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  1. Interested in the answers as well. As you can see I'm just about an hour from New Orleans and I may or may not have consumed a few of these at Pat O'Brien's in my day. Yummy and you have no idea how strong until you stand up ha ha ha. I've had other drinks other places that claim to be hurricanes. I've yet to agree that they are.
  2. We took our first AZ cruise this summer. All I can say is, you're going to love it. The country-intensive itinerary is what drew us in and what got us looking to them first. We even booked our first B2B ever while on board. I love the size. We thought we'd be S-class Celebrity cruisers forever but AZ had us at "welcome home."
  3. I don't like the supplied slippers so if I feel the need I just wear some socks or flip flops. I have found that the cruise lines' slippers are rough and uncomfortable. We have had them in every cabin - well all the ones we've stayed in - regular balcony, CC, AQ, SS, and CS. We didn't like the ones on Azamara much either. Sometimes they're kind of hidden in a drawer or at the top back of the closet or in the desk, or somewhere in the bathroom. Its been interesting to see where they put them.
  4. Oh my gosh, I started reading this thread a few minutes ago and was holding my breath for you the entire time until I got to the part where you have the connecting rooms! ((exhale!!!)) I am so very sorry that you had to have all the stress and worry right before your cruise tomorrow. It's hard enough to get packed and take care of everyday things (I have a 4-1/2 year old grandson so I can only imagine) much less do it with the added stress. I think you deserve some compensation of some kind - and I hope the people who originally had your cabins are compensated as well. Huge X mistake. So....off you go! Take the deep breath you so deserve and enjoy the first adult beverage you can find once you get on board. I hope the rest of the vacation is happy, memory-filled, and you can leave this room nonsense behind you. Come back afterwards and tell us how it all went. There are lots of us waiting to hear!
  5. We've been in Blu many times and there are just a couple large tables but I think they're just for 6, maybe 8? However, the tables otherwise are very close together. You could talk to them about sitting in the same area and it's really literally like being at the same table. If you have 5 tables together every night, even if they're not pushed together, you would still be 'together.' And you could switch around every night. The very back of the room has some bench/booth type seating which would work very well. If you're staying in an AQ cabin, the very best benefit arguably is Blu, so it would be a shame to waste that.
  6. World Class Bar. Used to be the Martini Bar but it's too loud and the drinks became inconsistent. World Class Bar - you can actually have a conversation with others and the BT. Lovely drinks!
  7. You do know that the martini bar isn't just the old fashioned gin and vermouth and an olive? That's what I thought at first too, but it's really just cocktails in a martini glass. I like the sweet fruity ones. Or the chocolate ones! Our fav bar though has turned out to be the World Class Bar. Best cocktails and they are consistent. Martini Bar was fun for a few cruises but it's just so LOUD. You have to scream to talk to the person next to you. World Class bar we could visit with people and the bartender and have a great conversation. Reflection World Class Bar is our favorite.
  8. What about smoking? I love Celebrity's no inside smoking anywhere. It's actually almost a deal breaker for me.
  9. First, take a deep breath. Get on your Roll Call for your particular cruise, and join in ongoing conversations with the people who are going on your exact same cruise. I'm almost certain there would be a city excursion or something. What we do in cases like yours is enjoy a leisurely breakfast and then get off the ship at the absolute last moment possible. Contact your hotel beforehand and note you are coming in early. Hotels in port cities are used to people coming in before check-in time. They will be able to hold your luggage safely while you go out and enjoy the city until you want to check in. It's easy, people all over the world do it every single day. Sometimes......even after you have checked out.....they'll hold your luggage for a time. We had that occur this summer on the cruise I mention below. We were in Edinburgh pre-cruise and the second to last day there we took a train to visit a relative on the other far side of Scotland. We didn't want to drag our big cases around on the train so we just checked out of the hotel and they held our big bags. Went to Gairloch Scotland overnight with the cousin, took the train back to Edinburgh, and asked a taxi driver at the train station to take us to the port via our hotel to pick up our bags. Easy easy. We are longtime Celebrity cruisers who took our first AZ cruise this past summer. We embarked from Edinburgh Scotland but didn't leave that day, as yours appears to. You get on the ship like you normally do, and then you are free to do whatever you want. You can stay out late into the evening and enjoy the city as you want. No, you don't need to get a hotel. Your ship is the hotel. Azamara often does itineraries where there is a two day stay at the beginning. We loved Edinburgh and were there 4 days ahead of the cruise in a hotel and continued to enjoy the area both days the ship was in port. The day we embarked we didn't get to the ship until about 6 p.m. It's no problem, they're there overnight. What we did miss was muster drill. However, it's normal for people to miss the drill when the ship has two days in port at the beginning. There was a make-up drill at 9 pm or something like that. It was about 5 minutes - best muster drill ever: "Here's your life vest. This is your muster station." You hear the whistle/bells, come here with your jacket on and we'll tell you what to do. The end." :D I think you're going to love AZ. Only one AZ cruise in and we're already cheerleaders ha ha. We booked a back to back in a suite :hearteyes: for 2020 we liked it so much. Two years to save up for that!
  10. Wonderful review and beautiful pictures that brought back memories. We too took a Norway fjords cruise this past summer. However, we were on the Azamara Journey. We had only ever sailed on Celebrity before so it was a bucket list trip on a fabulous ship (I think we're AZ cheerleaders now ;)). We chose that itinerary because it went all the way to the North Cape up into the Arctic Circle and had about 10 Norway ports in 15 nights. It was an unusually warm and dry summer in northern Europe and although we never wore some of the layers we had packed, it also meant almost zero rain and fog so the views were always stunning. I think I wore long sleeves up at the North Cape in Honnigsvag and the rest of the time it was mild. Crazy. The Norwegians couldn't believe it. Hard to sell those gorgeous sweaters when it's 85 degrees out!! I think it cooled down to about normal temperatures right when we flew home. I hope you get to return to that beautiful country again and explore even further north on one of the more country-intensive itineraries. I know what you mean about lots of walking, often uphill. We chose those kinds of things too. At least we could 'sort of' justify an adult beverage later! I am still looking at my photos and smiling, grateful that I got to see a beautiful country that I never thought I'd see.
  11. We've experienced it before when there were long lines. However, it just felt wrong to just go to the head of the line or that silly red carpet like we were some celebrity (no pun intended). So we waited in line with the rest of the people. We also never let the butler walk us to the theatre on chic nights. We will sit in those reserved seats but they're the ones we like anyway. Some of those perks seem kind of pretentious, but that's just me. We don't like to call attention to ourselves.
  12. We had only ever sailed X (15 cruises) and have been elite+ for a third of those and have had the premium package on many of them. We love a good glass of wine and some special cocktails, and we were also a little concerned we wouldn't like the included offerings on AZ. We were prepared to have to buy an upgraded package or buy lots of extra drinks. So we gave it a couple days to see. Not only did we not spend a single dollar on adult beverages on our 15 night AZ cruise this past summer, we think we are going to stick with AZ from now on. We love the atmosphere, the food, the service, the size of the ship, and so much more. If Celebrity has the right itinerary then we would return to them, but we honestly love the AZ itineraries better (which is what brought us to AZ in the first place). We aren't big drinkers but we did like that we could grab a bottle of water wherever and whenever we wanted, and that wine and cocktails are complimentary and good. We made use of all the Discoverer + perks we got with our loyalty transfer. I hope you have a great cruise.
  13. That's our plan too - we have B2B CC suite booked for our next cruise. Were you able to special order some things in advance? Things not on the menu? I know we sometimes did that on Celebrity in Murano. We gave them at least a day's notice, we're easy to please.
  14. Bonnie, we're not going to cancel completely, we really like AZ, but we may change for a different B2B or the one before. Probably won't get our carefully chosen suite of choice for both though. Thank you so much for answering me, and hopefully if we *do* cancel the TA won't charge us a fee either.
  15. Glad to know my concerns are not unfounded. We may change our back to back, although we like both cruises. It's just that the time in London was a selling point. If we change, hope there will be no cancellation fee with our TA. Yeah, it's already with them.
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