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    Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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    Travelling, cooking, travelling, reading, travelling, travelling and travelling
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    Azamara, Celebrity, Scenic
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    Anywhere in this amazing world!
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  1. We too have known Philip since his Celebrity Galaxy days and am pleased that we've built a firm friendship that will endure these changing times. We will miss him immensly onboard and wish him, Barbro and Mutley nothing but the best. Such an amazing person in every way and I'm sure he'll be really valued where ever he's heading.
  2. I really enjoyed the Japan to Seward itinerary though, it was a shame we didn't make Kodiak but it certainly gave us the option to go onto Denali, something we didn't do in 2012 when we did the Alaskan inside passage and was on my bucket list. At the moment, I'd be just happy to be able to take an international flight, repeated itineraries don't greatly concern me as we always find something different to do when we visit subsequent times. We're desperate for our Grand Voyage circumnavigation of South America on the Quest to become a reality in January 2022. I'm not getting my hopes up for muc
  3. I read that there's a possibility that Glasgow is going back into lockdown because cases are rising. https://news.sky.com/story/coronavirus-lockdown-rules-to-be-tightened-around-glasgow-as-cases-rise-12061228
  4. Agreed to all of the above and Australians have the added concerns of not knowing when our government will let us leave the country amongst other things. No talk of any dates yet.
  5. We did this on our 2015 Quest Voyage and didn't have the experience that you seemed to have, there was a small group of other people at the falcon show when we arrived but our 4 wheel drives stuck together and we were able to sit with fellow Azamara guests. I don't recall seating being an issue at all. In fact I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it as a 'must do'.
  6. With last weeks extended cancellation accouncements we're feeling a bit dismayed at our attempts to lift and shift our September 10 cruise to one next year at the same time. I appreciate similar itineries didn't really match the lift and shift conditions but our friends from the UK who we were to travel with were offered a different itinerary (in September 2021) and can and have been able to lift and shift successfully. As regular Azamara customers (25 cruises in 8 years) it has left a sour taste in our mouths , this information has come from our trusted TA and not directly from A
  7. It was good to see Jodie looking well. You probably know she was to get married last weekend but due to the COVID stuff they're unable to go ahead. It was a lovely uplifting clip though. It was great that Sir Rod Steward gave them permission to use his song.
  8. One can only hope Tony... it'll be interesting to see if Australia will have it's ports open by then too. I'm missing the ocean terribly. Hope to see you someday sooner rather that later.
  9. Bonnie, it will be a shame if it's not offered in Australia and New Zealand for guests from these countries. It was going to be for us one of the ways we could further support the brand on the bounce back from Covid-19. None of us can see any chance getting out of our countries 'for the forseeable future (as quoted by our government' so the Australia and New Zealand itineries would have been attractive but not at the current prices without the same offeres. I fully understand you don't control the market offers. Most of us have travelled within our own countries, been to the various ports b
  10. That certainly impacts the September 10 Southampton to Barcelona cruise, not that we'd be expecting to get out of Australia by then or our international borders will be open. I also heard that Spain has closed their ports until Decmeber 30. Time to look at our 'lift and shift' options.
  11. That's good news for you. We have a sailing for September 10, Southhampton to Barcelona, which we're reluctant to pay for by the extended time for payment but if the Lift and Shift is extended past sailing until 30 August we may consider this. We're expecting it to be near impossible to get out of Australia for some time because of international border closures so have to consider our options closely. We'd be happy to travel and do the quarantine of 2 weeks at both ends if it meant sailing with our beloved Azamara. Can't see Spain accepting ships though until the end of 2020 at least (repo
  12. Phil, I have a strong feeling that that will be our Australian Government's view as well. So that makes the Pursuits' Australia and New Zealand season a bit shaky unfortunately.
  13. This area holds a lot of interest for many Australians. We travelled and did a wonderful battlefields private tour and stayed in Ypres as my husbands grandfather was injured in the Battle of Polygon Wood on 26th Sepetmber 2017 assisting his dead mate. With the help of a letter written by him when he was recovering in hospital Weymouth in the UK we were able to trace the exact spot his was injured (he talked about the red line and the blue line etc). We expect his injured friend, Dave Murphy is in an unmarked grave in the cementary close by. It's'now' a beautiful area.
  14. All indications from Australia and New Zealand in the words of our Prime Minister are "international travel won't return anytime soon" so that culd impact Guest Numbers and the Australia and New Zealand Intineraries... I fear we're in for a long wait here. Whilst our numbers are low, the economic impact is huge.
  15. From an Australian point of view, we'd be very surprised if our Australian international borders open up for the remainder of 2020. We are booked on a September 10 Southhampton to Barcelona and don't expect that to occur. I think I can safely say Azamara will have very few, if any, Australian onboard for the remainder of 2020. Sincerely hope I'm wrong.
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