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  1. Anna Fegi is amazing. She used to be in the cast and then left. It's good they have her back as a guest entertainer. The Filipino crew worship her as she won Philippines X Factor a few years ago. And truly a lovely person as you say. Phil
  2. The internet minutes situation is just a mess all round. If you are fortunate to be on a back to back, the unused minutes no longer carry forward from the first cruise to the second. The allocation of the unlimited package discount being the same for a short cruise as a long one is another anomaly. On the shorter cruises your discount on the unlimited package can be higher value than the whole cost, but you don't get any credit for that. So many times we have heard that they will be looking at the LCV benefits, but nothing ever happens because they aren't interested in rewarding existing guests because they don't need to. It's new money they are after with offers like the occasional unlimited package special deals they run. Phil
  3. The autonomy Azamara had for a number of years was very apparent and as far as this cruiser is concerned, much appreciated. It has changed. In my view they need to keep Lisa Lutoff-Perlo of Celebrity Cruises well away from Azamara. She is a menace to that brand. Phil
  4. Bonnie, even better. Give them a link to this thread! Phil
  5. It's even worse now with the advent of suite only areas and more so with the new ships and X Revolution. Of course there are some (you know who they are as soon as you see them on the ship) that lap it up. I do try to ignore, but sometimes it's hard. Just go and read some of the suite threads on the Celebrity board to get the idea. You'd think being in a suite was the only way to enjoy a cruise and once done, never go back. Please, none of that nonsense on Azamara thanks. Phil
  6. Take care. It doesn’t sound clever in Barcelona just now. Phil
  7. Meanwhile those who are truly loyal and would appreciate those things and who have paid much more in total for their accommodations are forgotten. Short term seems to be the way of it with Azamara and it’s a real shame. But I know the drill. Phil
  8. Same here. Got to question 4 of 7. Phil
  9. Just to let you know, Ukrainian ballroom dancers, Sasha and Dima join the ship on the 20th in Da Nang. If you like this type of thing I’d highly recommend going to see them. They are excellent. Phil
  10. I do agree that prices are dependent upon supply and demand, but Azamara's current pricing model to me is just crazy. Bear in mind the starting point of a suite is high to start with. To double it to me is obscene. Antarctica this year was a good example. The price for a lowly window cabin doubled and then halved again. And this was not a cheap cruise to start with. Then they fire sold the cabins at the end and the ship wasn't even full. I don't mind certain price fluctuations, but from £12,000 at the top per window cabin to £5500 at the bottom (not including the interline rates that went down to £3500) is just crazy. I know the deal now, but I also know first hand of some that paid way more than others. How does that make them feel and will they come back to Azamara? Hmmmm. Phil
  11. Honestly Bonnie, I really dislike that too. They should be worn in cabin or at the spa. Not in public on the pool deck or around the ship. As for storage, I never hang them in the closet. There's a hook in the cabins that works fine. Ok. Perhaps I'm just snobby, but those that wear robes on White Night should hang a sign round their neck saying "Look at me. Aren't I clever?". Lol Phil
  12. My tip for breakfast in the MDR if like me you enjoy fruit and cereal to start and a cooked breakfast after. Order the first course and when that has arrived then order the hot food. Too often if I ordered it together, the hot food was plated up and left so that an item like scrambled egg was starting to cook stick on the plate or the eggs over easy were not by the time they arrived. This might have been a particular method on Pursuit or a new way generally on the ships. I've not noticed it before. It didn't run my day, but I like my breakfast to be right. Otherwise I'm a bear until coffee time. Lol Phil
  13. I've seen this done quite a few times. The people that do it I think feel they've discovered a unique new joke for White Night. My own personal opinion is it makes them look ridiculous. Phil
  14. I hope you have a great cruise. I have a friend on Pursuit at the moment and she is loving it. Phil
  15. I wouldn’t bother. You should be able to find a sheltered spot on deck and as Leo says, there will be plenty of blankets on the ship. Phil
  16. Well that was the problem. We were in the middle of the Atlantic and it was very difficult to pick a time zone. I ended up choosing Nuuk, Greenland to get it right once! Then it was wrong again. Phil
  17. I did a pasta making excursion in Italy in the last year that had no "making" in it. We were given ready made pasta to shape. There were far too many squeezed around a large worktop. There was no elbow space and once again it looked like Azamara were trying to make a profit at the expense of guest experience. Phil
  18. That is true, but many guests have OBC to use, even more prevalent these days so it's not as simple and straightforward. I know I've taken them to do that. Phil
  19. I know Corinne (poster Cinammon here) had the same issue, so it wasn’t just me. Phil
  20. I did try that. Or at least I thought I did. It had a mind of its own and I wasn't the only one having trouble. Phil
  21. It's a great trip up the river to Ho Chi Minh and something you don't do on X. Make sure you are awake to see it! Phil
  22. Honestly, they were completely useless on Pursuit. Both Christmas/New Year and the ta from Rio to Lisbon. Hopeless. Phil
  23. And don't start me off on the clock by the pool on Pursuit which was 6 minutes fast for at least 35 days. I mentioned it a couple of times, once to the Assistant Cruise Director who looked at me as if I was crazy and took no notice. Eventually it was put right after I spoke to hotel. OK. It's a small detail, but on a ship and celebrating New Year to watch the time, very odd. Phil
  24. Even the time on the navigation channel was wrong for the ta on Pursuit. Phil
  25. I’ve tried that and it was hopeless with time changes. Definitely not a good substitute. I missed the cabin clocks on Pursuit. Nice to just be able to keep an eye on the time with a traditional clock and they should buy some. Phil
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