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  1. We won’t cruise until we’re vaccinated. Qantas has declared they’ll require vaccinations for international flights. We want vaccination requirements for i’nat flights and for cruises, to maximise the chance of the most normal, cruising experience possible and to avoid shutdown/quarantine of cruises. No problem with people who are anti-vaccers but they should realise that they’ll have limitations imposed on them. World tourism is keen to resume when it’s reasonably safe to do so. Further delays we’ll into 2022 invariably means business failure, so I doubt they’ll be that fussy about which v
  2. Thanks for the reply uktog. I’ll be mindful of your experience of excursions being a higher price on board and often fully booked.
  3. We usually book direct with Azamara. Each time, we’ve been charged at the exchange rate applicable on that day; so it’s always different to the published AUD price in Azamara’s website. Sometimes it costs more, others less. Off topic, I’ve discovered an anomaly (at least to my mind) with USD OBC. If we want to book shore excursions on line, a conversion is done to AUD. The exchange rate used is the daily rate the first time we book an excursion. That rate is then fixed and so it applies if we book other excursions, even if it’s months later. So, you may win or lose on the conversio
  4. We were fortunate to stay in one and we never noticed any fumes, noise or vibrations. It actually felt and sounded quite isolated, in its own sealed corridor with only one other suite. Very spacious with a huge bathroom area. Fortunately, you can turn down/off the piped new age wellness music. It’s a personal call whether the extra cost is worth it but it was a really special one-off cruise experience for us.
  5. The fact is that Azamara’s continued existence is now guaranteed in at least the short term. With a good amount of funds tied up in FCC on booked cruises and no scope to claim on travel insurance if the cruise line fails, a new owner gives me confidence. The next year or two will logically be about reinvigorating consumers and destination countries’ confidence in the cruise industry; working through the use of FCC and seeing which lines survive. Still a lot of unknowns with Covid rampant and nil revenues. Who knows what shape the industry and separate cruise lines may be in by the
  6. AJCM

    Latest promo.

    The PDF flyer states “up to 40%”. Apparently our cruises in Aug/Sep 21 already enjoyed a price, when we booked, with more than whatever percentage discount is now being offered - lucky us.
  7. We're hoping to get there with Azamara in Sep, so very happy to see what is apparently a great docking location.
  8. Back when the hull was white and the harpist played pre dinner. Amalfi coast?
  9. We were intending to apply the FCC against B2B2B in May June 2021. All three cruises were impacted by the shifted charter. However, a virtually identical itinerary is available in Aug Sep. We were required to pay the currently going prices for theses cruises, which is more expensive overall on a per day basis but we’ve been able to apply the 125% FCC and retained the very good OBC which we previously held. The end result is we’re up for the taxes only (with prepaid May deposits transferred to the new bookings). It’s effectively the same financial outcome as the May cruises. They retained the p
  10. Well, we’re booked on the same now disappeared cruises. Our bookings pre-date Covid. No risk taken on our part - does that make us more worthy of fair treatment by Azamara? We haven’t even been notified by Azamara that our cruises are gone. Ive sought clarification from Azamara, including the suggestion that our bookings be moved to the Sep comparable but at the same per day rate of our existing bookings. So, we are most certainly expecting the transfer without a higher cost. We think that would be absolutely unreasonable. I hope that avw and other cruisers adversely i
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