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  1. alanbab

    Azamara Pursuit Hotel Director

    I agree with you Gaz and also for this cruise the Executive Chef is Dhani but no further detail and with just 2 weeks to go no detail on the AzAmazing evening reportedly in Rhodes.
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    video of the Pursuit

    Fabulous and many thanks
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    Soot on Aft Balconies - Britannia

    I have not sailed in an aft cabin on Britannia but have sailed in aft cabins on other ships and yes soot can be a problem. I don't think that you can ever guarantee no soot. All that said Britannia is a lovely ship and I would go for it. Ask your steward to leave you a supply of cloths in order that you can sort the problem quickly. Our next cruise is an aft cabin on the former P&O Adonia soon to sail as Azamara Pursuit! Enjoy
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    Entertainment Reports

    Does anyone have an update on the entertainment on the ships and in particular what is planned for Pursuit.
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    Aurora Fjords Review

    We too were on this wonderful cruise and agree with all the positive comments above. We also enjoyed the Rauma railway having done the Flam Railway on a previous cruise. We would recommend the trip from Stavanger to the flower island - Flor og Fjaere - it is quite simply stunning. Do take the included guided tour by the owners if you go it was very interesting. Sadly the weather was poor but managed to keep reasonably dry on the island although very windy. We also visited the Beach House 3 times and the steak on a stone is fantastic - just a nice change from the Medina restaurant although we thought that the food in there was very good indeed.
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    Booking excursions on board any cheaper?

    This reply from Homeless Bear is the one to read everyone. The traffic around Naples and indeed the Amalfi coast is horrendous - I would not think of doing an independent excursion!
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    According to "What's in port" website - its an 800m walk or there is a free shuttle bus..
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    Entertainment Reports

    We too are polite Brits and will stay through the performance no matter how bad - I think it is extremely rude to walk out during a performance. We are not with Azamara until September so hopefully things will have improved by then. Enjoy the rest of your cruise and thanks for all the updates.
  9. We have never sailed on Azura but we have sailed on Ventura. We have, however sailed on both Eclipse and Britannia and we would choose the beautiful, classy, understated Britannia.
  10. The ship excursion information for the trip to: Scenic Rauma Railway in Norway states under Essential Information There are 3 steep steps to embark the train. I have contacted the Rauma railway who tell me that the trains have level access. Has anyone done this trip with P&O and if so please can you advise me who is correct? Many thanks
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    Azamara 2020 itinary survey

    I completed the survey in the UK today no problem and on turnaround ports I added the fantastic port of Liverpool. Liverpool is a much visited port now for big ships and I understand has been providing turnaround facilities for small ships for some time. I think there are plans to provide turnaround facility for large ships and no doubt somebody will give more information on this. Liverpool has its own small airport but is just an hours drive up the motorway from Manchester International airport.
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    Britannia Cookery Club

    My wife and I made savoury tarts and chocolate fondant pudding so can't speak for the Indian but I can tell you that it was a brilliant experience he should definitely give it a go.
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    January cruises to the Canaries

    Have a great time. We have never sailed with Fred so it would be great if you post a review.
  14. In January 2017 we enjoyed a 16 night cruise on Ventura from Southampton to the Canaries. This year ( 2018) and it appears also in 2019 the only options in January are a long cruise or a flight to the Caribbean neither of which are for us. I can only assume that 2 week cruises from Southampton are not popular in January but wondered if anyone else has a view on this?
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    Dining in the Patio

    I picked up this comment from a recent review: The best place for evening dining is The Patio with table service but one can also visit the buffet line from there. When we were on Journey in September dining in the Patio we noticed people going back and forth from the patio to the buffet. For us this should be stopped . The Patio is a service restaurant if people want buffet then they should dine in the buffet. It rather spoiled the ambience of the place. I wondered if anyone else has the same view and if maybe there is a large key to lock the connecting door !!!!