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  1. 13 hours ago, Lottie A said:

    My Hendrick's gin and Fever Tree tonic served by the utterly marvellous Ruby in Prime C bar tonight. 

    You will all be glad to know the hideous Royal tonic is no more! From now on it will be Schweppes, Canada Dry for the diet variety and a small stash of Fever Tree if they have it! 😄👏🍸

     

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    This might make me upgrade to the Ultimate Drinks Package. Maybe not for a Hendricks (although the Advisor is very partial), but for a Tanqueray 10

  2. On 7/15/2019 at 10:54 AM, oddjob16 said:

    Ohh, I was just trying to make a joke. The lighthouse outside of Bud could have beeen called Bud Lighthouse but it is called Storesundet Light. Just a pun. 

     

    I thought it tasteless! (the beer, not the joke!!)

  3. 1 hour ago, uktog said:

    Wise move given the disappointing news from Norway

    Maybe Richard Twynham need a memory jogger about his promise of last year. (That whilst the ships are in Europe, they will serve Schweppes).

     

    I read on another thread were Gymfreak was weighing the option of buying the Ultimate Indulgence package. I am considering the same purchase, however, I won't waste the money if there a risk of a poor quality Tonic water.  

  4. 1 hour ago, nordski said:

    Oh no! I see those infamous and ersatz “butter tarts” on the Canada Day dessert table, the tarts I criticized on another thread.

     

    Glad for the recognition of our history, but Azamara must lift its game here! 

     

    Also, where are the Nanaimo Bars?

     

    And yet, despite those failures I would love to be on board! 😄

     

     

    Do you have a recipe for a Butter tart you can share?

    Who knows we could have a cookery thread.

  5. I eagerly opened this new thread expecting to read the breaking news of Azamara (following the trend of most cruise lines and)  endorsing Fever Tree as their preferred pouring choice.

     

    I can still live in hope.

  6. 14 hours ago, uktog said:

    I can happily confirm May 11 and 28 sailings on Journey the vile monster was nowhere to be seen.  Shhhh for the tonic drinkers and Canada Dry for my ginger ale man ruled the waves.

    But are you telling me I have to return and inflict myself again on my Kiwi family with an empty suitcase to find perfection?  We do have some next after next generation backpackers (scary thought) heading over but I doubt for various reasons any bottle would even reach Thailand- ah well. 

    Ann, try ASDA. They have discontinued Scapegrace. Probably a bit too expensive at £40. It is being cleared at £30 and well worth it.

  7. I was recently talking to a friend who is as well travelled as I am. We had a challenge of how many countries around the world.

    It worked out I had visited 68 and my friend 62 so we have a great on going challenge.

     

    That got me thinking, yes I'm Irish and we are known to enjoy a drink. I must have visited bars in virtually every country I have visited with the exception of 'dry countries', and that would amount to bars in about 60 countries.

     

    Not once on my travels have I ever seen Royal Club served in a bar, anywhere, not even in the Netherlands where the parent company Heineken is based.

    I appreciate Schweppes is now being served in Europe, but how in name of a good gin and tonic are Azamara getting their eye wiped by a salesman with a brown envelope to stock what is a truly unacceptable product outside of Europe?

  8. 16 minutes ago, Sujormik said:

    I'm afraid to admit I don't do gin (nasty incident with it 35 years ago) but I'm looking forward to trying this Fevertree with my grey goose vodka.😉

    Good luck, its a rare beast on Azamara. Try it shore side.

    A lot of cruise lines now serve Fever Tree it as standard, Azamara unfortunately not. Apparently it's too expensive for a premium line to serve.

  9. 5 hours ago, Host Jazzbeau said:

    One final thank you to all the G&T mavens [sorry, that's probably not the right word in British English :classic_wink:] who steered me to the ultimate G&T recipe.  I now keep a bottle of Silent Pool and a supply of FeverTree Elderflower in my fridge.  I make a G&T with a 1:3 ratio of the above, no ice and no garnish = heaven!  In theory, the lack of ice means I could sip it slowly as it won't dilute.  In practice, the lack of ice makes it even easier to knock it back!

     

    But of course one can't always find either Silent Pool or FT Elderflower, so I was very pleased to find that FT has published this handy chart of dozens of gins with their appropriate FT tonic:

     

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    Host JazzBeau, thanks for posting. FeverTree have definitely taken the pleasure of Gin too new heights.

    Another great resource is www.theginguide.com which is great for experimenting with garnishes to match the gin

    Silent Pool is a wonderful Gin, however just this weekend we discovered yet another amazing tongue tantaliser, Scapegrace from New Zealand. Unfortunately I think its going to be hard to find aside from mail order.

     

    I would appreciate some feedback from CC contributors who have sailed this summer on either Journey or Pursuit.

    Last year Richard Twynam assured these forums (possibly via Bonnie) that Schweppes would be use whilst the ships are in Europe, is that the case this year?

    I'm hoping if it was the vile Royal Club we would have heard about it on these forums.

    If the ships do have Schweppes it will off set the need to bring my own tonic with me.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  10. On 2/27/2019 at 4:16 PM, BBMacLaird said:

    On Pursuit in November the bar tender at the entrance to Windows Cafe had FeverTree tonic water. My DH asked and received a couple small bottles to take to our stateroom. 

     

     

    Surely the Azamara personnel who read this forum (Bonnie and others) must be embarrassed when they read about their customers having to bring their own Tonic water onboard what is deemed an upmarket cruise line? 

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  11. 2 hours ago, nordski said:

    I now realize that I was a real pessimist compared to the hopes expressed by others. Was that a result of being raised midst dour Presbyterians? 😄.

     

     

    Having read what is a very depressing thread, this quote, (especially as I live in Northern Ireland) definitely put a smile on my face. :classic_biggrin:

  12. 22 hours ago, excitedofharpenden said:

    Hi David.  Is that the only Royal Caribbean cruise you’ve done?  Their points are cruise days rather than points per night as it is on Azamara or Celebrity and are totally separate, except for their reciprocal arrangement.  I’m Diamond on Royal. It’s the highest I’ll ever be with them as I no longer take Royal Caribbean cruises. 

     

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    17 hours ago, cruisestitch said:

    All the points you earn on Royal stay on Royal. They do not migrate into Celebrity or Azamara.

     

    Royal Caribbean will match status up to a point (diamond level).  But you must earn all your points on Royal to move above diamond level.  

     

    Celebrity and Azamara co-mingle points.

     

    Thanks Phil and Cruisestitch, 

    Your replies have confirmed what I thought, that irrespective of my status with Az and X because my points were accrued with those two cruise lines the highest level of reciprocal benefit, is Diamond on RCC.

     

    We have only taken the one cruise with RCC and are unlikely to again (unless it's a silly price). I have no idea why their C&A home page states 15 more points for the next level, especially as the cruise we did was only seven nights.

  13. 15 hours ago, excitedofharpenden said:

    Not true.  There is no points accumulation between Azamara and Royal.  Only Azamara and Celebrity.  There is no accumulation between Royal and Celebrity.  Only reciprocal arrangements up to a maximum loyalty level (Celebrity Elite and Royal Diamond).

     

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    Phil, I'm glad this was raised, and your reply may well have answered part of my query. If you could confirm or expand that would be great.

    We are Discoverer + with Az and X however, two years ago we booked a late RCC cruise to the Baltic and our Crown and Anchor level was Diamond. As it turned out this was excellent, as there were only 19 passengers on board with the required points to use the Diamond lounge, so it was very much a private sanctuary with added benefits. 

    The points accrued on that cruise never appeared on our cruise history on either LCV or Captains Club, however, if I log in to RCC C&A we need 15 more points to reach the next level? Can this be correct?

    The cruise was on Serenade of the Seas and allowing for the differences between AZ and RCC we had a great cruise. To some extent, our judgement could have been clouded because of the small number of Diamond and above cruisers onboard. There is no doubt if that number was 10 or 15 times higher the lounge may not have had the same appeal.

     

    thanks

     

    David

     

  14. 4 hours ago, uktog said:

    Thats interesting Bonnie, on that cruise we were told there was none onboard anywhere as they had run out on the transatlantic and no more had come onboard in Miami.  They did find us some schweppes but that too ran out after Panama.  Wish we had known that there was some other places onboard that had stocks.

    Ann, obviously Bonnie didn't look after you the way I did ex Singapore last year. lol

  15. We are due to board Journey in three weeks, can any recent cruisers update me on the Tonic Water situation?

     

    I know Richard Twynham stated earlier in the year that all the AZ ships whilst based in Europe would serve Schweppes, yet Riocca posted from Pursuit's maiden voyage that the dreaded royal club (it doesn't deserve capitals) had appeared.

     

    I just don't fancy trudging around Barcelona looking to bring on my own tonic water supplies.

  16. Is it fair to blame Azamara for the lack of communication or does that rest with inefficient travel agents?

     

    There are six (three parties of two) of us travelling on the same cruise as the OP.

    We all booked with three different TA's. One TA has updated their client to the changes, the other two have said nothing.

    Why do I blame the TA's and not Azamara? Because in March we cruised with Azamara and applied for the upgrade program, and ten days prior to sailing I contacted LCV to ask what the chances of the upgrade where only to be told that Azamara had made the offer of an upgrade to my TA two weeks earlier and I hadn't taken it up, why? because the TA had not communicated it to me. Thankfully it was applied after I contacted the TA who was very embarrassed.

    I have used the same TA this time around and have been told nothing about the changes to the itinerary.

    I most likely will not use the same TA again.

  17. I am sailing on this cruise and was somewhat surprised to read about the changes on CC rather than hearing from Azamara or my TA.

    In these situations (like everything else in life) there are three things you can do

    1 Let it bug, and frustrate the life out of you.

    2 Do something about it. Other than cancelling options are limited

    3 Change the way you think about it.

    I've chosen option 3. I'm still going to have a great time on board, I'm going to enjoy the ports irrespectively, hopefully, meet some like-minded cruisers and enjoy the sunshine.

     

    In relation to Seville, I did some research with a friend who lives in Southern Spain.

    Her comments were very interesting and worth considering.

    Rivers don't just need tides to allow ship passages, they need the source river to contribute to the water levels.

    Considering the summer Southern Spain has had water levels are low in all rivers.

    It has been well documented about travel restrictions on River cruises this summer, the same applies to cruising up the Guadalquivir River.

  18. It is great to read the enthusiastic comments of CC contributors who have had the chance to visit Pursuit in Southampton.

    The comments endorse my thoughts when I visited Pursuit in Belfast last Thursday.

     

    Now here is an interesting point for discussion.

    Whilst on our tour of Pursuit, our host from Azamara (who should remain nameless) stated there was a desire to grow the fleet and the brand.

    When we boarded last Thursday we were taken to the ship by bus along with reporters from the BBC and The Belfast Telegraph (amongst others). All of the journalists got time with Azamara team members and Brian McConville from MJM Group who carried out the work.

    One of the reporters, Margaret Canning from The Belfast Telegraph interviewed Brian McConville and I have added a link to the feature below. The interesting comment was,

    "Mr McConville said the three ships in the Azamara family will not be due for a fresh fit-out for some years but hinted that the line-up could be extended to include another vessel - bringing more opportunity for work. "

     

    Brain McConville probably has a fair bit of knowledge and access to Azamara, so it definitely a case of watch this space.

    https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/business/northern-ireland/luxury-liner-sets-sail-from-belfast-after-50m-fitout-gives-hope-of-more-to-come-37158574.html

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