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Golspie

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  1. Golspie

    Port Charges Quest 7 April 2009

    Thanks, bobg. I have been following the posts on the Azamara roll call. We are looking forward to meeting everyone at the "meet and greet" after we board. Gabrielle
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    Port Charges Quest 7 April 2009

    Thanks bobg. As we have paid in US dollars your reply was of great assistance and has helped to solve my problem just in the nick of time! As we are relatively new to cruising - this will be our fourth cruise - we still have a lot to learn and do appreciate help from all you experienced cruisers. Gabrielle
  3. Please can anyone tell me how much they paid for port charges on this cruise? Azamara agents in Australia say they are unable to tell me. I have a problem with their invoice which I cannot resolve without knowing what the port charges are. Thanks in anticipation Gabrielle
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    Using Laptop at Sea

    Thanks to all those who replied to my query about the laptop. Your responses were most informative and much appreciated. From what you have said, it would appear that it is a good idea to bring a mini laptop, particularly on a cruise where there are a lot of sea days. We were really pleased to hear that the internet connection is rapid as we have experienced very slow connections on the Norwegian Jewel and, on the Rotterdam last year, if half the computers were in use the others wouldn't function.
  5. Your experience is interesting, Nevernever, as it mirrors ours. Our TA also decided to make a contribution of $160AUD towards the OBC which is significantly less than the $720US we believe we have paid on our 24-night cruise. Like you, we have not been able to get to the root of the problem with the Azamara agents due, in our case, to the unusual accounting procedures that have been used and perhaps a lack of accurate record keeping.
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    Using Laptop at Sea

    We are trying to decide whether to bring a laptop on our upcoming cruise on Quest. As it is a 24-night cruise with lots of sea days we thought it could be useful for keeping in contact with family. Can anyone tell me if there are "hot spots" around Quest where it is possible to use a wireless laptop and, if so, if there a charge for using them?
  7. [quote name='nevernever']Comment has been made in other threads regarding problems with airline bookings, failure for cruise staff to meet passengers when they arrive at airports, and the occasional abruptness of customer relations staff onboard ship. Other than a fairly recent 'tussle' relating to my OBC entitlement , I have been fortunate enough to avoid any of these hassles. In fact, there have been several instances where I have been treated in a very professional manner. For instance, just this morning I had a telephone call from one of the staff at the RCCL office in Sydney, who had been handling the booking for one of our future cruises. Despite the fact that her husband had had a heart attack and was in intensive care, she still took the time to follow-up and make certain that our booking was being attended to. A pretty good effort, I would say. Nevernever[/quote] Hi Nevernever I am interested to know if your tussle over the OBC had a positive outcome as I have also been involved with the Azamara agents in Sydney? Unfortunately my experience has not been a positive one as they categorically deny that we paid the fuel surcharge despite our having an invoice to prove it! We have not been able to resolve the issue which is most frustrating. When I read your post I wondered if we are dealing with the same people? Gabrielle (Golspie)
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    Cruise Ship Terminal Penang

    Thanks again, Sue. You are helping to solve all my problems. Hope we can meet up on the Quest so that I can thank you in person.
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    Cruise Ship Terminal Penang

    Thanks, Lagunaman. I appreciate your help.
  10. Hi, At Penang, can anyone tell me if the ship docks at Georgetown or somewhere else and how far from the city the cruise terminal is?
  11. Golspie

    Visa for India

    Thanks, Albert. After a series of monumental blunders and misinformation we are certainly never going to book with this TA again. Don't know where we'd be without the assistance of from all you cruisers. Thanks a million. In the light of what has occurred up till now can't guarantee that this will be my last question!!
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    Visa for India

    Hi Sue, Thanks for the offer. When I contacted my TA yesterday she maintained that Azamara was not obtaining visas so I emailed Azamara international reservations and discovered that Azamara is in fact obtaining visas which is in line with your info. Back to TA again who says that this is a new offer by Azamara and that visas will cost USD$50pp. Don't know how that compares with the price you would pay at the UK Egyptian Embassy but it is 30% cheaper for us to get our own visas at the Embassy in Melbourne than to go with the Azamara deal. They cost AUD$45 pp.
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    Visa for India

    Hi Sue, Thanks for the tip off. Don't know what is going on as my CA has twice confirmed that you have to get your own visas for Egypt. I will follow it up with them again. If Azamara is getting the visas we will just have spent $100 AUD for nothing!!!
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    currency conversions

    I compared the cost of our excursions (in Australian dollars), using the Azamara conversion, with the current conversion used by our bank and I found it would cost approx AUD$100 more than the bank would charge. As a result, we have decided to pay in USD and let our bank do the conversion.
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    Visa for India

    Hi Dundalkspur, We just got our visas for India 2 days ago. They cost AUD$93 each and we also had to provide a registered, self-addressed envelope ($4.50) in which they could be returned. The Embassy here in Melbourne was very efficient and they were returned by courier 3 days after we deposited them. Be aware that you will also need visas for Egypt. We are going to apply for them tomorrow so can't comment yet on the length of time they take.
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