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  1. I too forgot to tune in, but I am happy with what I am hearing here.   At least there is an attempt to address some issues and the statement about 2027 and the eclipse looks quite interesting. A couple of my submitted questions were answered....an IT upgrade to allow direct booking of excursions with OBC, and the possibility of some West Coast cruises again.  

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  2. I have one from the early days....large and with a zip top (which I love because keeps stuff in!) It doesn't have a big Azamara logo...just a discreet little tag on the handle.  I love it and will be taking it on our next Azamara cruise.


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  3. 22 hours ago, Grandma Cruising said:

    Presumably you have logged into your account, clicked Manage my Reservation & clicked on the paper & pencil icon & then on the available tab. If so & you can’t see the prices, try through a different browser such as Chrome

    Managed to find them again.  Thanks!    The website is certainly not terribly user friendly.

  4. I have a cruise coming up in six weeks and wanted to compare Azamara's excursion prices to some independent tours.   But now, although I can see the excursions, I cannot see any prices!   I have tried a couple of ways to try to access the excursions, but I still see just a description and no price.    Any suggestions??  (btw, I did manage to see prices some weeks ago, when I purchased one as part of the OBC shore excursions credit.)

  5. Anyone know if there are taxis (or other easy public transport) from Kirkwall port to Skara Brae?   We have a walking tour of the city in the morning but have a long day in port and were hoping to go to Skara Brae in the afternoon.

  6. Underwhelmed by the "big" reveal.    A couple of new ports in the Caribbean and one in Japan?  Plus the Caribbean cruises are in October....good luck with hurricane season!  I am excited about the Canada cruises (and have already booked) for Fall 2025, but the rest seem meh.  But I will wait and watch.  (and see what the service, food, etc. are like on our upcoming Azamara cruise in June)

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  7. 25 minutes ago, VMax1700 said:

    A few more details would help.....day of week?  month?  School holidays start in June until September and traffic is much lighter during these months.  Obviously Saturday and Sunday traffic will be light too.  But a minimum of 20/30 minutes to the airport.  Where are you flying to?  USA flights have recommended 3 hours prior to departure for check in (because of the Pre Clearance carried out at Dublin airport for flights to USA).

    Roughly cost far taxi about €40/50.

    Regarding availability, I am unsure as the port area is a restricted and taxis are usually not permitted to enter.  A shuttle bus takes people from the ship to an area where they can safely walk from the port and where taxis should be waiting.

    Well, I goofed.   We disembark at Alexandra Quay, not Dun Laoghaire.   We arrive on a Monday, July 1.  From what I've read, this terminal is not restricted and we can walk right off.   We are flying to Heathrow and connecting there to the U.S. so I don't think we go through pre-clearance. 

  8. We had maybe a 20 minute wait once on the Koningsdam and one morning decided to go to the MDR because we were very hungry lol.    But there is a nice seating area outside and you can grab a drink and look at people or the ocean and the very nice hostess (at least on Koningsdam last cruise) came to get us when a table was available.  By the end of the cruise we figured out when the best time was to appear for dinner.


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  9. On 3/3/2024 at 1:16 AM, manc said:

    We always stay on Deck 8. 17 cruises and more booked. The small amount of noise in the morning is negligible. CC is much better than P which we have done when no alternative. We don't drink the spirits in the cabin but we prefer the specialist restaurants as with a husband with hearing loss the noise in MDR is a problem for him. 

    We normally choose 7 and have been quite satisfied.  One year we were upgraded to an accessible CC on 6 and loved it (the extra space especially in the bathroom was appreciated as I had a broken ankle and was in a full boot at the time).   Our upcoming cruise we purposely decided on a CC on 8, just to pamper ourselves with the extra room and specialties but tried to choose a cabin that was not directly under the pool deck area.  We are early risers and ours is a very port intensive cruise, so I am hoping there won't be too much noise.  (Plus we got a very good price from our TA)   But the following cruise we are back to our usual V2 aft on 7.  Personally, I don't think Veranda Plus is worth the extra cost.

  10. We did a Japan intensive in 2019.   Absolutely wonderful cruise (and our last Azamara until this coming June, because of the pandemic)    So I cannot speak for current Azamara (it was before the sale of Azamara).   We also stopped in Russia, which isn't an option now.   However, we thoroughly enjoyed the cruise, which started in Anchorage.   The port times in Japan were generous and that is something we always look at when choosing a cruise.  We've been on Oceania too and one cruise was good and one horrible (surprisingly bad food and questionable changes to our itinerary) but not to Japan. 

  11. Well, I just booked excursions (including the Azamazing Evening) directly with Azamara by phone since the workaround didn't seem to work for me.  I went ahead and "booked" on line but instead of going to "payment" I saved the info and called Azamara.   I got through instantly and the very nice operator asked for my booking #, pulled up the reservations I had made and confirmed them and applied our OBC.   Easy peasy.   I will wait a few days and then go back on line and make sure the reservations still appear, but it seemed to work.  I just don't understand why Azamara's website is so difficult.   I booked excursions on a recent HAL cruise on line using OBC and it was so very easy.   This will be our first Azamara cruise since 2019 (right before the Covid pandemic) and I am hoping the on board experience is as wonderful as it used to be. 

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  12. We had the earliest embarkation time (10:20) on our cruise in January and we were Club Orange.   We saw the sign and also saw a sign for 10:20 so we weren't sure what line to get into.   And when we asked personnel milling around, they didn't seem to know either.   Somebody finally told us to get out of the 10:20 line and into the Club Orange line which we did.  At 10:20 we were ushered into the holding area...a very quick and easy check in and then we were directed to seats.   We sat there until after 11 as more and more people entered.   There was a lot of noise and people moving around and we could barely hear the loudspeakers and the personnel directing everyone seemed to be lost.   It was not chaotic but very uncomfortable.   Once Club Orange was called we had an easy walk to the gangway and onto the ship and our cabin was ready shortly after noon.  I don't understand why we could not get right on the ship at 10:30...if the ship wasn't ready to receive us, they shouldn't have given such early embarkation times.  I would have much rather sat up on the pool deck for 40 minutes than in a crowded, noisy hangar like building.  The other negative thing I have to say about our cruise (which was otherwise excellent) is HAL's procedure to have your room cards in an envelope on your cabin door.  I suppose it does save a bit of time at check in, but an elderly friend, who was on the cruise with us entered the wrong room by mistake!    He didn't look carefully at the name on the card and just went in and made himself comfortable.   Imagine the surprise when the real occupants walked in!

  13. I rather liked the duo on Koningsdam at the beginning of January, although their patter was forced at times.   But we really enjoyed the Rolling Stones band...made it a point to get there early for seats because by the time they started their sets, it was standing room only.    Even saw a couple of the ship's officers bopping along.   I would love it if some classical music returned...just for a nice change.  I also enjoyed a bit of playing in the casino (their machines did seem a bit "looser" than on other cruise lines) but, boy oh boy, you needed to get there early on sea days to find a seat!   Wasn't bothered too much by the smoke, but don't understand why people are allowed to smoke in there at all. 


  14. From what I've seen here, the only options for embarkation lunch are the Lido Buffet and, for limited hours, the MDR.   Is Club Orange open for lunch on embarkation day or are any of the other venues?  If it is just the two options I know about, what time does the Lido open?

  15. Why, why, why???  It used to be so simple to book a shore excursion on line and charge it to OBC.  At least I have a few months to get used to this new wrinkle and make sure all my OBC (I have quite a bit from my TA as well as promotional OBC from Azamara) is accounted for correctly.  

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  16. We were in Panama City a few years ago on an Azamara cruise.   A wonderful city with lots to do and friendly people.    I'd be happy not to be in Ecuador right now (or several other places I can think of!)

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  17. I am soooo confused.   Because of early booking terms and special promo, we got OBC from Azamara.  In addition, our TA gave us a hefty amount of OBC.   The OBC from Azamara shows on our reservation summary (in addition to the other promo perks) but the OBC from our TA does not.   From what I am reading here, we may or may not see the TA OBC and it may or may not show up before we depart.   And we may or may not be able to get the TA to call Azamara and get the credit listed so we can use it in advance of boarding for shore excursions.  (but I also read that TA OBC cannot be used until we are actually on board!)  I guess I should be grateful that the web site shows our correct loyalty level, but I am an early planner and would like to lock in our shore excursions in advance.   Can anyone provide real clarity on this or am I doomed to confusion?

  18. Much livelier on Azamara.   I would rate their food better than Oceania (although the nightime lamb chops and shrimp and lobster on Oceania are terrific.)  The included wine and cocktails on Azamara are nice.   Our last two cruises were on Oceania (the downside of Azamara that they seem to be based in Europe now with little available on the West Coast of North America) were mediocre at best.  

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  19. Well,  I never thought I'd be jumping in to a conversation regarding shower curtains, but I just returned from a short cruise on Oceania Regatta (probably my last cruise on that line....I've had two cruises with them and have been underimpressed)    However, even in their tiny bathrooms (and they seemed smaller than those on Azamara (if that is even possible) they managed to install a quite modern looking glass door on the shower...one that pivoted in and out.    So it can be done.   BTW,  after dipping our toes in the cruising waters with Oceania and returning home Covid free, we decided our next cruise will be overseas and will be on Azamara Onward.   Now, if we could just persuade Azamara to add freshly grilled lobster tails and lamb chops to their nightly grill options.....the only part of the Oceania cruise I really enjoyed.

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