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  1. Hi, If your iterested in Machu Pichu, I highly recommend www.kuodatravel.com. This is a local Cusco woman-owned company. The owner Mery Calderon organized a 10 night tour (Lima-Cusco-Sacred Valley- Machu Pichu- LIma) for me (solo traveler) for the price of the Azamara 4 night tour. It was wonderful. I felt so looked after and enjoyed the freedom to add places along the way. Best tour ever. Lisa
  2. Hi, i am a solo traveler as well. You got me inspired to write a review of my cruise last year, that may give some helpful info. Usually I organize private tours, but Japan is very easy to navigate without a tour. Everyone is super helpful. Kyoto should be done as a several day/ night trip. I stayed at the Keoko Plaza hotel in Shinjuku, they held my large luggage while I took a small overnight bag on train trip to Kyoto. Other hotels would do this as well, which makes it easy to do a small land trip Pre or post cruise. I recommend staying at a traditional Ryokan at least one night. Restaurants are easy too as they usually have plastic food that you can see and order just by pointing. Fun! Lisa http://click.email.cruisecritic.com/?qs=bdb07bc5f1f1ec6863aa89808751c8de7e7c87c80c0e2fb9c6ce7c3defcad760b513366f0c96aef80dbe10ba93bc2a6d9c6e0ee5e71af593
  3. I am usually very sceptical as well about these promotions. However, in my case (19 night Nov. 2021) the price droped $1624, from a booking just made on Aug 31 (using 125% solo promo) to today with the new promotion. I miss cruising so much I am willing to risk the deposit.
  4. Last night DIL handed me a watermelon colada and I flashed to the pool bar. We both waxed poetically about our "next" Azamara cruise. Someday.
  5. Hiccups, I looked for cruises of the same number of days and that I was happy with the itinerary. My agent called and Azamara agreed. I personally suspect that this cruise ( and yours) will be cancelled, and I might have gotten some extra OBC if I had waited. However, I had a great fare, and even more so since the Nov 2021 cruise was much more expensive (solo traveler in balcony). I was happy with Azamara. I just hope Azamara comes back. I know that it will be different, and all the staff I knew (and loved) might be scattered. I think about how their lives are possibly permantly changed in ways I can only imagine. I hope they are well. Lisa
  6. The lift and shift (same cruise next year) worked for me. Changed from Nov, 2020, 16 night TA Lisbon to Brazil to Nov 2021, 16 night Athens to Dubai. Acceptable cabin, kept OBC, and paid $385 more in tax and port fees. I am happy as I was worried about Brazil in November. Keeping my fingers crossed for next year.
  7. If it's chilly, there are plenty of blankets too!
  8. I have an adversion to ship tours (overpriced and over promised). I have used Mumbai Magic twice in Mumbai, and used their other partners in several other Indian cities. The first time was all the usual sights mentioned (Gahndi house, gates, Taj Mahal hotel etc), the second time a more personalized tour (Sasoon docks, flea market, girls school etc). Prices will be much and the tour guides are very good. Plus it's a woman owned firm. Contact them you will not be sorry. https://www.mumbaimagic.com/ Lisa
  9. State room vanity/desk is higher. I asked for an extra pillow (or two) and it was fine.
  10. How about doing a private tour? with a drop off at the airport after a dinner. I used Kuodo travel for my 11 nights in Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley, and they were great. I'm sure Mery (the owner) could organize a day tour for you. Perhaps there are some others from your role call who might be in a similar situation and would want to join. mery@kuodatravel.com Lisa
  11. I used Patti Staikov for the tour of Mycenae in 2017. She was great. Found her through Rick Steves and she gave 5 of us a private tour. She arranged for the taxi and we met her at the site, where she works most days. e-mail address is staipatt@yahoo.gr and mobile phone number 0030 697 77 8 33 15.
  12. I found the opposite (less seating) on the Pursuit. They have intalled larger loungers that took up more space than the old loungers. Also they were very unconfortable. They did not fully recline so I saw passengers sprawled over them like at the pillory to get sun on their backs! The time I went all loungers were being used, but there were 8 of the old style loungers tied up and also taking space. I asked if they could be untied, but was told to come back in two hours. Also the new key system on the Pursuit failed to work on several ocessions.
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