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Aussie Cruise Nuts

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    Brisbane and Melbourne, Australia
  • Interests
    Travel, Cricket, Rugby
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Seabourn & Azamara
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Anywhere in this wonderful world.

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  1. True leadership in action. Well said and well done Captain Carl.
  2. Bring back Larry. ✔️✔️✔️. Seabourn Executive experience and ran Azamara so well. A very capable, experienced and personable Senior Cruise Executive. As to private ownership via Private Equity buyout, from what I see and read, the Cruise Line that has managed the Covid disaster the best (for its passengers) is Viking - privately owned and includes private investment. May be an omen for Azamara going forward ??? We will all have to wait and watch. We really enjoyed cruising Azamara, but glad we took the 100% refund for a Covid cancelled cruise.
  3. We visited Malaga on Seabourn Sojourn quite a few years ago. Most pax went on the Shore Excursion to Grandada and The Alhambra (80 miles each way) but as we were disembarking in Lisbon and starting a 2 week road trip around Portugal and Spain. (including 2 days in Granada), we decided to spend the day walking around Malaga. This port city is sometimes maligned, but we had a great day walking all over the town. Whilst we did not get slimed, I felt we were being set up for a scam by a couple of young touts kicking a soccer ball all around us and encouraging me to join the game. I u
  4. I’m with you Jim. Viking are leading the way in the cruise industry response to Covid. All credit to them. But we will not cruise under those conditions. Not the cruise experience we want for the dollars spent. We moved our June 2021 cruise out to June 2022 (29 days Barcelona to Istanbul) and note the original 2021 cruise is now cancelled. With the Covid vaccines starting to roll out, I am more confident a 2022 restart to our cruising will be more appropriate. We are independent shore excursion types and would not want to be limited to ship arranged only.
  5. Thank you all for your positive responses. We have locked in 7018 for our cruise. We all hope to be safely cruising again by 2022 - or earlier. The Cruise Critic community are a valuable source of information and assistance. Our thanks to all. Stay safe. Rod.
  6. We are moving our June 2021 Viking Med cruise out to June 2022 due to the uncertainty of Covid. I intend to book the 29 Day Barcelona to Istanbul cruise departing 4 June 2022 on Sky. We have previously cruised in 6024 Penthouse Junior Suite (PS3), but there is no availability for our preferred portside on deck 6 for this itinerary. 7004 and 7018 (PS2 category) are available. 7004 looks a little close to the bow (but may be quieter) and 7018 is near the entrance to the pool area and Wintergarden. There may be more noise in 7018 with doors opening and closing and
  7. We had a similar experience for our first Viking cruise. Booked 2 years ahead for Hong Kong to Vanvouver April 2019. Then waited and watched as Viking Orion was built, sea trialled and she finally started cruising. As Dauntless said, it allowed plenty of time for port research and preparation. We enjoyed Viking so much we rebooked on board for Rome to Istanbul on Sky in June 2021. Now in a waiting game to see what Covid and Cruising will allow 😢😩😖 Have cancelled 2 earlier cruises on Seabourn and Azamara as the cruise world ground to a halt. Rod
  8. Get in line Clay. I have had my name down for the Food Taster Job on Viking Ocean for 3 years. Still waiting to be called up 😂😂 Rod
  9. Our invitation popped into our inbox this morning. Along with a neat little teaser video from Chairman Hagen. We are interested in Antarctica but prefer VIKING after they have had several seasons to new port itineraries. This observation based on our experience earlier this year for our 36 night cruise Hong Kong, Asia, Far East Russia, Bering Sea, Alaska and down into Vancouver. On board experience excellent, shore excursions, Port scheduling, and particularly communication from Shoreside left a lot to be desired. I would be more confident when Viking Ocean has a season
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