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  1. From memory AZ MDR creme brûlée’s definitely crack.
  2. I think that the teams non cruise experience is a good thing. Would you be happier with a bunch of NCL Carnival and RCL cast offs?
  3. I was named after a well known singer songwriter from Minnesota.
  4. You won’t find them here, and rarely with Azamara.
  5. Is this a promotion for Tony? Cruise Director is three and a half stripes, Hotel Director is four stripes.
  6. That’s a very impressive list. My mouth is watering reading it. I’d be keen to know how you got a table (twice) in the Fat Duck?
  7. Another Az team member who has stood out to us and been duly promoted is Elro. We first encountered him waiting tables in the buffet on Quest around eight years ago. Every time we saw on subsequent cruises he remembered my idiosyncratic ways. Then in 2018 we boarded Journey and spotted him in his Butlers attire, when I approached him to compliment his rise through the ranks, I got the same greeting as always, and was he so proud of his promotion. We had a quick chat and he told me he moving to Pursuit. Unfortunately when we were last on Pursuit Elro was on leave.
  8. Fantastic news from Pfizer. In the UK the BMA (British Medical Association) wrote to all GP’s last week to outline the start of the vaccination process which will be lead by GP’s, initially during December. At the outset Healthcare workers and the over 85’s will be offered the vaccine. There is however a logistical problem ahead. It is outlined in the BBC report that the vaccine needs stored at -80C I spoke today with a division of a huge US Pharmaceutical Wholesale & Distribution company, and they have no facility for that type of storage or distribution via vans and
  9. I think the summary and analysis on the Azamara boards by ‘norn iron’ was spot on. It effectively ended the discussion.
  10. On the first anniversary of 9/11 I was in Asheville NC, I had a community radio station called WNCW playing in my car. At the exact time of the plane hitting the first tower they played Ring Them Bells by Bob Dylan. It poignant, symbolic, beautifully chosen and brought me out in goose bumps.
  11. I think Celebrity have dropped formal nights as well. If I’m wrong someone will correct me. I haven’t cruised with them in five years.
  12. Here is a balanced view from the BBC website on vaccine development https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-51665497 Another useful website that I used while working in clinical trials is. https://clinicaltrials.gov It’s goal is to track every clinical trial around the world. It’s not the easiest website to use if you are from outside of the industry, start by typing Covid 19 into the search bar and good luck.
  13. Manufacturing of pharmaceuticals is relatively cheap. R&D costs many millions, and the cost of the drug reflects the cost of the R&D. When comes to forward thinking countries, the cost of the drug is matched to the volume of usage, which makes the drug relatively cheap, think Canada and UK, not the USA. My point at the outset was that everyone thinks once a vaccine is discovered that the whole COVID 19 fiasco will be a walk in the park, the rich get a dose quick the poor at the end of the line. Think again, the whole vaccination process (once discovered) is a logistical
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