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  1. I use shore excursions a lot with Azamara. Most of the times because I had on board credit to spend. I have not been yet on Pursuit, but in both, Quest and Journey, I have had several good excursions and some that were not good. The most disappointing ones are those who offer experiences that are not delivered. Very irritating are those excursions in which the guide takes us to places in the middle of nowhere, where they receive a commission and we are supposed to shop, shop, shop. I am always surprised about how many of the fellow passengers actually seem to like that...
  2. Good to know that we can not benefit from price drop. I have noticed, however, at least on the cruises we have booked with MSC, that there was never a price drop. We are fine with that. I think MSC puts prices according to some criteria and those prices more or less remain stable. With other cruise lines (Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Azamara) many times they put very expensive/unrealistic prices and once they can not sell the itineraries start dropping extremely or give it to consolidators.
  3. Since we are all dreaming, I would love to have a Japanese Restaurant....
  4. Thank you so much for your reply Skier 52. I am sorry I have misspelled your alias 😔. You are such a big help! Thank you also Essiesmom! Ivi
  5. Hi, Do you have information on the cabin 10129 (I2) on MSC Preziosa? Looking at the deck plans it has a shape which is different than other inside cabins. I can not tell if it is smaller than other insides. Do you think that this cabin is a good choice as an inside cabin, Fantastica? Ivi
  6. The bus station in Santos is not at the port. You will need to take a taxi from the port to the bus station. Another possibility is to take a taxi directly to the airport. It costs more but it is more convenient.
  7. I have cruised in a balcony cabin with several cruise lines including Celebrity, Azamara and MSC. If I were to give a rate of the whole experience I would say MSC is about three and 1/2 stars, Celebrity 4 stars and Azamara 4 and 1/2. I have not booked Yacht Club with MSC because for the itineraries we choose, they cost almost the double from a balcony cabin. Food on the main restaurants at MSC is good, simple Italian food. If you like that, you would not have a problem. I had the best Ossobuco at sea on an MSC ship. Italian they can cook. We do not find that for us the Yacht Club justifies the higher price if we only think about the food. We prefer to spend that money on food and wine in good restaurants on the ports we visit. That works very well for us. The Yacht Club would make sense for us only in order to avoid the crowds in the areas around the pool or at the buffet restaurant. But it would make sense only if the difference to the balcony cabin is not too much. If you do decide for a balcony cabin, make sure that you choose the Fantastica experience and not the Bella. With the Fantastica experience you get cabins, which are better located, free room service and you can choose your preferred dining time.
  8. Yes, I have also looked at upgrades as a bonus and not something to be expected. In case of complimentary upgrades there were a nice gesture from the cruise line and something that besides being a surprise, in most cases were really nice upgrades (not just the move from a cabin category to another in higher category but less desired location). The same as upgrades in airlines. How often at the gate, people get called and receive an upgrade. I have received a couple of those upgrades also. It is a nice gesture to reward customers. Unfortunately nowadays, rewarding customers with such upgrades is not that important anymore on companies belonging to the Royal Caribbean Family, to which Azamara belongs. It has become more important to increase revenue.
  9. I am glad you had a good time. The Preziosa is a beautiful ship. How was your inside cabin? Would you book again an inside cabin? Did you have the Bella or the Fantastica experience?
  10. Is now the only way of getting an upgrade at Azamara by bidding? I understand that The LCV upgrade possibility is not there anymore. How about just a courtesy or complementary upgrade as it used to exist some years ago in most cruiselines?
  11. I have also looked at our booking for the World Cruise 2022 on the segment LA to Montecarlo and the price is the same than the one at the time we booked. Some categories do not seem to be available anymore. Ivi
  12. We also like to dine early and it is related to some gastric problems. I think the lines would not be so long if passengers would not start queuing already before 18.00. We were usually around 18.10 and the line either was short or moving quickly. Ivi
  13. One main reason why they do not accept electrical appliances on ships is to avoid fires. Some old appliances are more risky than others and could start malfunctioning. Before you bring any old appliance, it would be good if, for your safety and for the safety of other passengers, you are sure that it functions properly.
  14. We used to dress up more. Now my husband wears a dark suit and I wear usually dressy black pants and a nice blouse. Even though anything goes, it depends of the itinerary. I have experienced more informal clothes on the Caribbean Cruises than in the European ones.
  15. I agree with Keith. When is the cruise you are planning to book departing from Hongkong? Demonstrations are usually only on Sundays. I was in Hongkong twice this year during demonstrations. The first time on Hongkong Island and I have just avoided the demonstrations staying that day at the hotel. The second time, I was catching a flight on Sunday evening so I have stayed the night from Saturday to Sunday at an airport hotel. Ivi
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