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Lioncub

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    Silversea, Seabourn
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  1. Thanks Baz-t for the tip for Shell beach. And to everyone above for their suggestions too. Very helpful. Just had an itinerary change yesterday. Sopers Hole is substituted for Great Harbour, Jost Van Dyke instead. Still the BVI’s at least! For me it is a good change as I was considering a tour to White Bay anyway. Now I can spend the money instead at the famous Soggy Dollar Bar! My only sadness is that I will approach from landside and not wade ashore, hence the ‘soggy dollar’. That is unless I cheat and get into the sea and swim up to the bar!! Thanks Isklaar in advance of any help, from hard drive or “little grey cells” (to quote a famous Belgian detective!). Anyone done the ships tour in St. John’s Antigua called Reef Snorkel and Beach? Seems ok value (all relative of course!) but from my last memory of St. John’s is of tens of these catamarans departing the pier. It did seem decidedly touristy. Anyone have a better suggestion? Either for a beach day or boat trip?
  2. What a timely thread! Doing exact itinerary, but a bit sooner! Great advice so far. Looking forward to Isklaars next post too. Being a beach lover does anyone have a ‘must not miss’ one for this itinerary? My last Caribbean cruise was just after the hurricane in ‘17 with both the islands and Odyssey not at their best. Not the fault of the islands in their case I must stress! Some options for the bigger islands would be great too (St. Lucia, Antigua in particular).
  3. Did I see both Pursuit and Journey both anchored off of Amalfi a few days ago? Anyone got a picture of this? A spectacular anchorage with two lovely ships. Had to comment after much abstention, have to very much agree, Dimple really is fab!
  4. On Pursuit at the moment. Schweppes tonic readily available. Will report back if I manage to find fever tree. Was on in Nov in select locations. Enjoying a lovely cold beer in Zakinthos with great view of port and Pursuit at anchor in the distance 😁 🍺. Being well looked after too. Happy days!
  5. Flat white is an Australian import. Enjoyed many a good flat white whilst in Sydney. Becoming very popular in the UK for reasons mentioned above. Mosaic coffee the best at sea! So much so, the Pursuit has not even bothered with Nespresso. The room service coffee is awful though. Not unique to Azamara. RS Coffee on Silversea and Seabourn also terrible. Why can’t cruise lines sort this issue out? Would really prefer not to have to do the coffee run whilst on a top cruise line.
  6. Ok, I realise this is an Upgrade thread not a loyalty thread so will keep this brief. In a competitive world where loyalty is highly prized by most businesses, it seems odd to me that LCV is not treating its biggest spenders better. Maybe introduce free upgrade vouchers for those customers who reach a certain level of spending per year? This allows for better recognition of the big spenders, and allows for those who are loyal, but with smaller budgets, or less free time, to still climb the loyalty tiers at their own pace. I would be very worried if I were Azamara, that loyal cruisers and big spenders are on CC talking about going elsewhere!
  7. The question is, if one tips extra does one receive better attention? A twenty here or there to get ahead of the queue/ line? I’ve seen it in action, and on ‘ ultra’ luxury lines too. My very British morality doesn’t like it, but it does happen. A fact of life, or poor behaviour? I’m very happy to give to the crew fund, but if Mr/ Ms X is tipping staff to beat the system then I’m being a mug, right?
  8. Lioncub

    Sushi

    Do they also do Sushi at lunchtime in the Colonnade as part of the buffet selection? Or can one have a bento delivered to you? Same issue, one likes the other doesn’t.
  9. I agree, would be nice to see a few more premium Gins and a few flavoured ones too. Love Whitley Neil’s Blood Orange! The big question is, do they have Fever Tree tonic onboard? It does make me laugh though how much we brits love our G and T, just go over to the Azamara boards to see much discussion on this! I will be quite happy with Hendricks and a slice of cucumber or grapefruit with FT. Logistically I can see it being a bit of a nightmare, various gins, dozens of garnishes and don’t even get me started on the shape of glass to use!! I think our Americans cousins are probably starting to realise how big gin has become in the UK at the moment.
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