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ChucktownSteve

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Has anyone been keeping a scorecard on how many "haters", Cheerleaders and Meh posters there are on the Celebrity board?
  8. 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
  9. What's that same cabin going for now in April '22? Isn't the lowest Sky suite going for about $3,912 pp? or $559pp/pd?
  10. Actually Regent is 100% suites. The Seven Seas Splendor has 375 suites with the smallest one being 307SF. The second bottom suite category is up to 361SF. Superior and Concierge suites are up to 464SF. Penthouse suites are up to 644SF. There are five larger suite categories. On the Apex, Sky suites range from 254-362SF. Celebrity suites are 394-498SF. Signature suites are 441SF. Royal Suites are 562-687SF. So if you want to compare rates between XX and Regent, look at the appropriate sized comparable suite sizes. Then for XX add Airfare, transfers, excursions at all
  11. Someone who has never eaten a 28 day dry aged USDA prime cut of meat can think a hamburger steak is luxury. 🤣 You're who XX definitely likes.
  12. Don't worry. The millennials will be there to pick up the slack according to the marketing folks at XX.
  13. Yes it is. However it is not my primary concern that they make a high profit. I'll let someone else do that. 😁
  14. Other aspects of a Luxury cruise line are the quality of service, guest/crew ratio, food quality offerings and overall atmosphere. By calling cruising a luxury product, that makes Carnival a luxury cruise line because they are profitable. When XX removed the assistant cabin attendant, that wasn't to increase service, it was to save money. When XX moved to cheaper cuts of meat and covered them with heavy sauces to hide the lower quality, it was to save money. When they reduced entertainment crew, it was to save money. When they reduced the amount of live entertainment, it was to
  15. Actually you book the Concierge D suite and they will give you the price of the F1 which is $6,049 for each of you.
  16. You're welcome. I put my money where my mouth is. I had booked two Regent cruises; One Mariner Concierge and one Splendor Deluxe Veranda. However after doing further analyzing, I've decided to upgrade them both to Penthouse suites because some had suggested the Penthouse was worth the additional cost. I now concur especially with the two category upgrade promotion. My TA will be taking care of those Monday morning! 😁 My DW doesn't know. We've never sailed a suite before so I want to surprise her. You should have seen her expression on our first cruise together in the late 80's.
  17. Did another price comparison since Regent lowered their prices overnight on this Panama Canal cruise. Upgrading to a Penthouse B with butler which is 561SF cabin and 52.1SF balcony is $628.06pp/pd. Again it also includes air & transfer and a five star hotel night pre-cruise in L.A. area. The December '22 Millennium Cruise for the S1 is now $646.30pp/pd non-refundable this morning. This cabin is 308SF.
  18. Thankx for the suggestion. However here's the result I got: The reservation number entered is not eligible for the Lift & Shift program. There are no alternate sailings.
  19. The PUP program now reminds me of something.....
  20. It's called CATALINA, CANAL & CAYMAN - Los Angeles To Miami. But be prepared for sticker shock.
  21. Thank you. I still will have a December Azamara cruise if they don't cancel it. It's a 13 night. I am Elite/Discoverer so I'll still shop Celebrity if I like my Apex February cruise and consider Azamara itineraries if the prices on both lines become more reasonable. But I suspect they'll need to raise the bar because I've now broadened my shopping considerations. We shopped around and did a couple of HAL cruises two years ago as the food quality on Celebrity eroded. We enjoyed them as a Celebrity equal but better food. lol
  22. I have an Azamara Greece cruise booked for June I'm about to cancel because final payment is 120 days out. I already have one fully paid Celebrity cruise for 2022 because I had to pay the final payment for a January cruise before a lift and shift. I'm not about to give RCL group another fully paid cruise just to get a FCC to be used within 18 months. AZ hasn't released 2023 desirable cruises for me so I'll probably just eat the $150 cancellation fee. However. today I instead booked a 16 day 2023 Panama Canal cruise on Regent as a result of my Celebrity comparison Analysis poste
  23. Thankx for the suggestion. Just got off the phone with an Azamara rep. He said there are no lift and shift cruises available to me for my booked cruise. My only options are to wait until after final payment, let them have my interest free loan by cancelling the cruise and taking the FCC good for 18 months from cancellation or forfeit $150 of my deposit before final payment. Since I already have two Regent cruises booked for Sept 22 and Jan 23, I don't see where the first option is in my best interest. So I guess I'll take it to the final payment date, cancel and take
  24. Here's the bar menu my Regent Rep sent me. He Also sent the Prime7, Chartreuse and Pacific Rim sample menus attached below in case you're interested. Bar Menu 08.15.19.pdf EXP Chartreuse Example Menu Dinner.pdf EXP Pacific Rim Example Dinner Menu.pdf Prime7Menu.pdf
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