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  1. 1 hour ago, knots4crewzing said:

    Not to happy about this either.  we,re on the April 1 2022 sailing .  and the ships are totally different Radiance is so much smaller.  Explorer was our home away from home for so many years in NYC. 

    Radiance being so much smaller than Explorer is exactly why we like it and had booked it for a now cancelled South Pacific cruise in February 2022.  Feel free to send it back down under.🙂

  2. 59 minutes ago, grahaminca said:

    Just received an email that our 1/7/2022 cruise on the Explorer is now canceled and we can transfer onto the Radiance. I dot know rccl reasoning for this. They identified in the email that the itinerary is "similar destinations" to the original Explorer cruise, however looking at the Radiance cruise schedule, it is in no way similar destinations. Get your act together and keep the people happy to enable you to stay afloat.





    Where is the Radiance cruise in January 2022 supposed to be?  We were supposed to be on it in February from Brisbane to the South Pacific but they've just cancelled that and I can't now find where Radiance is supposed to be after October 2021.

  3. We'd recently taken a leap of faith and booked Radiance of the Seas from Brisbane on 8th February 2022.  I've just received an email saying it's cancelled.  We chose that cruise because a) it covers my wife's birthday, b) it's from our home port and c) Radiance is the biggest RCC ship we want to go on.  I've looked for alternatives and there's nothing for Radiance of the Seas after October 2021.  Are they selling yet another of their smaller ships?   There are also no RCC cruises in 2022 for Brisbane's brand new cruise terminal.  It's not looking good for our future Royal Caribbean cruising (after 12 previous RCC cruises and 25 other cruises).

  4. We got a taxi from the Port gate (we were still on the ship with a night in port) to India Gate (equivalent to USD2).  Then we bought return ferry tickets to Elephanta Island - make sure you're in the right queue, there are ticket windows to several other destinations as well.  I'm not certain but I think ladies could use a shorter queue. 


    On Elephanta Island you have to pay the entry fee in Rupiah cash but  I think you can buy them online in advance.  You can pick up a guide on the island but we had read up on it before we went so didn't bother.  There's a little train that runs from the jetty to the entry (Rp10 return).  It's slow - we were overtaken by a butterfly - but fun. 


    The Island is well worth visiting and it wasn't difficult although we're well travelled.  I'd recommend taking some water and at least a snack although there were stalls on the island.


    As we were staying in Mumbai for an extra day and have been before, we ended up just going back to the ship (by taxi again).


    Hope that helps.

  5. 5 minutes ago, 3girlsmom said:

    We had a cabin in the front (6018) & thought it was loud being over the cabaret so we tried 6079 (in the back right near your 6085) and thought it was great! Very quiet & convenient to everything. We liked that back area of deck 6 so much we booked 6075 for our next cruise. Do not worry about noise from Discoveries, it's a great area in our opinion. 

    3girlsmom, Thanks for that.  We're looking forward to our first Azamara cruise.

  6. We've bought an upgrade to a balcony cabin (allocated as 6085) and I'm a bit worried from a noise viewpoint that it's directly above Discoveries Restaurant.  I've looked at the spreadsheet and it's not mentioned but I wondered if anyone had any specific comments?

  7. On 9/27/2019 at 5:51 AM, Bimmer09 said:

    Carol also ranked the cruise lines she has sailed in this order: Azamara, Princess then Celebrity and I didn't argue.


    Thanks for the comment.


    I'd rank the major lines that we've done in this order: Cunard, HAL, Celebrity, Royal Caribbean, Princess, MSC & Carnival. We've got 10 weeks to our first Azamara cruise but we're hoping that they'll top that list. 


    Incidentally, we travelled from Bergen to Kirkenes and back on the Hurtigruten coastal ferry which we really enjoyed.

  8. I've been searching for any changes to Dubai's immigration process and not found anything.  Although it's unlikely to be useful to people in this post, it is possible for visa free nationals to register to use the smart gates at the airport, instead of having to go through the manned gates.  I can't remember if they had smart gates at the port although I suspect not.

  9. We did a Mumbai tour a couple of years ago with Amaze Mumbai tours and that worked well.  When we're in Mumbai on Quest on 27th December, we're intending doing our own thing to Elephanta Island and maybe a bit of a wander in the afternoon.  After we get off the ship the next day, we've arranged afternoon tea at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel.

  10. 8 hours ago, hamrag said:

    We are new to Azamara, but sailing on Journey for 2 weeks from 30 November....essentially the first half December. Does Azamara create a Christmas theme on their ships, at that time of year? Thanks.


    Will you be on Quest?  If so, we'll be boarding as you disembark.  We're on the 13th December Dubai to Mumbai cruise, which includes our anniversary, Christmas and a solar eclipse.

  11. I have a lactose intolerance but I don't want to be on a lactose free diet on the cruise.  This is because, apart from milk with breakfast cereals, I deal with everything by taking lactase tablets. Can anyone tell me whether lactose free milk is generally available at breakfast or will I have to complete a special needs form?

  12. 2 minutes ago, Host Grandma Cruising said:

    Firstly if your cruise is under a week or is a transatlantic it won’t have one. Also I understand that the cruises that were hastily re-arranged, after US regulations about visiting Cuba changed, don’t have one either.

    Other cruises should have one, but at present Azamara seem to be taking a while to get them organised. Eventually it should show up in your Voyage Planner and in the website excursions list as a zero priced excursion.



    Thanks for your reply and your efforts.  We're on Quest's 11 night Arabia and India Journey so there definitely should be one.  We've got a Dubai by night tour booked for the first night before we leave Dubai so, hopefully, it won't be then.  We're just hoping that there isn't an escalation of tensions with Iran that lead to our cruise being cancelled (as P&O UK have already done).

  13. On 10/22/2018 at 4:05 PM, Host Grandma Cruising said:

    Azamazing nights are free excursions. There is one on every cruise of a week or more, except for transatlantic cruises. They are often some type of performance held in an exceptional setting - for example a 3 tenors concert in a beautiful old theatre. Although they are free, Azamara ask passengers to sign up for them so they know the numbers.

    How do I find out when and what our Azamazing night is?  I can't find any mention of it in the itinerary or shore excursions.

  14. On 8/21/2018 at 2:28 AM, marinaro44 said:

    [Fitting everyone's tips on one page will be a challenge, and most first-timers are not on Cruise Critic.]

    We're first timers on Azamara but have done 35 other cruises and been on Cruise Critic for years.😊

  15. We're looking at a category 8 obstructed view on Quest. The layout of these cabins is different from most as the window must be in a side wall. Can anyone tell me where I can see a layout plan or photo? Thanks

  16. We have booked a cruise onboard for February 2020. I always arrange my own insurance (usually through my credit card). However, when I went to activate it, I discovered that it can only be activated a maximum of 12 months in advance. I tried a couple of commercial insurers and found the same. That means our $800 deposit won't be covered for the next nine months. Has anyone found a solution to this problem? It's certainly a good reason not to book cruises more than 12 months out.

  17. If you look at Travelers Century Club, an organization who's members have visited 100 or more countries, you will see that they DO include countries/islands like Curaçao, Martinique, St. Thomas and St. Maartin, as separate nations, and therefore they count towards the required 100 countries.
    I think that the Travelers Century Club definitions of "country" and "visit" are too generous. I prefer the stricter definitions of the International Standards Organisation. On that basis, I've been to over 120 countries, of which only about 10 have been just to increase the count.
  18. We're going on Divinia on 6th October and I'll try and give a comprehensive reply after that. One thing that has been universal on all the other cruise lines we've beem on is that, without a drinks package, you can buy a bottle of wine in the MDR and they'll have what's left of it ready for subsequent meals. We don't drink a lot and that's always been enough for us.

  19. We're booked on an MSC cruise that was supposed to go to Tunis. After the first attack, their website showed the cruise going to Corfu instead although MSC haven't officially notified us or our travel agent. I tried to get the visit reinstated but gave up after the second attack. I'd still like to go as I believe we shouldn't give in to terrorists and, as previous posters have said, the chances of being caught in a terrorist attack are low.


    I'd like to see ships visiting these ports and people given the option of whether to disembark or not, including signing a disclaimer/waiver that they realise the risks. Unfortunately, US litigation seems to have put an end to disclaimers being valid.

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