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  1. Funnily enough I was chatting to an Azamara room steward from Goa just yesterday. He is desperate to get back on the ship, notwithstanding that all three of the Azamara ships are in Glasgow at present. He lives in the more rural part of Goa where work is not so easy to find and getting a job in the larger places will involve a long journey. His young brother has had covid, but is ok. The whole family had to go into isolation. He earns very good money on a ship compared to what he would make at home and supports his family on it. Each individual is different and it very much depends upon their circumstances and the sacrifices they are prepared to make, but I don't think the cruiselines will have difficulty in filling positions. As to the mechanism for getting the ships going again I think it depends on whether the ship is in warm or cold layup and what systems need to be restarted. What a complex issue it is! Phil
  2. I think sometimes it's useful for the discussion to be expanded as happened here. Often topics go a little off topic, or sometimes very off topic, right? Phil
  3. Same thing with me. The agency tacked on an extra 30 days so their accounting department had the time to settle with the cruiseline. Of course it's a one way street because I'm now waiting for a much delayed refund fun them. Lesson learned. I was happy wth paying a month early for the deal. Phil
  4. It is indeed very confusing and different rules for different marketplaces with travel legislation and protection. When I'm on my PC or iPad it will give me a posters location if they have entered it in their profile. If I'm on my iPhone (which invariably I am) it doesn't and that doesn't help either. Phil
  5. Azamara is 90 days according to their website and the cruises I’ve taken with them more recently bear this out. It used to be 60, but they changed it a while ago. What you are talking about is a different cruiseline and special terms that were offered at the height of the start of covid so it is irrelevant and confusing the question asked here to be honest. Phil
  6. I come here every so often just to see what's happening. It's sometimes useful to hear what is going on if one doesn't keep up to date on the news all of the time. I don't read all of the opinions as they get pretty detailed at times. I suggest you do the same or don't click on the link to the thread at all. But closing the thread as you suggest spoils it for everyone. Phil
  7. No it can’t. Not in my case at least. Phil
  8. My learning point recently with all that is going on with covid? In future and unless I get a great deal through a travel agent is I'll book direct with Azamara and be bound by their 90 day prior to sailing rather than 120 days with the agency. I'm still waiting for deposit funds from that agency for a cruise which was cancelled back in June. Thank goodness it was just the deposit and not final balance. Phil
  9. They've added amenities to the worst placed balcony cabins on the ship in my view to sell them more easily. $130 value internet vs a quiet cabin, no contest. There are some on deck 8 that are better placed than others. Look at the deck plan for what is overhead, but yes, deck 7 or 6 is safer. Phil
  10. Unless you particularly want the amenities (which to me don't have much value) I would avoid the V Plus cabins on deck 8. Many of them are under public areas that can be noisy. Phil
  11. Barb, I hope we do. It's always a pleasure to cruise with you and Graham! Phil
  12. I just reread this. AFAIK it's Glasgow. Belfast is not correct. Or have I this wrong Odd? Phil
  13. I'm not forgetting the legacy. I don't think anyone is. I'm just saying that nothing ever stays the same and from the moves that Azamara made with personnel they have done a very good job. All the people are quality. Not one can I say "I don't think much of that choice" and I've met all of them except Gianmario. He went up hugely in my estimation though when I saw how he handled the crew and covid when it was all going horrible. Phil
  14. There are still many originals and long serving. Johannes, Magnus, Carl, Heike, Ryszard, Eric, Tony. And more importantly they have hired and promoted some amazing quality people like Antonio, Gianmario, Tomasz, Elisabeth, Ernest. Nothing ever stays the same. Some of those you mention have moved on for personal reasons. Some because of circumstances. Am I right in saying that Bonnie has left for now, but as and when cruising resumes then so will her role? Phil
  15. Which ones? Because I don’t see that at all. Just the opposite in fact. Phil
  16. Of course it was, Odd. Silly me. Coz that's where I flew home from! Yes, as soon as it's safe and there isn't a raft of medical procedures in place when it does restart. If it's onerous then the joy of why I cruise on Azamara will be lost. Phil
  17. Yes. Knew that. 14 days quarantine. Yuck. Phil
  18. Well Odd, it had to come out eventually. I learned of the plans at the beginning of the year, but of course a lot has happened since then! J, H and little brother E was always dynamic and I don't quite understand the need to mess with it. If it's not broke then don't try and fix it, Fortunately there are some real characters at Azamara on the ships. And I'm not just talking of Captain, although I feel a lot filters down from there. I wish them all well. If I was honest, I'm so pleased to see that the ultimate parent is thinking of the future Azamara. Phil
  19. https://www.azamara.co.uk/life-onboard/crew/senior-officer-schedule Phil
  20. Heike on Pursuit and Eric stays on Journey. Talk about splitting them up! Phil
  21. Looks like Quest is Johannes' new ship and a few switches. https://www.azamara.co.uk/life-onboard/crew/senior-officer-schedule Phil
  22. I can't single him out because all the teams on all of the ships are great. I just fear for who and what is next. Wishing Philip all the very best for the future. Phil
  23. That was fun to see you both in Wellington as you were getting on as I was getting off. We nearly missed each other, but it worked. Little did we know what a mess it would become and our cruises were one of the last that Journey would do. Hopefully will see you again on a ship. Journey holds a soft spot for me. It might be all change when this thing works through. Phil
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