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  1. 3 hours ago, Goodtime Cruizin said:


    No... I wouldn't grt on a ship today. For the record, I'm not trying to change your mind or anyone's mind for that matter. I'm attempting to get a 'feel' from the real cruise enthusiasts on how they're feeling about cruising in today's world. Perhaps it's meaningless to you, but not to me. So just deal with it and move along. 

    Oh no. I've got the popcorn out now. See what you started?🍿



  2. 1 hour ago, GlobalMethod said:

    There is no location that is ever completely "safe" from COVID-19, including your own home.





    How do you come to that conclusion?  My chances of catching Covid-19 at home are minimal. Actually they are probably zero. If I get on a plane and cruise on a ship my chances are definitely not. 





  3. 21 minutes ago, Roger88 said:

    Another thing I want to talk about is that its better to book a cruise for 21-22 - it will be much cheaper and safer 

    Honestly?  There is no guarantee of that. I hope you are correct, but you can't be sure. 



  4. 10 hours ago, Goodtime Cruizin said:

    We have all read & in some cases re-read the suggestions of changes that RCL has sent to the CDC. Knowing what we know today.. and add to it the latest news of another uptick of covid infections across 40+ states and across Europe as well, would you get on a plane & fly to your RCL ship to take a 7 day or longer cruise today if you were allowed to?  





    No I wouldn't. Would you?  The question you ask has no answer and certainly can't be used to change anyone's mind. We all have our own circumstances. Not least our own health situation. So it's meaningless. 



  5. I'm sure that will be the reason and an excellent hire for them I would say. It's just odd to me that he has decided to leave right now. Of course I have no knowledge of how much he was enjoying Azamara, any salary hike he might enjoyor the like, but in these terribly uncertain times, joining a company that is yet to start operations, was overdue even before Covid, has had issues with the shipyard building their ships and is over budget, it just seems an odd risk. Coming from working for the same group for many years.


    Just my opinion of course, but it does get me thinking of the situation at Azamara. 



  6. 39 minutes ago, Bloodaxe said:

    I believe travel agents are in the same category has insurance companies, you only find out how good they are when you have a problem.

    Indeed!  I think that is true of a lot of businesses at this time. It's tough. I know. One just has to do the best to protect oneself. 



  7. 45 minutes ago, uktog said:

    If I was booking I think I would avoid all agents and do a direct booking for the next couple of years until it all settles down. 

    Me too. More control at this time. I'm just sad that I lost my contact at cruiseline some while ago and they is why I went away from direct booking and started using agents. I'm afraid everyone is up against it at the moment, not least travel agencies. 



  8. This is very disappointing to see. I found these cruises for sale on this particular agents website, although admittedly I didn't drill down to book.  Prices however for all cabin categories are listed on the headline pages. Meanwhile I am still awaiting a refund from them that was promised two months ago.


    I think we all have to tread carefully with who we get quotes from at the moment. I suspect with all that's going on, the accuracy of websites of some is not top priority. Find a reputable travel agent if you can!



  9. 22 hours ago, procter said:

    Does anybody know what his position is?

    As he stated he would be having more time at home so is he likely to be shore based and involved in recruiting staff rather than being ship based .

    Although with only 1 ship at the moment this may bve his initial standard setting.

    Would love to know if any body has info.

    LinkedIn has him down as Hotel Director. What that entails I'm not sure.  You really have to be on the ship I would have thought so more time at home doesn't seem to add up. Unless the contract time will be shorter and that is what he means. 


    I did a bit of Googling. Ritz Carlton Yachts are behind schedule and that was even before Covid. And they are over budget. They have one completed ship, Evira, that they hope to start sailing in the Med in April 2021. To me it seems an odd decision to leave a group that you've worked for for so long to something so unknown and not even up and running. Unless Philip knows something we don't. 



  10. 56 minutes ago, gymfreak said:

    Phil, I know from my limited knowledge that it is more difficult to be declared fit to sail following a cold layup and I assume it’s not a short process. Will just have to watch and wait !


    I know the ships are being well looked after just now. It's also dependent on how we get through the winter in Europe and that is of course a big unknown. And what protocols will have to be adopted. 


    Those cruises are a great price. I'm just not confident enough in booking them. I need to see how it all pans out. I know it's not the same as a cruise, but I'm thinking land trips to start. I've seen some amazing places I'd love to visit. Just to get away. 



  11. 4 minutes ago, cruisestitch said:

    Another question occurred to me today. Say you were a room steward from Goa, or a deckhand from the Philippines, or a bartender from Croatia. Would you want to come back to the United States and from there to a cruise ship?  Would you recommend it as a job if your cousin or neighbor asked, “should I go work for a cruise ship?”  How will the cruise lines ever get the staff they will need to operate?

    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!



  12. 14 hours ago, Host Jazzbeau said:

    Now that we've got the international situation settled 😉 – back to OP @tyler6597:  it seems that you got the standard US policy of 120 days out, same as Azamara has been doing in the US for many years.

    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?





  13. 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. 



  14. 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.



  15. 3 hours ago, upwarduk said:

    At one time it was said it was so that the agent could earn interest on the money, but now I think its to keep the agent afloat.

    We were told by the agent that we were using for our last (Celebrity) Cruise, that we could push the payment from 5th May to 3rd June as Celebrity require their payments 57 days before sailing day. We should have been sailing 1st August.

    I know it was an attempt to persuade us not to cancel the booking, as at the time I wanted to cancel as Celebrity required a ‘Fit to Sail’ doctors letter for the over 70’s( which I knew I wouldn’t get as I was Shielding).

    As Azamara are in the Royal Caribbean Group, I fail to see why the T&C are different for payment dates.. 

    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.  



  16. 8 hours ago, LGW59 said:

    I wish this totally 100% opinion post would be closed, OP are you listening???  The pompous responses, the pretend Google/Fox/CNN/MSNBC scientists....enough already, this is a CRUISE website.  Please OP close this!!!!

    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.  



  17. 24 minutes ago, Roger88 said:

    The final date can be changed, you should keep that in mind. It sounds weird that your agent want the entire sum so much earlier before the cruise. I would be worried. In any case, I doubt there should be any major change of plans 

    No it can’t. Not in my case at least. 



  18. 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. 



  19. 1 hour ago, Baynanno1 said:


    Further to my previous . . . I still have not received the email, but my partner has . . . having read it, I now know that as it appeared from the senior officers schedule, individual team members will be rotated . . . not entire senior teams.


    Your link took me to the roster, which I had already seen, not the email.

    I can only wonder why we did not all receive the email at the same time?

    For those like you who didn't receive it.





  20. 1 hour ago, uktog said:

    7085 is a great room fantastic position and on the opposite side to the laundry so no risk of issues. 
    Far better than Deck 8 where the noise from above can be disruptive and unpredictable varies from cruise to cruise. We don’t book on that floor now. 
    Your agent will have access to all available verandah rooms. 

    I agree.  7085 is a good spot.  Avoid 7078. 



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