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  1. My TA puts final payment date a week ahead of Azamara's date. I asked him about this and he said he wants to be sure payment is made on time with no slip up, otherwise the cruise line would cancel your cruise. There's no financial incentive for him to want to do this, as payment goes directly to the cruise line. Our TA and his wife own the company, a large worldwide operation, and he tells me the company is getting plenty of bookings for 2021 and 2022, as his clients feel they need something good to look forward to.
  2. Understand, Phil. I was doing the same, and making the point that refundable OBC is pretty much the same as getting discounted fare from the cruise agent.
  3. Our U.S. cruise agent gives significant additional OBC on Azamara that's refundable if we don't spend it, so it's effectively a somewhat-delayed cash discount. On some other cruise lines he gives a discounted fare. Our cruise fare payments always go directly to the cruise line and the cruise line pays him his commission. No hanky-panky.
  4. Agree. Shorter walk to the bathroom in the middle of the night, and no coffee table to avoid on the way.
  5. https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/cruises/2020/06/19/us-cruise-ban-cruises-suspended-until-sept-15-industry-group-clia/3
  6. Spent a bundle to refurbish Quest and Journey and to buy and refurbish Pursuit. But a persistent hater doesn't let reality ruin a good rant. P.S.: It's Pimentel.
  7. I've never been able to book back-to-back cruise flights online through ChoiceAir. Always had to call.
  8. Much better this way than staying up until midnight or later to book in advance a la Regent. Then, if you didn't get at the front of the on-line queue, you'd get assigned to a table for four or six. Not what I want in a specialty restaurant.
  9. For what it's worth, Windstar's first cruise will be September 3 out of Tahiti.
  10. Thought Carl's family lived in the Czech Republic, Phil. He is from the Isle of Man.
  11. Would anyone here book a July cruise? Not I.
  12. TA called Azamara on April 27 to cancel two August Pursuit cruises. Full refund of our deposits appeared on my credit card on May 2.
  13. Deck 7 has suites above and below, so no noise from public areas. You get to look down on the deck 6 verandas, for whatever that's worth. Our deck 8 owner's suite on Pursuit was noisy from movement of chairs on the veranda section of the buffet. This was not an issue on Quest or Journey as the chairs are different on Pursuit. (Would be nice if that's been corrected with new chairs.)
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