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  1. If you have a NIKON camera, Nikon sells a thing called the FS-1 that will work with their three "micro" lenses. It will fit on any lens, but I've not found anything for my Canon that will focus close enough.
  2. I brought a cheap dinner jacket (essentially a white tuxedo jacket). I wore it over just a pair of black pants and a white button down shirt (that I wore other days by themselves) and a bow tie. People all thought I looked very formal. I even brought a self-tied bow tie so I could go rat pack and leave it untied and dangling around my neck as the night went on.
  3. Just to follow up, Navioncs worked great for us in NZ/AUS last February.
  4. Your risk factor is most likely your CURRENT fellow cruisers, not the stuff left over from the last voyage. It is still unclear how much is actually spread from surface contact as it is. Most of the outbreaks have been directly attributable to restricted spaces (crowds, ships, airplanes, working in healthcare) with infected people, not coming across it lingering in the wild.
  5. Maybe they should go back to their home ports. These countries should have some obligation to providing the flags.
  6. With the amount of time cruiseships (with the exception of those that are currently stuck with stranded passengers aboard) are going to sit idle, it's doubtful that there's anything lingering from the last trips. Despite the headlines, cov-2 duration on surfaces is measured in hours not weeks. The 17-day statement was not that they found live viruses but they found lingering RNA pieces (which is not alive or a threat). A bigger issue is more conventional mold and the like from sitting idle. Most cruise lines have a sanitizing plan just because of prior problems like norovirus.
  7. Here are some photos from the tour I booked direct with the Art Deco Trust there... One of the cheaper and best excursions we did on the cruise.
  8. What I hand't expected was the number of our friends who treat us as pariahs having just returned from a vacation (we actually got off the ship three weeks ago, but we were driving around Australia in the interim). Some of my wife's associates got outright nasty that she wouldn't just self quarantine herself for the duration.
  9. It was the next to last day that I found out you got "points" at a lot of the activities toward the Azamara trinkets. I would have owned the trivia contests and a few other events if I had known. It was halfway through the napkin folding class when I realize the two instructors were the dance partners from the evening shows.
  10. Amusingly, I bought a dinner jacket (for those who don't know, it's a white jacket you wear with a normal "informal"...t hat is tuxedo) for white night. I brought three pint bottles: shampoo, body wash, conditioner. My wife says, the are green stains on your jacket. I say, no problem, it's just leaking shampoo.
  11. I never use the provided toiletries anyhow. If there was an option to not stock my room with them at all I'd select it. Wall mounted dispensors are annoying and budget-hotel tacky. The showers are small enough without adding that sort of thing.
  12. Good: The stateroom was typical, perhaps even better than average. There was a decent amount of room of the Veranda. A good sized table and room to get around it without having to squeeze. We were in 7078 on the Journey (roughly across from the guest laundry which was more of a convenience than a problem). I actually had a SMALLER hotel room at the Sydney airport when I went to get a connection. Food was also above average in both Windows and Discoveries. I was unsure that Aqualina/Prime C was worth the extra money. We did splurge on the Valentines Dinner in Aqualina a
  13. We did the Journey in a Veranda room but we were travelling with two couples who had inside rooms. The layout of the inside stateroom is actually a little nicer than the veranda room since they put the bed on the wall that would have been the windows. Obviously you lose the square footage of the veranda itself, but otherwise the rooms seem comparable. As pointed out, there's lots of nice spaces on the ship outside the staterooms and after they rip out the casinos, even more. Sitting in the "Living Room" looking out the window was one of our favorite hangouts.
  14. In our case in New Zealand they had a lot of buses to shuttle people over to the venue and back. They staggered people by decks (most were in the dining room eating the specially timed dinners) going out. On the way back you were supposed to return using the same "group" you came out on. Our cruise director led us in a sing along of various songs while we waited our turn to get on the bus. It was kind of fun.
  15. I'm onboard now. While missing Hobart is disappointing, I can see why. We already got refunded our tickets for the museum/ferry/wine tour (not booked through Azamara). I'm writing this on my phone. The INTERNET has gone from slow to unusable on this voyage. The thing only passes packets about 80% of the time (which is death to actually trying to get anything to happen). In addition, Aza overcharged me quite a bit (they already billed the full $19.99 a day to my AmEx card even though I was supposed to get a small LCV discount).
  16. If you are close enough to shore that you are connecting to a land based network (Verizon or whatever the international area you are in), then your Verizon plan should cover you. If you are away from shore and using the cruise ships cell site (Celluar-At-Sea or the like), your Verizon plan will do nothing for you. Verizon to my knowledge has no cruise plan (only ATT does). You can TRY to do what was suggested to you (wifi calling). Note that while texts probably have a good chance of working, a lot of cruise ships have really lousy slow internet connections, so your ability
  17. Purel is 70% ethyl alcohol and some glycerin (plus some stuff to make it taste bad so you won't be inclined to drink it and hence require it to be taxed as a spirit). It's a good "last resort" after you wash your hands. You don't know what you touch (the faucet, the bathroom door, the handrail on the stairs, the arm of your chair...) before you touch your face or food.
  18. Azamara charges corkage if you open the bottle in the dining rooms. You're free to bring and drink your wine for free in your own room. They'll even provide glasses and a cork screw.
  19. I think that is consistent with what I said.
  20. In a legal sense "act of God" doesn't have much to do with a supreme being. It just means an event that occurs because of an unforseeable event not attributed to any human action. Alas, act of God usually excludes liability rather than creates it. You being ill may be an act of God, but designating it eliminates the liability for the cruise line to refund you not mandating it.
  21. We just boarded the Azamara Journey in Auckland yesterday. We "failed" the prescreen because we have a pet bird at home (not that our little parrot has been out of the house, let alone gone near the CV areas). Anyhow, a woman in a bunny suit came over and took our temperature (twice) and measured our O2 sats and then the cruise line decided we were safe to board.
  22. flyingron


    Boarding the Jounrey in Auckland today, we had to fill out a CV screening (no issues when we arrived via the airlines three days ago). We had to get secondary screening because the last question asks about handling birds (we have a pet parrot, who frankly hasn't been out of the house for years). Woman in a bunny suit, mask, and face shield took our temperature twice and oxygen sats brefore we were allowed to board.
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