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  1. Sailaway1706 Froh zu sehen, dass Sie ein bewusster Kreuzer sind. XX ist der Meinung, dass sie ihre höheren Preise rechtfertigen müssen.
  2. The shrimps on Celebrity got smaller so you order two. Guess you don't like shrimp on the half shell? 🤣 Why can't the new owners do both? Add another R class for the immediate increase in passengers and ports. Then plan a new build for the future. One isn't necessarily exclusive of the other. It's been less than a week since the announcement and they don't even own the company yet. The bottom line is it sounds like you'll be much happier sailing another cruise line. Bon Voyage as Bo likes to say.
  3. That's OK by me. I will never visit San Francisco again. So we're even. 😁
  4. Yeah. I had already edited after I realized some words I was thinking didn't make it from my brain to my fingers. It was shortly after 6am and I hadn't finished my first cuppa. 🙃
  5. I concur with Uktog about if cancelled it would not be due to the ownership change but the pandemic. I presume it's a European cruise you've got booked. Based upon the fact that all Azamara cruises are currently cancelled through the end of April, the likelihood is high it will be extended again. I don't suspect the vaccine has been widely distributed across the pond yet. My decision to cancel was based not just on the new ownership but mostly on the pandemic. I didn't believe flying from the U.S. to Greece in June was viable and the 13 day Caribbean cruise was beyond the CDC requ
  6. Our three night stay in St. Petersburg docked across from the Hermitage was awesome! We continually looked out our balcony door to the magnificent sight. It was also the backdrop for our White Night. So convenient for tours too instead of being bused into town.
  7. Celebrity's larger ships can't imitate Azamara's service and experience. The itineraries can't be paralleled either because of the smaller ports that can't accommodate the large vessels. How can Celebrity be moving upmarket with their guest/crew ratio? They have been chopping positions since RCL dictated the double/double program. They also sourced cheaper quality food unless you paid the specialty restaurants up-charge. What makes you believe they won't try to make Silversea more profitable by doing the same? Obviously they won't begin doing it immediately. However I
  8. The only tweaking I suspect will be what LLP did to XX when she was transferred from RCL to chop costs and increase profits.
  9. This was posted on the Azamara board by Azamara Team, verified account: Guests’ status with Azamara loyalty programs will not change; however, there will no longer be reciprocity with Celebrity Cruises’ Captains Club program. We can assure you that Azamara Circle members will continue to experience attractive and exclusive benefits and privileges under the new ownership structure. - Azamara Team My Azamara Le Club Voyage points include PUP points. I don't foresee them removing those. I suspect it will be a fork in the road where the Le Club Voyage journey continu
  10. I too agree. Even though I've sent my TA an email to cancel our December 13 day cruise. I don't believe the cruise would have sailed due to the CDC restrictions anyway. However I'm still interested in sailing Azamara again once the dust settles and I can see the realistic pricing come back. I'd also give it some time to see what the new owners will have done to the AZ experience.
  11. Back in the day being trapped with Laura Petrie wouldn't have been a bad thing. She was a dish. lol
  12. Yes they are. However companies always do this to soothe the masses when change occurs. The real key is whether the actions match their assurances. Too soon to determine. That's when I will believe the rhetoric.
  13. Here's our dilemma, we have a 13 night AZ cruise out of Miami this December. The P1 cabin is at a really good rate. I realize that the CDC has restricted the cruises to 7 days. So I don't expect the cruise to be viable. History has been that the RCL Group companies have waited until after final payment to cancel a cruise so that you've paid full boat to get a FCC. Since the cruise will be cancelled. Do I wait for the new owner to be responsible to refund the balance above the $150 cancellation penalty, take it while RCL still owns it or stick my head in the sand and hope everyt
  14. You think they'll be increasing the Azamara apparel in the gift shop?
  15. The environmentalists that pushed the change did want to reduce tourism which they could care less about. They want the island lifestyle not be inundated with masses of people that ruin the lifestyle and ecosystem.
  16. That coming from someone who has never sailed Viking or Azamara and not yet Oceania. I've sailed Oceania and Azamara and they have competed with O. The culture and enjoyment on Azamara was better than our Oceania experience.
  17. Without saying what the exciting times are, I wonder if he's being a good soldier who wants to keep his position until someone offers him something better.
  18. Key takeaway: Sycamore Partners specializes to "improve the operating profitability and strategic value of their business." Cost cutting and higher prices? Now I'm even more glad we booked two Regent cruises for next year.
  19. I just saw that as a trailer on CNBC. What does private-equity firm Sycamore Partners know about cruising and what the customers want? Equity firms only want one thing. Profits at any cost. There goes Azamara. I wonder how many of the great staff will jump ship, literally? When I worked in radio, a NY financier bought the station. I immediately gave my notice as the top biller. He thought making money was easy without knowing how to do it. Sure enough within two years they had to sell the station at a loss. I fear for the quality of Azamara going forward.
  20. When I tried Tuscan, I was unimpressed. The steak was not cooked to proper temperature and the cut was a bit tough. Yeah I understand I could have asked for a re-fire but by that time my DW would have been done and waiting for me to finish plus we would have missed the show. I was one and done. However I really enjoyed Silk Harvest. I would have eaten there regularly had they been on the other ships I sailed. Not impressed with Sushi on Five ala carte. They used to do sushi included in the buffet until they tried charging for it on Five. Besides with Blu being enjoy
  21. Unlike a cruise's "live from" that ends after the scheduled vaca, FB or IG goes on and on and on for their entire life.
  22. I have not seen one of these before but from the picture I'd suggest the flash drive attached to the card swings out to the left so the card becomes a handle type. The drive then plugs into the USB port on your computer. It's basically a small storage device for pictures or files. Depending upon the capacity size, that would determine how useful it it. Think of it as a mobile mini computer drive. Sometimes it's useful to transfer files between computers. You can just drag and drop them from one computer to the flash drive and then from the flash drive to another computer.
  23. Has anyone been keeping a scorecard on how many "haters", Cheerleaders and Meh posters there are on the Celebrity board?
  24. It appears that AZ is following in Celebrity's excessively high pricing foot steps. We have a Greece cruise planned for June which I don't believe will be sailing. The P1, booked 10/28/20 is $362pp/pd. There is no L&S that qualifies. Thus if I cancel it's a $150 penalty. I did get AZ to agree to transfer the deposit to any cruise on any ship at prevailing rates. I found an Ireland sailing next year but the identical P1 is priced at $603pp/pd. I just booked a Regent Concierge suite at $665pp/pd that includes round trip air, transfers, a 5 star hotel night pre-cruise, in s
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