are due to join the Pursuit tomorrow and are currently in the Palacio Venezia hotel next to the San Basilio Terminal unfortunately. We are now planning our route to the revised berthing position in Marittima.
  13. You’ll love the cruise, we did it last year on the Quest with Captain Jose. We did private tours in Israel for the Dead Sea and Masada, Jordan for Petra, Safaga for Karnak, Valley of the Kings, Muscat for Wahiba Sands and Wadi Bani Khalid. We also did some ships tours, Muscat Dhow Cruise and Dubai Jeep and Dinner. We had no issues with any of the private tours, all the guides were fantastic, looked after us very well and returned us safely to the ship, although we were delayed by floods on the Muscat tour, but we were overnighting so we only missed the beginning of the White Night.
  14. I agree completely with Lottie's and Host Grandma’s comments that joining an Azamara ship is very much like ‘coming home’., we also have many friends in the Azamara community and it is always nice to be welcomed back on board. Despite my moniker, we do not sail exclusively on AZ, our other favourite line is Seabourn which we find as good as AZ and sometimes better in some areas, particularly the standard Veranda cabins. Price wise it is very similar to AZ. We have recently returned from an excellent 14days in the Caribbean visiting many islands that AZ could do well to emulate rather than concentrating on Cuba. We have not given up on AZ and are looking forward to some interesting cruises with them over the next 18 months. Likewise we do not limit ourselves to cruises, we have various European land trips this year (despite Brexit!) and a Maldives holiday to avoid the cold weather early next year. in summary, Azamara is one of our two favourite cruise lines, and provided the itinerary and price is right we will continue with them...........but we do have a Seabourn future cruise certificate to use up!
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