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About Wacktle

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  • Location
    Lincolnshire, UK
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Azamara, Cunard, Star Clippers
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    Tenerife Lounge

    If you are looking at the one called "Montaña Roja", don't bother. Our relatives have free access via their bank account and we were also able to join them, free of charge, last month. It was terrible. So pleased we didn't pay for it. The only sandwiches were cheese and salad. There was no taste or sight of cheese, and the lettuce in mine had black edges. The jug of orange juice was not refilled, nor was the bowl of crisps. On the bright side, there was wine and fizz, and the seats were OK. Personally I would have preferred to browse the shops, and sit on the seats which were visible through the window of the lounge, and had views of the aircraft. Our flight was to Birmingham. We had a 30 minute delay due to the airport being incapable of providing steps to get people off the incoming aircraft.
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    Saga Cruises

    To clarify my reply (post 104), one of our cruises was a Christmas Markets, and the other was from Southampton to the Canaries, and we had rough seas enroute. Therefore, maybe we didn't see outdoor bars. When we reached better weather in the Canaries, drinks were certainly served outdoors at during the daytime. Don't worry. I'm sure you'll be fine.
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    Saga Cruises

    We've done 2 cruises on Sapphire and, yes, you're right (I think) that they're the only 2 bars. We always seemed to manage to get a perch before lunch in Aviators, even if it was on the padded windowsill. In the evenings, Coopers was often quite empty, so we always got a seat.
  4. Windsurf belongs to a different cruise line, so is not a sister ship to Royal Clipper, Star Clipper or Star Flyer.
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    Azamara excursion quality

    Hi uktog, I agree with your comments, having done a Mekong and a Danube cruise with 2 different companies. Where are you river cruising? I suspect it's outside of Europe, given the time of your post. I'd welcome seeing a review from you if you're on a different river. Thanks.
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    Saga Cruises

    We also got the preview brochure yesterday. I was disappointed. I'd hoped that Saga would base a ship in the Med for part of the summer or in the Caribbean for part of the winter, and there would be some fly-cruises. We like to minimise sea days, and also don't want to be away for more than 14 nights, and preferably less. It rules out a lot of cruises, and leaves many with similar itineraries. I will wait to see what the prices are like, and then compare them against Fred Olsen, Marella or CMV, taking into account the cost of getting to the departure port. So, let's wait and see!
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    Saga Cruises

    We registered by phone. The phone number is 0800 015 4310. It costs £90 per person, refundable if you don't make a booking.
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    Saga Cruises

    Hi Lottie, We've been on 3 Azamara cruises and 2 with Saga, both on Saga Sapphire. Aside from our first Azamara cruise (on Quest - 27 Mar 2013 from Seville), we've actually found the Saga cruises to be livelier in the evenings. However, we're not night owls. We've met some very interesting people on the Saga cruises, many of whom are extemely well travelled. The included wine at lunch and dinner has always been palatable. Our next cruise is also with Saga, but not until 2019 on the new ship. We're currently waiting to be contacted regarding cruises on their 2nd new ship, having registered upfront. Hope that helps.
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    New Survey Received

    I received both surveys and haven't cruised with Azamara since October 2016, so the criteria would be interesting. I also commented on the increased pricing of Azamara. For that reason, we may not cruise with them again, and dread how much small-ship cruising would cost.
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    Saga Cruises

    We've done 2 Saga cruises, and that's been our experience too. There were a couple of walkers on the last cruise but, unlike on other ships, their users didn't ram our heels or shove us out of the way with them. Lovely people seem to take Saga cruises.
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    Saga Cruises

    Which cruise is that, if you don't mind me asking? We've booked a 10 night cruise and it's over £2200pp. We booked early, having registered for the new ship by paying £90pp. We've registered again for 2020.
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    Walking from La Rambla to the ship?

    I agree with comments above. It will be walkable, but you'll be an obvious easy target for any pickpockets. Take care.
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    Departure from Barbados

    Certainly don't miss the sailaway from Barbados. It's very spectacular. :):):)
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    Hotel advice for Barbados

    We stayed at the small, all-inclusive, adult-only Hotel SoCo in Hastings, and loved it.