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  1. We came very close to booking the last, available aft cabin for the 10/08/22 Fiji to Papeete. It's been since 2005 that we cruised with PG, and after I looked at posts re. refund cancellation - we opted out. After numerous cruises with Azamara and a successful refund for their cancelled cruise, we were unwilling to take a chance on Ponant's policies re. their much larger deposit. Sigh. It was fun to think about...
  2. Does anyone know if the refurb will include changing the five, deck 7 aft cabins into two suites? As was rumored last year ... ? Thanks -
  3. We're with ECCruise; have successfully booked B2B via ChoiceAir with a simple phone call to them. We had our preferred flights, saved money, and enjoyed very good service.
  4. We stayed at the Athens Gate Hotel prior to an Azamara cruise, several years ago, and found it to be perfect for us. Lovely ruins just across the road; easy stroll to Plaka for food and Acropolis with new museum mere steps away. Hotel staff were helpful, and the view of Acropolis from their rooftop during the ample breakfast buffet could not be bettered.
  5. What I wonder about are the 2021 New Zealand cruises Azamara plans for next Jan and Feb. With kiwis looking at a potentially years-long international travel shut down, how will international visitors be dealt with ashore, during these numerous, Azamara port stops? Three months and counting....
  6. Here on Kauai we are waiting for the proverbial flip flop to drop. Zero cases of Covid, but expectations are that will change when the state opens up to to transpacific visitors Oct. 15. Officials have deemed the tanking tourist economy a greater risk than the virus, and so if you secure a negative Nucleic Acid Amplification test no more than 72 hours prior to flight, you're good to go. Unfortunately, visitors can also opt to quarantine for 14 days instead of taking the test, and then you have the worry that others on the plane were positive, and will get that news in a few days...
  7. Of course they did! Your photo of rocky soil and olive trees with sea in the distance reads Pure Greece. Sigh. Enjoy!
  8. There was a time when clotheslines were not available in every cabin. One one cruise, the Hotel Director took photos from the dock, of guests' laundry flapping in the breeze off balcony cabins - after which clotheslines quickly appeared. And were utilized : )
  9. Yes, Denise, the photos certainly appeal! You said you've visited the area before, and I wonder, what do you think of Pilos, opposite you on the Ionian Sea? We love the Peloponnese and that area features some enticing, ancient ruins...
  10. And if "some time to come" extends into, say, Feb. 2022, how will Azamara cope with social distancing for a cruise that's been nearly sold out since 2020? If distancing is to be enforced, how will the popular Perry Golf voyages cope? Hopefully not by refusing someone boarding at the dock... Yes, this feels as though it's a problem for the far, far future, but, maybe not completely off-topic?
  11. A special gift indeed, helby! We each received a beautiful, Balinese textile with bright, saffron sash after attending Bali's Azamazing Evening in March, 2018. The event was extraordinary. There were the usual sips and nibbles, and we were greeted by a score of costumed celebrants. There were masks, music and dance, beautiful women, fearsome men, and a jaw-dropping fire dance. Back at the ship, the gifts awaited in our perfectly made-up suite. Sigh. Someday...
  12. Your windswept laundry reminds me of the outrage here on Kauai when a prominent social media mogul purchased 700 acres on the North Shore, and immediately built a wall. Wind is important in Hawaii. There were more than 300 words for the breezes and winds of the islands. His mile-long, 6 ft high wall blocks traditional paths and, more importantly, the winds. Hope you were able to safely retrieve your air-dried laundry, GC!
  13. Very happy to hear you've been able to sit out and enjoy the weather, GC. And I certainly feel your pain with the diesel-driven landscape equipment. Here in Hawaii when restrictions were put in place and the visitors stopped (i.e., yesterday, 1745 arrivals via air to the state; same time last year, 35,000) the jungle continued to grow. Landscapers were immediately classified as essential workers, and the mowers, hedge trimmers, and 500 horsepower leaf-blowers all started up. Deafening, especially against the creaking silence of streets with no traffic. However, I'm grateful to the workers
  14. We opted for the ship's bicycle tour out of St. Peter's Port and had a wonderful excursion. We biked narrow, flower bordered lanes, enjoyed a beverage stop, pedaled past gorse and fabulous sea views, stopped at a windswept, stone church and basically saw nothing of the center of the town. I loved it.
  15. You docked in Itea? Which were the prior and next-stop ports? Was this on Journey? Delphi has been a long-held goal of mine... We'd just discovered Azamara in 2009, I wonder how I missed this itinerary??
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