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  1. Has anyone heard if they might be upgrading the onboard internet on the ships? Seems like this would be a great time to do it. As Celebrity is now including internet with all of their sailings, I assume all of their ships have been upgraded - the connection was definitely fast and stable on our last Celebrity cruise. On our last Azamara cruise, the connection and speed definitely left something to be desired. If Celebrity can do it, surely Azamara can, although the new ownership may complicate things.
  2. Hello all I have a Crystal river cruise booked for May 2021 and feel like it is very unlikely that we will be able to take that cruise, judging by our COVID-19 numbers and those in Europe. The EU is currently banning Canadians from entering. Final payment was to be January 2021, but I thought I read somewhere that final payments are now just 60 days out? Having read about Genting’s financial issues and past passenger’s issues in receiving refunds for cancelled cruises, I feel like we are best off cancelling now rather than waiting till final payment. We purchased cancellatio
  3. I’ve sailed on all of the Azamara ships, and have tried everything from inside cabins to balconies, Aqua Class, Sky and Royal Suites on Celebrity. I’m not a picky eater by any means, and have greatly enjoyed all of my meals on Azamara and on Celebrity, both in the main dining rooms, Aqua Class, Speciality Restaurants and Luminae. Luminae, particularly in the Edge-class ships, is really beautiful. The menu is inventive and unusual, and if you’re a plain meat and potatoes type, you probably won’t enjoy it. The service is very friendly and professional, much like on Azamara.
  4. Yup, we just got ours today too, Jerry! I frankly wasn’t in any big hurry for the money - not all of us have the bourbon habit that you have. [emoji851] Sent from my iPad using Forums
  5. I feel very bad for the people who have had their cruises cancelled, have paid in full, and are frustrated in waiting for a refund. I think much of the anxiety I’m seeing here is due to fear that a refund might not appear at all, and many people’s financial status has worsened recently. I have an expected refund from Azamara, but I am taking a different slant on things. During this unprecedented time, the cruse lines are likely short on all manner of resources, are facing the challenges of staff trying to work from home (I used to be in IT and let me tell you, it’s harder to se
  6. I agree wholeheartedly! Until this cruise, we had not been on Azamara for quite some time, but the way we were treated during this difficult time was stellar, and I would sail with Captain Carl with confidence anywhere in the world. However, as much as I would like to see more of Chile, I don’t expect I ever will, because they did their best to make a bad situation so much harder. Our next Azamara cruise is this fall and I look forward to another great experience. A heartfelt thank you to Azamara’s officers, staff and crew who worked terribly hard to ensure we stayed healthy,
  7. Oh boy, on the Pursuit today, we had quite a colourful Kiss the Fish ceremony. Hard to describe, but it involved kneeling in front of Neptune and his queen, fresh fish (which people kissed or got slapped in the face with - Captain Carl definitely got it bad), being rolled in a gross pile of what looked like bloody animal parts, and then falling into the pool. The pool had to be closed and emptied - it was a mess! A mixture of officers and passengers got the treatment. I declined.
  8. We’ve got lots of supplies aboard Pursuit (bars are hopping at the moment). We hope to see the Eclipse behind us shortly (seeing as she can probably go faster than we can, I’m guessing Eclipse will pass us sometime soon).
  9. We are happily on our way to Miami. The captain made a brief announcement after I’m sure a lot of people freaked out when we came back. He said something about “paperwork” and said if we want to know more, we can buy the book he intends to write, coming out in 2021. I’d buy that book! Seriously, Captain Carl is a hoot! He has kept us informed of all the annoying shenanigans Chile pulled, but always with a sense of humour and appreciation for his excellent crew.
  10. I’m starting to be doubtful that they will let us off in Valparaiso, seeing as they won’t even allow us to dock to restock provisions (they offered some scheme to send small boats out to us to load supplies - Captain Carl didn’t find that acceptable seeing as the frozen food would be spoiled with that method.). Officers and Miami are working on another solution - maybe San Antonio, although I read in another thread that Eclipse had left there - I can see them right outside my balcony about a mile away). It’s all up in the air at the moment. Everyone still seems to be pretty upbea
  11. Looks like Chile changed their minds and will allow us to disembark in Valparaiso on Tuesday as long as we head straight to the airport and get out. Whew!
  12. The captain will be updating us at noon - I am sure they are scrambling to find a country that will let us in. All of us that arranged new flights home yesterday from Santiago are wishing we had waited. All in all, the atmosphere on the ship is quite jovial. We know we are safe from the virus while afloat, and I for one hope they just sail us right to the U.S. or Canada, saving us the long, miserable flight home.
  13. Oh no - we just heard that Chile has closed its port. Not sure what will happen to us now.
  14. I am also currently on the Pursuit and the staff, crew and officers have been magnificent. It’s unfortunate we have to disembark a week early, as I feel we are much safer from any virus while on board than on land. I hope that the crews of the empty ships will be taken care of. I have to say, I am impressed with how passengers are conducting themselves. I haven’t seen anyone looking angry or frustrated (although the slow internet certainly is trying at times). Everyone seems to be happy and smiling, and we are sure that Azamara will get us home one way or another.
  15. Jimdee - you might also check into the Experience More packages, which include an upgrade to the beverage package. It’s probably not worth it for a shorter cruise, but a transatlantic might be long enough to make it a good value for you. Experience More Packages
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