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  1. So have I, I've had it 30 years, and whilst the wood is a bit worn the grinder is like the day it was bought.
  2. I got a racing bike instead of the chopper, I can't remember the make though.
  3. Many years ago as a wee un growing up I wanted the must have accessory, a chopper bike. I remember my mothers words, "just because all the kids at school have a chopper doesn't mean you have to have one" Just because other cruise have announced sail dates and impending cruises doesn't mean Azamara have to. They will do it when they deem the time is right. Patience is not the ability to wait, but how you act while you're waiting. Ps I never got the chopper
  4. I think your approach to this is bordering on naive. Many years ago I was new to the board of directors of a business, and having a conversation with the CEO one morning he expressed to me how much he respected the wisdom of one board member, who only only spoke when necessary, but when he spoke it was impactful and meaningful. In this current crisis Azamara are playing the the same game as that board member.
  5. Did the vote count for anything? Seems to be a bit predetermined.
  6. Thanks for the comments. First time in the Fat Duck wasn't too difficult, as they hadn't put timeframes on the bookings. Second time around was more difficult, booking opened 60 days in advance and we had five phones trying at the same time, one of them got through. That wasn't as hard as a booking (made in December) we have for Eipic in Belfast for late June (2021) when they are serving the Great British Menu by Alex Greene. That took three phones over an hour, and there wasn't a lot availability left.
  7. First instinct was Forth, but I've settled on Discovery.
  8. I'll probably be accused of being a foodie or food snob, ( at least thats what my sister calls me), not true. We just happen to love great restaurants which serve nice food. We have developed a habit of visiting Michelin Starred restaurants, although we equally enjoy the Michelin Bib Gourmand restaurants ( good food at moderate prices). All in all we get as much pleasure eating in Hawker stalls in Singapore which have Michelin status as we do in 3* restaurants. I have complied a list of our restaurants visits to the Michelin * restaurants, my memory can't stretch to the Bib Gou
  9. Elro is a star. It's been great to watch his career progression from our first Az cruise on Quest in 2013 (when we first met him in Windows Cafe), right up to meeting him in Belfast when transferring his Butlers role from Journey to Pursuit.
  10. This where we may have to agree to differ, Belleek does absolutely nothing for me whatsoever. It is produced in the most picturesque village, however that is a far it goes. I do like the idea of asking for the black mark Belleek as a delaying tactic. I do agree with you about the limitations of tours when cruise ships come into Belfast. There is museum in Co Tyrone that Americans would love, and yet it is never on the itineraries. It is called the Ulster American Folk Park and was originally funded by the Mellon family who hail from that area. It tells the story of
  11. I think the Queen Mother was very partial to a G&T, and Princess Margaret probably even more so 🙈 Lets hope we meet onboard soon, alongside Host Jazzbeau and I'll be well sorted for G&T's
  12. Alas Gin is not for everyone. It's a genuine case of one mans gin being another's poison. We are really lucky, there are presently over 60 craft gins being produced across the whole of Ireland, so we are working our way through them gradually! Wish me luck.
  13. Host Jazzbeau and I have a lot in common, a love of gin and fever tree (he's buying me a Silent Pool when we meet!), Mac's and not doing Windows!! The easiest method for accents etc on any iOS device (I've just double checked iPhone iPad and Mac) is to simply hold down the key and a small pop up appears with all of the available options for that letter then scroll across to the accent you want and touch it with the curser, or hold and slide your finger across on the mobile device and let go, hey presto, job done. Here is a selection ã ç ë ì ł ñ ô p
  14. We both had the Pfizer vaccine, no side effects except for the ubiquitous sore arm for 36 hours.
  15. Thanks Grandma Cruising, it's been a revelation. I start self administration on Monday🙈🙈
  16. Thanks Phil, sound advice as always. Never thought I'd see the day I'd be packing a fridge thermometer for a cruise!!
  17. Apologies for hijacking this thread, it is along the lines of healthcare as per the original. The Advisor had her first vaccine in early January, mainly because she still works ten hours a week for a large healthcare charity in a patient facing role. I got my first vaccine three weeks ago primarily due the fact that I have recently completed a clinical trial for an asthma drug which I am lucky enough to be using successfully for the foreseeable future. The prescribed product is a once a month IM injection, from a pre-filed auto injector which needs kept refrigerate
  18. $60 per day is an outrageous price for a drinks package. On our last Az cruise we had the Indulgence Package and it worked out at around $39 pp per day, that included tours, top shelf drinks, spa, three speciality meals etc https://www.azamara.co.uk/booked-guests/onboard-packages/experience-more-packages
  19. There is a long standing relationship between MJKM and RCG and they refit ships around the world for RCG and have continued to do so since completing Pursuit. The only unique aspect of refitting Pursuit was it was done at home as far as MJM were concerned. The bit I had heard was that MJM wouldn't be used again in Belfast, purely for logistical reasons of bring a ship to Belfast during peak season cruising in Europe. That is obviously different right now, as is the ease of bring PP during this pause in cruising. Belfast did a refurb on three Viking ships last summer when they
  20. Absolutely. Let's hope PP is in better condition that Adonia was. Friends of mine who know the MJM management told me the Pursuit contract stretched them way beyond their expectation. It has made me question are all P&O ships as badly maintained as Adonia was? In the short term I have wondered about Journey getting her update before cruising recommences in May, she could be in Belfast in around four hours!
  21. From what I saw a lot of work is required to bring it up to Azamara standards.
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