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  1. We may not like all the marketing games being played but most companies are doing it from airlines, hotels, and cruise lines. I just looked at Seaborne a luxury line that is also offering a two cabin upgrade and still more than I am willing to pay. The point is that in this day and age you need to be aware of the gimmicks that most companies use and be a smart consumer. I do not like it, but it is the age we are living in. I do not agree that Cruise Junky is adding any value to this board having not sailed AZ. I am sure they have valuable opinions on the cruise lines they have been on. No one is forcing you to pay a price on AZ you are not willing to pay, so if you find better value on another cruise line good for you because that is what competition is all about. We just finished a cruise on AZ and it was full so they must be doing something’s right.
  2. As I said, you will not give up. I apologize for the HE statement. Azamara may not be appealing to you and that is okay because we are all different but why you post on this board to make negative comments is what is boring when you have no experience with cruising with Azamara. You have a right to express your opinion even if it does not add any value to experienced Azamara cruisers.
  3. Cruise Junky just will not let it go without the last word which is why he has 20,000 plus posts. The amazing thing is he has never sailed Azamara or experienced many of the things we love about AZ. Choosing a cruise is personal and subjective but he likes to try and make it objective by picking on Azamara’s pricing. Yes AZ marketing and sales are insulting but most of us are smart enough to not fall for it and find prices and incentives that are more reasonable. The reason we put up with the crazy marketing is the onboard experience which Cruise Junky has not experienced.
  4. The point is that whether you value Azamazing Evenings or not, Azamara did not communicate the changes prior to final payment even though they knew many months before. Although marketing makes a big deal about providing the Azamazing experience and for us it helps separate Azamara from other premium cruise lines, obviously management does not value it the same or they would have handled communications much better.
  5. Our cruise booked under the 30% off sale for Sept 2020 in a CC suite and booked a few months ago is cheaper than the new double upgrade promotion by more than $600. I hate the false promotions that play games with cabin pricing but most cruise lines do it to attract attention and hopefully new buyers that think they are getting a good deal.
  6. We recently booked the Dec. 19th Panama Canal Cruise. Is this also affected with not having an Azamazing evening? I do not see one listed for this cruise.
  7. I did not say we seat ourselves except in Windows and the Patio. We have been on 3 AZ cruises and have never been asked about our seating preference, but we have never asked to be seated with people we do not know. Yes we were escorted in the MD to a table but always to a table for two and moved if we ask to be moved to a different table. We eat mostly in the specialty restaurants at our reserved time but again were never asked about seating preference. I was not aware there were tables that you could request to be seated at that you wanted others you did not know to join your table?
  8. Since we enjoy a nice leisurely dinner alone, we would not want somebody we do not know to ask if they can join us for dinner and have to tell them no. I know we may be in the minority but one of the advantages we enjoy about Azamara is not assigned seating and being able to dine alone whatever time we want to. There are lots of opportunity to meet other guests and if compatible discuss having dinner together in a casual manner which we have done on a couple of occasions. As as a side note, we have found on two occasions that the Perry golf cruises are the most expensive per night cruises Azamara offers because of the popularity of the golf packages so unless you are a golfer you will most likely be paying a premium for the itinerary it offers which you may be okay with?
  9. I should mention the internet is frustratingly slow so 248 minutes will not last as long as you think so I recommend using the $150 credit toward the unlimited internet package which was $219.00 for 12 night cruise.
  10. We are currently on journey in a club continent suite. We exchanged the liquor for three bottles of included wine then as we drank them our butler knew our preference and replaced our favorite whenever we asked. We also bought upgraded wine by the bottle and they would either but your room number on the bottle for future use or you could bring the unfinished bottle to your suite. Binoculars were in our suite but not very good. Afternoon tea was served anywhere from 2:45 to 3:45 pm every Afternoon except embarkation day. You can ask your butler for a fruit plate and/or cheese plate as well. Beside the free bag of laundry you can have two pieces of clothing pressed per suite guest free. Hope that helps.
  11. We sail next week on Journey and several posters indicated the casino has been replaced by the Den. Is this true on Journey that has not gone to retrofit yet?
  12. Are the specialty restaurants open on white nights?
  13. I agree it makes no sense to convince someone to do or not to do something that is so subjective and constantly shifting. As I have posted before, we have wanted to upgrade from Azamara to a luxury line like Seabourn or Crystal the past several years but have been unable to get the itinerary we want at the travel dates we want at a price equal or even close to Azamara’s club continent suites with similar amenities. Granted I do not like the marketing price gimmicks and have to book and wait for the price to drop but on the past 3 Azamara bookings the price we ended up paying was much less than the price we originally booked at and we get the suite location we want booking a year early. I know waiting until the last minute will yield much lower pricing but I like the piece of mind of knowing what we are going to get at a price we are willing to pay regardless of what others might pay. To each their own.
  14. On two occasions our butler exchanged the in suite liquor for 2 bottles of complimentary wine at our request.
  15. Cruise Junky - I was done responding on this thread until your post. Give me one example where any business accepted a $30,000 loss on a $34,000 fare? I accept the $34,000 fare is full price and very few people pay that but even at a normal 25% discount the fare is $25,000 for a veranda suite with butler and all specialty restaurants. This is funny in that I am sure if the tables were turned an you were AZ you would not negotiate to reduce your loss and try to resolve the mistake with a fair offer. But everyone is entitled to their opinion even if they never experienced an AZ cruise, which I really hope you do in the future.
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