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AllisonJames

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About AllisonJames

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  • Location
    Highland Village, Texas
  • Interests
    Golf, travel, wine, reading
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Azamara, Seabourn, Viking
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Northern Europe

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  1. All our AZ cruises have been 11 or 12 nights and we always get the Chef’s Table plus two package and eat at Aqualina and Prime C once each. We like to try to do Chef’s Table early in the cruise because every time we have met fun people who we then spend time with during the rest of the cruise. Add in White Night, quick buffet dinner on the Azamazing evening, one dinner at Patio and it does not seem like too much time in the Main Dining Room for us because it doesn’t end up being six nights in a row so there’s variety. We enjoy Discoveries very much and one thing I like about it is the fl
  2. I should have mentioned this info was from Perry Golf…it is “provisional” and the info is not on their website, so there’s no link or file to share. If someone’s interested in a specific Golf cruise, I can let you know the provisional schedule.
  3. Congratulations! Our very first Azamara cruise was for our 30th Anniversary and it was a wonderful way to celebrate. We were cruising on our own and wanted to do something special that seemed celebratory and also allowed us to meet people. So we did the Chef’s Table on our actual anniversary which was great. At the end they brought out an Anniversary cake for us. And decorated our cabin and provided a complimentary bottle of champagne. if you do the Chef’s Table — beware — they serve a lot of wine with the dinner and that on top of the pre-dinner drinks just might have been a bit over the top
  4. We were on Pursuit’s Maiden Voyage and they had only about four months to complete the extensive overhaul. I avidly followed along on social media and wow was I impressed by the execution of the entire operation and how EVERY crew member was helping with various tasks. It was completed on time and there were some missing items when we sailed (minor furniture pieces and pool chair cushions) but none of this was a big deal. And some kind of leak on our deck and hallway with minor AC issues but that got quickly fixed. And it was so exciting to be on the Maiden Voyage with everything brand-spankin
  5. Yesterday we received a preview email with a tentative list of 2023 golf cruises for April - December 2023. So I suspect they are finalizing and we will hear more by early July.
  6. My husband and I have been on two Azamara British Isles/Irish Seas/Open Championship cruises with Perry Golf (2016 and 2019) and yes, they are usually more expensive but the 2022 prices are ridiculous right now and we would never pay those kind of rates. Yes, St. Andrews is probably also a contributing factor but it’s a much better option to find a cruise where you can visit St. Andrews for a few days either pre or post cruise and when The Open is not occurring as it will be too crowded to really enjoy St. Andrews. However, the pandemic is a contributing factor to 2022 prices and there will be
  7. So as I previously mentioned Discovery was one of my suggestions and so of course I voted for that...but I have to say, like “Pursuit” the name “Onward” is already growing on me. First of all it fits well with the other three names. Also I like the sense of positive momentum, resilience and optimism it implies. I also think it is a very appropriate name for a ship that will be the first AZ launches post-pandemic. It gives me a sense of hope. I will be hoping to sail her as soon as she’s ready...my husband believes international travel will not truly be feasible (especially to multiple countri
  8. Proud to say I suggested Discovery in this thread on 1/28....so obviously that gets my vote! And my husband wants to know if I get a free cruise 😎
  9. Agree with all the previous suggestions — especially better wine, I’m not expecting bottles that retail for $35-50 to be included but it would be nice if AZ would at least upgrade to bottles in the $12-15 range as there are plenty of much better options at that price point. $6 Darjeeling Horse Chardonnay is ridiculous for the cost of the cruise. Also, I liked the previous upgrade system better where we paid $395 and had a chance and got to decide if we wanted to stateroom offered — we actually scored an upgrade once that way. Here’s one I don’t think has been suggested: can we ple
  10. I really liked the extra seating in that area on Pursuit as it was never difficult to get a table outside...and I didn’t notice that drink service was slow. But I can see that if you like to hang out at a bar it would seem different...will be interesting to see what they do with the new ship...
  11. We do need some REAL sales. The pricing is really out of whack. Right now British Open 2022 is $18,000 for a veranda cabin. We’ve done that cruise twice and it is usually fairly expensive compared to other AZ cruises but $1,500 a day for AZ in a basic veranda is crazy. There are better cabins to be had on completely AI luxury lines for less than that!
  12. I suggested Adventure last time around but they do seem to like one or two syllables — Azamara Adventure seems to be a bit of a mouthful. I wasn’t in love with Pursuit when it was announced but it has grown on me. They named Pursuit after the newsletter so I kind of like - Discovery. Continue the trend and name it after the main dining room. It is really hard to find a good name that isn‘t already in use!
  13. Jelayne — right there with you on the included beverages! Major sticking point with us that could keep us from sticking with AZ! At the current price point the quality needs to be much higher.
  14. Thanks for sharing — I think she looks pretty good...but after a year of no cruising, maybe I would think ANY ship looked pretty good! The Azamara upgrades will serve her well and give her new life! I was on Pursuit’s Maiden Voyage and had followed along avidly as they reimagined her...it was just glorious stepping on to the “brand-new” Pursuit. I was so amazed at what they accomplished in only 3 months and they have more time for this one and I am sure learned many lessons with Pursuit. Can’t wait...this is great news and reassurance for AZ fans.
  15. Both the interview and Captain Carl’s letter — very reassuring! As soon as I saw Pacific Princess sold yesterday I also thought “I hope that’s Azamara!” And glad my husband and I may have projected correctly that country intensive cruises would have an increased chance of sailing before others....we booked Ireland Intensive 8/28/21 with that in mind - we call it our “Gift of Hope!” Because we all need some Hope right now!
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