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  1. Pursuit is having a Dry Dock in March, this may well have been scheduled for Singapore as she was cruising in Asia at that time.

    Could she be making the journey to Singapore and then returning to Europe? It certainly appears the dry dock is outside of Europe, alternatively in the Caribbean?

    This is a quote from the email I received today from Azamara.

     "Following the ship's scheduled drydock at the end of March, we will bring the ship directly back to Europe for a series of new 7-night Greece Intensive voyages".

  2. Just now, laurieb said:

    Yes!  Seeing cruises through early 2023!!!!!!  May not be showing up yet online, but your TA should be able to help you

    You were correct Laurie, the full itineraries are published tomorrow.

  3. We have a cruise booked for 11th May 2021 on Pursuit leaving starting in Tokyo and ending in Singapore. 

    Azamara have today confirmed the cancelation of the cruise and all of the other Pursuit cruises in Asia between March and May.

    So at least they have supplied adequate notice, unlike for others whom have been posting on these boards.

    I am now reading the small print of what the options are to re book etc.

     

    The new itineraries for the remainder of 2022 and 2023 are published tomorrow

  4. I appreciate this is off thread, however, it is worth sharing as it is part of what makes the Azamara crew so special.

    We visited St Peters Port on Quest in 2013, it was the last port of call before Southampton. The weather was horrible.

    Upon disembarking one of the female Filipino security staff was standing at the gangway with her Azamara fleece on and she was still shivering with the cold, and I remarked to her "its a bit nippy" to which she asked what that meant.

    Upon returning to the ship several hours later she was repositioned inside and when I approached she asked "is it still nippy out there" to which all I could do was agree and laugh.

    Move forward three years to 2016 and Quest had received a refit and we got invited to see the ship in Belfast when she berthed.

    We got great welcome from Captain Carl on the quayside as he headed off on a tour.

    Anyway, we enjoyed the tour the ship and lunch on board, but as we headed for the gangway to depart a voice chirps up "Hello Mr Nippy" and to my amazement it was the same Filipino security team member, all I could do fist bump, smile and say hello goodbye as we departed.

  5. On 8/14/2020 at 5:49 AM, uktog said:

    And I’m SCUNNERED about what happened to me 😂. To use a local saying here to summarise my disbelief at the lies I’m being spun (and one which is very appropriate given the ships location) “ did they think I came up the Clyde in a banana boat” “aye right” 

     

    There was a feature tonight on BBC Radio Ulster on turn of phrase,  Scunnnered was described as a classic 'Ulster Scots' word.

    Now if two or three of us were to write our posts in Ulster Scots, Host Jazzbeau would be having nightmares! 🙈🙈🙈

  6. 2 hours ago, Ithikan said:

    While it's true that this entire thread is no laughing matter, I admit I very much enjoyed looking up "face like a Lurgan spade."   I learned that one theory suggests the phrase originates with the under-paid workmen who dug the Lurgan Park Lake.  True, false, or something in between, it makes for a nice diversion from the news of the day ; )

     

    Lurgan Park is a lovely park, and the lake is the highlight.

  7. On 8/10/2020 at 4:39 PM, welwyngirl said:

    If I were you I'd have a face like a Lurgan spade as my Belfast friend says!

     

     


    I wanted to laugh when I read this post, only the whole thread is no laughing matter.

     

    This is a quote from Libraryireland.com

    Lurgan Spade

    When any person is in a serious mood or very depressed they are said to “have a face on them as long as a Lurgan spade.” 
  8. All of the replies to date are in the Mediterranean, let's not forget the Baltic is in Europe.

    Stockholm is a fantastic sail way, and most of the Norwegian Fjords are spectacular.

     

    As far as ports of call, Venice and Seville are two of our favourites.

  9. 2 hours ago, norn iron said:

     

    Denise, I remember it well. The logistics of organising such an event were exceptional. Every bar, taverna, and restaurant in the village was engaged with the Azamazing evening. They all had a food and drink offering and a friendly welcome.

    The weather did get nippy, although having stayed in the Troodos mountains before we came well prepared with jackets.

    Being from Northern climes I thought it was positively balmy, and it was only when I noticed a stampede for the coaches did I realise something was wrong. I think we were amongst the last to rejoin the coaches.

    If I remember it correctly Johannes apologised from the stage and announced an early departure.

     

    Our favourite Azamazing evening was in 2003 when we visited Bilbao. There were around 400 passengers onboard Quest and only around 200 came on the Azamazing evening. There was the usual song and dance show which paled into insignificance to the start of the evening. The location was a three star Michelin restaurant in rolling hills surrounding Bilbao called Azurmendi. It is currently ranked the fourteenth best restaurant in the world.

    Whilst the numbers were obviously too large for a sit down meal ( and the budget would have been apart) the food in the form of canapés and Pintxos were beyond azamazing.

    The food had the story of the evolution of Basque cuisine, when we arrived it was old style Spanish peasant food with pretty basic wines. We moved upstairs to the veranda of the restaurant and the story of the food continued to evolve to the haute cuisine of the Basque region today. To this day this was the best finger food we have ever eaten.

    The wines served on the veranda were all produced by the Azurmendi's own vineyards and were every bit as good as the food.

     

     

     

     

     Quick post script to this post, as the editing time has elapsed. The Azamazing evening in Bilbao was 2013 not 2003. I think it was the first year of Azamazing evenings.

    It should also read "the budget would have been blown apart"

  10. On 8/8/2020 at 8:23 AM, Grandma Cruising said:

    Others I remember were - 

    - in Cyprus, our first Azamara cruise. They bussed us up to one of the villages in the Troodos mountains on a glorious day in October. The village was beautiful, all pedestrian, and we were greeted with wine and lovely snacks, then all sat down in the village square for a display of Greek dancing and singing. Unfortunately when they planned it nobody took account of the fact that once the sun goes down it gets very cold in the mountains and nobody had coats! It had to be cut short so all of us shivering passengers could get on the busses and back to the ship to warm up

    - Aqaba, where we were taken out to Wadi Rum to a sort of modern amphitheatre. The surrounding scenery was lovely. They cooked flat bread - 2 at a time, so it was very slow getting round. The display was a group of men and a boy doing traditional dances - interesting for the first couple of dances, after that pretty boring as the dances were all very similar. 

     

    Denise, I remember it well. The logistics of organising such an event were exceptional. Every bar, taverna, and restaurant in the village was engaged with the Azamazing evening. They all had a food and drink offering and a friendly welcome.

    The weather did get nippy, although having stayed in the Troodos mountains before we came well prepared with jackets.

    Being from Northern climes I thought it was positively balmy, and it was only when I noticed a stampede for the coaches did I realise something was wrong. I think we were amongst the last to rejoin the coaches.

    If I remember it correctly Johannes apologised from the stage and announced an early departure.

     

    Our favourite Azamazing evening was in 2003 when we visited Bilbao. There were around 400 passengers onboard Quest and only around 200 came on the Azamazing evening. There was the usual song and dance show which paled into insignificance to the start of the evening. The location was a three star Michelin restaurant in rolling hills surrounding Bilbao called Azurmendi. It is currently ranked the fourteenth best restaurant in the world.

    Whilst the numbers were obviously too large for a sit down meal ( and the budget would have been apart) the food in the form of canapés and Pintxos were beyond azamazing.

    The food had the story of the evolution of Basque cuisine, when we arrived it was old style Spanish peasant food with pretty basic wines. We moved upstairs to the veranda of the restaurant and the story of the food continued to evolve to the haute cuisine of the Basque region today. To this day this was the best finger food we have ever eaten.

    The wines served on the veranda were all produced by the Azurmendi's own vineyards and were every bit as good as the food.

     

     

     

     

  11. 58 minutes ago, Host Jazzbeau said:

    So, with some trepidation, I ask:  does anybody want to speculate who might buy Azamara's R-ships if RCG decides to pull the plug?


    Can we try and keep positive thoughts for future of Azamara?

  12. 1 hour ago, uktog said:

    I did wonder if they would pick up that Magnus brought Quest up to beside his old college.

    For those who do not know The Sunday Post is the Sunday paper all families in Scotland read.  It was one of these papers you could also read on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday etc still contains what children grew up, with two cartoons, The Broons (The Browns to non Scots) and Oor Wullie (Our Willliam)

     

    https://www.sundaypost.com/fp/azamara-quest-glasgow-cruise-liner/?fbclid=IwAR3GvGTI9WM12wq5QN9JeaWbm8Un-TIMrKV1FHKtjrE4tzdPBeYoco_45sA

     

     

    Its great to hear The Broons and Oor Wullie are still going. They probably haven't aged a day in the past 30 years since I last picked up a copy of da Post.

  13. 4 minutes ago, cruisenewbie1976 said:

    Its annoying me already. Those two from the Diamond Princess love the attention. I remember then being all over the place at the time. And he knew something serious was going on when people were sneezing and had runny noses during an excursion. I mean, REALLY?

     

    Perfectly written. There is no mention of the jobs at risk as staff from all around the world have no idea what tomorrow holds.

     

  14. 1 hour ago, Belfastman said:

    No additional benefits offered here and the invoice price from the cruise line is what you pay.

     

    Shop around. Every time I've booked onboard I've had extra OBC and discount from my TA.

    Having said that, the booking I presently have, the TA is insisting on payment four weeks before Azamara want it.

    That will lead very nicely to a conversation nearer the time of payment, which I look forward to, especially in light of the comments on these boards of TA's sitting on refund money etc. 

  15. 44 minutes ago, royallondon said:

    Having had an April Pursuit cruise cancelled in March I thought it was time to become more proactive in seeking a refund.  So far, I’ve been relatively happy in accepting the difficulties this terrible virus has had on everyone and have respected emails from both Azamara and my TA to be patient as refunds may take up to 45 days, then 60 etc to be made.
    Today however at 90+ days I thought I would ring Azamara in a suspicion that they may well have made payment to my TA.  My suspicion was correct.  Azamara made 2 payments to the TA on the 18 May and 1 June.  The lady at Azamara answered immediately and was polite, helpful and apologetic.  I’m hoping the experience I’m about to receive from my TA will be as equally good.

     

    Regards
     

    Please keep us updated with the response you get from your TA, and how long it takes to transfer the refund.

     

     

     

     

  16. 1 hour ago, drsel said:

    It cannot be PO Oceana.

    It has sailings from late October 2020 onwards.

     

    Costa neoclassica was sold to Bahamas Paradise while Costa neoriviera was sold to sister company AIDA.

    Costa Victoria is being sold to an Italian shipyard.

     

     

    Look what happened the Adonia with cruises booked. Passengers got £100 compensation for being dumped from their booked cruises.

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