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  1. Strange that some here can't seem to understand the difference between paying more to get more space or liquor or whatever and a ship having segregated areas where only certain people are allowed to go while others are forbidden from going. Seems simple to me..and uktog, and Phil, maybe others. Has nothing to do with putting someone down for how they choose to sail. Sigh.
  2. What a wonderful, insightful posting!
  3. No, it doesn't help. Your bolded sentence above confuses perqs with separate classes within the same sentence. Perqs do NOT constitute separate classes. Got it? Again: Perqs do not constitute separate classes. They are distinct and different things. See my, uktog's, and Phil's posts above. Separate classes mean separate sections, closed off to others, on the ship, not a bottle of rum in your stateroom or "a pin and a thermos."
  4. I will wager that there are very few persons who would view "a pin and thermos" as a separate passage class on a cruise ship. Maybe only one person. You are confusing perqs (short for perquisites) and minor loyalty gifts with separate passage classes having sealed-off areas of the ship. Big difference. Getting a few bottles of liquor or the services of a butler does not constitute a separate passage class. [Neither does a conversation or two during the cruise with a senior officer you may have sailed with often, for that matter.]
  5. That's OK. We don't use the butler much, either.
  6. I guess I don't see that a captain or other senior officer has to speak the same number of words to each and every one of the nearly 700 passengers on the ship in order for the ship to be regarded as one-class. To me a multi-class ship has areas of the ship--stateroom sections, restaurants, lounges, pools, fitness areas, suite-only theater sections or dining room areas, and so on--where "lower" class passengers are forbidden to go, with no ability to pay an access fee, thereby isolating the "upper" class from having to mingle with the "others." This practice is what I find offensive, and apparently Phil feels the same. StevenR continues to misstate Azamara policies. Suite passengers do NOT have "unlimited" access to specialty restaurants. They make reservations like everyone else. The difference is that there is no additional charge for suite passengers. We have been in a corner suite and have been unable to get a reservation when desired. If someone in a non-suite stateroom gets to the reservation desk he or she can book a specialty every night of the cruise if so desired, if dining times and dates are available...same as for a suite passenger.
  7. Agree completely, Phil. Azamara is a one-class cruise line. Of course there are perqs with suites, but no forbidden areas for non-suite passengers. Specialty dining is open to all, with reservations first-come, first-served. Non-suite passengers can purchase passes to the forward spa deck and jacuzzi. There's no pool or lounge or any facility for suites only. Yes, the Best of the Best is for the corner suites only, but anyone can have a similar experience at a Chef's Table, and maybe even more so at the new Signature Table, where the chef, apparently, is given free rein. The comment about senior officers spending more time with more frequent passengers does puzzle. Seems to me it's simply human nature to recognize someone you've sailed with fifteen or twenty times and rather awkward not to greet them accordingly
  8. I've had a butler in a CC suite in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018, and I expect to have one in October 2019. "Nope" is simply incorrect.
  9. And the new Signature Chef's Table may offer a Best of the Best-like experience to anyone on board, regardless of stateroom category.
  10. Nice. Sounds like a Best of the Best available to anyone on board, not just the corner suites. Happy to see this.
  11. When we were on the fjords cruise they served them as a dessert at dinner: Strawberries Melba. (Thank you, Dame Nellie. In Savannah maybe we could have had Peach instead.)
  12. Exactly. One laundry bag vs. a bazillion people. Do I think it should be one bag per person per week? Sure. Is it a big deal? No. Would it drive me to mass-market Celebrity? Get real.
  13. Same reason the "free" specialties on Regent are unattractive to me. Stay up until midnight Central US time to make your one allowed pre-cruise reservation to ensure getting a table for two, then after that you invariably have to share. Slipping a heavy bill to the maitre d' can then get you something. Low class act, in my opinion. Have no interest in either Regent or its little sister.
  14. St. Petersburg is as dangerous as Barcelona. Felt a hand in my pocket setting out on Nevsky Prospekt. A well-placed elbow and walking stick point under the chin ended that adventure quickly. Always carry my passport, credit cards, etc., in a pouch around my neck and under my shirt. Azamara's response is what I would have expected. A very special set of officers.
  15. It was a muster drill, not a dinner.
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