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  1. I am Celiac also, with an additional 7 dietary restrictions besides gluten.Azamara has done and exceptional job in accommodating me on all the sailings with them (there have been MANY) since I was diagnosed 4 years ago. Because of that I have sailed with Azamara exclusively. If you meet with the Chef or head waiter on the first day when you board, they will get all the information from you and work to prepare food according to your needs and likes. If you preorder your meal from the MDR they will make whatever you choose from the menu according to your dietary restrictions.. I have not sailed on the Pursuit yet, but the Chefs on the Quest and Journey are extremely well educated and sensative to dealing with allergies and food sensitivities. And once you're listed as "gluten free" on your record, nearly every waiter on the ship will be aware of it and work with you on it. It's truly remarkable how good they are at this. I just returned from 24 days on the Quest and my dietary restrictions never interfered with my pleasurable dining experiences, either in the MDR, Windows Cafe, or the specialty restaurants. So enjoy your cruise and don't worry. My advice to you is if you want something specific, just ask them for it and they will make it happen so you won't ever feel "deprived."
  2. We just received this letter, but not the one prior to this that explained about the reason for the change and the new port added in Tanzania. So I agree that the communication from Azamara is abysmal. It's a real shame that one has to get the real information from the Cruise Critic boards first, before hearing anything from Azamara--(if one ever does hear anything from Azamara!)
  3. I am celiac with 7 additional dietary restrictions and have sailed on the Quest and Journey many times. Azamara's Chefs bend over backwards to accommodate the food restrictions and I have never had a problem. They are fantastic!!
  4. It's'a great town in which to vacation. We've stayed there twice for a week at a time, and really enjoyed the Buzios lifestyle there.
  5. It would be a terrible mistake for Azamara to create a ""caste system". We would also stop sailing with them if that happened and we have been with them since the beginning.
  6. I also received the package of skin products from Azamara to evaluate. I researched each product's content on the EWG website to see what harmful chemicals they contained. Elemis had almost no harmful chemicals, but Malin +Goetz contained many of them. So it was a no brainer for me--Elemis won hands down. I have very sensitive skin and some autoimmune skin problems and would not use the Malin+Goetz, but would use the Elemis products (sparingly) that Azamara is considering.
  7. LuAnn, Chef Nathan is wonderful! He has been on the last several cruises I have been on, and he is a superb chef. ( He also makes wonderful Ghee 😋) He will accommodate any requests using his outstanding expertise.
  8. I've done 71 sea cruises and have 5 more scheduled. Have been on Azamara, RCCL, Celebrity, Norwegian, Oceania, Holland America and Windstar, but Azamara is my cruise line of choice.
  9. I have a myriad of dietary restrictions which require the wait staff and Restaurant Personnel to take extra measures every time I go to any venue for a meal, and I always tip generously for this at the end of the cruise. I am extremely pleased with the way they have all handled my situation over the years, which is somewhat extreme, and I feel they should be recognized for that with a tip as well as recognizing them in the surveys. They are exceptional.
  10. We’ve done this tour twice on the Quest – – once in Bali and once in Sydney. As Ann said, They were the best ship tours we have ever taken and we loved the entire experiences. The meals prepared were exceptional—with an enormous amount of wonderful food. I am celiac with an additional eight other food restrictions, and the chef even made special versions of the foods for me! The winery used in Sydney was not up to par however. ( I think that was because there were not really any choices for wineries in the immediate Sydney area. ). My recommendation is “go for it“ – – it’s a great tour. Enjoy 😉
  11. I can only add that I have a significant number of food restrictions and Azamara Chefs and staff have dealt with them flawlessly. I have 5 weeks on the Quest starting next month and am not at all concerned, based on past experience. I eat better on the ship than I do at home!
  12. Hi, We took a catamaran sail in Mooloolaba and it was great! The company we used was Set Sail Cruises. You can find them on Trip Advisor. I highly recommend them. Enjoy Mooloolaba--it's a wonderful area and we hope to return there some day. Judy
  13. Hi, Definitely do the gardens at night. Spectacular! Subways make everything very accessible. We loved walking around china town; Also, so much of the Marina Bay area is walkable. We've been to Singapore 3 times, and the only tour we have ever taken was to the night zoo and Bird Park. We'll be in Singapore twice in the next six months and plan to go everywhere by subway or on foot. BTW, Sentosa is worth seeing, as well. Enjoy Singapore--it's one of my very favorite cities!:D
  14. I just signed in with my celebrity password, and got in the account. It shows my past 17 cruises, but none of the ones I have scheduled--5 of them! :mad:
  15. That's exactly what is happening to me. And I have also tried 5 times. Very frustrating!!! How do we fix it??
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