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    Mediterranean

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  1. Thanks to all who sent a warning to me in case I wasn't aware of the cancellation.
  2. What a difference a day makes! Very disappointed that I am not going to be able to cruise b2b in France and Spain in 2021, as I was hoping. I asked the TA to see about a lift and shift to 2022. The email Azamara sent offered a lift and shift for the Spain cruise but didn't say a word about the France cruise, which also appears to qualify.
  3. MY TA sent the final payment invoice today for my Sept 9 France Intensive cruise (from Southampton) on Quest . I assume that means that Azamara expects to be cruising at that time.
  4. My TA sent me an invoice for final payment for my Sept 9 Quest cruise, Intensive France (from Southampton). I assume that this means that they expect to be cruising at that time.
  5. Awww!! Missing all of you! Glad to see that the crew is enjoying fair weather in Glasgow and having some fun. We will be there as soon as we can!
  6. Florida cut off vaccine tourism in January. To get vaccinated, you have to show either a FL drivers License, voter ID or two specific documents proving residency in FL, even if just seasonal. Here is a link where you can find requirements: https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/vaccine-eligibility/
  7. I have been pleased with promotions in the U.S. over the years. There are certain times of the year (autumn, in particular) when it seems easier for the U.S. market to find a very good value on Azamara. I find that it pays to keep your eyes open for deals at all times. Azamara has several distinct markets and I believe that promotion opportunities and timing vary by country.
  8. Not true. Initially, there was some knee jerk panic and some people reported cancelling, but that quickly settled down. If you read Azamara's posts now, Azamara's loyal customers are very excited about the future.
  9. Agree with you, Nocl. These three statements from the various parties involved all point to two separate purchases by Sycamore (one for a cruise line with 3 ships and one for a single ship), with a plan to enter the cruise business with a total of 4 ships under the Azamara brand. The announcement from Carol Cabesas said " "Sycamore Partners has purchased the Pacific Princess, a former R-class ship comparable in size to our three sister ships". The announcement by Princess said "Princess Cruise today announced the sale of Pacific Princess to an undisclosed buyer". Managing Partner of Sycamore said "'The addition of this ship is an important milestone and reflects Sycamore Partners’ commitment to supporting Azamara in its next phase of growth."
  10. I've been using Cruise Critic's boards for cruise info for 17 years, but I never knew there was an "ignore" option. Thanks for the info!
  11. You are absolutely right! So many experts, all with opinions but not one has any inside knowledge. By the way, "Lost Time", that bug is VERY annoying!
  12. There are no guarantees in life. Vaccines are 94 or so % effective, not 100%. But, if all people on a ship are vaccinated, there will not be mass outbreaks or spreads. That sounds good to me. There are all kinds of germs and viruses that we encounter everyday. If someone want no risk at all in life, they can try staying at home forever, but even that isn't 100% foolproof. If all passengers are vaccinated, the risk while onboard is VERY greatly diminished. Sounds good to me. Of course, once you get off the ship, who knows what sorts of pathogens you might encounter?
  13. Thanks for sharing this very interesting article by Bloomberg. It should be reassuring to any always complaining American (I am proud to be an American, but, happily, I am not one of the always complaining variety) that we are actually #1 in the world in number of doses administered and #5 in the world in vaccines administered per 100 people. Looks to me like the U.S. has been doing a great job after all. I know far more people who have received the vaccine than I know people who had the virus. That is also a comfort to know. I am scheduled for my first shot next week. Hooray! I hope that people all over the world get their immunizations as expeditiously as possible, so we can all get back to exploring this beautiful world again.
  14. I am curious about the "12 week gap" between vaccines referred to in your post. The two vaccines in the U.S.(Pfizer and Moderna) have a 3 and 4 week gap. What vaccine is being offered with a 12 week gap in the U.K. (maybe AstraZeneca)? That is 3 months, which will drag out getting herd immunity!
  15. If a cruise interests you, have your travel agent inquire about solo fares for you. I have been pleasantly surprised more than once with a reduced solo supp on Azamara that was not advertised or promoted on the website.
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